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Published August 30, 2007 in Movie Reviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Dimension.
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This Halloween remake has a lot to live up to. If they can't top Busta Rhymes kung fu-ing Michael Meyers, there's really no point. Yes, that's the benchmark I have for the Halloween franchise. I actually never liked the original.

Movie Review: Halloween

When I was 12 and just realizing I could watch scary movies with my eyes open, I went through all the Nightmare on Elm Streets, Friday the 13ths and Halloweens. I understand that Halloween started it all, but by the time I got to it, I thought it was boring. Just the idea of a guy stalking and stabbing was plain. I understand people love it, so we can talk about that later, but it didn't do it for me.

If you hate the original like I do, this Halloween is great. It's got none of the subtlety or uncertainty. It's all spelled out and it moves. No waiting around for things to happen. I was entertained.

The first 35 minutes deal with Michael Meyers as a kid. This is by far the most interesting part of the movie. The kid does a great job showing how this evil forms in such an environment. Even the time in the institution is intriguing.

This is a different take on the killer. Halloween was about a killer without clear motivations who just killed. This is about what makes a killer. I'm not sure what the point of this is. It's just different.

Then when the film tries to have gravitas and emotion, it gets hokey. Loomis essentially breaks up with Michael Meyers. Then we meet the girls and they're all a bunch of vulgar idiots acting out. The thing is, while it may be annoying to watch them on feel, it is obnoxiously real. I've been to a movie on opening night with teenagers. That's them.

Still, the action keeps up. If you like slashers, this is a true killing spree rampage. The kills are brutal but not outrageous. They are still real life implements but wielded with brute strength.

This Halloween has a higher body count than any of the others I can remember. The end goes on too long. After a certain point, the new Laurie Strode running away from Michael over and over feels like the end of Blue Steel.

Tyler Mane has a great presence and body language as Michael. Just watching him stand there or stalk around is cool.

So, for a remake of a movie I didn't like to begin with, Halloween kept me entertained. You know what it needed, though? Busta Rhymes beating up Michael Meyers. That's still the highlight of the franchise.

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