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Who made the better Halloween film John Carpenter or Rob Zombie?

Updated on October 7, 2011
Rob Zombie's 2007 remake of John Carpenter's classic hooror film Halloween.
Rob Zombie's 2007 remake of John Carpenter's classic hooror film Halloween. | Source

Since it is getting close to Halloween - I have been reading a lot of hubs on horror movies lately and it got me to thinking about a film that scared me silly when I was a kid, John Carpenter's Halloween, while I have noticed a trend the last few years of Hollywood re-doing all the old horror films I have often found that the original film is usually the better version of most remakes but I don't think that is the case with the John Carpenter's Halloween, I think the version Rob Zombie did in 2007 is better and this hub will tell you why.

Please do not think I am knocking John Carpenters version of Halloween because I am not,it was actually one of the scariest movies to me because it was filmed in a way that kept you on the edge of your seat and the ending was amazing,but that being said I still think that Rob Zombie's version of the film was better.

The plot of the movie was better and more believable.

I can honestly say that in my opinion Rob Zombie's plot was better than the original,I could see a kid who was raised in the enviorment presented in the film with his mother being a stripper,him being picked on at school by kids calling his mother names and bullied by his stepfather could make a kid go pscyco.

I also thought that in Rob zombies version of the film when he got in trouble at school for torturing the animals and drawing the cryptic pictures,that just automatically makes you think of a serial killer and the scene where he beats the kid that picked on him to death with a limb off a tree I could actually see that happening.

I also thought that after the young Michael Myer's did his killing, when he wound up in a mental hospital is really beliavable and the way that he fixated over those mask's as he got older in the film is also so believable to me.

I don't want to ruin the film for anyone who hasen't seen it yet so I will end my reviewing of Rob Zombies Halloween by saying that the film has a even better ending than the original to me,is almost as suspenseful and may be even scarier than the original.

Not to mention that it also has great special effects and awesome music throughtout.

I think it is also important to state that before I even saw the movie I had a attitude of well I guess we can see how bad they ruin this classic film and was pleasantly surprised by the remake, I am not a fan of horror films but Halloween is a good film.

If you have not seen it I would recommend buying it and watching around Halloween this year I guarantee you it will be worth the few dollars it cost to buy.

Poll the readers

Who's version of the horror film Halloween did you like better?

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John Carpenter's Halloween, the movie that made Michael Myers character a household name & spawned many nightmares.
John Carpenter's Halloween, the movie that made Michael Myers character a household name & spawned many nightmares. | Source

John Carpenter' Halloween was a huge success when it was released in 1978, the movie set a new standard for horror films and created a legendary serial killer "Michael Myers".

I have watched this film at least 20 times over the years, I saw it in the theatres when I was a kid and have been a fan of the movie ever since.

Like I said earlier this movie really scared me as a kid and it still gives me a good scare even now over a quarter of a century later so that statement says a lot for the film itsself.

Here is my review of the fim now

I think that John Carpenter is a absolute master of suspence , to this day this film still gives me the creeps while watching it, I love the way he shot the opening scene where Michael as a young boy slowly climbs the stairs , you see him find the clown mask in the floor and he puts it on and your view is looking out of the eyes of the mask and you hear the creepy breathing as he approaches his sister who is sitting naked in front of a vanity brushing her hair and he stabs her to death he then walks back outside and her boyfriend pulls the mask off his head and says Michael.

Then it jumps to 1978 in Haddonfield where we are introduced to the character Dr.Loomis who is on his way to a mental hospital riding in a car with a nurse and they are making small talk when they arrive......seeing the mental patients walking around outside in the rain you realize something is wrong..

To mee that scene is awesome, also in any scene where there is any drama you here the great background music which really adds to the mystery or suspence of the scene.

Also the background music and noises like grunting and heavy breathing have been used in hundreds of films after Halloween and I don't think any of them are nearly as good.

Next you are introduced to Laurie Strobe - (Played by Jamie Lee Curtis) she is being watched by Michael who has come home for Halloween.

I don't want to give away anymore of the plot or storyline of the movie other than to say that this is in the top 5 of all the scariest movies ever.

Some interesting facts about John Carpenter's Halloween

John Carpenter did the music score himself - as a musician I can appreciate how hard it must have been to come up with that iconic sound. (see the video below)

It was Jamie Lee Curtis debut film and was originally planned on being called " The Baby Sitters Killer.

It was widely credited for starting the Slasher genre of films,people have said that Michael Myers,Jason Vorhee's from the Friday the 13th movies and Freddie from Nighmare on Elm street series are the modern version of Frankenstein - Dracula & The Wolf man from the universal black and white films.

The Micahel Myer's mask was a captain kirk mask (from the popular tv series Star Trek) - painted white,the movie was shot on a tight budget of $332.00 and it had become one of the most successfull indepent films ever grossing over $70 million worldwide.

I loved both versions of the film Halloween but I am gonna give a ever so close edge to Rob Zombie's 2007 as my vote, I am curious to see what you readers have to say by voting in the poll above and in your comments below.

Although I will say that Rob Zombie could learn a lot from John Carpenter in the fact that sometimes it is more scary to leave things to the imagination,instead of being so over the top and gory and he should try to tone down on the profanity.

Have a safe & happy halloween

As always God-Bless-Us-All´╗┐

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  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Alabama,USA

    @Jblandin - I love both versions - be sure and stop back by and let me know which one you liked best

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    7 years ago

    Great article Manthy. Now I have to watch the Rob Zombie version. I haven't seen a good horror flick in a while, so why not start with this one.

  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Alabama,USA

    @Outside the lines - I did not know he was redoing the blob, Thanks for the heads up!

  • OutsideTheLines profile image


    7 years ago from Tulsa, OK

    Rob Zombie all the way. I can't wait to see what he does with The Blob.

  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Alabama,USA

    @sweetone angle - Yes it is a good time to watch it esp around Halloween ;0)

    @Ambassador - That is my problem with horror movies - way too much nudity and bad language, I agree 100%.

    Thanks for stopping by I will return the favor soon

  • sweetoneangel profile image


    7 years ago from New Jersey

    Great hub. I never knew Rob Zombie had done a remake, now I am going to have to rent it and let you know which one I think is better. Voted up and useful.

  • ambassadornchains profile image


    7 years ago

    Well, there are some movies that he has to beg me to watch with him! I was fine with watching a couple of the Saw movies and we both love watching scary movies...(I enjoy narrating them and yelling mockery at the TV screen). My only problem is I can't stand a lot of the cussing and/or nudity in a lot of "scary" movies so that is usually what turns me away.

  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Alabama,USA

    @storytellersrus - LOL THAT IS HILARIOUS - Thanks I needed a good laugh, I am going to do a video with all of my hubs from now on ;0) Something new I'm trying

    Thanks for stopping by


  • Storytellersrus profile image


    7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

    I love the video you created! I like your version of the sounds the best, lol! Voted up!

  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Alabama,USA

    @Dorothy - You just said it all for me right there - we feel the same about it. YESSSSS - Thanks

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    Dorothy Marie 

    7 years ago from Michigan

    I am a Halloween fanatic , seen them all and re watch every year during the marathon. I cannot base one over the other but as it was Carpenters vision, he worked with a minimal budget and team yet created a legendary character. I appreciated the Zombie take on the first one , telling the pre story and giving us a closer glimpse inside the mind of the character. I truly enjoyed both originals !

  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Alabama,USA

    @Kitty - I am not carzy about Rob Zombie's films - I like his music but I still think he did a slighlty better version of that one movie Halloween 1

    @ambassadoenchains - WOW - I can't believe you haven't seen either film esp the original ;0) you must be like my wife - I have to beg her to even watch a scary movie.

    @Geoff - I can see why you love the original better because it was way more suspenceful - I don't know why but I tend to always look at the plots of movies when sometimes it is just better to sit back and watch it instead of analyze it & I love October for so many things I wrote a hub about why I love the fall season.


    Thanks for all the comments I will be visiting your hubs soon ;0)


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    Geoff Morova 

    7 years ago from South Dakota

    The reason I love October - horror films! I don't enjoy Rob Zombie but can totally respect his vision. Of the 2 choices I would go with John Carpenter. I too am a fan of suspense. It can be much scarier than all blood and gore.

  • ambassadornchains profile image


    7 years ago

    Surprisingly, I haven't watched either of the Halloween movies!! That is very interesting about John Carpenter writing the music, himself - I wouldn't have thought that! I may have to rent the two Halloween movies and watch them with my boyfriend (who LOVES horror movies) and we'll have to come back on here and share a review! =) I'm sure he's seen both of them, already!

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    Kitty Fields 

    7 years ago from Summerland

    I kind of like Rob Zombie's better because I'm a HUGE Rob Zombie fan! Love all of his movies...though they are extremely twisted! Of course the original Halloween movie was awesome too.

  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Alabama,USA

    @ hi Beth - I can't stand much of his films work either - in fact I think Halloween is the only good film he has done that I have seen, he is to gory with eccesive profanity, just too over the top for me,Thanks for stopping by


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    Beth Perry 

    7 years ago from Tennesee

    Now this was an interesting hub; a comparison, a review and trivia. Loved it!

    I voted for Carpenter's Halloween -I very honestly cannot stand Rob Zombie's film work. But voted up, great job!

  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Alabama,USA

    Thanks Thomas - I also use Chrome & Google and I will repay you the favor of clicking the ups on a few of your hubs, who know it might helps us earn a few bucks


  • ThoughtSandwiches profile image


    7 years ago from Reno, Nevada

    Hi manthy...

    Two confessions to start with...1)I thought this was a hub about zombies...and B)I had no idea there was a Rob Zombie version of the said 1978 Carpenter classic.

    In terms of the should stop looking at computer screens for a bit and on the latter (Thanks to the awesomeness that is Google Chrome...)

    I shall activate Netflix...and get things going on that front...

    I'm glad we have had an opportunity to meet and I thank you for the kind fan mail.

    In terms of this little gem you have here...I voted all the Ups, buttons, and levers (except know...that would be weird...horror topic...were both know...) anywho...



  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Alabama,USA

    @Filmrebel - Thanks for the comment - I liked both versions of the film but to me the 2007 is just slightly better than the original.. and for no other reason than the plot, I knew this would be a good hub and most people would love the original simply because the originals of 95% of all remakes are better or perhaps it is because I have seen the original so many times, I really jusy can't be sure...but it was a close pick anyway thanks again for stopping by I hope you will visit often


  • FilmRebel profile image


    7 years ago from Ohio

    I was also surprised by this remake. rob Zombie has proven to be a compotent director but i still have to go with the original. for the same reasons you like the remake I thought it took away from the film. The fact that in the original nothing provoked him and he was still crazy really drove home the fact he was simply pure evil.

  • manthy profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Alabama,USA

    WOW - Thanks for all the kind words - I figured everyone would love the original most ;0)> I guess I am just weird. Thanks again to everyone for stopping by.

    @nefarious - I agree with you about Rob Zombies nudity

    @sunshine - You are hilarious, FREAKY

    @Fat Freddy - It is a much faster version than Caropenters

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    Keith Abt 

    7 years ago from The Garden State

    Maybe it's cuz I'm an old goat who grew up with the Carpenter version but I prefer his film. I didn't hate Zombie's film but didn't love it either. If I had any major complaints about it, I'd say that he spent a little too much time explaining Michael's origin/back story... so that when he finally gets to Haddonfield to start his killing spree, it's like watching Carpenter's film on fast-forward. Haha.

  • Nefarious_Misery profile image


    7 years ago from on the move

    I'm a little torn between the two. I loved the first half of Rob Zombie's Halloween. But then it really bothered me that EVERY SINGLE WOMAN had to die naked. I thought it was a little rediculous. As far as the original, it's a classic, but it was also 1978, and technologies in movie making have come so far since then. In the end I think the original still wins.

    Nice hub. Voted up

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    7 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Ewwww so eerie manthy!! I'm not a fan of horror flicks but you created a spookingly scary hub!! Voted UP and freaky!! :)


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