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Rob Zombie’s remake of Halloween is, in my opinion, one of the better horror remakes. Some people didn’t like his creative choices. I did. This isn’t a straight remake as much as it was a re-telling combined with an origin story of Michael Myers, the man behind the mask.
We first meet Michael as a young boy, I think around 10. He has a stripper for a mother, an older teenaged sister who is a kind of stereotypical neglectful older sister, a baby sister, and her mother’s drunk abusive boyfriend. He and the boyfriend do not get along. Neither to he and his sister. He also obsessively wears this clown mask, which he uses because he finds himself ugly. He gets in a fight with two bullies one day and his mother is called in. Upon searching his backpack, they find pictures of dead animals. A psychiatrist is called, and his mother is informed that this could be a warning sign of a serious personality disorder. His mother ignores it, and he continues his school day. Upon leaving school, the bully goes into the woods near campus and little masked Michael beats him to death with a stick.
He goes home on Halloween and his sister is supposed to take him trick or treating. Instead, her boyfriend comes over for *you-know-what* (ooh scandal). His mother goes to her job and leaves him in the care of her ass ass boyfriend. Michael is not happy about this, so he kills his sister, her boyfriend, and her mom’s boyfriend. Michael is taken to a facility and overseen by Dr. Loomis (Malcolm McDowell taking over for the original’s Donald Pleasance). Michael eventually manages to kill his nurse and, no longer being able to handle the situation, his mother commits suicide.
Years later, Michael manages to escape from the facility and returns home, and then basically the events of the original happen. Also the Sheriff is played by Brad Dourif (Chucky)!
See, now I thought this remake was really good, and I liked what Zombie did with the whole origin thing. In all honesty, I have only seen the original Halloween, none of the sequels, so I can only compare this to the original. The original, however, is indisputably one of the greatest horror films ever made, and would probably be in my Top 100 films of all time (look out for THAT post much, much later in the year. Probably after this year’s Top 50 post). This remake obviously doesn’t even touch the original, but thanks to its really cool ideas and high level of entertainment (plus some really good acting), I definitely recommend this one if you’re a fan of the original.
Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
Man this movie was amazing. I’m not sure what really verges on spoiler territory so I’m only going to go into the plot a tiny bit. What we have here is a movie about movies. It follows F.W. Murnau (John Malkovich), the director of Nosferatu in his attempt to make said classic vampire movie. I could spend all day talking about why Nosferatu is amazing, but that’s not what I’m here for. This is a fictionalized version of the making of that movie. Going into much more detail than that would ruin the surprise so I’m just going to cut it off there.
This is a movie that should have won Oscars. Malkovich as Muranu was phenomenal, but the absolute best thing about this movie was Willem Defoe’s performance as Nosferatu actor Max Schreck. This is seriously one of Defoe’s best, if not THE best, performances of his career.
God, it is so annoying to write about this one because there’s so much to say, but I don’t want to ruin the surprise! So I will not and if you feel so inclined, watch it and track me down and I will discuss it for some time. It’s available on Netflix streaming and if you have any interest in Nosferatu, movies about movies, or vampire movies and Dracula in general, then definitely check this one out.
Well that’s it for today. My big franchise post is currently in production so it should be up tonight probably.