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Friday, January 05, 2007

The "Halloween" Remake and the Apple iPhone

More news on the Apple phone.

Something else I am started to get excited about: Rob Zombie's remake of "Halloween."

While it is true that these remakes of classic horror flicks are pointless at best ("Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "The Amityville Horror," "The Hills Have Eyes") and downright offensive (in the wrong way) at their worst ("Texas Chainsaw: The Beginning"), like my friend Iann I believe that Rob just may have the right balance of fanboy and somewhat seasoned director to pull this off. His casting choices are another reason to have hope:

Pat Skipper will play Mason Strode, the father of Laurie Strode, while Dee Wallace-Stone will play Laurie's mother, Cynthia Strode. Skipper's credits include "Predator 2" and "Hellraiser: Bloodline", as well as several episodes of "The X-Files," one of my favorite shows of all time (alongside "Buffy" and "Angel"). Wallace-Stone is best remembered for her role as Elliot's divorced mother in "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" and as Karen White in "The Howling." She was also in the original (and brilliant) "Stepford Wives" in 1975 (talk about an AWFUL remake!).

Tyler Mane, who made a more than decent Sabretooh in the first "X-Men," is playing Michael Myers (he worked with Zombie before in "The Devil's Rejects"). Malcolm McDowell ("Clockwork Orange") will appear as Dr. Loomis.

Zombie recently said that he's seen the finished mask that will be worn by Michael Myers: "All I can say is 'HOLY F***.'It looks perfect. Exactly like the original. Not since 1978 has (Myers) looked so good."

"Halloween" is due in theatres on August 31, 2007. Filming begins later this month. Zombie is documenting the entire process.

I had an opportunity to visit Zombie at his production office during the making of "The Devil's Rejects." The guy rules. I also spoke to him at that film's press junket, and before that, at the San Diego Comicon. He's always a gentleman.

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