Not so recently, I watched the original Halloween and Rob Zombie’s remake.

I enjoyed the “period setting” of the 1978 movie, with all the fashions and conversations, though there was an incredible amount of babysitting logistics. Frustratingly for me, Myers had no reasons for his crimes, and his escape seemed really random.

The 2007 remake delved much, much deeper into Myers, setting up a dark yet very realistic childhood, and his triggers over sexuality. It’s also set in the modern era, and the difference in sexual precociousness was striking (no doubt deliberate). Unlike the original, the new non-Jamie-Lee-Curtis version of Laurie is an airhead, which is a bit annoying. I liked Malcolm McDowell, but I like him in any movie.


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