Remakes seem to be a dime a dozen in Hollywood these days, particularly in the horror genre. Some of these remakes do great things with the original material (such as Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead), while others do absolutely nothing and retread well-worn territory (such as Flatliners). However, in the pantheon of horror remakes, there's nothing quite like Rob Zombie's gritty, dirty, and downright polarizing Halloween remake from 2007.
With the Halloween franchise set to return to its original continuity when the latest installment in the franchise debuts next year on October 19, we figured now would be a great time to look back on Rob Zombie's Halloween ten years after its initial debut to figure out what worked and what didn't. We have many points to get to, so let's kick this list off with the remake's increased focus on Loomis' relationship with Michael.
Although the later movies in the Halloween franchise would eventually dive into the deep connection between Dr. Sam Loomis and Michael Myers, the original film actually doesn't feature too much connective tissue between them ---other than Loomis' fear of Michael. For the remake, Rob Zombie went in the opposite direction to focus almost entirely on the relationship they built over fifteen years at Smith's Grove sanitarium . The result is a commendable reinvention of this iconic relationship and a nice change of pace for a franchise that has kept things consistent for decades.
As a lousy tradeoff for more emphasis on the dynamic between Michael and Dr. Loomis, we don't meet the updated version of Laurie Strode until well over halfway through the movie. An hour of runtime passes before we see Laurie enter her kitchen on Halloween morning, and the film doesn't give us nearly enough time to get to know her and root for her as Michael gradually closes in over the course of the day -- which was very much the case for the first film. Rob Zombie short-changed Laurie in the service of Loomis and Michael, and it wasn't a great decision in the long run.