In recent news there has been a lot of talk about Rob Zombie’s follow up to 2007’s Halloween remake. From what I gather it picks up from where the first film left off but then it’s goes on later in time with Laurie’s new life and so on. And the word is, Malcolm McDowell will be back. How’s that gonna work, who knows?
I had a love/hate relationship with Rob Zombie. I loved him because I loved his music. Seeing White Zombie when I was 15, they were my very first concert and it was amazing. Then came House of 1000 Corpses. Dear god that movie was what crap wanted to be when it grew up. I don’t care who liked and whatever you reasons are, I personally did not like it. I even took it up the ass and watched it again and still couldn’t get into it. It almost, ALMOST turned me off to seeing Devil’s Rejects. I met this girl at a convention and she swore to me that I would like it even if I hated House. When horror lovers, especially ones at a convention, suggest something to me, I have to consider it. So I went out and saw it and you know what, I thought it was pretty damn great. I left the theater feeling like Zombie had such a great concept of character development, especially compared to House, which I thought was a hilly billy home movie.
When it was announced that Zombie was doing the remake of Halloween, I was hopefully. I had faith that he could make the story strong and bring out a sensible story with Michael Myers. One thing is, I hoped and prayed that Zombie could break out of the “white trash” mode and not do that to Michael Myers. When I think of little Michael Myers, I always think of the scene in the beginning of the original Halloween after Michael kills his sister, walks outside and his parents, normal lookin’ folks, pulls off the mask. That’s something that always captivated me about Michael’s history. I wonder what was the thing that triggered him that night and based on that little scene, it seemed like he was from a good home. His house was nice, he’s parents weren’t trashy lookin’ and his sister didn’t seem like a cock smokin’ dirty whore.
I thought that since Zombie was a huge fan of the original, he could use that scene as a jumping point and do so many things with it. But no, he went the white trash life: mom’s a stripper, sister’s a whore and the colorful drunken molesty step-dad. I felt that Zombie copped out on taking Michael’s story and really running with it and yet, he took the safe and comfortable route and went to the hilly billy roots.
That’s something that really killed me about the whole movie. The back story was something that was very important to me as a fan of the original. I wanted more but I didn’t want it to stray from the original.
Anyway, I saw the movie and for that reason and many others, I didn’t like it at all. I felt like, with not only Michael’s back story, Zombie wrote this the way he wanted teenage girls to talk. Laurie Strode is the template of shy, frail, slightly nerdy and unsure of herself kind of girl. Watching the new Laurie tell her mom about how some neighbors wants to touch her tits just destroyed Laurie’s image for me. The movie did not work for me. I will admit that after the dvd was released and I watched the uncut version and I did find it more tolerable, bur over all I feel like it was a missed opportunity to be so much more and greater.
Now I await for this sequel. It’s obvious that I will be seeing the second film. Despite my feeling for the first, as a horror fan in general, I know this is a movie I’m gonna have to see. I see good shit and bad shit all the time so this will be no difference. I can’t say that I’m expecting this to be bad shit or shit shit. I won’t have any expectations with this one since I don’t think it can get any worse. I’m just going to be looking to kill 2 hours at the movies and if I can find anything to like out of this one, then hey, bonus!