I rewatched Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake the other night, and **ducks plastic machetes being hurled by horror diehards** all of the furious anger hurled its way now feels more unfair than justified. Instead of appreciating Zombie’s valiant attempt to both honor John Carpenter’s original while still injecting his own ideas, the haters spit in Zombie’s direction. Put Halloween side-by-side with this year’s Friday the 13th revision, however, or Zombie’s film looks like a flawless masterwork.
Sure, the second half is a far-too-condensed copycat of John Carpenter’s entire original, full of character names that we recognize but don’t give two shits about in their physical forms. Even a couple of the kills are identical to those seen in the OG. Yet, the first half of Zombie’s flick, where he infused his own ideas rather than rehashing Carpenter’s, is brutally wicked. If only he would’ve stuck with that script for the film’s entirety.
The more I read about and see of August 28’s H2 (Halloween 2 may be the title now, though), the better the sequel looks. Zombie is clearly abandoning everything that we know about Carpenter’s mythology and overdosing on his own affinity for naturalistic depravity.
As long as its understood that Rob Zombie cooked this one up exactly how he wanted to, H2 will live or die on its filmmaker’s shoulders. The following behind-the-scenes footage, featuring some new clips from the film itself, surfaced on Youtube today, courtesy of Dimension Films. It’s easily the coolest piece of pre-release fodder released so far: