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Halloween [Special Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] [2007]

  • SKU: 8620593
  • Release Date: 12/18/2007
  • Rating: R
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    85% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (34 out of 40)

    Special Features


    • Disc 1:
    • Feature Film -
    • Includes both widescreen and full-screen versions
    • Feature commentary by writer/director Rob Zombie
    • Language: English Dolby 5.1
    • Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
    • Disc Two:
    • Special Features -
    • Alternate ending
    • Deleted scenes with optional director's commentary
    • Bloopers
    • The Many Masks of Michael Myers
    • Re-Imagining Halloween
    • Meet the Cast
    • Casting sessions
    • Laurie Strode screen test
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Language: English stereo
    • Subtitles: English SDH

    Synopsis


    Halloween
    The Devil's Rejects director Rob Zombie resurrects one of the most notorious slashers in screen history with this re-imagining of the 1978 John Carpenter classic that spawned numerous sequels and countless imitators. As a child, young Michael Myers (Daeg Faerch) committed one of the most unspeakable crimes imaginable. Subsequently locked in an asylum and placed under the care of Dr. Loomis (Malcolm McDowell), the hollow-eyed boy grew into an emotionless man determined to escape back to his hometown of Haddonfield and complete the murderous mission that he began so many years back. These days, the long-abandoned Myers house sits decrepit and overgrown on a peaceful suburban street, its boarded windows and rotting wood a silent testament to the slaughter that has haunted Haddonfield for decades. Now Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) is back, and as the children of this typical Midwestern town fill the sidewalks for a fun-filled night of tricks and treats, Haddonfield is about to find out that there is no escape from pure evil. Brad Dourif, William Forsythe, Udo Kier, Dee Wallace, Sheri Moon Zombie, Danny Trejo, and Adrienne Barbeau co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Malcolm McDowell
      Malcolm McDowell - Dr. Sam Loomis
    • Tyler Mane
      Tyler Mane - Adult Michael Myers
    • Scout Taylor-Compton
      Scout Taylor-Compton - Laurie Strode
    • Brad Dourif
      Brad Dourif - Sheriff Brackett
    • Danielle Harris
      Danielle Harris - Annie Brackett



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 40 reviews

    85%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The Life and Times of Michael Myers

      Posted
      Obren

      I'm not a big horror fan. My housemates have repeatedly talked me into watching slasher film after slasher film, and I still just can't get into the genre. But this film is different. This film is actually really good. And that's not to say that other slasher films aren't. (I could never discredit the Scream series.) Rob Zombie's "Halloween" just goes beyond the simple bad-guy-with-a-knife stereotype and delivers an amazingly scary and sad story of a well-known fictional psychopath. In this version of "Halloween", director Rob Zombie doesn't just retell the original story in his own style - he retells it well: Zombie's "Halloween" is more of a biography of Michael Myers than a slasher film staring Michael Myers. The first and best example of this is the opening act of the film: the back-story of Myers's childhood is almost thirty minutes long. (Most slasher films tell the back-story in a short five-minute teaser before the opening credits.) Once the audience is attached to Myers' character, the story progresses to show Myers' troubled life in a mental institution, his escape from the mental institution and finally his killing spree. Most films wouldn't go into this much detail on the nemesis's character which is what makes Zombie's version so good. Overall, this movie will likely appeal more to horror fans but non-horror fans, such as myself, may enjoy it too. Yes, it shows blood and guts, but it's a great retelling of Michael Myers's story and I highly recommend it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Trick or Treat

      Posted
      4thHorseman

      Halloween is one of my favorite movies of all time. The original at least. This movie has many things that the original left out for good reasons. The origin in the Zombie film made Michael more human which was a good reason Carpenter left it out. When you don't know Michael's reasoning, when you don't know what he's like, when he is nothing more than a "shape", that's when he is scary. The origin in this film really weakened Michael Myers and made him less threatening and creepy. The second half was also pretty much taken from the original film. However Zombie added much more too it, though it seemed a bit too much. As much as I liked to see a ruthless Michael, and I know Zombie was trying to end the movie in one film, it still felt like they just tried too much with the last half. There was also one scene in the uncut film that made me uneasy. There was a scene while Michael was in prison that seemed unnecessary in any respects. Why Zombie filmed this was beyond me. Maybe it showed that he didn't care about anyone else but his masks, but the overrall scene felt completely out of place and somewhat perverted. It wasn't in theaters, and I'm glad it wasn't. This movie was...ok. Nowhere near the greatness that was the original, but I have to give Zombie props for trying to touch a movie of the originals caliber. He gave it his all, but he tried too much with it and I felt he failed. So if you're a huge fan of the original, you probably won't like this one. But if you haven't been exposed to the Carpenter version, you might enjoy this one.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An interesting take on a classic

      Posted
      Goldstandard

      I don't know why everyone is bashing this film, but I am a die-hard fan of the Halloween movies and the horror genre, and I thought this movie was a nice remake to the best and original Carpenter film. It's certainly more entertaining than the sequels that previously came out, and this film sets a more serious and modern harsh reality of what it could be like if this happened today. Carpenter's original film took place in 1978, so I found it to be a nice homage for Zombie to begin the origins of young Michael Myers in 1978. For the first time, we actually get to see what kind of family and childhood that Michael grew up in, which explains so much to his psychotic condition. As a child, Michael's facsination with torturing and killing innocent animals presents an accurate profile for such a future serial killer. This film actually has some explanations behind it, which is vacant in all other Halloween films. Zombie's direction is rough and gritty, but certainly adds to the atmosphere and chilling story -- my heart was pounding when young Michael was slaying his sister and her boyfriend. As for Zombie using the same cast as his other films, it's really no different than what Carpenter did either (How many Carpenter films was Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins, Charles Cyphers, Donald Pleasence, Nancy Loomis, and Adrienne Barbeau were in? I can count at least 3). I've seen the original film about a thousand times, and Zombie's remake can never replace Carpenter's classic, but this film is worth the effort and respect. I'm looking forward to the Unrated DVD version, which will have a lot of scenes restored that was cut from the theatrical release.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Routine but watchable

      Posted
      prlwctd

      I was dreading this remake. While Zombie's first film, House of 1000 Corpses, was enjoyable, his 2nd, The Devil's Rejects, was not so much, maybe because it lacked the sharp sense of humor of Corpses. Hence, I expected his take on Halloween to be more of the same. It was nice to see that I wasn't only partially right. When I heard that Zombie was going to have Michael's mom be a stripper, my first thought was "Oh, Lord." However, his wife, Sheri Moon, made her a very sympathetic woman. You really felt sorry for her when she sees her little boy go ballistic on the world. Other pluses: A cleverly cast Danielle Harris as Annie (a la Annette O'Toole in Smallville) and a nice reconstruction of the famous Myers mask. Sadly, these assets are outweighed by the fact that this remake does nothing Halloween (or rather, Halloween's imitators) didn't already do. For instance, I saw Ronnie's "She gotta nice dumper on her!" coming a mile away. I also disliked how Laurie, Annie, & Lynda basically curse each other incessantly when we first meet them (& they're friends?). I was also surprised that Malcolm McDowell was as wasted here as Christopher Lee was in the Star Wars prequels. I would've thought if anyone in this film would have the opportunity for scenery chewing.... Oh, well. And Michael Myers being white trash? No, just no! This is not deplorable, but it is also not on par with great remakes like The Thing, The Fly, and War of the Worlds.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Halloween.... Sorta.

      Posted
      Srock685

      Ok, I do have to come out and be honest off the bat, i'm a purist. Normally I don't like any of the remakes, especially in horror, because they usually are a mockery of the original. I will try to give merit where merit is due, and as one person said earlier, this is like alternate universe Michael, but... to be honest, Zombie has absoloutely no idea of what the essence of Michael Myers is. As far as slasher movies go, this is entertaining, there's a terrible plot filled with horrible stereotypes and decent executions. The lighting is ok, the blood and effects are done well, and there is the occasional creepiness, but all in all... this is not a true Halloween movie. I really hope this suffers the same fate as the first Hulk movie, a quiet fade into pop culture history. Michael completely breaks character more than once, and in a completely not Michael way, kills for the wrong reason, is freakishly tall, and wears his mask for the wrong reason. I mean, am I the only one that thinks it was scarier without a motive? That it was more terrifying to see him stalking his prey, and letting them know about it? Like I said this is entertaining, but this really is not the Michael Myers I grew up on. I really hope they never give Rob Zombie production money again... oh too late they announced Halloween 2, or H2 i think they're calling it...

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Another Good Rob Zombie Movie

      Posted
      Throwdown918

      Rob Zombie's portrayal of the Michael Myer's story is done very well. If you are a fan of this series you are going to definitely appreciate what Zombie has done with the original. Zombie starts out by giving you some insight into what it was like to be a young Michael Myer's. Although he tries to explain it all as a tough childhood, there is something seemingly wrong with Michael regardless of what his family life is like. Zombie then takes you into what it was like for Michael in the insane asylum, and directs you through his deterioration of his mind. Dr. Loomis of course works with Michael the entire time and makes no progress as you see Michael get worse and worse. Then Michael is given the chance to escape from the insane asylum and possibly reunite with his long lost sister, who has been adopted by a local family in the town he is originally from Haddonfield. This is when the horror takes place as Myers does whatever he has to in order to reunite with his sister. Zombie does a fantastic job at making the movie gory, with a lot of horror as Myers makes his way house to house terrorizing the town of Haddonfield. A very well done horror/gore movie that doesn't have many scares. Highly recommend for those who are fans of the series.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      not very good

      Posted
      macguffin54

      I am not one of those people who will ask why they made this film, or why they choose to explain why Michael became the way he was. I won't ask why those choose Rob Zombie. I understand the desire to make money and the need to try new things in a series as old as this. But i will ask why Rob Zombie thought this was going to work. Why he choose to remake as opposed to doing a sequel (he has completely re-"imagined" the back story and the events of Lauire Strode and her friends. It might just as well have been a sequel with flashbacks.) The pacing is poor, the direction is sloppy, the acting is embarassing and the script feels pieced together (though to be fair, there are so many versions of the movie it's hard to get a sense of what the actual movie is and what the extended, director and unrated version are (since many of them share some, but not all , of the same "deleted" scenes,) I'm glad it was made, because it brought attention the the dying series and gives hope there will be a next film (that will hopefully be better-- but i always hope for that and i am still waiting.) But really, Rob Zombie just does not know what to do behind the camera (or writing a script), though his intentions are good.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      it's good just lower your expectations

      Posted
      Twlightfann

      If you are a horror fan you will like this movie. It has all the classic horror attributes. But it also bring in the new school horror elements as well. Rob zombie tells the story in a similar manner but with twist and a deeper dive into the heart of the characters. Even to the point of making Micheal seem human and we all know he is evil incarnate! Is this Oscar worthy? NO! But not every movie has to be perfect some times raw and imperfect works just as well! The story is told with heart but he had to stick to the story because it was a remake/retelling so he was confined into what was! The kills were there the story was there and the characters were there. It smoothly transitions from young Micheal to teen Michael to Adult killer! It stays true to the story so no worries for us HALLOWEEN fans it right up our alley! What people need to remember is that this is just a freshening to the series not the deathnail or rebirth of the franchise! It takes what we love the Halloween series and gives it a make over! It's just a good movie not great but a really enjoyable watch even after my fifth watch of the movie

      I would recommend this to a friend



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