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John Carpenter has not seen the film and said he would not criticize the film because Rob Zombie is a friend of his.
Malcolm McDowell ruined a great number of takes by invoking hysterical laughter in the other actors.
Emma Stone auditioned for the role of Laurie Strode.
Before reinventing the legendary Halloween (1978), Rob Zombie made the wise choice to inform John Carpenter about it. In response, Carpenter encouraged Zombie to "make it [his] own".
This is third Halloween film that Danielle Harris has been in. She first appeared in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) and Halloween 5 (1989) as Jamie Lloyd, daughter of Laurie Strode. (Her character was re-cast in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995), and then killed off.)
The film was mostly shot in South Pasadena, California, the same area where John Carpenter's original film was filmed. When Laurie notices Michael watching her and the girls at the library, Michael is actually standing in front of Laurie's house from the original film. Also, Laurie's house is located on the same street that Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Loomis and P.J. Soles walk down in the original film when Michael Myers drives past them in the station wagon.
At one point Dimension Studios considered making a crossover film featuring Pinhead from the Hellraiser (1987) series, following in the footsteps of Newline Cinema's horror crossover Freddy vs. Jason (2003). A poll was held on the official site, but response from fans was negative and the studio dropped the concept.
Tyler Mane is the tallest actor to portray Michael Myers at a height of 6'9.
Of all the female leads (all the girls are supposed to be in high school including Judith Myers), only the actress playing Laurie, Scout Taylor-Compton was actually a teenager at the time of filming, much like how Jamie Lee Curtis who played Laurie in the original Halloween was the only girl who was a teenager.
The movie's production was delayed due to the death of Moustapha Akkad, the producer of all 8 previous movies. Akkad died of severe injuries as a result from the terrorist attacks at Jordan in 2005.
Before deciding to go with Rob Zombie's version, the studio was about to green light "Halloween: The Missing Years", which would have been a prequel, set within Michael Myers' early days at the Asylum.
Danielle Harris was 29 years old when she was cast as the teenage Annie Brackett. The movie was released nearly three months after her 30th birthday.
The movie was not released in the U.S. on Halloween weekend, as was the original, for fear of going head to head with Saw IV (2007). It was instead released two months earlier on the last weekend in August 2007.
The inclusion of the plot line about Michael Meyers' early days at the mental institution under the care of Sam Loomis is a nod to a plot line added in by John Carpenter for the TV viewing of the original Halloween (1978). As told by Carpenter, when the original film was first sold to TV, they demanded added scenes to replace the edited portions of the murder scenes. So Carpenter recalled 'Donald Pleasance', the original Sam Loomis to film scenes of him at the hospital taking care of Michael.
The actor who sells the guns to Malcolm McDowell's character is none other than The Monkee's drummer/singer Micky Dolenz.
While calling 9-1-1 to get help for the injured Annie, Laurie identifies the street she is on as "1978 Winchester Road". "Winchester" is the name of the production company which produced the horror classic The Thing from Another World (1951) by Howard Hawks. The movie prominently appears on the TV during a horror movie marathon on both this version of "Halloween" and the original film by 'John Carptenter (I)'. Carpenter later remade "The Thing". This was Rob Zombie's nod to the originals and remakes of both films. And the original Halloween was released in 1978.
William Forsythe actually 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 film.
Director Rob Zombie originally wanted Danielle Harris to play Laurie Strode and Sheri Moon Zombie to play Lynda.
26 minutes were trimmed from the film for its theatrical release in Brazil, so it could get a broader rating, which translates to more screening times. In the end it received a rating of 14 years (kids over 14 can watch it without parental supervision), which is not the most restrictive available, yet meant that the film could only be shown after 9pm.
The film underwent re-shoots as a result of poor test screenings. These included a new escape for Micheal from the hospital as well as an alternate ending.
'The Misfits were one of Rob Zombie's influences during his musical career, and the band's track 'Halloween II' is playing on the stereo during the kill scene while the couple are having sex in Michael's childhood home. Also, Tommy's costume is that of the Crimson Ghost character 'The Fiend'. This character has been used as The Misfit's band mascot since the band's inception.
In an early scene in the film, the movie White Zombie (1932) is playing on the TV. The band 'White Zombie', whose name comes from the film, is where Director Rob Zombie first gained attention in the 1980s and 1990s.
The hoodie Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton) wears is from 'Sheri Moon''s personal clothing line, Total Skull.
In the opening scene of the movie, the song "God of Thunder" by 'KISS' is played and young Michael Myers is seen wearing a KISS t-shirt. KISS is a major influence on Rob Zombie's music career and the inspiration for the make-up and costuming for his band White Zombie.
Was originally going to be another sequel entitled "Halloween: Retribution" starring Lindy Booth but the idea was scrapped and they went with Rob Zombie's vision.
One of the most complex scenes in the film was shot on Monday, February 26 2007, on the campus of Los Angeles City College. The day's shooting facilitated the use of 160 extras and about 100 crew people.
The original Michael Myers wore a Captain Kirk mask, spray-painted white. Malcolm McDowell and Clint Howard have both appeared in Star Trek, and all but Dourif have worked directly with William Shatner.
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Heather Bowen was a finalist for a walk-on role through a contest on the official "Halloween" Web site. She won overall through a lottery-style drawing by Moustapha Akkad at the Haddonfield 25 Fan Convention.
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Oliver Stone was rumored to be attached to this project before he decided to make World Trade Center (2006).
Adrienne Barbeau's role was cut from the final finished film.
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Skyler Gisondo auditioned for the role of 10-year-old Michael Myers, but was cast as Tommy Doyle instead.
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On Rob Zombie's Official Halloween Myspace page, he announced that the films trailer will be shown with the double-featured film Grindhouse (2007).
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When talking about Michael, Ronnie says "He's probably gonna end up cutting his dick and balls off and changing his name to Michel." Daeg Faerch would later play a character named "Michel" in Hancock (2008).
John Hurt was considered for the role of Dr. Sam Loomis.
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Most of Udo Kier 's scenes were cut.
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The sheriff played by Brad Dourif is named in memory of Leigh Brackett, a screenwriter and (mostly) science fiction novelist. Her long Hollywood career included co-writing films as diverse as The Big Sleep, Rio Bravo (1959), and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). Rio Bravo was the inspiration for a previous John Carpenter movie, Assault on Precinct 13 (1976).
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Big Joe Grizzley does and impression of Strothers Martin from Cool Hand Luke by saying "What we got here is ... failure to communicate" in a voice imitating him. The line in the movie is correct--BUT the subtitles adds the word "a" before "failure"--more grammatically correct--but not accurate.
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Max Van Ville auditioned for the role of Steve, but was cast as Paul instead.
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Rob Zombie was against the idea of actors from the previous films, with the exception of Danielle Harris, who played the character of Jamie Lloyd in Halloween 4 & 5.
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There is an online interactive game in which you play as Michael Myers. You can still play it today.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Deborah Myers is the only person to die in the film that wasn't killed by Michael Myers, she's also the only character in the entire Halloween saga to ever commit suicide.
Danny Trejo's death scene was cut from the work print after studio heads complained about it. Zombie lobbied to them, stating it was important to show how brutal and uncompassionate the character truly is. In the final cut, Zombie won and was allowed to put the scene in.
An alternate ending was shot, then changed by Zombie. In it, Loomis survives and Myers is gunned down by Brackett's men in front of the Myers house.
Total Body count: 17 (with only one death not committed by Michael Myers)
In the work print and director's cut of the film, an alternate escape scene was used. In it Michael begins his escape from the institution by killing 2 young orderlies while they are molesting a catatonic female patient in his room.

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