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Halloween –

Rob Zombie is a filmmaker with a distinct vision that has yet to congeal into a great film, yet. His remake of Halloween is interesting study in auteur-ism. His film, unlike the classic 1978 John Carpenter film, is interested in the where of Michael Myers. (It’s so concerned with that aspect of the story that the Myers murders seem perfunctory.)

This is the Zombie Touch. (Not wholly dissimilar from the Lubitsch Touch, though more grisly and there’s only sick, gruesome comedy. So for purists, its not at all like the Lubitsch Touch, but how often do you get to write about Ernst Lubitsch and Rob Zombie in the same sentence?)

Zombie’s skill, and in fact what sets him apart from most other horror film directors, is his interest in the evil. Not in how the evil kills, but how the evil interacts with the world. It makes the villians more human, which makes them more evil.

In Rob Zombie’s Halloween, the boogie man is a raging child. A child who has seen horrid things, and never going to evolve past that. Now the film doesn’t work, not all the time. Zombie seems bored by the Myers’ killing spree, and the tension isn’t high. (We know how this is going to turn out anyway.) But the craft and craftmanship he shows outside of those scenes leaves one thinking there’s a great horror film in him.

(The Devil’s Rejects is close, but I can’t recommend that film, but it’s like Zombie’s The Wild Bunch and Straw Dogs rolled into one.)

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