Oh. My. GOD! How? How did they make a mockery out of such a brilliant film? The sequels were god awful and somehow this was worse. The gore was turned up to the point of being hilarious and the story is so stuffed with dumb ideas and bad acting that it is a wonder that there is anything worth watching.
Unlike the original, Rob Zombie’s piece of ass script is so bloated and full of itself that it fails to be faithful to the source material despite a number of similar scenes. Too much time is spent on Michael’s past which is only half the reason why the plot is so swollen in the head. It takes way too long to get off the ground an all the focus on Michael’s background actually takes away some of the mystery that surrounded the character in the original. They also have him talking. What the hell? The ending is dragged out and does not have nearly the same kind of impact as the first film’s conclusion. It just gets so grisly and grim that it almost becomes hard to watch and I don’t mean that in a good way.
The special effects used are just a disgrace and a complete insult to the original film. Because the film makers obviously didn’t have half a brain cell, rather than trying to be subtle and suspenseful Rob Zombie’s abomination throws enough gore at you to put a Friday the 13th film to shame. There is not a lick of horror because as demonstrated by other such films simply chucking in mounds and mounds of gore is just not enough to make the audience feel afraid. They might as well have used red paint considering how that would probably get the same kind of reaction you would get from looking at these pathetic blood effects. This is a problem with a lot of recent remakes that have festered inside the big screen.
The cast is not nearly as good as the people from the first film. Dr Loomis is portrayed excellently by Malcolm McDowell who is easily the best of the entire cast. While nobody will ever truly replace Donald Pleasance it is good to see that they put in the effort to get a good actor to play such an important character. Remember how Jamie Lee Curtis made her first starring role exceptionally memorable? Scout Taylor Compton is nothing like that. Now while I think she does an okay job her character doesn’t seem as strong or as interesting this time around which is sad considering how Laurie Strode was the best heroine in the series. Sheriff Brackett this time is portrayed by Brad Dourif who unsurprisingly is not half bad and is credible enough right to the end. Michael this time around is completely flat because he is too big and brutish to convey any sense of terror. Oh and he talks.
I don’t think Rob Zombie could have done a worse job in making a Halloween film. The stupid amounts of gore weigh down the film and the story is so swollen it just goes beyond belief. Do yourself a favour and when you see this in the shop just ignore it because this frail trash is not worthy of the Halloween name.