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Feature 8.5
Video 9.0
Audio 9.0
Special Features 8.5
Total 8.6
Distributor: Roadshow
Reviewer: Alexander Nicholas
Classification:
R18+

8.6


Halloween

This interesting remake of John Carpenter’s 1978 classic “Halloween” is actually one of the better modern remakes that we have seen in some time.

This latest version is directed by horror aficionado Rob Zombie who actually gives the hideous Michael Myers, a human face thanks to his interpretation of the character.

With this in mind, the movie itself is neatly divided into two chapters that include the “origin” of Michael Myers that gives us a good insight into how his character evolved.

Character’s like Michael’s mother (Sheri Moon Zombie) are introduced into the mythology who plays a stripper at the local Rabbit in Red Lounge who unfortunately re-married an abusive and quite destructive man. Michael’s sister Judith (Hannah Hall) doesn’t help the situation with their at times incestuous relationship.

Lastly we have baby Laurie in the family whom Michael feels the need to protect her from the harsh elements of society and when Michael is continually bullied at school, he eventually takes matters into his own hand and murders his schoolmates.

This than leads Michael to becoming quite psychotic as he murders his stepfather and his sister which eventually leads him to becoming incarcerated. Thankfully, he has been under the constant care of Dr. Loomis (Malcolm McDowell) who attempts to “normalise” Michael Myers, however only forces him to retreat within his own soul.

Eventually, Michael creates various masks to hide his dark nature and from there, the story takes a twist and Michael is now an adult. Unfortunately with years of solitude, Michael has grown more disturbed and when two guards rape a fellow inmate, his inner beast is freed and he now sets his mind in reconnecting with his baby sister Laurie (Scout Taylor-Compton). From this moment, the “horror” goes into full steam and eventually the police contact Dr. Loomis to attempt to restrain Myers, however the bloodshed begins.

Although the story may be clichéd at times, Zombie really gives the Halloween series a great 21st century facelift and his back-story of Myers really adds something unique and almost human to his violent serial killer.

With some great performances by all involved, especially Scout Taylor-Compton as Myers sister and Malcolm McDowell, Rob Zombie does create at times the thinking man’s horror movie which I thoroughly enjoyed and dare I admit it, perhaps even better than the original.

Apart from the story, where the Blu-ray version does shine is through the video quality of the disc that is presented at 1080p which looks quite stunning on our high definition TV with vibrant colours and exceptionally sharp images. The audio also boasts Dolby TrueHD which compliments the video and sounds phenomenal through a surround sound speaker setup.

Match that with some great special features and Halloween on Blu-ray is the perfect disc for those who enjoy a good horror movie and even if you have seen the original, this current remake contains enough twists and turns to keep you entertained and scared from start to finish.






 
 



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