Okay, I am generally against remaking classic films. In fact, it seems to me that not only are most remakes inferior to the original, but they are generally bad films. Often, very
bad films. The remakes of Psycho
(from Gus Van Sant, who should have known better), The Longest Yard
, Planet of the Apes
(from Tim Burton, who should have also known better), and Assault on Precinct 13
all pretty much stank. It would not be so sad, but this seems to be the typical result when any classic remake is made. It is almost as if the filmmakers figure they cannot match the original and, knowing this, set out to make a bad film.
It is for that reason that I have serious doubts about Rob Zombie's remake of Halloween
. John Carpenter's original was both frightening and influential (it started the whole slasher cycle of the Eighties--something that we shouldn't hold against either the movie or Carpenter). It is naturally going to be a tough act to follow. In the remake's favour is the fact that I suspect Zombie has seen every single horror movie ever made, and he has already demonstrated some talent with House of 1000 Corpses
and The Devil's Rejects
. And the trailer looks reassuring. From the trailer I would guess that it won't match the original, but it at least won't be horribly bad as so many remakes are.
Anyhow, without further ado, here is the trailer for Rob Zombie's Halloween: Posted Yesterday