By: Charlene Alissa Mullins
Your heart races. Your palms start to sweat. You hold your breath, watching attentively with one eye open as the events unfold in front of you. Then when the killing is over and the person being attacked is dead, you sigh in relief, because your heart can calm down — until it happens all over again. This is part of the fun in watching horror movies, and all the great horror movies like, “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” and “Hostel” create this physiological reaction. However, the new “Halloween” fails miserably at this.
In the original “Halloween” (1978), director John Carpenter had our senses running rampant, but he left out the history of the seriously disturbed Michael Myers and all the blood and gore to go along with it. Now, a director known for having plenty of blood to spare, Rob Zombie, comes along to show why Myers is so troubled.The movie begins by constructing the seriously disturbed 10-year-old Michael Myer’s character (Daeg Faerch) and why he is so distraught. Zombie wanted the back story to explain why Michael wears the mask, giving the mask its own story, instead of Michael just finding some mask somewhere and deciding to wear it. However, he also leaves Michael’s motives ambiguous, as a true psychopath would. Maybe it was his stripper mother (Sheri Moon Zombie, the director’s wife who seems to play in all his movies) who caused him to go mad. Maybe it was his lazy, mother’s drunken boyfriend (William Forsythe). Maybe it was his baby sister. (In none of the nine installments of the franchise is it quite clear why he wants to kill his sister.) No one can be certain what caused Michael to snap, but one thing is for sure: No one can stop Michael, not even his shrink, Dr. Loomis (Malcolm McDowell). Continue reading