Halloween (Unrated Two-Disc Special Edition)

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The initial slasher film about Michael Myers, the psychotic killer who wears a mask and terrorizes his home town, is re-imagined by edgy director Rob Zombie.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 inspiration for his very first lethal attack, as well as some reasons for his durability as a horror icon. Zombie's Myers is a blank-eyed teenager( played by Daeg Faerch )whose blossoming mental issues are left unattended in a horrific house environment; pestered by schoolmates, a randy sibling, and his mother's deadbeat partner( William Forsythe, great as normal), Myers'bloodthirsty explosion appears inescapable, 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 household's massacre-- his sibling, now become teenaged Laurie Strode(Scout Taylor-Compton). Launching the mental inspiration of a cipher like Michael Myers is an interesting approach, however Zombie's script has neither a depth of character nor dialogue to offer more than a clichéd thumbnail character sketch, and committing over a hour of the unrated cut's 120-minute-plus running time to this history feels bloated and self-indulgent(especially when compared with the lean effectiveness of the Carpenter original). Zombie's Halloween isn't really awfully dramatic, either; he has a keen eye for visuals and the information of disorderly environments, however his scares are absolutely nothing more than brutal displays for his special impacts group. The end result hardly exceeds the initial film's various follows up, though the Who's Who of cult and character stars 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 )includes a touch of late-night beast motion picture charm. However, the film's best performance comes from the director's spouse, Sheri Moon Zombie, who brings unanticipated pathos to the function 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 additional features is his commentary, which information the film's shooting history and the various edits needed to deliver the theatrical version. A making-of featurette offers further information of Zombie's vision for the film, and there are featurettes on his cast options and the many masks that Myers makes while incarcerated. Seventeen erased scenes(2 which function 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 unattended mischief by McDowell and Dourif, offers the set's sole minute of levity.-- Paul Gaita

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