So I did end up catching this at a midnight show the night before Cridafer and I took off for Europe; otherwise the Horror Guy would have had to have waited two weeks after its initial release before being able to see this one. Anyone who knows anything about me and my love for the Halloween franchise knows that this would not be fun for me. Anyway, it's been a whirlwind tour of Amsterdam and Paris so far but I've finally got a free moment to sit down and compose my thoughts.
I've waited eagerly for Rob Zombie's re-imagining of my all time favorite horror flick, ever since hearing about it over a year ago. I'm a huge fan of Zombie's previous flicks, particularly Devil's Rejects, and really wanted to see what he could do with John Carpenter's horror masterpiece. What did I think? Well...I was entertained and I was really jazzed pretty much anytime Tyler Mane lumbered onto the screen as the monstrous Michael Myers and...well...hrmmm...ah, screw it.
C'mon Mr. Zombie! You can do better than this! I mean, sure it was a somewhat enjoyable flick but egads, dude! Could you maybe give the characters a little bit of dimension? I really liked the back story that was developed for Michael Myers, but he was the only character I cared about at all...and he's the monster of the flick. I will go so far as to say that I absolutely loved the ending shot (pun intended for those that have seen it) but it just was not enough of a payoff for having sat thru the rest of the flick. I guess the best way to put it is this would have made for a really enjoyable straight to DVD movie, but it is just not up to the caliber of 'horror blockbuster' that I so wanted it to be. I wanted this to be the one that put Zombie's name at least near the top of the list of recognized horror masters such as John Carpenter, Dario Argento or even Eli Roth. But sadly, this one just didn't do it for me. Of course I'll pick this up on DVD and give it another watch as I have a feeling it will pick up a cult following among home viewers but I suppose we'll have to wait for Rob Zombie's next entry into the horror field to see if he really has what it takes to be a maestro. And does anyone else remember when the character of Michael Myers was known simply as 'The Shape'?