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Malcolm McDowell , Sheri Moon Zombie, Tyler Mane (pictured left)
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Directed by: Rob Zombie
Written by: Rob Zombie, based on the screenplay by John Carpenter & Debra Hill

Released: 2007
Origin: US
Length: 109

Another gory bore.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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This remake which is, apparently, too horrible to be shown to critics but good enough to be foisted on the public is Rob Zombieís version of Halloween. Keeping it away from merciless critical hyenas such as myself may, of course, have been intended as a kindness towards poor old Malcolm McDowell, who takes over from the late Donald Pleasance as the dismally inept child psychologist who fails to turn Michael Myers into the sort of serial-killer you could take home to mother.

The first half-hour is a corpse-ridden canter through Myersí abused childhood; the rest is a risible remake of John Carpenterís first movie. Whereas the 1978 original was chillingly suspenseful, the remake is an unimaginative gore-fest. Like Mr Zombieís previous bloodbaths, House of 1000 Corpses and The Devilís Rejects, it offers a brutal, gross-out, deliberately debased version of horror, with much emphasis on trailer-trash misbehaving homicidally. Itís The Jerry Springer Show as a splatter movie.

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