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  • Adaptation Displacement: Most young people born between 1990-2010 will most likely think of this film than the 1978 orginal or the seven other sequels after it.
  • 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?
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • One thing people can agree on about the remake is that Michael's mask looks near identical to the original 1978 version, after the sequels to said version were heavily criticized for changing his masks with every subsequent film and looking drastically different in each.
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    • A problem many had with the last couple entries was how, despite the namesake, they didn’t really attempt to capture the Halloween atmosphere. This movie amends that mistake, between the color correction and how the scenes were shot and lit, it managed to capture that feeling a lot better.
  • Catharsis Factor: Due to the sheer amount of assholish characters in the film, standouts being Judith, Ronnie, Wesley, and several of the asylum guards, it can be deeply satisfying to see Michael off them.
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • Michael's 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, being made out of latex, the constant changes of the seasons would have melted it and/or turned it to dust.
    • Also, Loomis shouldn't have been able to get a gun so easily, pointed out by many people.
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  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: While most horror films generally have a large quantity of jerkass characters, this film ups the ante by making practically every character as violently unlikable as possible. Those that aren't note  are either barely seen or quickly killed off. Adding in the cynical tone and questionable changes made to Michael's backstory, the film can be rather painful to watch.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • 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, who played Jamie Lloyd in the fourth and fifth movies; Brackett gets some points as well by being played by the same guy who plays Chucky. As for Ismael, well...it's Danny Trejo.
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  • Fan-Disliked Explanation: Most agreed that giving Michael (a character originaly created to be pure evil) a tragic past took away much of his mystique.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • There is a massive difference in height between child Michael and adult Michael, to the point that jokes were made about the orderlies at Michael's asylum feeding him steroids. 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:
    • Regardless of you feel about this version of Michael, there's no denying that his life sucked ass. Perpetually abused by everybody around him, save for his mother and Ismael, there's no wonder why he wishes death to the people he encounters.
    • 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. Its also briefly implies that Ronnie is sexually abusive to her.
  • 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! WHAT THE HELL?!" 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. As a result, he comes off as more of a comedic parody of a Hate Sink who's amusing to watch.
    • 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 kid even when Michael is a violent, hulking monster as an adult.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Ken Foree as a confrontational trucker.
    "I'M JOE GRIZZLY, BITCH!"
  • Rooting for the Empire: Nearly everybody in this film is so disturbingly unlikable that it's pure Catharsis Factor when Michael kills them all.
  • The Scrappy: Ronnie is a weird example; he's 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: See here.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Michael's origin basically boils down to "he killed people because he had a very bad childhood, then killed people because he liked it". It wasn't fleshed out much, and as a result they ruined the mystery of his character. Then again, this is supposed to be a completely different and (by Zombie's words) more "realistic" take on Michael.
    • The movie was originally going to have been a prequel/midquel centering around Michael's years in the asylum in the original continuity. Some felt that would have been more interesting than a straight-up remake.
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