Surprise! Zombie’s Halloween Script Blows!

Posted by Peter Hall - January 12th 2007 @ 6:15 am

Rob Zombie

According to Quint over at AICN, at least.  And I see no reason to doubt the man.

He holds hope that the draft he read was a very, very early draft, but I doubt much will change.  As it stands, it bares zero resemblance to the Halloween that John Carpenter gifted upon the world.  The movie that can draw thousands and thousands of people from across the world to conventions in its honor.  The movie that changed decades of film to follow.

None of that can be even glimpsed in the script, from what Quint related.  There are what I would consider very minor spoilers in his script review (minor in the sense that they are mere character traits), so feel free to read it without worry that every page of the film be revealed.

And then feel free to hate Rob Zombie.  He, quite literally, removed the defining factor of Halloween’s original script and the resulting shed, dead husk is quite unappealing.

As far as I’m concerned, and unless Quint gets his hands on a drastically altered shooting draft, Rob Zombie’s Halloween is dead to me.  It doesn’t matter who he casts as what, it all starts with the script and, in this case, clearly ends with the script.

But, hey, at least it has gallons of nudity.  Because that is what defines good horror.



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  1. R.J. Sayer
    January 12th, 2007 | 4:04 pm | #1

    just read the news over at AICN.

    my worst fears have been confirmed.

    this is what happens when you get an obvious SHOCK! GORE! “director” behind the wheel of a subtle, no-nonsense classic.

    insant car-wreck disaster.

    and none of us will be able to keep our eyes off it.

    that’s the TRULY depressing part.

    Good News, However:

    MONSTER SQUAD is finally getting a DVD release!

  2. R.J. Sayer
    January 12th, 2007 | 8:31 pm | #2


    check out the official HALLOWEEN remake MySpace page.

    Full of people criticizing the script in the comments.

    but then check out Rob’s blog (full of spelling errors, by the way).

    Full of idiots defending him.

    the thing that enrages me the most about these simps is that they keep using the “i never really got the whole supernatural/evil incarnate thing” argument while CLAIMING TO BE HALLOWEEN FANS!


    how can you be a fan of something if you have a fundamental problem with one of ITS CORE ELEMENTS?!?!


    a few thousand good face-punchings are in order.

  3. January 12th, 2007 | 10:36 pm | #3

    I just hope it is all some kind of cruel joke.

    I like Rob Zombie as a person, but fuck! It never, ever crossed my mind that he would not only miss the point, but miss it by such a vast gulf of errors that the resulting product would be the complete inverse of the original.


  4. Jim G
    February 11th, 2007 | 11:00 pm | #4

    This is one fan’s opinion of an early draft that’s making its way around the internet. Apparently Rob can’t take a little constructive critism because I got booted from his MySpace page after posting this there.

    Alright here it is. First let me say that I had to distance myself a LOOONG way from my fan-boy perspective to read this objectively. I’ve made no secret of my apprehensions about Zombie undertaking such a monumental project like HALLOWEEN. Second I have to thank Brett Young (who’s probably been banned by now) for sending me the script. Okay here we go. This screenplay is broken down into three acts. Act One covers the original murder of Judith Myers – Act Two covers Michael’s time in Smiths Grove – and Act Three covers the events of the original HALLOWEEN. Acts One and Two, while not without their problems, are much better paced than Act Three. The Third Act feels rushed in every sense. Its as though Rob just crammed the original film in the script as an afterthought. Gone is the careful pacing and build-up of suspense of the original – along with the feel of it. This script bounces around in the Third Act rushing from one Kill scene to another, with interludes of Loomis and Brackett,in an obvious rush to reach the Film’s Climax sacrificing classic moments in the process. Hopefully Rob and the Producers have realized this fact and fixed it in the final script. There are a number of scenes that I thought were unnecessary and slowed the pacing needlessly.Pacing and lack of suspense are two of my main problems with this version of the script. Once again Rob seems to be going for the gore factor over actual fear. The script makes graphic references to the copious amounts of blood spilled. FX guys have their work cut out for them on this one. There’s also a copious amount of T&A in this….which I can find no fault with considering the hotties Rob’s cast. Sorry Guy moment. One thing I hope is that whoever Rob got to rewrite him is he lets him fix the dialogue – aside from the stuff he swiped from the original script the dialogue in many places seems stilted and awkwards, and instead of actually figuring out a clever bit of dialogue for certain scenes Rob just reverted to vulgarity to fill the silence. And the characters…sorry but most of the characters in this version are little more than window dressing passing through the scenes in a blink of an eye with no real purpose except as cannon fodder. Even Laurie, Lynda, and Annie are portrayed in such a manner. You don’t feel for them when Michael comes for them in the Third Act. They’re just more useless cannon-fodder. The only characters Rob took any consideration in fleshing out are Michael and Loomis. Okay so as you can see I have a number of problems with what I read…nitpicking I’ms sure some of you will say. Maybe. But that doesn’t answer the question of whether I liked the script or not – and the answer is yes and no. I liked certain elements while disliking others. Some of the ideas Rob’s added enhance the story while others distract and take you right out of the story. there were points while reading this where I was going “WHAT?” and “HUN? That’s not right”. On a percentage scale I’d have to say that Rob got it 70% right and 30% wrong with most but not all of my problems with this script stemming from the events of the Third Act. So there it is.

  5. February 12th, 2007 | 7:00 am | #5

    Good to see another take on it, even if it is confirming it.

    If you’ve still got the draft kicking around, send it on this way, I’d love to take a look at it.

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