YMMV / Halloween (2007)

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: 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 Jerkass Woobie?
  • Critical Research Failure: 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.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Every character save for those played by Brad Dourif and Danny Trejo 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 Creepy Awesome stolen by the beginning in which we see how terrible his life is, why should we watch this movie?
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Joe Grizzly. He's a One-Scene Wonder 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 Danielle Harris.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • 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 Hancock, in which he played a French bully called Michel, which is pronounced the same way as 'Michelle'.
  • Jerkass Woobie: 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.
  • Love It or Hate It: It's probably the most base breaking entry in the series since Season of the Witch or Curse of Michael Myers.
  • Moral Event Horizon: 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 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 White Mask of Doom 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 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.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Ken Foree as a confrontational trucker.
    "I'M BIG JOE GRIZZLY, BITCH!"
  • The Scrappy: 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 For the Evulz, 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 Freudian Excuse, despite what made Michael so terrifying in the original movies was that he had no reason for killing.
  • Tear Jerker: 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 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.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Malcolm McDowell's portrayal of Dr. Loomis.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: 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 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.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife : Pretty much every couple on-screen. As CinemaSins points out, are there NO attractive men in Haddonfield?
    • Annie's boyfriend is an exception.
  • The Woobie:
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