Frequently Asked Questions
The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags are used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.
In the original draft of the script, the first part took place in 1978 and the second part seventeen years later, which would be 1995. The movie itself does not make these dates explicit, but it does make clear that there is a seventeen-year gap. There are indications that the movie is set in present-day. We see modern-day cell phones, for instance.
As mentioned in the trivia section, William Forsythe injured his leg prior to shooting, which is why his leg is in a cast in the film. In the script, the character only had an arm brace, but Forsythe's leg injury was also worked into the plot.
In the DVD commentary, Rob Zombie says he was trying to suggest that Ronnie had motorcycle injuries.
Opening scene - "God Of Thunder" by Kiss.
Breakfast scene - "Baby, I Love Your Way" by Peter Frampton.
Michael sits outside alone while Deborah Myers strips at club / Judith and Steve fool around - "Love Hurts" by Nazareth.
Judith listens to headphones on her bed - "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult.
Loomis walks to asylum to spend Christmas with Michael - "Deck The Halls" by Bing Crosby.
Loomis, Deborah, and Michael sit silently at the table inside the asylum - "Suite No. 3 (Air on the G String)" by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Big Joe Grizzley pulls into truck stop - "Tom Sawyer" by Rush.
The Strodes are introduced - "Mr. Sandman" by Nan Vernon.
Lynda and Bob have sex - "Halloween II" by The Misfits.
Lynda changes the channel on the radio while Bob gets beer - "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult.
The Strodes sit on porch, and they tell Laurie to be careful on Halloween - "Halloween" by Wade Denning and Kay Lande.
Annie picks up Laurie from her house - "Let It Ride" by Bachman Turner Overdrive.
Annie and Paul fool around - "Only Women Bleed" by Alice Cooper (performed by Lita Ford).
End credits - "Halloween Theme 2007" by Tyler Bates*, "Mr. Sandman" by Nan Vernon.
* Note, it is a VERY different mix of "Halloween Theme 2007" than the promotional theme released on the website, in the trailer, DVD menu, and on the soundtrack.
Talking with Sheriff Brackett inside the squad car on their way to the Strode residence, Dr. Loomis explains to him what had happened to the Myers family and where he had taken young Laurie as a baby.
Now, it is possible that Sheriff Brackett had told Loomis where the Myers house was. Or Loomis may have seen Michaels's medical records many times over the years, and may have remembered the location that way. And since the house had been abandoned for so long, it would have stood out from the other houses.
Another possible theory is that Loomis had visited the Meyer's household at some point while doing research for his book. After all, the first time he met Michael was at school, when the pictures of the dead animals surfaced. Prior to when Michael kills the bully.
The film leaves the matter ambiguous. Not until the sequel, Halloween 2 (2009), do we learn for certain that she survived.
In the theatrical cut, it is ambiguous. When Michael Myers pulls Laurie Strode out of the police car window, Loomis runs after Michael, trying to tell him that he was the one who failed him and that nothing was Laurie's fault. Michael seems to kill him by crushing his skull.
In the director's cut, no. There is a scene in which Loomis grabs Michael's leg as he tries to get to Laurie. This indicates he is alive, at least up until that point.
It is not until Halloween II (2009), which follows this movie whichever cut you watch, that we learn for certain that he survived.
It is left ambiguous, as we never actually see where Laurie shoots him. Not until the sequel, Halloween II (2009), do we learn for certain that Michael Myers survived this film.
1. Bully: Hit repeatedly and violently with a thick tree branch. 2. Ronnie: Throat slit, (graphic and very bloody.) 3. Steven: Hit repeatedly with a metal bat. 4. Judith Myers: Stabbed with a butcher knife to the stomach, then soon after slashed multiple times across her back. (Very disturbing and terrifying) 5. Man Raping Woman #1: Thrown to floor and beaten up to death. 6. Man Raping Woman #2: Head smashed on wall. 7. Ismael Cruz: Gagged in water, then television falls and hits on his head. 8. Joe Grizzly: Small knife to his stomach. (Blood gushes out everywhere) 9. Bob: Knife to the head. 10. Lynda: Choked aggressively to death. 11. Mason: Knife slashed across face. 12. Cynthia: Stabbed, then back broken. (Extremely brutal) 13. Steve: Supposedly stabbed to death. (Brief and offscreen)
There have been many mixed reviews.
"I just might think Halloween is one of the best horror movies in the past five years." -- Josh Tyler, 2007.
"Brings enough new tricks to make this a Halloween treat." -- BBCi, 2007
"End result is a hectic, professionally assembled pic." -- Variety, 2007
"And by todays standards, Halloween is probably the best American created horror movie in a couple years" -- Peter Sciretta, 2007
"Zombie puts his own spin on "Halloween," while at the same time paying tribute to Carpenter's film, and he's mostly successful at both." -- Peter Hartlaub, 2007.
"Zombie's Halloween is more of a curiosity than a movie and is intended only for those to whom Michael is an indestructible icon. " -- James Berardinelli, 2007
"I don't think he's tarnished the legacy any more than the last few sequels already did." -- Rob Gonsalves, 2007
"This overlong re-dux will probably be just a footnote." -- The Video Graveyard, 2007
"Just another mediocre slasher film, yet it has a legendary name and characters." -- Terrorhook.com, 2007
SCENES IN WORKPRINT NOT IN THEATRICAL VERSION:
1. During the breakfast scene, there's additional dialogue between Judith and Deborah concerning eggs. Judith alludes to Deborah having an abortion.
2. The workprint has an opening credits sequence. It plays over the scene of Michael running from the school, Loomis introduction, and the bully walking through the woods. These scenes are all longer as a result, most significantly more dialogue between Loomis and Deborah, presented in voice over as Michael runs.
3. There's an additional shot when Deborah confronts Michael outside the house after the murders.
4. The montage of Loomis and Michael getting to know each other has more dialogue/scene snippets
5. In the workprint, there is an additional scene of young Michael with Deborah at the institution, where he expresses his need to get out of here. When he learns he cannot leave, he says Then I have nothing left to say.
6. When the nurse looks at the photo of Michael and Boo, there is an additional line where she alludes to Michael being ugly. This provides more of a motive for her killing than is present in the theatrical version.
7. The Fifteen Years Later scene begins with a newscast about Michael's possible transfer.
8. Following this newscast begins one of the biggest changes: Udo Kiers character. In the theatrical he is only in ONE scene, but here he has quite a few as the head of Smiths Grove. He is joined by Clint Howard and Tom Towles as other hospital higher-ups. They disagree with Loomis instructions for Michael's care. This is followed by the scene where Loomis tells Michael he can no longer be his doctor.
9. The scene of Ishmael Cruz and the new orderly in Michael's room is a bit longer.
10. An additional shot of Loomis leaving Smiths Grove, looking back with a look on his face showing that he is clearly conflicted about his decision to quit on Michael.
11. Additional shots of Michael watching Joe Grizzly.
12. The scene where we meet Laurie and the Strodes is lengthened, there is more talk about the pervert hardware store owner.
13. After Loomis speaks at the lecture, there is a scene of him walking with a colleague, asking how he thought he did in the speech.
14. When Laurie and Lynda leave the school, Lynda harasses another female student for some reason, pouring a drink on her head (this is one of the few changes that were for the better, as it makes Lynda even more annoying than she already is)
15. Additional sex talk between the three girls as they walk home
16. When they see Michael, there are additional shots of him standing across the street (in the theatrical we only see his blurry shape)
17. A scene of Laurie walking to her house where her mother is putting up decorations outside. Michael is seen following her in the background.
18. A scene showing Michael in the graveyard, finding the tombstone and then removing it.
19. After Laurie leaves to baby-sit, we hear Michael breathing as her parents chat. When the mother goes inside, Michael approaches. The father sees him and assumes he is a trick or treater.
20. A scene showing Laurie watching horror movies with the kids. Laurie tells Lindsay its time for her to go.
21. The chase from the Wallaces to the Doyles is a bit longer
22. The pool scene is a bit longer
23. A scene of Loomis and Laurie walking to the car is longer, and it really resonates that Loomis is feeling guilty, a moment that is truncated in the theatrical.
SCENES IN THE THEATRICAL VERSION THAT ARE NOT IN THE WORKPRINT
1. A scene of Loomis explaining the color spectrum to Michael
2. The death of Ishmael Cruz.
3. A scene of Brackett pulling up alongside the girls as they walk home. Brackett offers a ride, which only Annie accepts.
4. The graveyard scene with Sid Haig.
5. A scene where Lynda calls Laurie right before Bobs death.
6. A quick bit where the Strodes express confusion over what Annie means by saying her dad is same as always
7. Loomis buys a gun
8. A shot of Bob backing his van into the driveway at the Myers house. Also, this scene occurs much earlier in the theatrical version than it does in the workprint.
9. A scene where Brackett explains how he knows who Laurie Strode's real family is (a much needed addition as it is never explained in the workprint how she came to be with that family or how Loomis would know where to find her).
10. Loomis running up to the house and finding the kids is not in the workprint.
SCENES THAT ARE DIFFERENT ENTIRELY
1. Michael listens to Monster Mash in the first scene instead of classic rock (note a lot of the music is different, more usages of the original music, but that is to be expected from a workprint this was the only one I will point out)
2. The biggest one that almost everyone knows about, when Michael escapes. In the workprint, an orderly and his friend harass and then rape a female inmate in Michael's room. Michael ignores them until they begin playing with his masks (this pays off the line about him not liking it when people touch his things). He kills them both, gets their keys, and escapes. In the theatrical, he is being moved for some reason and suddenly kills the four guards, including Tom Towles (who plays a different character in the workprint), as well as Bill Moseley, and Leslie Easterbrook, neither of whom appear in the workprint).
3. The scene where Loomis is told that Michael escapes is entirely different, and features more Udo Kier.
4. The scene where Loomis leaves for Haddonfield after arguing with Udo Kier and Clint Howard is completely different.
5. The scene where Loomis meets Brackett takes place in a different location (a diner in the theatrical, and what appears to be the graveyard in the workprint), and the dialogue is different.
6. Mrs. Strode is brutally killed; in the workprint it is just sort of suggested.
7. Bobs death is completely different. In the workprint, he is killed in his van when he goes out to get beer. In the theatrical, he is killed in the exact same way he was killed in the 1978 film.
8. The ending is completely different from the moment Michael pulls Laurie out of the car. In the workprint, Loomis talks to Michael for a while longer than he does in the theatrical version. Then the cops show up, guns drawn. Loomis convinces them all to stand down while he continues to try to calm Michael. He succeeds, and Michael lets Laurie go. As she runs to Loomis, the cops (including Brackett) open fire, shooting him dozens of times. Loomis screams for them to stop but its too late. Michael appears dead. The film ends on a very nice shot of Loomis standing over Michaels body, clearly realizing how he failed his patient, as we hear the audio recording of their very first meeting at Smiths Grove. In the theatrical, Michael attacks Loomis, then spends about 10 minutes smashing his house trying to find Laurie. He finally does, and then rushes her. They go out the window, then Laurie shoots him, screams, and the film ends.
Rob Zombie's 2007 remake of the John Carpenter film, Halloween, was almost predestined for a later unrated release, which did in fact appear in stores. The unrated version has some major differences from the R-rated theatrical version, e.g. Michael's escape. The R-rated version is more violent, but the unrated cut contains a rape scene that couldn't have appeared in the former cut.
Yes. Halloween was released on a 2-disc Unrated Collector's Edition Blu-ray on October 21st, 2008.
Bill Moseley, Leslie Easterbrook, and Tom Towles all played guards transporting Michael in the theatrical version. In the theatrical version, Michael kills all of them during his escape scene. Even though they are still listed in the credits for the unrated director's cut DVD, their scene can only be seen in the theatrical version/R-rated DVD.