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