Do you remember when Rob Zombie re-booted the Halloween franchise and decided what audiences really wanted was an in-depth look at Michael Myers’ family? A family that was suddenly white trash and instantly hated by the audience? And a Laurie Strode that I wanted dead because she was a garbage person? GOOD TIMES.
Well, Zombie’s crapterpiece is ten years old, so I’ve got some facts for you.
1. Zombie reached out to original Halloween creator/director/etc. John Carpenter to let him know that there would be a remake and Zombie would be directing. He did this prior to Dimension announcing anything to the press. Carpenter told Zombie to make the movie his own. I’m pretty sure Zombie took that advice.
2. Zombie thought that all of the horror icons were no longer scary because their stories were too familiar. My fear of men in hockey masks chilling out in the woods would beg to differ, sir.
To “fix” this problem, Zombie decided we needed to know why Michael Myers turned into a murderous psycho that stalks teenagers. He also thought keeping the killer’s reasons for tracking down baby sister Laurie should be kept nebulous in the flick, making the audience wonder if he was trying to murder her or have a sibling reunion with a Starbucks run.
3. When Zombie met with Bob and Garbage Asshole Rapist Weinstein, he pitched a film that was fully Myers’ childhood and then pitched another that would be a clear remake. The result was, of course, a little of column A and a little of column B.
4. Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees appears as the man selling guns to Malcolm McDowell’s Dr. Loomis. Another cameo is the house from the original Halloween appearing when Michael is watching Laurie and her friends inside a library. Michael is standing in front of the house.
5. William Forsythe, Michael’s mother’s abusive and disgustingly rapey boyfriend, was originally only supposed to be wearing an arm brace. The actor broke his leg prior to filming and Zombie decided that the leg cast was a good addition to such a piece of shit character.
6. When Halloween was cut for television, Carpenter had to provide more footage to make up for the lost murder scenes. This led to original Dr. Loomis Donald Pleasence filming scenes with a young Michael Myers in an asylum. This is what inspired Zombie to focus on that relationship and the young Myers in an asylum for his version.
7. Scout Taylor-Compton plays Laurie Strode and was the only actress in her teens and portraying a teenager. The same was true for Jamie Lee Curtis in the original movie.
8. Taylor-Compton was Zombie’s first choice for the role of Laurie. However, Emma Stone also auditioned for the part. CAN YOU IMAGINE.
9. Michael’s mother was played by Zombie’s wife, Sheri Moon Zombie. Supposedly she was cast for her height and not because of her wedding ring. In one scene, Taylor-Compton is wearing a hoodie from Sheri Moon’s clothing line, because it was fluffy. I bet.
10. This was the widest opening (phrasing) of any Halloween movie to this point. It grossed more than Halloween II, The Return of Michael Myers, The Revenge of Michael Myers, and The Curse of Michael Myers. After setting a record for the highest grossing movie over the Labor Day Weekend, the movie would then drop 71.6% in attendance the very next weekend. It earned 63.9% less than the opening weekend, coming in second to 3:10 to Yuma.