I don’t really remember the originals. I figured I’d get that out of the way. I’ve seen all of them, I’m sure even the bad ones in my lifetime but that was so many years ago that I can’t even keep the original ones straight. And I do plan to watch the originals, they are being shipped by Netflix as we speak (I hope).
I saw the first movie in the theaters (as well as recently on Video on Demand
) and the second movie I saw recently on Showtime on Demand. The first movie starts with Michael Meyer’s poverty-stricken dysfunctional family. His mother is a stripper and the rest of his family treats him poorly. The viewer is given an in depth look at his psychosis and the people that help to perpetuate his psychosis. He later seeks out his youngest sister “Boo.”
The second movie begins with the conclusion of the first, delving into the repercussions of Michael’s actions in the previous film. His mother is now beckoning him to continue the work he started in the prior movie. His sister Boo suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder from the prior attack. She is heavily medicated and attempting to deal with the problems arising from the return of Michael Meyer’s.
I did enjoy the reality of Rob Zombie’s vision. He kept it focused on actual possibilities rather than mythical supernatural evil. The reality of the young Michael Meyer’s upbringing combined with the bullying he experienced at school seemed to create his break with reality, although, I joke that the terrible candy haul that he received was what really sent him over the edge.
The second movie was also very good. I had also thought it very unrealistic that movie heroes and heroines would survive a serial killer murdering all of their friends and family members only to get away unscathed and completely well adjusted. In Halloween II, his sister is trying to cope but can’t really handle the weight of the misfortune that previously befell her. She copes but ultimately the second series of attacks was too much for her to handle.
I’m going to watch the original eight movies and tell you my view of them in comparison with the Rob Zombie Halloween movies. Also, there is talk of a third remake but Rob Zombie will not be directing, according to IMDB.com October 26, 2012 is the slated release date.
Tomorrow we talk about how to write scary stories.
And Next Week’s Movie is not a Movie so much as a Series of Movies… My 10 favorite Scenes from the Nightmare on Elm Street Series:
Check out this Mashup Video below (not for the faint of heart)