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Good film, but definitely could have been better
Okay, well I'm sure everybody knew that this wasn't going to be as good as the original, because it isn't. But that doesn't automatically make it a bad film. I don't like remakes at all, but I enjoyed this movie because it really wasn't a remake. It was more of a prequel. Rob Zombie does a great job of showing us how Michael gradually evolves into a brutal psychotic killer. But there are some things that I didn't particularly like about it. First of all, the Myers' are portrayed as poor white trash living with Michael's mom's drunk crippled boyfriend, which was never in the original. Michael also kills everybody in the beginning of the movie, instead of only killing his sister. He brutally murders everyone except his mother and his baby brother. The rest of the first half of the movie shows Michaels' time in an asylum, staying there for well over 15 years until Dr. Loomis' retirement. I recommend buying the theatrical version of the film over the unrated version. I picked up the unrated version, not knowing how significant the differences were. For instance, in the unrated version, Michael escapes following a completely unnecessary and very disturbing rape scene between two security guards and a female patient. I almost stopped watching after this. Despite all this, I generally really enjoyed the movie. Of course, we all know that it can't possibly surpass the original film, but all in all I enjoyed it.
The Off Season (2004)
Absolutely Horrible, But Hilarious
My dad and I were at the local video store trying to find something to rent when we saw this. The cover made the movie look fairly creepy, and the comment on the back "The most terrifying movie since The Shining" (probably by the director's mom) made it look like a decent movie. We were wrong. This is the worst movie I have ever seen, and I've seen a lot of movies. The acting is horrible, the camera quality is equally terrible, and I'm still not sure if I even fully understand the plot. But man was this movie entertaining. I love bad horror movies, but this one takes the cake. It was hysterical. We've got a homeless guy flipping the bird for 20 minutes....that had to be my favorite part. We have an old lady who apparently "forgets" to wash blood-stained bed sheets and leaves them in the hotel rooms. My dad and I were literally in tears throughout the whole movie. I would only recommend this if you're a fan of crappy horror movies that you can laugh at. If not, then this film would be a huge waste of your time and money.