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"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

A 2007 reimagining of John Carpenter's Halloween (1978) and the Continuity Reboot of the Halloween series written and directed by Rob Zombie.

After the critically and financially dismal performance of 2002's Halloween: Resurrection, the execs thought it be a good time to kickstart the franchise again by taking on the 2000's Hollywood reboot craze, and thus Rob Zombie's Halloween (also dubbed Halloween '07) was made.

This time around we're shown more about Michael Myers' childhood in Haddonfield; his more than dysfunctional family, his antisocial behavior, the murders he commits on Halloween and his time at Smith's Grove Sanitarium 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.


While financially successful at the box office, its reception among critics and fans were very mixed, with some praising its originality, and some preferring to believe it never happened. Some consider the film more of a reboot than a remake because of the drastic change in direction of the story. Regardless, it was successful enough to spawn a sequel two years later.

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  • Actor Allusion: This ain't the first run-in Danielle Harris had with Michael.
  • 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.
  • Adaptational Heroism: A very mild case considering all the other horrific things he does in the film, but it's worth pointing out that where in the original Michael's sole goal is to terrorize and murder Laurie, here he's genuinely trying to reestablish his brotherly relationship with her from their youth and doesn't seem to want to hurt her.
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  • Adaptational Jerkass: Lynda would've been a complete bitch in this film if Laurie didn't play a part of a Morality Pet for her.
  • Adapted Out: Dr. Marion Chambers, Loomis' chain-smoking colleague from the original continuities, has no counterpart in the Zombieverse.
    • Neither does Lonnie Elam or his friends Keith and Richie, the bullies who harassed Tommy Doyle in the 1978 film.
  • Alpha Bitch: Lynda
  • Ambiguous Time Period: The early scenes of the movie take place 17 years before the rest of the film, but they don't necessarily depict 1990. The fashions, cars, etc are actually mostly (but not totally) 70s-influenced. However, the present day scenes mix in some 90s technology such as cell phones with (then) contemporary fashion and cars.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Annie's boyfriend Paul was only a voice on a phone provided by John Carpenter in the original film. Here, he actually shows up... and dies.
    • The Myers house as a whole. In the original film it’s used as a Red Herring because Loomis believed that Michael would come back there. Here, Michael hid his mask there, it’s used as a “camping ground” by the high schoolers and in that capacity, Bob and Lynda are killed there instead of the Wallace’s house.
  • Asshole Victim: Pretty much everyone is this except for the kind guard played by Danny Trejo, Laurie's step parents and the two cops near the end.
  • Badass Beard: Michael sports a badass Beard of Evil with Barbarian Long Hair to boot.
  • 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 go into the room of a hulking, 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 baby Laurie. Actually, it's best to just not be around him at all.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Michael seems doting on his baby sister, Laurie. She's the only one (along with his mother) he doesn't kill during his killing spree and he holds onto an old picture of them together while he's in prison. When he escapes from prison, his main goal is to find her so that (presumably) they can be a family again.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: According to Loomis, there is no soul in Michael's eyes, only more evil.
  • Bloodbath Villain Origin: This time, it isn't just Judith whom Michael kills as a child.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Compared to the original. By the time the main events of the film begin, Michael has amassed a body count equaling that of the entire original film.
  • The Cameo: The original Strode house can be seen behind Michael when Laurie looks out the window.
  • 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.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Dr. Loomis is talking about Michael in his book in a high school, the same high school where Laurie Strode attends, who is also the girl formerly known as Angel "Boo" Myers, who Michael proceeds to stalk along with her friends...
  • Creepy Child: Holy shit, young Michael. The original young Michael (Will Sandin) was almost angelic-looking, but there is something wholly disturbing about this one (played by Daeg Faerch). Apart from the whole murdering numerous people and animals thing, that is. He's very obviously a severely unbalanced child with emotional problems, and that cold, blank stare of his...
  • Darker and Edgier: Arguably even more so than the original with the killings being a lot more gruesome and visceral, plus depictions of rape, animal cruelty and suicide, as well as just having an overall slightly more disturbing tone.
  • Death by Adaptation: Judith's boyfriend, Annie’s boyfriend, and Laurie's foster parents end up dead in this iteration.
  • Death by Mocking: Naturally, anybody who mocks Michael doesn't last very long.
  • Death by Sex: Any teenage girl who isn't Laurie and Annie.
  • Demonization: Considering how sympathetic Michael is in this version of Halloween, Dr. Loomis' description of him as basically "pure evil", shown in this page's title quote, sort of falls flat on itself and is heavily implied to have been invoked by Loomis in order to drive up his book sales. However, Loomis appears to genuinely believe in his assumption about Michael, as shown in the scene where he's trying to convince Sheriff Brackett about how much of a threat Michael is; still, while Michael isn't the monster he is in the first two film continuities, he's no less the dangerous person he was in the original series.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: It can't be stated enough that wronging Michael in even the slightest way is a death wish.
  • Drinking Game: Take a shot any time you see a Jack-O-Lantern of any kind on screen. CinemaSins comments on this.
  • Driven to Suicide: With her son becoming increasingly psychotic, losing her older daughter and pretty much having her life ruined irreparably with the stigma thererin,...Mrs. Myers takes out a handgun.
  • Dysfunctional Family: The Myers family, especially in the opening scene. It's almost impossible not to think they're the trashiest family that ever existed. They're enough to drive anyone to commit mass homicide.
  • 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 Loved Ones: 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.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Michael refuses to harm children.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: A variation. For 17 years, Ismael was possibly the only employee at Smith's Grove who gave Michael virtually nothing but respect and humanity. So in return, Michael crushes his head with a television set during his breakout.
  • Final Girl: Laurie Strode/Angel Myers, just like the original.
  • 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.
  • Hate Sink:
    • Ronnie. Good God, Ronnie. To the point where his death is listed in the Awesome sub-page.
    • Noel and Kendall, who gangrape an asylum patient in the Director's Cut, also get the same treatment.
  • 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.
  • Ignored Expert: Subverted; Shierff Brackett initially doesn't take Loomis seriously concerning Michael, accusing him of demonizing Michael in order to sell books (which may or may not be partly true), but when he doesn't hear from Laurie' s parents and later realizes that she was adopted from Michael's family, he gets on board with Loomis.
  • 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 include Brad Dourif and Danny Trejo, you know things are bad.
    • Though to be fair, a lot of the jerkassery is downplayed and played with in many of the characters including Laurie (who has one or two obnoxious moments), Dr. Loomis, Michael's school principal, Annie Brackett and Mrs. Myers.
  • Jitter Cam: Used throughout the whole movie, but most notably in Michael's childhood and the killing scenes and where Michael is chasing Laurie.
  • Laughably Evil: Ronnie is seen as this by many fans.
  • Lightning Bruiser: In the theatrical cut, Michael escapes prison by beating several guards to death. During this time, he's shown as quite fast for someone of his size.
  • Metalhead: Michael is one, also, it was filmed by a metal musician.
  • Mistaken for Gay: After Michael won't stop knocking on the door of his cubicle at the truck wash, Big Joe Grizzly seems to reach the conclusion that he's cruising for sex.
  • Monster Clown: Michael's childhood Halloween costume.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The movie features quite a bit of fanservice from Hanna Hall (Judith), Sheri Moon Zombie (Mrs. Myers), Kristina Klebe (Lynda) and Danielle Harris (Annie). In particular we're treated to a full frontal shot of Klebe as she's being strangled by Myers and Harris is shirtless during Myers attack on her which turns into Fan Disservice.
  • Mythology Gag: There are many references to the original even down to exact same dialogue here and there.
    • For starters, a lot of scenes are remakes of scenes from the original, like Michael's stalking of Laurie at her school, Lynda and her boyfriend's death, and Laurie's first encounter with Michael.
    • Michael's coveralls are dark green, a nod to a little known fact that coveralls used in the original film and its 1981 sequel were green too, specifically "spruce green".
    • Annie tells Laurie that she set her up with a date with Ben Tramer, like in the first film.
    • The nurse who Michael shanked in the neck is named Nurse Wynn, a reference to Terrence Wynn, Sam Loomis' colleague in the first film.
    • Dr. Loomis' outfit in this film seems to draw inspiration from his classic outfit (the beige trenchcoat) and his outfit in the sixth film (the black turtleneck sweater).
  • 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. Note that this is not the case in the work print version of the film, where Michael does not kill Cruz during his escape.
  • 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.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • After killing Judith, young Michael hides his infamous mask underneath some floorboards, which he receives 17 years later after escaping Smith's Grove. However, by this time, the mask is severely deteriorated as a result of being left untouched for nearly two decades and exposed to major changes of the weather, including extreme heat and cold. The mask rots even more over the events of this film and the sequel due to Michael's usage of it, getting shot in the head while wearing it, keeping it in a bag for roughly two years, exposing it to even more harsh elements of the weather, and then using it once again. The mask gets so fragile, that one of Michael's victims manages to rip part of it off.
    • You should never mock a mentally unstable patient, especially when the patient has a history of violence, including murder.
    • Michael successfully kidnaps Laurie and brings her to the dilapidated Myers house, placing her next to the nude, strangled corpse of Lynda. When she wakes up, Michael tries to tell her that they're siblings by pointing to a picture. Laurie naturally has no idea what Michael is trying to say; all she knows is this psycho killed her friend, brutalized her other friend, and has her in his clutches. She then distracts him by telling him to take off his mask, stabs him, and tries to get out of the house.
  • Retro Universe: Downplayed. The movie's assumed internal timeframe with respect to it's real world release date vaguely places the first 40 minutes in the early 1990s. However, there are major influences of The '70s here and there from Mrs. Myers' wardrobe, the hairstyles with Loomis' bob cut and the trendy long hair among a few male characters; nods to Nazareth (the band), Blue Öyster Cult and KISS; as well as the rather retro-looking cop cars. The rest of the film jumps then to the late 2000s with no retro aspects whatsoever.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Loomis thinks Michael is here to finish the job he started, killing his whole family. Yes, he is after Laurie, but this film isn't set in the Thorn Timeline; Michael just wants to be with his sister.
  • Self-Insert: Some have interpreted Rob Zombie's version of Michael, both young and old to be vaguely based off Zombie himself mainly considering they have similar appearances, they're both metalheads, etc.
  • 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.
  • Too Dumb to Live: And the Darwin Award for "Practically Suicide" goes to the orderly Noel and his cousin Kendall who, in the Director's Cut, put their two collective neurons together and decide to gangrape a female patient in Michael's room...with Michael himself still inside. And to top it off, they mess with his masks which they've been clearly told is his biggest no-no. Drinking on the job where you constantly deal with mentally unstable people one-on-one is no excuse.
  • Tragic Dream: Michael just wants to meet Laurie and live happily with her. However, with Michael being a violent sociopath, it ends rather how you'd expect it to end.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Pretty much every couple on-screen. As CinemaSins points out, are there NO attractive men in Haddonfield?
    • Annie's boyfriend, Paul is an exception.
  • Villain Protagonist: This film is much more about Michael than the original was.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Evil as he is, 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 despite having ample opportunity to do so.


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