* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Was Judith really a bad person or, like Michael, living in the unstable home life shown in the film has caused her to act like she does in the film, making her a JerkassWoobie?
* CriticalResearchFailure: Michael's latex mask shouldn't have been ''that'' well after being stuck under the floorboards for 17 years. Sure, it realistically was shown as cracked and faded after being there for so long, but constant changes of the seasons would have melted it and/or turn it to dust. Plus, there's the question on '''HOW''' Michael managed to get it under the floorboards.
** Also, Loomis shouldn't have been able to get a gun so easily, pointed out by many people.
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Every character save for those played by Creator/BradDourif and Creator/DannyTrejo are as violently unlikable as possible, and we barely see them (Danny's is killed very early on). Without a single character to like, and with Michael having most of his CreepyAwesome stolen by the beginning in which we see how terrible his life is, why should we watch this movie?
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Joe Grizzly. He's a OneSceneWonder played by Ken Foree who was badass enough to give Michael a small challenge before killing him.
** Ismael, Annie, and Sheriff Brackett are liked because they're among the few characters in the remake franchise who weren't complete assholes. Annie also gets bonus points for being played by Creator/DanielleHarris.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** People poked fun at how the orderlies at Michael's asylum fed him steroids due to how tall he got. This gets even funnier when in the sequel, Daeg Faerch (the actor who played Michael as a child) was unable to reprise his role because of a massive growth spurt he had between films.
** In the first scene, Michael's stepfather, Ronnie, makes a rather crude 'joke' about how Michael will probably grow up to be transgender - "Prob'ly cut his dick an' balls off an' change his name to Michelle." A year later, Faerch appeared in {{Film/Hancock}}, in which he played a French bully called Michel, which is pronounced the same way as 'Michelle'.
* JerkassWoobie: You might feel a ''little'' bit sorry for Judith when she gets upset at her boyfriend mistaking Ronnie for her dad then saying that her real dad was in Heaven.
* LoveItOrHateIt: It's probably the most base breaking entry in the series since Season of the Witch or Curse of Michael Myers.
* MoralEventHorizon: Michael crosses it when he brutally kills Ismael Cruz, the only guard who ever showed him any kindness. This was later revealed to have been deliberate; the creators wanted to show just how far gone Michael had become and that he was a monster despite his tragic past.
* {{Narm}}:
** Michael bursting through a car windshield is followed by Dr. Loomis shouting "MICHAEL! JESUS CHRIST!" as if he were reacting to someone spilling coffee on the floor. The line even became [[MemeticMutation a meme]] in the Dread Central podcast and forums, usually used whenever Malcolm [=McDowell=] is mentioned.
** Judith's death, due to how comically oversized the WhiteMaskOfDoom is on young Michael.
** As pointed out during the review of the film by Phelous, the merits of giving Michael an origin and explaining his murderous nature is dubious at best (and has been done [[Film/HalloweenTheCurseOfMichaelMyers poorly before]]), but it is difficult to take Michael as a child seriously with the tantrum-esque '''"I'M NOT LISTENING!! *SCREECHES LOUDLY*"''' moment, to say nothing of how this can make it difficult to take this version of Michael seriously as an adult killer.
** A lot of what Ronnie, Michael's stepfather, says and/or does. The film starts off with him mocking his baby stepdaughter by mimicking her crying, then telling Deborah that Michael's probably going to grow up and "cut his dick and balls off and change his name to Michelle". He's almost cartoonishly unlikeable. The whole character is like someone took the mind of a twelve-year-old playground bully and put in the body of a middle-aged alcoholic wreck.
** One of the biggest issues of the film is that the first 1/3rd of the movie makes Michael both overly sympathetic and annoying (despite his multiple murders), making hard to not picture the whiny, overweight kid even when Michael is a violent, hulking monster as an adult.
* OneSceneWonder: Ken Foree as a confrontational trucker.
-->''"I'M BIG JOE GRIZZLY, BITCH!"''
* TheScrappy: Ronnie is supposed to be disliked for being an Abusive Parent, but he's ultimately disliked for being a one-dimensional asshole who torments his family ForTheEvulz, the fact that he comes off as more of an overgrown schoolyard bully than an actual abuser, as mentioned in Narm above, and for giving Michael a FreudianExcuse, despite what made Michael so terrifying in the original movies was that he had no reason for killing.
* TearJerker:
** [[spoiler: Deborah's suicide. While the film has problems, it's '''devastating''' to see a woman who tried to keep her family together lose it all because her son ''lost it'', and then live with the cold fact her kid is basically far from [[UsedToBeASweetKid the sweet little kid he was]]. Seeing her watching the good times with her family and Michael before killing herself and leaving Laurie alone is a heartbreaking but ''horrifying'' cataclysm that lead to the events of the film..]]
** The death of Ishmael, the only guard that treated Michael with humanity, is especially hard to watch due to both his cries of "I was good to you, Mikey!" And the absolutely brutal method of killing him with both drowning and crushing by television set.
* ToughActToFollow: Malcolm [=McDowell=]'s portrayal of Dr. Loomis.
** In his review, Phelous criticized that one of the things he didn't like about this version of Loomis was that in the beginning it seemed that he was [[{{Demonization}} describing Michael as being a lot worse that he actually was (at that point).]]
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Michael's origin basically boils down to "he liked killing people as a kid". The origin wasn't fleshed out much, and as a result they ruined the mystery of his character.
** The movie was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally going to have been]] a prequel/interquel centering around Michael's years in the asylum. Some felt that would have been more interesting than a straight-up remake.
* UglyGuyHotWife : Pretty much every couple on-screen. As WebVideo/CinemaSins points out, are there NO attractive men in Haddonfield?
** Annie's boyfriend is an exception.
* TheWoobie:
** Laurie, ''obviously''.
** Special mention goes to Deborah Myers, while she herself was a struggling stripper, the fact she came home to find her daughter and second husband dead, her son ''being the cause of it'', and watching the last of her family ([[spoiler: and Laurie as an infant]]) is devastating.
*** Hits it ''big'' when [[spoiler: Michael kills Nurse Wynn when [[TemptingFate she insulted Michael's picture of Laurie and jokingly questioned if she was related him]]]]. The look on Deborah's face when she sees Michael ''snap at her'' and [[EvilAllAlong having that evil smirk on his face]] and her huge mental breakdown is ''devastating''. It's worse when you see her [[spoiler: later on watching video tapes of how happy her family before was and proceeds to [[DrivenToSuicide shoot herself]] after hitting the DespairEventHorizon '''hard''']].