Thursday, July 23, 2015

Halloween 1978 vs Halloween 2007

Answering your Questions

John Carpenter’s Halloween vs Rob Zombie’s Halloween: which one do you prefer and why?

I prefer the original master piece by John Capenter. Yes, I understand that 1978’s HALLOWEEN is a slow burn and nothing really happens till the very end but the set up is brilliant. There are several reasons this movie still resonates; first being the sound track. John Carpenter outdid himself with the minimalist music he created for the movie. There are few people today that do not react with chills when the main title song is heard.

Secondly, Donald “Fucking” Pleasence is Dr. Sam Loomis. Pleasence owns the character. Malcolm McDowell is no slouch but he does not compare to Donald Pleasance’s Dr. Loomis. Pleasence’s speech about Michael Myers is still believable and powerful today.

Thirdly Jamie Lee Curtis was the perfect 1970’s “cute” girl next door. It felt like you knew her or at least someone like her. This perceived connection helped build the tension. Curtis’ acting was very polished, and she did an excellent job portraying a person who knows something is wrong but talks herself into ignoring those feelings.

Lastly Michael Myers the unemotional, psychopathic killer. Starting as an adorable six year old boy something snapped in Michael, turning him into a remorseless killer. His victim was his fifteen year old sister. While locked up in an asylum he matured into a large, distant, and calm man. He waited fifteen years, biding his time until he could escape and return home. Michael is the stuff of nightmares. He does not speak. He does not show any sentiments. If he confronts you he will unceremoniously kill you. Doctor Loomis explained it best when his describe his time with Michael “I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized that what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... evil.”

When it comes to Rob Zombie’s effort with Halloween (2007) I really liked the time spent in the asylum. That added nicely to the overall story. Where Zombie lost me was the attempt to kind of explain why Michael was as he was. Personally I liked the idea that he was just an evil force. Trying to show the real world influences that created Michael made it too “real”. I like these movies for there escapism I do not need real world situations to interrupt my fun.

Zombie also has a tough time getting his audience to connect with his characters. His characters are just so damn unlikeable. Most are just disposable. I hope he gets a chance to grow more as a storyteller because most of his movies have scenes which are some of my favorites; an example being the first 20 minutes of HOUSE OF A THOUSAND CORPSES is brilliant. It seems like he loses control of his films and they just crash and burn.

So I prefer the 1978 original John Carpenter movie Halloween. The music is great, Donald Pleasence rocks, Jamie Lee Curtis stars in her breakout role, and the unstoppable Michael Myers is introduced into the nightmares of the American populace

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