Halloween John Carpenter Vs. Halloween Rob Zombie
Compared to the John Carpenter original the Rob Zombie version just doesn''t hit the mark. It is the same with sequels (although there are exceptions to the rule), whereby the first film is an absolute masterpiece and the second makes you think "What the ****!" and not in a good way.
However this isn''t about sequels, it''s about whether a renovated version of a classic can actually take precedence over its predecessor. What the original 70''s version gives you is the father of horror. A serial killer (and not a small built one!) seemingly able to wander around, white mask on face, machete in hand, completely un-noticed, killing whom he chooses.
It is a typical horror movie and easily goes by one simple rule... If you show your boobs your dead and for males it''s if you''re having sex you''re dead.
The renovated version just doesn''t have the same appeal as the original, although the story starts with Michael Myers as a child, something not seen in the originals.
It is this that can capture the audience. The names are already there; Halloween, Michael Myers; it was just a matter of tuning it to the directors'' spec (in this instance Rob Zombie). In the same way the renovated version shows the story of the mask, where it came from; same with the infamous blue boiler suit.
If it is full on blood, gore and screaming teenagers that is preferred then the original is definately one to catch. For a more psychological, play games with your mind and kill you kind of scare, then Rob Zombie has almost certainly hit the nail on the head.