Sound On Sight Radio #150 – Halloween Franchise

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Nearly every slasher pick since 1978 owes a debt to John Carpenter, and it’s all because of a little movie called Halloween. Like any horror flick worth its salt these days, it earned itself a proper remake, courtesy of musician-turned-horror director Rob Zombie back in 2007. Much like the original flick, Mr. Zombie’s film has itself inspired a franchise, so we took the time to compare and contrast the first two films in both series. Who wins? Take a guess.

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halloween-michael-myers-2332845-800-600Movies Reviewed:

Halloween (1978)

Halloween 2 (1981)

Halloween (2007)

Halloween 2 (2009)

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  1. Deborah Reed says

    I wish people would stop bashing Rob Zombie . I think he did a wonderful job remakimg the Halloween series. It got boring with the old John Carpenter version. so just leave Rob zombie alone and stop bad mouthing him.

  2. Jeremy Knox says

    I think the best way to see how Rob Zombie went wrong with the Halloween remake is to listen to his cover of “Blitzkrieg Bop” from the “We’re a Happy Family” Ramones tribute album. It’s a loud, busy, chaotic track that doesn’t sound at all like the original while at the same time not being particularly good as it’s own thing.

    Zombie’s attempt to rewrite John Carpenter and Debra Hill’s screenplay has a similar problem. He’s overthinking the whole film with a needlessly busy plot, and he has this loud and aggressive style that doesn’t fit well with the concept of a subtle, moody thriller. He’s the wrong guy for the job, plain and simple.

    Another problem with Zombie’s film (…and nearly all slasher movies that were made after 1984.) is that they’re written as a horror movie first with some teenage “situations” sprinkled in. Early slashers were written as “Meatballs” with a killer, and you can imagine them sort of working anyway with the killings and mad slasher removed. Take Michael Myers out of Zombie’s film and what do you have apart from a fictional “Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia”?

    1. Fulgur Reynard says

      Good point Jeremy. I understand exactly what you mean by the Ramones reference. In some ways, even as simple and amateurish as they were, the Ramones are uncoverable. Maybe, Halloween too fits into this category, of raw, striped to the bone goodness, that if anyone else touches will turn to shit without fault. Again, I have to bring up the disappointment factor here. A Ramones cover also kinda sounds appealing on papier, just as a Rob Zombie rendition of Halooween did before he started doing anything at all. It just all seems to lose it’s essence and life, in it’s complete envy and admiration of it’s predecessor. Put it in the vault, let the kiddies find the originals, so they don’t get jipped by watching these remakes-remodels, and don’t forget to eat a healthy breakfast before playing sports,


  3. Ricky says

    LOL 0 Sorry I had to play Oingo Boingo!

  4. Tim says

    Great show but that last track needed a bit more cowbell

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