Screenplay by: Rob Zombie
Directed by: Rob Zombie
Starring: Tyler Mane and Daeg Faerch
Believe it or not, I’ve only seen a few minutes of the original Halloween. Just the bit were Laurie takes the little girl home and finds her friends murdered. The equivalent scenes in this remake were nearly identical in some shots, which made me lose a lot of interest in the remaining 30 minutes. This film drags on, and on, and on.
This film is really lacking in the scripting department. It’s really just a mishmash of things that just happen. I don’t quite know how they managed this, as it is a remake – it was similar enough that some of the depth and tone of the original should have carried through, but it didn’t. In the scenes I could compare, the original had some tension and pathos. This had nothing. You just watch as one thing happens, and then another, and then another, and then it ends.
And boy, was it a long wait until the end. At several points the film seems to be over, or near to it… but then I’d look at the progress bar and see a good thirty minutes or more left to go. I am pretty sure this film adds many scenes to the end that the original didn’t have.
Daeg Faerch is an interesting little creature, and he made me actually care about Michael Myers. The rest of the film tried very hard to make me not care about him at all. Is he a demon? A monster? Why is he bizarrely tall and strong? Does he suffer from some genetic disorder that makes him monstrous and psychopathic? If so, I have little interest, and if not, then what the feck was going on?
This remake has made me want to watch the original film, though.