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Halloween (Unrated Two-Disc Special Edition)

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From acclaimed musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie comes an entirely new take on the highly successful and terrifying Halloween legacy, which began in 1978. While revealing a new chapter in the established Michael Myers saga, the film will surprise both classic and modern horror fans with a departure from prior films in the Halloween franchise. Audiences should brace themselves for unprecedented fear as Zombie turns back time to uncover the making of a pathologically disturbed, even cursed child named Michael Myers. (MGM)

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More of a supercharged revamp than a remake, Rob Zombie's take on John Carpenter's Halloween expands the back story of masked killer Michael Myers in an attempt to examine the motivation for his first deadly attack, as well as some reasons for his longevity as a horror icon. Zombie's Myers is a blank-eyed teen (played by Daeg Faerch) whose burgeoning mental problems are left unchecked in a horrific home environment; harassed by schoolmates, a randy sister, and his mother's deadbeat boyfriend (William Forsythe, terrific as usual), Myers' homicidal explosion seems inevitable, and intervention by Dr. Sam Loomis (Malcolm McDowell, who offers a fast-talking, hippiefied version of the Donald Pleasance character) does little to impede his development into a mute, unstoppable killing machine (Tyler Mane) bent on finishing off the only survivor of his family's massacre--his sister, now grown into teenaged Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton). Opening up the psychological motivation of a cipher like Michael Myers is an interesting approach, but Zombie's script possesses neither a depth of character nor dialogue to offer more than a clichéd thumbnail character sketch, and devoting over a hour of the unrated cut's 120-minute-plus running time to this history feels bloated and self-indulgent (especially when compared to the lean efficiency of the Carpenter original). Zombie's Halloween isn't terribly suspenseful, either; he has a keen eye for visuals and the details of chaotic environments, but his scares are nothing more than brutal showcases for his special effects team. The end result barely surpasses the original film's numerous sequels, though the Who's Who of cult and character actors in the cast (including Zombie regulars Sid Haig, Bill Moseley and Ken Foree, as well as Brad Dourif, Udo Kier, Clint Howard, Richard Lynch, Danny Trejo, Dee Wallace, and Danielle Harris) adds a touch of late-night monster movie charm. However, the film's best performance belongs to the director's spouse, Sheri Moon Zombie, who brings unexpected pathos to the role of Myers' downtrodden mother.

The two-disc Unrated Director's Cut offers a full disc's worth of extras that should please Zombie fans; chief among the supplemental features is his commentary, which details the film's shooting history and the numerous edits required to deliver the theatrical version. A making-of featurette offers further details of Zombie's vision for the film, and there are featurettes on his cast choices and the many masks that Myers makes while incarcerated. Seventeen deleted scenes (two of which feature Adrienne Barbeau and Tom Towles) and an alternate ending (all with Zombie's commentary) are also provided, as well as footage from the casting sessions. A blooper reel, which is highlighted by unchecked mischief by McDowell and Dourif, offers the set's sole moment of levity. -- Paul Gaita


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  • Actors: Tyler Mane, Scout Taylor-Compton, Malcolm McDowell, Sheri Moon Zombie, William Forsythe
  • Directors: Rob Zombie
  • Writers: Rob Zombie
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Director's Cut, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: December 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,291 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VKL6Z2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,338 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The original Halloween is a classic and will in my book always receive a five star rating. Recently there has been a great deal of remakes that were flops and catered to the teeny bopper crowd such as, The Fog, The Omen, Dark Water, etc. However there has been only two remakes that I thought were diserving of our attenion, one being the remake of The Hills Have Eyes, and Halloween.

What I liked about the remake was it gave us something fresh to work with. In the original Halloween we never really knew why Michael was bad, in this remake, the first thirty minutes or so expore the childhood of Michael Myers. People say that the dialog concerning Michael's family was wrong. Trust me, I have seen broken homes and Mr. Zombie gives us exactly what you would expect from a trashy family.

Besides satisfying my curiosity of Michael's childhood, I found this to be similar in many cases to the original, but at the same time the material was quite fresh with new chills and scares. Zombie took a masterpiece and reminded us why it is called a masterpiece. He accomplished a great job capturing a 70's look and theme, and did a great musical score as well. This is possibly the best horror remake that I've ever seen.
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Wow, there is alot of slander about this film flying all over the internet. This film was cursed from the start. A remake of a classic horror movie like Halloween is a daring and risky move! The man in the drivers seat...Rob Zombie. An interesting choice for a director but none the less the film was doomed right from the start. "Die hard fans" of the original (like myself) were astonished that Malek Akkad would dare and copy the original classic! But wait a second...the sequels have gotten very stale. Is this the appropriate direction? All in all Rob Zombie's version of Halloween is an entirely different film from the original. I think it was pretty smart to change the direction of the film some so one does make the same mistake that Gus Van Sant did with "Psycho". Now the question: Was the remake better than the original? The answer is - No way, not even close! However, this film compliments the original very well. I was surprised with the quality of the film as Rob Zombie is a fairly good director. The film was filled with foul language, nudity and alot of gore! As any good horror movie should be! The casting was well done. Apparently Rob Zombie used the entire cast from his previous movie in Halloween, but I have not seen either of his other two movies, so I don't care in the least. The girl playing Laurie was well cast. Finally Laurie was attractive! Malcolm McDowell as Loomis was brilliant and I loved him in the role. Still nowhere near as good as Donald Pleasence but again, who expected him to be? The back story written into the movie was well done. The little boy who played young Michael Myers managed to creep me out, so that says alot. Michael who is like 10 feet tall in this version is scary again. The ending can go either way for the fans.Read more ›
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First off, I'm not sure this movie was worth four stars. It's more like 3.5, but considering that isn't an option, I'd rather give it half more than half less. Rob Zombie has made three movies in his career as a writer/director. The first was the cartoonishly over-the-top, "sadistic" (it wasn't) 'House of 1,000 Corpses', the highlight of which was Rainn Wilson as "Fish Boy". His second was 'The Devil's Rejects', an indirect sequel (meaning all it had in common was the same characters and actors) to 'House of 1,000 Corpses'. While 'Corpses' was more focused on being weird (the Dr. Satan underground climax; the apparently supernatural monsters), 'The Devil's Rejects' was focused on being an actual movie. The cartoonishness was gone, replaced by actually sadistic violence, likeable villains, and one of the most vile rape scenes but to film. Among all of that, it was a throwback to movies of the same genre from the 1970's. Zombie also directed one of the fake previews in the movie 'Grindhouse', though his, 'Werewold Women of the SS', was the second worst of the lot.

I am in no way a horror fan. Usually all the movies are the same, and there hasn't been an actual good horror movie for several decades. But Zombie's movies are different than the normal "gross before scary" horror being released in droves every weekend. That's why it was such a dissapointment, to me at least, that, among other admirable qualities, his 'Halloween' remake has very few chills. It's almost a normal slice-'n-dice horror movie, complete with naked women running around getting fileted for most of the third act.
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Remaking a classic horror film is almost never a good idea. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Dawn of the Dead (Widescreen Unrated Director's Cut) and The Hitcher (Widescreen Edition) are examples of recent remakes that are inferior shadows of their original selves. And so it came with great disappointment when it was announced that John Carpenter's Halloween (Divimax 25th Anniversary Edition) was going to be remade and Rob Zombie would direct. Known mostly for his music with White Zombie and a successful solo career, he's branched out into making films, including The Devil's Rejects (Unrated Widescreen Edition), a down `n' dirty homage to outlaw cinema of the 1970s. Why would a self-professed horror film buff like Zombie even try to remake a revered classic like Halloween? Hubris? Fanboy wish fulfillment? Or, did he figure that this film was going to be made one way or another and rather than let some hack do a crappy job; he could at least bring his stylistic touches and point-of-view to the table.

Zombie's remake works because he takes the Halloween mythos and expands it in all kinds of fascinating ways.
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Halloween box set?
The Halloween movies are made by different movie studios, unlike friday the 13th's and nightmare movies which are made by the same company, so there probably won't be a Halloween box set for the US. It sucks because it would be so awesome to have a box set that has all kinds of special features... Read More
Dec 30, 2007 by TheGroom |  See all 6 posts
Does the 3 disc edition have the actual theatrical version?
I want the theatrical version too, not this "unrated" verson with the sick, stupid rape scene escape. The theartical verson was much better, killing all the guards. I have it on DVD. Will not buy the bluray until I can find the theatrical verson!
May 30, 2009 by P. Brown |  See all 8 posts
Fullscreen and Widescreen Editions
Hey - I just got the theatrical version and the movie disc is two sided - widescreen on side A and fullscreen on side B, and also comes with a bonus 2nd disc.
Apr 20, 2009 by pixiepoison |  See all 3 posts
Whats the difference?
Unrated version contains footage that wasn't shown in the theatrical version. One thing I noticed there was 1 or 2 alternate scenes in the unrated one when I watched it.
Dec 18, 2007 by Michael |  See all 9 posts
rated vs unrated versions
There's also more of Loomis' voice describing Michael's problems in the unrated version, but I hate the unrated verson because of the stupid rape scene escape.
May 30, 2009 by P. Brown |  See all 7 posts
this won't play on my Pioneer Elite!!!!! Be the first to reply
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