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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
    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. 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
    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: 75 out of 146
  2. Negative: 49 out of 146
  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, 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. fliph
    Aug 30, 2007
    10
    Much better than I expected. Great visuals and acting
  3. JoshuaS.
    Aug 31, 2007
    9
    I thought this was a well made movie. I didn't expect much from Rob Zombie as per to House of 1000 corpses. However this movie exceeded my expectations. It gave you more of a movie in the time. It took the original and gave an hour extra of movie and condensed the old one without taking out what made the movie. I just hope there will be a sequel. Expand
  4. EliasK.
    Sep 2, 2007
    6
    Maybe I expected too much. Putting a sacred film in the hands of a talented director with respect for the original seemed like a no-brainer. Rob gave it his all I guess, adding an interesting back story (though the opening Myers House scenes with the abusive stepfather seemed a bit over the top) and a much larger body count. But once he were back in Haddonfield that faithful night I felt like he abandoned his fresh approach and simply followed the formula. And honestly, how many times do I have to see some wounded broad, who had been stabbed, crawl away on the floor? That is not scary, it's stupid. Loomis was a bright spot but all the leading ladies lacked everything emotionally except a lust for sex. Their acting was atrocious. My love for the original just got heightened, enhancing it's place as a masterpiece. Nice try though Rob, appreciate the effort. It was good to see Michael back on the big screen nonetheless. Expand
  5. Mar 22, 2011
    4
    After watching so many greatest horror movies of all time, I heard that this remake was made and I haven't even seen it in theaters besides other great movies in 2007. Later, I decided to watch this on Youtube just to look at it. When I saw Michael Myers' parents arguing at each other, I was like, "Did that happen in the 1970s version?", and waited to see Michael kill her sister Judith Myers(just like that other movie), but When I saw his mother kill herself after seeing Michael killing another person, I stopped watching it and went on to something else.

    I hate to say this, but Rob Zombie just simply failed to put some charm from the original. I mean, some of the scenes have reenactments from the original and Malcolm Mcdowell was the right actor for Dr. Loomis, but the storyline was very confusing, so uninteresting, and boringly dull. I'm sorry, but Rob Zombie would've at least try to make this remake good.

    This movie may not be the worst ever, but its just forgettable.

    At my highest hopes, this one deserves a 4/10 thanks to its reenactments and Malcolm Mcdowell.
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  6. Dec 9, 2012
    2
    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
    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 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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