Aug 072007

Halloween the movie, that is. Yes, Michael Myers is back and you’ve never seen him like this before. That’s because this time he’s being controlled (read: written and directed) by Rob Zombie, the heavy metal icon turned filmmaker (House of 1000 Corpses, Devils Rejects, Werewolf Women of the S.S. (trailer in Grindhouse)). Scout Taylor-Compton (Tomorrow Is Today, Wicked little Things) will be filling Jamie Lee Curtis’ shoes as Laurie Strode, Malcolm McDowell will chase the ghost of Donald Pleasance as Dr. Sam Loomis, and Tyler Man will take on the role of an entire generation’s bogeyman as Michael Myers.

An interesting casting choice was 30 year old Danielle Harris as Laurie Strode’s best friend, 17 year old Annie Brackett. It’s not just the age discrepency that makes Ms Harris an interesting choice though. Fans of the Halloween franchise should recognize her from the fourth and fifth installments, when she played Jamie Lloyd, Laurie Strode’s daughter.

Of course, every horror fan over the age of 30 shares the same burning question: can Rob Zombie do justice to the John Carpenter classic? When I first heard the idea I certainly had my doubts, but the trailer has changed my mind.

If that’s not enough to convince you, then just check out the official Halloween the movie website. If that doesn’t give you the creeps, or at least a sense of foreboding, then you’re probably too calloused to be permitted around small children.

Rob Zombie’s Halloween opens August 31st, which means you’ve only got 24 days to find yourself an old William Shatner mask and some white spray paint, so you can attend the midnight premiere in style.

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