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  • Summary: From acclaimed musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie comes an entirely new take on the highly successful and terrifying Halloween legacy, which began in 1978. While revealing a new chapter in the established Michael Myers saga, the film will surprise both classic and modern horror fans with aFrom acclaimed musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie comes an entirely new take on the highly successful and terrifying Halloween legacy, which began in 1978. While revealing a new chapter in the established Michael Myers saga, the film will surprise both classic and modern horror fans with a departure from prior films in the Halloween franchise. Audiences should brace themselves for unprecedented fear as Zombie turns back time to uncover the making of a pathologically disturbed, even cursed child named Michael Myers. (MGM) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
  2. Negative: 6 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    Zombie delivers a scary horror movie immediately recognizable as his own -- something that will come as a welcome relief to fans who've diligently sat through seven "Halloween" sequels in hopes of one day reliving the original's terrifying magic.
  2. Reviewed by: Paul Semel
    75
    Halloween is a real, classic-style horror movie, not an exercise in gross special effects. Oh, and for those who’ve missed Carpenter’s classic, this will scare the candy corn out of you, but the original is still champion.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Bell
    60
    As it stands, he made a noble attempt, and it could've been a Hell of a lot worse, but it's not as great a film as its potential hints at.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    50
    The new Halloween has sympathy for the Devil, but not enough.
  5. 40
    Zombie continues to have a true, unflinching artist's eye for the sublimely horrific (a woodsy murder sequence is pregnant with disturbing, painterly compositions), that eye is wasted here on an unnecessarily moribund history of sociopathy as it relates to Halloween in Haddonfield, Illinois.
  6. Reviewed by: Jason Anderson
    38
    Like kudzu vine, killer bees and herpes, we may never be rid of it.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    20
    A film that contains dialogue so nasty and stupid, you'd swear (right along with the characters) that the booker for "Jerry Springer" wrote it (Zombie did).

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 79 out of 153
  2. Negative: 50 out of 153
  1. Nov 8, 2012
    10
    A brutal, twisted, and shocking study of the decomposition of the human mind. Halloween is brilliant and unforgettable. It cannot; however, beA brutal, twisted, and shocking study of the decomposition of the human mind. Halloween is brilliant and unforgettable. It cannot; however, be compared to 1978 classic that inspired it, because this is an entirely different film. The director has taken a pitch perfect psychological thriller and turned it into an mind blowing and savagely real exploitation horror. Expand
  2. peteyw.
    Aug 30, 2007
    10
    Amazing. I'm sure that people will dislike this movie and falsely call it "extreme horror" - it's not that at all. Zombie pays Amazing. I'm sure that people will dislike this movie and falsely call it "extreme horror" - it's not that at all. Zombie pays respect to the original's suspenseful tendencies while expressing a unique and consummately professional artistic vision. One of the better horror movies - remake or non- in recent memory. This is a film that has created a new kind of terror - a very layered, psychological study of a famous Hollywood villain. Expand
  3. SeanL
    Aug 31, 2007
    9
    Very good job with the artistic liberties. Yes, this is not as suspenseful as the original, but then why fake it? We all know the outcome so Very good job with the artistic liberties. Yes, this is not as suspenseful as the original, but then why fake it? We all know the outcome so the adding fake suspense would have been foolish. Yes, there are more killing and more gore, but that is what people want to see. This was a well made film with some not so sophisticated dialogue. Most film critics are going to bash this because it was pre-screened for them and they actually have to pay to see it :) It is by no means a bad film. Expand
  4. nic-
    Sep 3, 2007
    6
    Terrible.. trying to put a background and make the viewer try to sympathize with Michael falls flat on its face.
  5. Jun 20, 2013
    4
    Finally the retelling of the classic story of a killer escaping a mental asylum and returning to his home town to continue his killing spree.Finally the retelling of the classic story of a killer escaping a mental asylum and returning to his home town to continue his killing spree. To think that it wouldn't be too hard to remake such a simple idea, but I was surprised in how brutal, and how boring this flick is. I mean wow, is it that hard to make a remake about something that isn't that hard to do. Yet here we got two different films, the origin part and the remake part. In all honesty the first part is the only part that is somewhat interesting. We sorta get the history of Michael Myers, that he was just a messed up kid in a bad family environment. I'am just inserting my opinion here, but wouldn't be more interesting if he was a messed up child, but had good parents? I don't know, I don't know what the right decision would have been. I am going to say right now what the major problem of this flick is: it's too brutal. To think that a horror movie can be too cruel, but here it's different. The original was great for its subtle killings and camera technique, it's the exact opposite here. Too much violence, and an annoying shaking camera. The only good parts in this movie are the people who play Michael Myers, the kid is pretty creepy, and that Sabertooth guy (Taylor Mane) is pretty bruiting. Expand
  6. DanC.
    Aug 31, 2007
    3
    Ruined, smoted, and torn asunder by the incompetence that is Rob Zombie. He's my "an hero."
  7. RavenX301
    Aug 30, 2007
    0
    What is with these movies. over and over again. its soo sooooo soooooooo boring to see this charater. John C oringal was a masterpiece of new What is with these movies. over and over again. its soo sooooo soooooooo boring to see this charater. John C oringal was a masterpiece of new age horror, but these squeals only destroy and tranish its brith. Rob Zombie is a completly incombatent flim maker and musican. I still can tell the difference between any of his songs *(or atleast the so called 'hits'" this is terrible. The one thing this film does in spades, and the others like it, is show us everything that is wrong with our culture and entertainment taday. More of the same is NOT a good thing at all. So, shame on all of the money making producers (that some how makle money from this crap) and shame on Rob Zombie for taking nothing but our time and money, while still making his wallet much heavier. Expand

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