By Thomas H Cullen (UK)
Upon its official release, Rob Zombie’s remake of John Carpenter’s 1978 classic was met with disdain and praise. The overall reception wasn’t surprising, but that doesn’t justify the degree to which the remake was shunned by mainstream society. The basis for this outrage is that Halloween 2007 is actually an incredibly emotional and important art.
The 1978 Halloween emphasized atmosphere and tension; the 2007 Halloween emphasizes heart and soul. More specifically, the point of the 2007 remake is the inspiration and the humanity of overcoming repression as the result of losing something.
Zombie’s script and direction is an art which is about the spirituality of embracing character and embracing style and spirit because of a history of cruelty and inhumanity. As ever, the theme shouldn’t just be stated, but some effort should be made to deconstruct the theme.
To lose something is to be hurt. To be denied something is to be mistreated. Mistreatment has every right to become insular, and to become indifferent to spirituality and to style. Instead though, the 2007 remake is the ideology that mistreatment is the source of spirituality. But what is the mistreated, if neither mistreatment or spirituality?
Separation from inhumanity and from spirituality is something which is a humanity which isn’t spiritual, or alternatively, is something which is physical which is humane. So the force in question is either a physical object which is humane, or is a chaotic human presence.
The definition and make up of Halloween 2007 is the morality of physical objects and the devastation of humanity. The nature of Zombie’s direction is to place emphasis on the clash between living matter and non-living matter.
What is the difference between spirituality and no spirituality? Spirituality is no physical, making the physical the lack of spirituality; this means that Halloween 2007 is attacking spirituality and supporting physical reality. Physical reality is before spirituality, meaning that Zombie’s story is about the morality of what’s before, and the immorality of afterward. Previous is wrong to be a servant to afterward.
Previous is the physical, and afterward is the lack of physical. The purity and the humanity of knowing places and feeling objects is the previous reality, and the aftermath is the impurity of not feeling objects. It’s inspiring, because it’s in the earlier stages of the 2007 remake that characters are more defined by their interactions with physical reality. It’s once Myers returns to Haddonfield as an adult that characters are less connected to physical reality.
Like Halloween 6, Halloween 2007 is an abused work of art; as ever, this is no surprise, as it’s a long-standing tendency for mainstream critics to ignore movies that possess genuine intellect. Other examples of this trend include RoboCop 3, Batman & Robin, the theatrical Halloween 6, Charlie’s Angels (2000), Alien: Covenant and “even” Nocturnal Animals.
As of right now, Nocturnal Animals just has 73% on Rotten Tomatoes, when it should be at least at about 90%; Halloween 2007 is hardly the equivalent of Nocturnal Animals, but it just goes to show how prevalent the pattern of abuse is. Halloween 2007 is 25% on RT, but deserves to be at about 80%