"These eyes will deceive you. They will destroy you. They will take from you your innocence, your pride, and...eventually...your soul. These eyes do not see what you and I see. Behind these eyes, one finds only blackness, the absence of light. These are the eyes...of a psychopath."
— Dr. Samuel Loomis, Halloween (2007)
A reimagining of Halloween
(1978) and the Continuity Reboot
of the franchise
, directed by Rob Zombie
This time around we are shown more about Michael's childhood in Haddonfield; his family, his antisocial behaviour, the murders on Halloween, and his time in Smith's Grove under the care of Dr. Samuel Loomis (Malcolm McDowell
Then, fifteen years later, he escapes from the asylum and starts making way to Haddonfield, where one Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton) prepares for her babysitting gig on All Hallows' Eve
. She, and her unfortunate friends, will soon find out just what kind of nightmare they have found themselves in.
The film was financially succesful at the box office, but its reception among critics and fans were very mixed, with some praising it's originality, and some preferring to believe it never happened
. Some consider the film more of a /reboot
because of the drastic change in direction of the story.
It spawned a sequel
two years later.
Has the examples of:
- Adaptation Expansion: Michael's background — barely touched upon in the original — is the focus of the first half of the movie. His awful home life, problems at school, disturbed behavior and life at the asylum.
- Alpha Bitch: Lynda
- Asshole Victim: Pretty much everyone is this except for the kind janitor played by Danny Trejo, Laurie's step parents and the two cops Michael kills near the end.
- Badass: The fact that Big Joe Grizzly (bitch!) manages to hold his own against Michael for more than five seconds puts him in this territory.
- Bedlam House: Smith's Grove. Michael is kept chained at all times, his wardens degrade and insult him on a daily basis, and he is beaten at night. Even if he was a mentally stable individual, that sort of treatment would turn anybody into a psycho.
- Not to mention the female inmate that the orderlies gang-rape in front of him.
- Bullying a Dragon: The aforementioned orderlies get a really bright idea to get into the camera to a hulkling psychopathic murderer, insult and beat him and touch his masks. They seemed to be drunk though.
- Bedsheet Ghost: Michael kills Lynda while dressed as one, just like in the original.
- Berserk Button: Don't tease Michael Myers about how his mom is a pole dancer.
- Or touch his masks.
- Also, don't touch his picture of him and Laurie.
- Big Brother Instinct: Michael seemed to be this to Laurie. She's one of the few survivors of Michael's killing spree.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Michael, goes without saying.
- Bloodbath Villain Origin: This time, it isn't just Judith whom Michael kills as a child.
- Bloodier and Gorier: Compared to the original.
- Camping a Crapper: Michael attacks Joe Grizzly in the public bathroom for his clothes.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Various scenes, to the point where it's practically a second language.
- Death by Adaptation: Judith's boyfriend and Laurie's foster parents end up dead in this iteration.
- Death by Mocking: Anybody who mocks Michael doesn't last very long.
- Death by Sex: Any teenage girl who isn't Laurie.
- Driven to Suicide: Mrs. Myers.
- Dysfunctional Family: The Myers family.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Michael is quite fond of his mother. He even starts his killing spree with the kid who insulted his mom.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Michael loves his little sister and mother very much. They're the only people he would never think about killing. He actually wanted to reestablish his relationship with Laurie once he broke out of the institute. Too bad she's terrified of him after he's killed her friends.
- Final Girl: Laurie Strode.
- Freak Out: Laurie has a massive freakout after shooting Michael at the end of the film.
- The Ghost: Ben Tramer, a date candidate for Laurie.
- Girls Have Cooties: Tommy's reaction when he hears that he has to spend time with Lindsey.
- Happier Home Movie: Mrs. Myers watches one as she kills herself.
- Human Shield: Patty tries to blast Michael with a shotgun during his escape from Smith's Grove. Michael grabs an earlier downed guard and uses him as shield.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Bob being pinned to the wall with a knife, just like in the original film.
- Jerkass: It's a Rob Zombie flick, so everyone is as violently unlikeable as possible. When the least awful people around are Brad Dourif and Danny Trejo, you know things are bad.
- Jitter Cam: Used throughout the whole movie, but most notably in the killing scenes and where Michael is chasing Laurie.
- Metalhead: Michael is one, also, it was filmed by a metal musician.
- Monster Clown: Michael's childhood Halloween costume.
- Mythology Gag: There are many references to the original.
- Neck Snap: Mrs. Strode's death.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Ismael Cruz, the only security guard in the institution who ever showed Michael compassion and stopped the others from bullying him, is given an over the top and painful death.
- Once Is Not Enough: Laurie stabs Michael in the neck and makes a run for it. Unfortunately, this is Michael Myers, and he is soon chasing after her.
- Orderlies Are Creeps: The two orderlies who decide to rape one of the patients in the asylum.
- Single Mom Stripper: Note to cruel kids: Do not tease Michael Myers about how his mom is a pole dancer.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Annie.
- Stalker Without a Crush: Once Michael breaks out and stumbles across his grownup baby sister, he starts following her everywhere she goes.
- Start of Darkness: The first half hour is this for Michael.
- Time Skip: The film opens with Michael's childhood and then skips to the Laurie storyline 17 years later.
- Tragic Dream: Michael just wants to meet Laurie and live happily with her.
- Villain Protagonist: This film is much more about Michael than the original was.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Michael brutally kills anybody who gets in the way of his getting to his sister, with the exception of Tommy and Lindsey, whom he doesn't even touch.