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rock-star. His take on Carpenter’s masterpiece isn’t so much a film as the back page of a teenage sociopath’s math book brought to life. Not content with delivering a terrifying slasher movie, Zombie decided he’d delve into what turns a young boy into a psychopath. The first half of the movie - yes, the entire first half is devoted to Myers’ childhood. Seems it wasn’t the supernatural forces of ancient Ireland that influenced young Michael; no, it was the fact that his daddy was an alcoholic redneck and his mother a stripper. If a film-maker wants to make a treatise on nature versus nurture that’s fine, but don’t hijack a much loved franchise to deliver your halfbaked psychology lesson. If one word can describe Zombie’s style, it’s ‘ugly’. Every character, even Dr. Loomis (McDowell), looks like a guest on Jerry Springer. Like Michael Haneke and Lars Von Trier, Zombie Watch the trailer for Halloween (2007 version) NewJerseyStage.com 2015 - ISSUE 10 65