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Malcolm McDowell ruined a great number of takes by invoking hysterical laughter in the other actors.
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The inclusion of the plotline about Michael Myers' early days at the mental asylum under the care of Sam Loomis is a nod to a plotline added in by John Carpenter for the television viewing of the original Halloween (1978). As told by Carpenter, when the original film was first sold to television, they demanded added scenes to replace the edited portions of the murder scenes. So Carpenter recalled Donald Pleasence, the original Sam Loomis to film scenes of him at the hospital taking care of Michael.
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(at around 54 mins) 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 Kyes and P.J. Soles walk down in the original film when Michael Myers drives past them in the station wagon.
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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.
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Tyler Mane is the tallest actor to portray Michael Myers at a height of 6'8" tall
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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 Jamie Lloyd in Halloween: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989).
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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".
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Emma Stone auditioned for the role of Laurie Strode.
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The movie's production was delayed due to the death of Moustapha Akkad, the producer of all eight previous movies. Akkad died of severe injuries as a result from the terrorist attacks at Jordan in 2005.
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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.
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In the commentary for the film, Rob Zombie incorrectly states that Jamie Lee Curtis was in her 30s during the original Halloween (1978). She was actually 19 during the production.
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(at around 1h 4 mins) The actor who sells the guns to Malcolm McDowell's character is none other than The Monkees' drummer/singer Micky Dolenz.
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The movie was not released in the United States 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.
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Director Rob Zombie originally wanted Danielle Harris to play Laurie Strode and Sheri Moon Zombie to play Lynda.
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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.
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Rob Zombie cast his wife Sheri Moon Zombie because he wanted a tall actress to play Michael's mother, which would explain why he grew so tall.
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Danielle Panabaker auditioned for the role of Laurie Strode. Scout Taylor-Compton was cast instead. Two years later, Panabaker was cast as the female lead in Friday the 13th (2009), another horror remake. Compton had also auditioned for that role but lost the role against Panabaker.
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In an interview, Rob Zombie said he went into the meeting with the Weinsteins with two films in mind: one being strictly just Myers and his childhood, then the remake. Unfortunately, they shot the idea down. This is why in the remake that the first half of the film focuses on Myers's childhood.
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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 (1978) was the only girl who was a teenager.
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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.
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The hoodie Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton) wears is from Sheri Moon Zombie's personal clothing line, Total Skull.
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The film underwent reshoots as a result of poor test screenings. These included a new escape for Michael from the hospital as well as an alternate ending.
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In an early scene in the film, the movie White Zombie (1932) is playing on television. The band White Zombie, whose name comes from the film, is where director Rob Zombie first gained attention in the 1980s and 1990s.
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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.
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At 121 minutes, this is the longest Halloween film to date.
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The movie that Laurie is watching while babysitting Tommy and Lindsey is House on Haunted Hill (1959) starring Vincent Price.
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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 Misfits' band mascot since the band's inception.
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One of the most complex scenes in the film was shot on 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.
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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.
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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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Adrienne Barbeau's role was cut from the final finished film, but was later included on the DVD Special Edition.
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The house was the same as The People Under the Stairs (1991) and only 1 mile (1½Km) from the Eppes' family home in Numb3rs (2005).
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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.
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First movie where Michael Myers talks. In the eight movies of the original franchise (1978-2002) he doesn't say a word.
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First theatrical film for Hanna Hall in 7 years after previously working on The Virgin Suicides (1999).
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John Hurt was considered for the role of Dr. Samuel Loomis.
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Heather Bowen was a finalist for a walk-on role through a contest on the official "Halloween" Website. She won overall through a lottery-style drawing by Moustapha Akkad at the Haddonfield 25 Fan Convention.
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On Rob Zombie's Official Halloween Myspace page, he announced that the film's trailer will be shown with the double-featured film Grindhouse (2007).
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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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Most of Udo Kier's scenes were cut.
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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 Brad Dourif have worked directly with William Shatner.
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Oliver Stone was rumored to be attached to this project before he decided to make World Trade Center (2006).
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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 (1946), 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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Robert Allen Mukes was reportedly in the running to play Michael Myers.
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Malcolm McDowell (Dr. Sam Loomis) has never seen the original Halloween (1978).
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Brad Dourif (Sheriff Lee Bracket), was previously in another horror franchise from the 80's/ 90's as the voice of Chucky in the Child's Play movies.
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Rob Zombie revealed making Halloween with the Weinstein's was "a miserable experience for me, and so I was very reticent to do the second one. I did do the second one, and I thought, 'Okay, well the first one was a miserable experience, but it did well, so maybe it'll be easier the second time?' It was worse. Oh my God. I felt like they weren't trusting me on the first one because they wanted to make sure it was a hit and now they weren't trusting me not to f*** up their hit." Detailing why the experience was not one the creator looks back on favorably, he said: "They would show me scenes from Halloween to try and make a point and I'd be like, 'Yeah, I know. I made that movie. Why do you show me that like I've never seen it before?'" "We made a behind the scenes documentary for the making of Halloween. That has somehow gotten lost in the vaults. That shows how messed up everything was and what was going on when we were making those movies."
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(at around 48 mins) Big Joe Grizzly does an impression of Strother Martin from Cool Hand Luke (1967) 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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This was Rob Zombie's first experience using the 2.39:1 scope aspect ratio. He was not comfortable using it for this film and returned to his preferred 1.85:1 aspect ratio for its sequel which was shot in the Super 16 format using 1.85:1, although he used the scope format for The Lords of Salem (2012) & 31 (2016).
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Scout Taylor-Compton was born in 1989, the same year that Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) came out.
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Actress Jenny Gregg Stewart (Lindsey Wallace) was actually terrified when she first saw Tyler Mane as Michael Myers when he revealed himself.
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The car Deborah Myers drives is a 1970 Dodge Super Bee.
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Dr. Loomis handles a Smith and Wesson Model 617 before acquiring a 4" Colt Python . 357 Magnum.
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Deborah commits suicide with a Smith & Wesson Model 36 "Chief's Special"
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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 was not killed by Michael Myers, she's also the only character in the entire Halloween saga to ever commit suicide.
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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.
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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.
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This is third Halloween film that Danielle Harris has been in. She first appeared in Halloween: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) as Jamie Lloyd, daughter of Laurie Strode. (Her character was recast in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995), and then killed off.)
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The teenage version of Laurie Strode does not appear as the protagonist until 52 minutes into the film.
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Total Body count: 17 (with only one death not committed by Michael Myers)
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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 asylum by killing two orderlies while they are molesting a catatonic female patient in his room.
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The couple having sex in Michael Myers' childhood home are killed in the exact fashion they were in John Carpenter's 1978 original. The teenage boy is pinned to a wall with a kitchen knife and the teenage girl is strangled to death whilst nude. Myers also wears a sheet over his body and the boy's glasses before he kills the girl, just as he did in the original.
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(at around 49 mins) When Michael Myers escapes from the sanitarium he finds his way to a truck stop. At the truck stop he follows a man (Ken Foree) into the men's stall. After killing the truck driver Michael, puts on the truckers jump suit. The very same jump suit actor Ken Foree wore in George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead (1978).
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A stunt woman was seriously injured in the balcony fall sequence at the end of the film. Rob Zombie explained this is why the film suddenly cuts to black and the actual landing is not shown.
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In the original film, Annie Brackett was the first of Laurie's friends to be killed by Michael. In this version however, while Michael does attack Annie, she manages to survive.
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