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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 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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
  2. Negative: 6 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    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
    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. As usual, Zombie has added an element of camp fun to the proceedings with his clever casting of B-movie icons in small roles, including Dee Wallace, Brad Dourif, Danny Trejo and Sid Haig.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    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
    Like kudzu vine, killer bees and herpes, we may never be rid of it.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    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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  1. Positive: 79 out of 152
  2. Negative: 50 out of 152
  1. Nov 8, 2012
    A 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
    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
    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
    Terrible.. trying to put a background and make the viewer try to sympathize with Michael falls flat on its face.
  5. Jun 12, 2011
    When I watched the original Halloween I just remember thinking "this needs more boob and blood." Oh wait no I didn't. One thing thats been lost on the horror genre is that we as an audience don't need to see everything. We all have our imaginations and most of the time that can be a whole lot scarier then anything that can be put on screen. I don't need to see every single gory detail of the murder just the person being killed by the killer can be scary enough. Also why did we need the rape scene. It did nothing to further the plot except in telling us that Michael got out while two red necks were raping a girl. The theater version didn't have the rape and I didn't have any issues with how he got out. The only positive from this movie is that it does a good job of giving a back story too Michael. But the truth is we didn't need a back story, again no back story is almost scarier. Watch the original its a much better film. Expand
  6. Dec 9, 2012
    I've watched and re-watched this movie despite myself, trying to find some reason not to finally and conclusively write off Rob Zombie as a one-note hack... and I simply can't do it. Not only does he fail to capture any of the style and essence of John Carpenter's source material, he can barely make this movie stand on its own legs. Don't be fooled by the vastly improved production values Expand
  7. RavenX301
    Aug 30, 2007
    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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