I just ran across this article. Not so much an article as it is a link to a YouTube Video pointing out all the flaws in the film. It was cute and funny and well worth the watch. But, the reality of it is that it’s just pointing out the type of errors you are going to find in any movie. You only have so much time to tell a story. You have to cheat time and sometimes leap from one thought to the next and just hope the audience can make the leap with you. Basically its errors you are going to find in any film if you look hard enough. Checkout that article here.
Now, I am not by any means a Rob Zombie hater. His Halloween series is the only thing he’s done that I was completely disappointed with. I believe I have legitimate reason to feel that way. I plan to express them here and look forward to any feedback that disagrees with me or agrees with me. So let’s get into this shall we.
My major issue with RZ’s versions of the film have nothing to do with the usual complaints I hear. Things like, “He did what he always did and made it another story about white trash." I didn’t have a problem with that actually. I mean, we have to admit, there’s a lot of white trash out there. So why not change the family from middle class to white trash? I can deal with it.
Why not spend half the film diving into little white trash Michael Myers? I agreed with that dive! We should learn more about young Michael. We should see some of Myers in the clinic doing the things that eventually makes Dr. Loomis believe that there’s nothing even remotely human about Michael.
What bothered me about the reboot or remake is the complete misunderstanding by Zombie as to what Michael Myers is. Michael Myers was always quiet, always calm, always waiting for the feeling inside that tells him to react. His anger and hate went far beyond a simple rage. He was not a snot nosed kid that’s just angry at the world for his shitty life. Michael Myers' level of rage went way beyond those petty emotions seen in the Zombie films. Michael Myers wasn’t angry at his life, he wasn’t jealous of his sisters or his family. His rage is at just being born.
John Carpenter has said that his inspiration for Michael Myers came from touring a mental hospital. One of the patients he saw was an 11 or 12 year old boy sitting alone in the room. As he approached the door and then looked through the slot in the window, he saw the boy just sitting there staring back at him. He was deeply bothered by the image of the kid and apparently this was the inspiration for Dr. Loomis’ speech in the first film.
That speech was as follows,
“I met him, fifteen years ago; I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience, no understanding; and even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes... the devil's eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized that what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... evil.”
That right there is what Michael Myers is. Listen to that description of Michael, “blank, pale emotionless face…” There was no talking, there was outward rage, he was calm and just waiting for some inner trigger, some internal alarm clock to go off. He wasn’t crying and screaming because his mother was stripper, his sister was a slut, his step daddy done mistreated him or because he was bullied in school. He would never have been bullied in school. Kids wouldn’t admit it but they would have been afraid of him. It would have just been instinctive for them to leave him alone. Michael was just born with evil in him.
People are always looking for explanation for why bad things happen. Why did this guy shoot up a school? Why did this guy walk into his former employer building and start shooting? Sometimes there’s a reason, it’s never a good one. But, sometimes there’s no explanation. There’s no reason. Bad shit just happens. The other day in the news there was a guy just walking down the street. He is attacked by another guy with a knife and killed. No reason, didn’t even look at him funny. Didn’t even make eye contact. When asked why he did it, the killer said, “Because he was there.” Just a random act of violence. A family has gone to bed for the night. All the doors locked, it’s a bad neighborhood but it’s the best this family can do for now. One street behind them there’s a drive by. A house is riddled with bullets and no one is hit in that house. But, one bullet manages to make it through the house, through the back fence, through this poor families wall and straight into the skull of their beautiful sleeping baby girl. The bullet kills her instantly. No reason, the math is beyond random chance. That is how evil works. There’s no explaining it, it just is. You can’t avoid it, you can’t run from it. When it wants you, it finds you. That is what Michael Myers is.
So what bothered me about some of the Halloween sequels started in Halloween II. And, let me start by saying, I actually like Halloween II better than the original. Don’t believe me- read my last article. But, I have to admit that the second one is responsible for opening the door to a mass of stupid that would later come in other sequels. What the second movie hinted at was that maybe a demon possession? Something to do with the ritual of Samhain. This was an afterthought, a writers attempt to set up an explanation for how Michael is still alive. Maybe it was attempt to add intrigue? It worked but it wasn’t needed. All we needed was a reminder of Dr. Loomis’ speech in the first film. A simple reminder by Loomis that he is Michael’s Dr. and that Michael is not human any more. Instead, that simple Samhain comment inspired a mass of stupidity in later films.
So why did Michael kill his sister? Why did Michael go after Laurie Strode? Why did he kill some people and not others? You could say, “Because he can.” “Because they were there.” “Random chance.” But, the truth is you will never know. Call it one of life’s mysteries. Michael Myers is the perfect killer. He’s calm, quiet, fearless and most of all relentless. There is no reason, no logical explanation, no reason why but when he comes for you, he doesn't stop, ever. That is Michael Myers.