Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN Script Review
Written and directed by: Rob Zombie. Starring Scout-Taylor Compton, Danielle Harris, Malcolm McDowell, Brad Dourif, Sherri Moon-Zombie, and Tyler Mane as Michael Myers.
Let me start off by saying, I never do this. I always swore I’d never be that guy that reviews scripts, because as a budding director myself, I know how irritating it can be for someone to make a judgment on your film based on a script, which is simply the blue print for a film. A script can never give you the indication on if the film is going to be great, unless you are reading the Troll 2 script or something like that. However, when an anonymous source dropped Rob Zombie’s first draft of the Halloween remake in my inbox, I just couldn’t resist. Especially after publicly lambasting the script, based on the reviews currently online. The first review was terrible, the second was positive, and the third was okay. Needless to say, I was totally discouraged with all the negativity. So, rather than keep guessing, I opened the script and started reading it at work. Let’s just say I didn’t get much accomplished at work throughout the day. Once I got past the first twenty pages, I was totally engrossed in the story.
And for anyone who doesn’t already know, the storyline breaks down like this; After being committed for 17 years, Michael (Tyler Mane) Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, is mistakenly released from the mental institution (where he was committed as a 10 year old) and he immediately returns to Haddonfield, where he wants to find his baby sister, Laurie (Scout-Taylor Compton). Anyone who crosses his path is in mortal danger.
First of all, I would hardly call this a remake or a re-imagining. It’s 90% prequel and 10% remake. There is EXCELLENT structure. The writing is super clean (minus some expected first draft typos) and it is a good story that's well told. We get to know Michael Myers and his family in this script and if the emotion translates to film, then we have one hell of a re-start to this all but dead franchise. Now, I’m not getting into plot points (as other reviews did) and why Michael does this and why Loomis does that. My point is really to recant my previous criticism on Rob’s vision and to say I was wrong. At least by the initial reaction from reading the script. The old saying “Never judge a book by its cover" has never rang so true to me.
Are there things I would change? Absolutely… But this is not John Gray’s Halloween, this is Rob Zombie’s Halloween. And before you maniacs start flooding my inbox with “Oh, you are just another Rob Zombie ass kisser”, let me tell you I have nothing to gain from giving this a good review. I had been the first one to tell everyone that I hated the idea of touching my favorite film/character/franchise from the get go. But again, I will say this script is excellent and I for one can’t wait until the lights go down in the theater to see my favorite slasher reborn.
Final note – Rob, please change the ending. Keep in mind this franchise will continue with or without you.
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Review by John Gray, for Pitofhorror.com