I went to see this movie in the hopes of seeing a good old slasher film filled with creative gory deaths and lots of intense thrill rides. As a long time fan of the final destionation series I'll admit I wasn't expecting much after the unimpressive 'Final Destionation 3' but because of the fact it was a final destionation final, I was obviously going to see it. And what a mistake I made!
This film is so bad it is just so hard to review as it is hard to find words to describe how bad it really is. The acting is just so drone and annoying and the main characters are just so boring unememberable. Aside from this the script just shows that the writing crew stoped trying years ago and ar just recycling the same old same old material that we have all seen before. Which brngs meto the point of the death scenes. And to basicaly get to the point, there all just so awful and unimaginatve. Most of them are all more or less exacly the same in everyway and even the most grusom imginative death is just unshocking and simply comical. I can't complain too much about the CGI as it is pretty much up to the standard of the previous flms in the series but of course it just seems a bit more unrealistic in this particular installment due mainly to the fact of te use of 3D (Killing movies everwhere as usual).
Aside from all this the ending was just terrible and what seemed like a last minute thing that the writters threw in simply because they couldn't think of anyway of ending it.
Another thing that bothered me was the fact that there just didn't seem to be anything worthwhle about watching this movie. I mean whe watching the first film, there were alot of things in it that really made you think alot about death and how we should define it and just how it works. But in this most recent installment nothing makes you think, nothing makes us walk away from the movie theatre worring that death is going to get us, and the reaso is because this movie just didn't affect me in anyway, there truely was nothing good I could find about this movie
When one hears of a remake of a classic film, anyone who was a fan of the original will automatically be ready to compare it in every way to to original and go into detail about how much better the latter was. And of course when Rob Zombie decided to remake John Carpenter's classic 'Halloween', he was going to have to go all out to impress. And did he? Well in my honest opinion, as a massive fan of Carpenter's work, yes he did.
Zombie's take on 'Halloween' is a lot different than Carpenter's. The main thing being the fact that around the first half hour of the film focuses on Myer's childhood and just how he ended up as the deranged phycopath killer that he is. As we see how his family functions and the abuse he has to suffer from his older sister and crippled unstable step-father, as well as the torment that he his to suffer at school, we can see why Micheal ended up the way he did. For many, like me, this was a very enjoyable experience, a it was a very different take on Micheal's motives and his mind state for his destructive behaviour.
For others however, this my have ruined the whole concept of Micheal Myers and the horror of 'Halloween'. The reason being that when you look at it, a killer with no motives for his actions is a lot scarier than a killer with motives. When a killer has motives and reasons for his actions, there is a chance that we can reason with him, give him what he wants. In Carpenters original, the movie opens with The young Micheal Myers Slaughtering his sister with a blank expression on his face and doing it for no reason what so ever. When he returns 15 years latter, it is simply to revist his home, and when Jamie Lee Curtis comes into the picture and enters his property, he just simply wants to put an end to her, no questions asked. This is where the horror in Halloween lies, the blank expressionless mask of Myers, the creepy stares accompanied by the eerie Halloween theme, the fact that there is no reason why he wants to kill, he just simply has to.
In Zombie's movie, Micheal has a motive, to find his baby sister Laurie. This was not the plot of the original, and is a completely different take from Zombie,and does it work. In a sense yes it does,it adds more depth to the story, and more excitement and more tension. However this takes away the fear and horror of the film, which in my opinion is the reason why this film is not a horror film, but an all out slasher film.
As for the script of the film, I think it worked out rather well. As was mentioned beforehand, around the first half hour of the film is based on Myers childhood and his upbring in his broken abusive home. I think this is a feature that works very well as it is packed with thrills and tons of gore and suspense. As the film progresses it is much like the original in terms of the behaviour of the typical teen slasher flick actors and the killings of Micheal. Hovever with the slight over production of the film, it just seems like something is lost here.
All and all, I believe that this was a great take on Carpenters classic. By no mean am I saying that Zombie's film is in anyway better than the original, it doesn't have the fear and terror of the latter or it's ability to make the viewer unsettled in any way. But in it's own right it is a fantastic slasher movie and really takes the viewer on a fantastic thrill ride, an as far as remakes go, it was a great film.