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