Let Michael Be

New Daily Post:

A restaurant that removed your favorite item from the menu, a bad cover of a great song… Write a post about something that should’ve been left untouched, but wasn’t. Why was the original better?

I’ll start out with two pictures:

Michael Myers (Halloween, 1978)
Michael Myers (Halloween, 1978)
Michael Myers (Halloween, 2007)
Michael Myers (Halloween, 2007)

Okay, getting it yet? Why did they have to screw with Michael Myers? The greatest slasher icon film has ever seen in the greatest horror film ever made (by John Carpenter in 1978)? Rob Zombie, I dig your psychotic, raw vision, but not as applied to Michael Myers. This is just one fundamental reason: The mask. He dirtied up the mask. The whole point of Myers’ mask and why it’s scary, aside from the surface-level fact of it being plain white and ghost-like, is that it’s so we can project our conception of evil onto it.

The Zombie remake of Halloween is just awful. He mostly changed it in ways unconscionable to me. Myers in the ’78 version isn’t given much background. He kills his older sister and his parents have him committed to an asylum where Dr. Loomis looks after him. That’s it. In the ’07 version, he has a fucked up family life and that’s the explanation for his evil. No thank you, Rob, no thank you.

Nobody was clamoring for a remake of the original. They just want sequels, as I do, too, that follow the same basic premise set up by Carpenter: The Devil’s Eyes, evil personified, going after people and fucking them up.

The worst sin of all? He basically made Myers like Jason. LEAVE MICHAEL ALONE



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