Halloween

Tailed by his psychiatrist, a murderer raised by a dysfunctional family who escaped from a psychiatric ward on Halloween night stalks teenagers.
United States
2007
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Festivity: 
Halloween
Character Focus: 
Serial Killer Film
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
5.04
He takes out the white trash!
4
3.04
7.04
7.04
3
3
3
Performances
Pace
Photography
We were led to believe, in the original, that Michael Myers was a freak of nature, someone magical perhaps or at least a surreal creature, the eventual object of a cult; a demon even. In this remake, we're introduced to suburban rednecks, nothing less, as young Michael Myers slowly becomes the psychopath dictated by his copyrighted fate, thanks to a dysfunctional family, as we now learn...
The signature soundtrack is returning. So is the classic mask. The movie is fun to sit through. It's not answering any question you might have left, even though it spends a good while raising the past, as a prequel, only to become a rushed and eccentric remake in the second half. If the original Halloween was about a slow, ghastly stalker, this one, although more artsy, is more plausible on paper.
The film is so polished it is distracting. This is a high quality production, though, and it the good performances keep it entertaining, or at least interesting. The cinematography can get experimental. When this fails, Halloween feels pretentious, over-indulgent, sadly. Expect frivolous photography, and the same kind of liberties taken as far as dialogue and during the overall writing phase.
Alternate Titles: 
Rob Zombie's Halloween
Halloween Remake
Halloween Re-Imagining
Halloween 9
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