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'Halloween' remake should carve out holiday win

31 August 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The calendar might say Labor Day, but moviegoers this holiday weekend at the North American boxoffice are just as likely to be celebrating Halloween -- or, make that Halloween, Rob Zombie's remake of John Carpenter's classic 1978 slasher movie.

While the current film, the eighth to be spun off of the original Halloween, appears to be jumping the gun holidaywise, it's just one of a trio of new wide releases that will bid for the attention of younger males while the rest of the family is off celebrating summer's end.

The Weinstein brothers' Miramax Films acquired the rights to the Halloween franchise in 1994 and released the sixth film in the series, "Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers," under their Dimension Films label in 1995. They followed up with two updates, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, which opened to $16.2 million in 1998, and Halloween: Resurrection, which bowed to $12.3 million in 2002.

This time, though, Dimension -- which took the franchise with it when the Weinsteins left the Walt Disney Co. -- has returned to the drawing board. Rocker Zombie, who cut his teeth as a director on House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects, has gone back to Carpenter's original tale of knife-wielding mental institution escapee Michael Myers and written and directed a movie that is as much prequel (with a look at Myers' horrific childhood) as a remake. »

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