Somewhere in the Middle:
- Dawn of the Dead – While I was a fan of the original, sometimes these dead movies just go on too long and infiltrate too many things. I have got zombie exhaustion. This movie was just okay, nothing great. The roof scenes were funny and the ending was sad, but a lot of it was super cheesy, but not a good kind of cheese. It just wasn’t something I was jumping up and down over. Not everything needs to be freaking remade! (Are you sensing a pattern here?)
- Rob Zombie’s Halloween – The original 1978 film is one of my favorites, so naturally, I was justifiably conflicted about it being remade, by Rob Zombie of all people. His own ideas are great, but I am not sure remakes are his forte. The beginning was awesome, with little Daeg Faerch playing Michael, and doing a damn good job of it too, and Sheri Moon as his mother. I love her to pieces, so the beginning was totally fine with me. Gory, unrelenting, haunting. Once we get to fifteen years later, Michael is definitely creepy in the sanitorium. But why does he kill Ishmael? That was probably one of the saddest things I have ever seen. And the guards raping a female inmate was completely unwarranted. Anyway, he escapes. I like all the actresses who play Laurie, Lynda, and Annie, especially Danielle Harris (who was so cute as Jamie in H4&5!). But the acting and teenage goofiness seemed a little fake to me, like they were trying too hard. I also did not like the kids who played Tommy and Lindsay. Not cute and they were obnoxious. I liked the killings, they were pretty brutal. That is why I am so-so about this movie. I like some parts, but not others, and cannot really box it into the category of ‘like’ or ‘dislike’.
- Rob Zombie’s Halloween II – This one is along the same vein as the first. Normally, I do not like changing the original story, but I liked that Annie survived the first one. I also like that Laurie is a vegetarian. And I most definitely like the gore, especially of the unrated version. Fucking relentless, man! But, I do not like Laurie’s constant bitching, especially after finding out who she really is (Michael’s sister). I know it must be hard knowing your brother is a serial killer and tried to kill you, but really? You are really annoying in this one, particularly at the party, and the psychiatrist’s office. It just got on my nerves for some reason. I also am not sure how I feel about Michael’s mother showing up with a white horse, and Laurie pretty much being insane. That seemed cool for a minute, but the more I thought about it, it seemed a stretch. However, it was interesting and I want to see if they continue that in the third one.
- A Nightmare on Elm Street – I had the same misgivings about this as about all the other films that didn’t need remaking or retelling or revamping. It is so overdone. Some of the death scenes were pretty cool, though, and Kyle Gallner’s really cute. But that’s besides the point 🙂 Jackie Earle Haley is kind of creepy as Freddy, but mostly just looks awkward, like he couldn’t master it or make it his own. Of course, Robert Englund will always be Freddy, so there’s really no contest here. I do like how they elaborated on the back story, because in the other films, people seemed to forget that he was a pedophile and child murderer! I like how they made it darker, more sinister. Eh, it’s just so-so. Definitely not the worst remake I’ve seen, but not the best either.
What do you guys think?