I like Rob Zombie. If you know me you might not have guessed it, but I do. I like his music, and I liked House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects (the latter a LOT more than the former). Knowing that, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I enjoyed this movie. It looks like Zombie is the Kevin Smith of horror movies, using the same core group of actors for all his movies.
I’m not a big horror fan, at least not the type or horror that spawned the original Michael Myers and his cronies, Freddy Kruger and Jason Vorhees. I’ll admit it, I frighten easily. I had to finish watching the original Amityville Horror with the lights on and a blanket over my head, and my eyes were closed through half of The Blair Witch Project. But give me a bunch of suspense with my horror, toss in some good actors and an actual story, and I’m in.
I liked this movie more than the original. We actually see Michael Myers become this psychotic killer, something that I don’t remember from the original. We see him as a disturbed boy with an abusive home life who, after being institutionalized for slaughtering his step-father, his sister and his sister’s boyfriend, grows into a psychotic killer with an affinity for masks. He’s by no means a sympathetic character, but he’s more than just a generic, lumbering killer.
I didn’t find the movie all that scary, especially since I knew the basics of the story from watching the original. The fun was having it updated and seeing where the differences were. I’d recommend the movie to any horror fans, especially modern ones such as the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake or the Saw movies. There’s lots of blood, lots of foul language, and a decent amount of nudity and sex.