Rob Zombie Explains Why His Halloween is Better?

Herner Klenthur

HalloweenRob Zombie is a polarizing filmmaker and fans love him and they hate him. I for one think Rob Zombie has done some spectacular work including The Devils Rejects and yes I also include the Halloween remake.

Halloween 2 for me was horrible but that is a matter of opinion as many horror fans appreciate it. Was Rob Zombies Halloween remake as good as the original? Of course not nobody would ever claim that. Rob Zombies Halloween was a solid horror film that respected the original work by John Carpenter while adding new elements to it.

The film as much as it polarized fans was a huge hit bringing in over $77million world wide according to the numbers. ( For those wondering the original John Carpenter film released in 1978 brought in $70million dollars on a budget of $325,000. )

I think that the main reason that horror fans love to hate on Rob Zombie especially after he started doing remakes is because of his comments trashing filmmakers who do remakes in the first place. In an interview he reportedly said quote ( via SlashFilm )

“I feel it’s the worst thing any filmmaker can do. I actually got a call from my agent and they asked me if I wanted to be involved in a remake of CHAINSAW. I said no fucking way! Those movies are perfect — you’re only going to make yourself look like an asshole by remaking them.

Go remake something that’s a piece of shit and make it good. Like with my movie I have elements of CHAINSAW in it because I love that movie so much, but I wouldn’t dare want to “remake” it. It’s like a band trying to be another band.”

So we can break down Rob Zombies decision to remake Halloween into three categories

  • a) He had a change of heart on horror remakes
  • b) He thinks Halloween is a horrible movie that needed a remake.
  • c) He was given an opportunity to remake one of the best horror films of all time and could simply not pass up the opportunity.

According to MoviePilot Rob Zombie has supposedly managed to list a few reasons why his Halloween remake is better than the original  and reference a video on Youtube( which you can watch below ). Paraphrasing here are a few of the reasons Rob Zombie supposedly thought his movie was better;

  • The remake was ‘better’ because in the original the character of Dr Loomis in the orginal was all drama and came off as a drunken idiot.
  • That the remake was better because in the original Myers Jumpsuit was always clean and not dirty.
  • That Myers outfit made it look like he robbed a hardware store for his getup.
  • Michael Myers Drove in the original Halloween

You can read the entire article on MoviePilot [ Update The article has been removed from MoviePilot so no reading it now ] or watch the video below which is their source. Rob Zombie has responded to the article and you can read his comments below and its clear he is not happy. Kudos to Matt Williams who was the first to share it with us. Rob Zombie wrote on his Facebook page with a few edits by me for language;

Who ever wrote this (Amy Martin) is a trouble making [expletive]. I love John Carpenter’s Halloween and John knows that. Why? Because I told him. In fact he was the first person I called and told about my film. He said he was cool with it. I actually said to him “if this is a problem, I won’t do it”. Simple as that.

I have never compared the two films and never will. Taking a bunch of things I said years before I even made the film to try and start trouble is typical internet nonsense. I never pointed out flaws in the original. I pointed out things that weren’t in the original that I could put in mine. Not because I thought my way was better, but because I thought it would be different. Since I figured trying to make the exact same film was sort of silly.

Here is cute quote from this bullshit article “I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but I would say that Zombie is totally lying when he says that he likes and respects the original Halloween, but is just saying that for fear of losing fans if he said otherwise.”

Here’s a direct quote for you Amy Martin… “F**K Y** MOTHERF**KING PIECE OF USELESS SH*T!” Don’t misquote that.

BTW your article reads like it was written by a fourth grader.

Safe to say that Rob Zombie is no fan of MoviePilots article and it seems they heard him loud and clear as the article has been pulled down as of me updating this article to include Zombie’s response. You can however still watch the video below which MoviePilot sourced.


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      1. Tony Frenden (@tonybot3) July 29, 2014 at 12:28 am

        Loomis being thought of as a drunk was per intent. He was the only one who knew what was going on, but he wasn’t totally credible to outsiders.

      2. pizzainacup July 29, 2014 at 12:40 am

        All I’ve to say about Zombie’s Halloween is that it’s a turd. No matter how much you polish it up, it’s still a turd. Leave the classic Horror films alone. In my opinion, nobody wants to see a remake of a classic film unless you’re unaware of the original, thus you’re unaware that you’re watching a remake.

        • Herner Klenthur July 29, 2014 at 12:52 am

          Honestly I enjoyed it. Perhaps it was my low expectations but I thought it was a solid horror flick. Not as good as the original and taking nothing away from John Carpenter.

      3. Tiago July 29, 2014 at 1:41 am

        I like the remake better than the original. Of course the original has an historical importance, and was groundbreaking in it’s time, respect there, but that movie is boring. I really think the remake is better in every aspect.

      4. Link1565 July 29, 2014 at 5:01 am

        I honestly prefer the remake. The original just doesn’t hold up. I saw it for the first time about five years ago, and I felt like I was watching a poorly edited YouTube fan film. It wasn’t scary, and it really came across as extremely hamfisted and cheesy. I just felt that the remake, in this day and age, is far superior in every respect. The sequel to the remake was a piece of crap, though, I agree there.

      5. Lisa walker July 29, 2014 at 5:47 am

        I really liked robs version it explains why Micheal was the way he was & how his family life was.His Micheal seemed to be more intimidating to me.he was so huge.But the original will always be better for that time.

      6. Mike New July 29, 2014 at 6:15 am

        I felt Zombie’s Halloween was much better than the original. He made Michael Myers a killing machine. I didn’t like the homeless Michael Myers in the second film. I am excited about Halloween 3.

      7. Jack July 29, 2014 at 6:43 am

        Zombie lives a small affluent town in Litchfield County. Ct and we laugh when he see him.

      8. Maria Haynes July 29, 2014 at 12:19 pm

        Excuse my French but BOLLOX!

      9. steve July 30, 2014 at 7:58 am

        I enjoyed Halloween by Rob and Carpenter and thought in the interview Rob was just explaining what he would change in the original, Rob never mentioned in that interview anything that says he hated the first movie by Carpenter, even if he did say remakes are the worst thing a film maker can do, he and any other film maker can change their minds.

      10. Erik July 30, 2014 at 12:21 pm

        I used to be amazed that a crazy guy like Rob Zombie made such bland, run of the mill movies, but I’ve gotten used to it.

      11. Paul Counelis August 1, 2014 at 3:57 am

        Well, he never implied that his film is better, but he did point out flaws with the original. I saw the interview. His intent was to say that no movie is perfect, though, not to say his film was better.

      12. Robert August 3, 2014 at 11:28 pm

        I thought Tyler Mane made a great, menacing
        Michael Myers

      13. Robert August 10, 2014 at 12:13 am

        I agree, Robert. Tyler Mane was a very threatening, intimidating presence.

      14. Kris July 22, 2015 at 11:49 pm

        If you think the remake is better than the original you a) know 0, zip, nada about film b) are moderately retarded, c) are under the age of 16 with no attention span and c) should die

      15. horror dragon March 31, 2017 at 6:19 am

        too much sex and gore, it was like a fucking porno movie…. fuck rob zombie