Exclusive Interview with actor Paul Lewis of Days of Power

 

(PCM) Days of Power is a thought provoking film that mixes elements of horror and animal abuse to show the under belly world of puppy mills. The subject of animal abuse has not been brought up in the cinema for quite sometime. It is refreshing to know that someone does have a message out there.

We recently caught up with musician turned actor Paul Lewis to tell us all about Days of Power and so much more. Paul Lewis is an intense live performer who has achieved international success with with band Y-Not and a successful solo career. Lewis is currently working on his fourth solo studio record, the TV show Radio Gods, and producing other acts like TruVoX.

Q.You have been a musician for many years. At what age did you pick up your first guitar and start playing?

PAUL LEWIS :I was a late 10yrs old when I first picked up my first guitar.What musician or band inspired you to pursue music. Who inspires you today?

David Bowie, Prince, Elvis, Frank Sinatra & Kiss were the biggest influences when I was growing up. I was also influenced by Jazz & Blues, gospel music & R&B, I just loved Mahalia Jackson, John Lee Hooker, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Teddy Pendergrass, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, etc… soul & Jazz singers always moved me.

Q.Was it hard to transition from stage to screen?

PAUL LEWIS:There’s a lot that is the same but there’s a lot that isn’t. I have been doing theatre since I was in the fifth grade. I had to tone down some of my reactions in order for it to seem natural & work for the cameras. Playing to the camera instead of an audience is a little weird at first but after the first few takes I felt it click.Q.q.You play the character of Travis in the movie Days of Power. The character is a total bad guy with many bad qualities and issues. How did you get into the mindset of that character and did anyone inspire the character? Haa yeah. He’s a bit of a nutter. I’m a horror/thriller fan boy so I used character traits from characters I’ve seen in the past that have really gotten under my skin…i…e… ‘Hannibal Lecter, Henry (Portrait of a serial Killer), Norman Bates, Leather Face, Michael Myers, etc… I took from these guys little nuances. Then I started adding my own touch to him. I really wanted him to be real to the audience so he had to be real to me. I created an entire backstory for him. From his childbirth to now. The main producer & writer loved my backstory so much that it looks like it might heavily influence the third film connected to DOP. A prequel if you will.

Q.Days of Power is marketed as a horror movie, but there is an underling message in there about puppy mills which are a horrible thing. What can people do to learn more about puppy mills and how to stop them ? 

PAUL LEWIS:They can stop buying pets at the store and go to a shelter & or rescue group and adopt. Consumerism is a strong power that we all have to change things. If you google puppy mills you’ll get many stories and videos. Most of these are extremely hard to look at so be warned. Also know this, it’s a billion dollar industry and those people involved will say anything and do almost anything to hide the atrocities these animals face on a daily basis.

Q.You filmed scenes with Eric Roberts. How was that experience and did he give you any advice or tell any funny stories about the previous films he had been in?

PAUL LEWIS:That was our first day of shooting. I love Eric Roberts and have been a fan for many years, I mean ‘Runaway Train, The Pope Of Greenwich Village, The Expendables,’ just to name a few. I was a nervous wreck. I just couldn’t get past it the first couple takes then all of a sudden I was there and it was rolling. Afterwards he thanked me. Said I helped make is job easier. Ironically it was he that made my job easier. He then told me a really cool story about Mickey Rourke and ‘The Pope Of Greenwhich Village.’  Basically Eric had created a version of his character that Rourke didn’t care for and even the director at the time didn’t love it. Rourke wanted him out but he would’ve had to of been paid either way so they kept him and his performance in it scored pretty high with fans and critics alike. Rourke and Roberts didn’t speak for many years. Then Rourke was up for an independent spirit award (Best Actor) for his role in ‘ The Wrestler.’ He had invited Eric & his wife to the event personally. They of course went. Rourke won the award and when he got up there he thanked Eric Roberts calling him one of the greatest actors of our time and the so-called feud was over. What a great story.

Q.You are a true horror fan you even named an album “Trading Horror Stories”. What are your top three horror films that you recommend watching?

PAUL LEWIS:Well, it’s hard to just name three, but I’ll try… I think what I’ll do is give you three old school and three new school… if you don’t mind of course.

What ever happened to Baby Jane –Classic creepy thriller/horror film. Betty Davis at her ultimate.
The Exorcist-Still holds up today as one of the scariest horror films ever.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Original)- Just gotta love a film so high on the horror scale for most yet no gore or blood.

High Tension– Just love this French film. So horrific and eye popping. Gotta love the twists in this one.
Martyrs (Original)- Wow this flick is insane and just awesome in its scope and how it begins to how it ends. Did not see the remake. No need to.
Alien– Changed my life in so many ways. I actually got to speak to Mr.Scott about this film and he was very gracious and just a very nice man.

Honorable mentions…
‘Willy Wonka & The Chocolate factory’–  Boat ride. Do I need to say more?
Jaws’– Boat ride. Do I really need to say more?

Q.The band Heathens emerged from Days of Power. You have a single Fire which can be seen on YouTube and on the official Days of Power soundtrack. Are there any plans to tour or more music by Heathens in the future?

PAUL LEWIS: I believe we might do a few shows w/ the film involved but ‘Heathens’ is more of a studio thing. We will be doing other scores for films and for TV. We’ve actually been asked to do both recently. My partner Lance Davis & I have been working together for a while now. This was our first score, but it was so artistically satisfying as much as it was difficult at times. We have a great synergy when we work together. I think it has been some of our most creative & best stuff to date!

Q.Michel Grey is the writer for “Days of Power”.  Do you feel that women, especially in the entertainment industry have a stronger voice than they did ten to twenty years ago? 

PAUL LEWIS: Well of course they do, but we still have a long way to go. I believe there is still a struggle for equality everywhere you look, but as long as we don’t divide and never give up, women of all races, creeds, etc… will have an equal say and equal pay.

What does the future hold for you when it comes to acting and music?
Well, I’d like to do more film & theatre acting. I am currently working on my first double album. I can still call it that…right? LOL!  I am producing and writing for other people and will continue to do so. I also like to direct more. I have film ideas and there’s a play I really want to direct too. I’ve got plenty on my plate for sure but it’s all stuff I love.

This has always been a motto of mine: Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.’ – B. Davis

Trailer for Days of Power:

Off the Days of Power Soundtrack. Heathens “Fire”

 

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Head to the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival to Uncover New Cinematic Treasures

(PCM) It is clearly the time to enter the world of cinematic treasures by heading to the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, now in its 16th year, and running through April 30. There is a great deal to shout about at this year’s festival, including several world premieres, riveting documentaries, nearly 100 feature films, special screenings, Gala events and closing night films. Among the world premieres are memorable movies starring Al Pacino, Debra Winger, Burt Reynolds, Zachary Quinto, Jenny Slate and Jon Hamm. The documentaries focus on Whitney Houston, Gilbert Gottfried, and Frank Serpico, and are sure to give us food-for-thought.

Sixteen years ago, producer Jane Rosenthal, and actor/director Robert DeNiro, reached out to the New York film industry and beyond, and they conceived of the Tribeca Film Festival. Rosenthal, and marvels at how far it has come in 16 years. Rosenthal is the producer of such charming and memorable movies as “About A Boy,” and “Meet The Parents.”

“Yes, so much has changed since we started, but a good story is still a good story,” she recently explained. “Global storytelling allows us to see ourselves in one another, and over the past 16 years, we have had filmmakers from more than 80 countries join us – including Iraq, Iran, Israel, Palestine, Egypt and Somalia, among others,” Rosenthal said.

“For any civil society to grow, create and think beyond the status quo, the arts are a necessity,” she said, “especially in an era of such unprecedented uncertainty.”

Among the many titles to consider are: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in “The Trip to Spain;” real-life couple Marion Cotillard and Canet play themselves in “Rock’n Roll;” Cate Blanchett art-theory tour-de-force “Manifesto” and “The Dinner,” starring Richard Gere and Laura Linney.

Also, Burt Reynolds stars in Adam Rifkin’s “Dog Years,” about an 80-something former Hollywood star. This movie also stars Chevy Chase and Ariel Winter; Quinto, Slate and Hamm lead the cast of Brian Shoaf’s “Aardvark,” a competition title about a therapist who falls for her patient’s brother; and Pacino, Evan Peters and Barkhad Abdi appear in “Dabka,” which is Bryan Buckely’s story of a journalist trying to embed himself with Somali pirates. Debra Winger also stars alongside Tracy Letts in Azazel Jacobs’ latest about a rekindled marriage, “The Lovers.”

Other films to take note of: “Love After Love,” a compelling drama about a family whose patriarch dies of a fatal disease and leaves the daughter, Suzanne (Andie MacDowell) and her middle ages sons to navigate the choppy waters of their lives; “One Percent More Humid,” about two college-age friends played by Juno Temple and Julia Gardner, who reunite for a humid New England summer and help one another cope with the unimaginable. There are also the films, “The Boy Downstairs,” starring Zosie Mamet, an original romantic comedy and coming-of-age tale about a young writer looking to find her way back in New York after a two year stint in London.

Among the documentaries to take note of are: “No Man’s Land,” “The Reagan Show,” “The Departure,” “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson,” “The River Below,” “A Suitable Girl,” “Shadowman,” “When God Sleeps,” “True Conviction,” and “The Sensitives.”

The documentary “Frank Serpico,” tells the story of the man who was immortalized in Al Pacino’s riveting drama “Serpico.” Now, 45 years later, Frank talks about his Southern Italian roots, his time as an undercover officer and his post-NYPD life.  Adding their own recollections are Frank’s fellow officers, childhood friends, his west side neighbors, and his admirers such as writer Luc Sante and actor John Turturro. With unprecedented access to its subject and augmented by original music, this is a riveting film.

Rosenthal is thrilled that “Legendary Storytellers” are joining this year’s festival, including Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, Jon Favreau, Kobe Bryant, Lena Denham, Jenni Konner, Barbara Streisand, Tom Hanks, and Bruce Springsteen.

The festival is celebrating the works of two filmmakers with unrivaled abilities to chronicle American life: Michael Moore and Ken Burns. Moore will be there to celebrate the 15th anniversary of “Bowling for Columbine,” and Burns will show excerpts from his extraordinary PBS documentary, “The Vietnam War.”

The rich history of Tribeca, which dates back to May 2002, continues, and has been enhanced over the years. The festival immediately took its place as a major place of cinematic delights, probing works of art and deep discussions that make entertainment and art so vital.  “Breaking boundaries,” Rosenthal said, “has always been encouraged at Tribeca, as long as long as the participating artists make things interesting for our audiences. If there’s a good story, no matter the screen or surface, we’ll seek it out for you.”

For festival tickets and information, please go to: https://www.tribecafilm.com/filmguide. Or please call, 646-502-5296.

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Director Jonathan Demme Dead At Age 73

(AOTN) We are deeply saddened to learn that director Jonathan Demme has passed away at the age of 73. Demme is best-known as the director of the award-winning and critically acclaimed 1991 film “The Silence Of The Lambs”.  According to his publicist, Demme’s death was a result of a battle with esophageal cancer and complications of heart disease.

Demme’s film “The Silence Of The Lambs” was only the third film in history to win Academy Awards in all of the top five categories which included Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. While “The Silence Of The Lambs” was in the category of thriller much of Demme’s additional work was on quirkier films such as 1980’s “Melvin and Howard” and “Married To The Mob”.  He was never afraid to delve into multiple genres and other work included a remake of political thriller “The Manchurian Candidate” with Denzel Washington, and the Anne Hathaway indie drama “Rachel Getting Married.”

Demme also brought the story of “Philadelphia” to the screen which earned Tom Hanks his first Academy Award win for Best Actor for his role as a gay attorney. Demme also directed several music videos for artists such as The Talking Heads and New Order to name a few.  He also directed several documentaries for The Pretenders, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young. Music played a huge role in majority of Demme’s projects.  One of his last films was 2015’s “Ricki and The Flash” which starred Meryl Streep as a rock star who had to return to her hometown roots, however the film was not considered a box office success.

According to his publicist, “Jonathan passed away early this morning in his Manhattan apartment, surrounded by his wife, Joanne Howard, and three children and there will be a private funeral.” Our sincere condolences go out to Jonathan’s family and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time!

 

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‘La La Land’ Blu-ray Combo Pack Review

Damien Chazelle‘s sophomore film La La Land has hit in-home release. As far as the film goes, our very own Pete Towe has written up a review of it when the film first hit theaters, a review I pretty much agree with for the most part. But this time around I’ll be reviewing the equally sensational La La Land Blu-ray combo pack. So enjoy the show!

The La La Land Blu-ray combo pack has over three hours of special features. That much extra content is impressive in itself but the really impressive part of the —– are the Blu-ray exclusives. On the blu-ray you get several featurettes: “Another Day of Sun: They Closed Down the Freeway”, “La La Land’s Great Party”, “Ryan Gosling: Piano Student” “Before Whiplash: Damien Chazelle’s Passion Project”, “The Music of La La Land”, John Legend’s Acting Debut”, The Look of Love: Designing La La Land“, “Epilogue: The Romance of the Dream”, “Damien & Justin Sing: The Demos”, and a marketing gallery. I’ll breakdown some of these features a bit.

“Another Day of Sun: They Closed Down the Freeway” takes us behind-the-scenes of the very in your face opening scene of the film. The opening number took place on an L.A. freeway. If you’ve driven in L.A. then you just how busy those freeways can get. The city of Los Angeles allowed for a portion of the freeway to be closed down for a couple of days in order for Chazelle to get his ideal opening scene shot. Well as you can imagine, it takes a lot to put together a scene for a musical which involves dancers dancing in, out and between cars, a freeway, traffic noise, extras and having to do all that before the sun goes down. The featurette shows just how Chazelle and the crew had to deal with all of those issues, even explains that some of the shots that he wanted weren’t possible due to certain issues getting in the way.

“Ryan Gosling: Piano Student” reveals how Gosling learned how to play piano just for the role. Rather than having a pianist stand-in for the piano shots, Gosling practiced the songs on piano for about 4 months hours at a time. If that isn’t dedication, then I don’t know what is.

My favorite out of the featurettes was “Before Whiplash: Damien Chazelle’s Passion Project”. In this featurette Damien discusses how and why he wanted to make this film so badly and what it took to get a musical like La La Land made. From the title of the featurette you obviously find out that Chazelle has been writing La La Land before his debut film Whiplash. He and Justin Hurwitz, the composer of the film, began writing the script years ago after they met in a band. Chazelle explained that he made Whiplash first because it was a smaller project that a film company could backup a lot easier than they could back a huge musical from a rookie director.

The features included on the DVD are limited to commentary from Damien Chazelle and Justin Hurwitz, “Another Day of Sun”, “Ryan and Emma: Third Time’s the Charm”, “La La Land’s Love Letter to Los Angeles”, and Song Selection, all of which are also on the Blu-ray.

All of the featurettes are not just for fans but I feel like they are catered more towards the aspiring director, writer, actor, dancer, producer, composer etc who are out there hoping to fulfill some big dreams of theirs. It’s what made me love the featurettes as much as I did.

When it comes to sound and quality of the film on Blu-ray it’s amazing. The vibrant scenes are as gorgeous as they could be. This musical was equally made for the big screen as it was for in-home enjoyment. Obviously the bigger the screen the better but its stunning visuals are still as beautiful as they were in theaters. The blu-ray is 1080p high def 16×9 widescreen. When watching this at home, I had my sound bar and surrounded sound on at a pretty high volume and was crystal clear. The audio is Dolby Atmos with 2.0 Dolby digital audio optimized for late-night listening, which not many blu-rays contain. I could only imagine how great this film would be on 4k, which is also available. So if you did purchase it on 4K, please let us know what you thought of it.

The packaging of the La La Land Blu-ray combo pack catches your eyes just as much as the film’s musical scenes do. It has a cardboard foil dust cover which turns multiple colors as you move the box and it eve has a 3D feel with its title on the front box art.

As far as the cost goes, the suggest retail prices are: $42.99 (4K), $39.99 (blu-ray combo pack), and $29.95 (DVD). These are all pretty pricey in my opinion but often retail stores will have pretty decent prices within the first week of a new release. So I’m betting that this in-home release will be no different and you can probably purchase it at a fair price first week of its release.

When it comes down to it, I would highly recommend to go out and purchase the La La Land Blu-ray combo pack if you have the money to do so. Though it may be pricey, you do get a lot of content with it. You get the Blu-ray, DVD and a digital HD copy plus all of the extra features attached. Not only is this one of my new all-time favorite films but it is also one of my favorite blu-ray releases.

 

 

 

 

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Gifted Review

(AOTN) Family stories are arguably one of the easiest niches for any filmmaker to tackle. I don’t mean the onslaught of cartoons (not made by Pixar or Laika) or family comedies that treat their audiences with obvious condescension, but the classics like Kramer vs, Kramer, Mrs. Doubtfire or even Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s Quinceañera, the ones that explore how families do their best to work through life’s dilemmas and curveballs – divorce, stepparents, children’s personal issues that will shape their adult lives for better or worse – to better the lives of those who make the “family unit” up. Eight years after making his debut with (500) Days of Summer, Marc Webb returns to a more intimate form of storytelling after half a decade forming his own bond with wall crawling spider-men, resulting in Gifted, his own sweet and pretty genuine contribution to the family genre.

On the shores of coastal Florida (actually, the beaches of Tybee Island and Savannah, GA, the home of my alma mater, as the end credits revealed) lived a quiet man, a young girl and a one-eyed tabby named Fred in a colorful little . The man, Frank (Chris Evans), is a boat repairman who traded in his life as a philosophy professor to maintain boat parts while loving and caring for his deceased sister’s daughter, Mary. Played by newcomer McKenna Grace, Mary joins a list of lovably precocious adolescent girls in films who find their way into the audiences’ hearts and stays with them long after the final scene, something her male contemporaries have always struggled with this millennium. And then there’s Fred the Cat, who the audience is prone to love from the start for both being a cat and a survivor of tough times.

Frank has come to a point where he can’t give his niece the life (or education) he feels she’s owed, deciding the public school down the road is what’s best for her to be her own person. The problem is, like her mother Diane, she’s smart. Really smart. Smarter than every student and teacher in the building (possibly even the whole state) smart, especially when it comes to mathematics, but not at knowing the meaning of “ad nauseam” smart. Mary’s intellect catches the attention of her teacher, Bonnie (Jenny Slate, The LEGO Batman Movie), while her angry defense of a classmate against a bully catches that of the principal’s (Elizabeth Marvel, True Grit).

It’s with a phone call from the inquisitive principal that the real drama is set into motion. You can’t have a family melodrama without some outside force coming to disrupt the family, usually involving a lengthy courtroom battle where long hidden scars are brought to light, and this outside force comes in the form of Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan, TV’s “Sherlock”), Frank’s “very British” mother. Evelyn is a character where, right off the bat, one false move would transform her into a caricature antagonist of the wicked grandmother of Boston, but Mr. Webb and Ms. Duncan are smart enough to avoid going in that general direction; instead, they opt to slowly reveal Evelyn as a deeply flawed individual whose obsession with seeing her deceased daughter’s brilliance with proofs reach its full potential, even if in the form of a granddaughter whose intelligence surpasses her own, and the subconscious knowledge of what her wishes had on Diane’s mental deterioration has all but cut her off from the role she could have had in her son and granddaughter’s life.

The power of Gifted comes primarily from what Mr. Webb and screenwriter Tom Flynn explore from this trio and their difficult decisions regarding Mary’s future, as well as Oscar nominated cinematographer’s Stuart Dryburgh’s gorgeous photography showcasing the various Georgia-as-Florida landscapes. And it ultimately wouldn’t have worked if there wasn’t an actor to play Frank who could match wits, charms and depths with Ms. Duncan and Ms. Grace, something Chris Evans is more than willing to rise to the challenge on. Apart from his iconic and career-defining turn as Marvel Comics’ “star spangled man with a plan,” Mr. Evans isn’t an actor one normally takes into consideration for such a quiet and understated performance. But he empowers Frank with an endearing empathy that makes his struggles, both as a father figure and as someone all but forced to live under the shadow of a more revered sibling, deeply understandable. His scenes with Ms. Duncan sting as the relationship between a mother and son is further damaged by headstrong reservations about someone near and dear to them with little hope of a salvable future. As the equally headstrong child prodigy who propels the narrative, Ms. Grace is a talent to watch out for, deftly maneuvering a thin line that comes with a character such as Mary. Her chemistry with the entire cast, but especially Mr. Evans and Ms. Duncan, is naturalistic and darling and her handling of the scenes involving the mathematics the adults around her can’t solve are sure to give the audience a hearty laugh.

Also joining Frank, Mary, Evelyn and Fred the Cat for their exploration of long-suppressed is Roberta (Octavia Spencer), Frank and Mary’s spunky, yet loving neighbor and landlord. This is the kind of performance Ms. Spencer could knock out in her sleep at this point in her career, but it’s still a fun performance that reminds us why she’s one of the silver screen’s most endearing character actresses. There’s also Jenny Slate, who juggles the part of both the “flawed but loving teacher” and the “obvious romantic interest for Frank,” though Ms. Slate does a fine job of giving Bonnie enough of her own identity to transcend whatever obviousness accompanies the expectedness of a part like her’s.

By the time things post-courtroom reach an inevitable conclusion, the story takes a strange turn that reunites and allows all members of the Adler family to find solace and closure in the events that have formed their life: a mother reconciling with her creation of tragedy, an uncle doing best by what life had dealt him and a child with the power to change the world and herself. Gifted ultimately isn’t a film that will redefine the family drama genre, but it never needed to be. Its job is done by a fine ensemble and a good script that speaks to the best of peoples’ potential. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing more films like this from Mr. Webb down the line.

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Rob Zombie’s ‘Halloween.’ A 10 Year Retrospective

(AOTN) The Halloween movie series had arrived at a difficult place back in 2002 when Dimension released Halloween: Resurrection, starring rapper Busta Rhymes and incorporating the then new Big Brother style concept into it’s narrative. It’s conclusion was standard. We had all seen it before in previous installments and any fresh ideas were seriously lacking. It became eventually obvious that the Halloween franchise may be in trouble after already going down several different routes in the past.

Hollywood had just got the ball rolling when it began to churn out reboot after reboot of some much cherished films including the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Approximately four years went by, and fast forward to 2006, a remake of 1978’s Halloween was set in motion and confirmed to be directed by industrial metal singer Rob Zombie. At that point he was known for his original theatrical works of House of 1000 Corpses and it’s sequel, The Devil’s Rejects. Although Corpses was met with mixed criticism, Rejects fared much better with audiences, but fans were very skeptical that Zombie had the talent to respect the original Halloween enough by creating something new and would have a pleasant impact.

 

‘The Devil’s Rejects’ fared much better than Rob Zombie’s previous effort, ‘House Of 1000 Corpses.’

Regardless, it was going to go ahead no matter what anybody thought and everybody had to just hold their breath and wait! Rob did the decent thing and called John Carpenter, director of the original movie, to confirm his intention of remaking one of his most notable and masterful works which was met with a rather nonchalant attitude by the man that also knew what it was like to reproduce a production when he remade The Thing back in 1982. Basically, Carpenter didn’t care and simply wished him good luck.

Zombie met heavy concerns with attempted reassurance by reporting that he would incorporate more realism into his vision of Halloween and also create mostly new material that had not been seen before. In other words, 2007’s Halloween would simply not be a shot by shot remake as the abysmal and pointless remakes of Psycho and The Omen came to be.

Gus Van Sant’s 1998 remake of Psycho was a pointless exercise.

Halloween was finally released on August 31st, 2007. As promised, it delivered much more new material. However, Zombie’s approach of thoroughly exploring the character of Michael Myers did not go down too well, with fans insisting that Myers is a force of evil that should be left down to one’s own interpretation as to what and why the way he was. 07’s Halloween heavily indicated that the reason why Michael killed his family and stalked his second sister years later was simply because he was raised by a dysfunctional family.

As what Halloween 5 did for the movie slasher that was once proclaimed to be not human, Myers was given a human soul and appeared to be somebody akin to a lonely man looking for that somebody special to give him some love. While the first half of the picture is mainly new, the second half quickly became dull and uninspired once Michael broke out of the hospital and killed those closest to his sister in an attempt to get to her. Scenes from the original film are imitated but much more carelessly. It all eventually leads to an equally unimaginative ending that delivered an underlying sense that Rob’s small fountain of ideas had well run dry. It was as if he had a vision for creating an original movie that would run about an hour in length. In the second half, he simply borrowed what we had already become familiar with.

2007’s ‘Halloween’ explored the Michael Myers character. An unpopular move with fans.

 

Still, Rob Zombie’s Halloween, at least back then, was entertaining on a superficial level and wasn’t totally devoid of a couple of replays if one had not much else to do.

Now here in 2017, after watching the movie once more after a rather lengthy amount of time, how is it?

Well, it is still much the same. What has become more noticeable is how second rate the dialogue really is. As if that wasn’t enough, the timing of delivery is often off. Although Malcolm McDowell as Dr. Loomis probably delivers the film’s best performance, he is guilty of forcibly putting too much into it at times. Sheri Moon Zombie’s acting here is surprisingly heart wrenching as Michael’s mother who struggles to come to terms with losing everything after one blood splattered night. Scout Compton is largely forgettable as Laurie Strode.

She just does not hold a candle to the virginal, sweet and innocent portrayal originated by Jamie Lee Curtis.

Jamie Lee Curtis’ portrayal of Laurie Strode was much more likeable.

The decision to cast Daeg Faerch as young Michael was decent but would have been even better if he was told to play Michael much more mysteriously instead of a kid with a lot of built up anger that eventually and predictably leaked out on those around him.Really, 07’s Halloween does not largely differ to how it was first seen 10 years ago. Except that it’s flaws show through more copiously. The good thing is that it is somewhat timeless.

Daeg Fearch as young Michael was a presence ominous enough.

With a new Halloween picture in pre-production and slated to be released next year in 2018, perhaps it will regain some of the elements that were missing in the Rob Zombie version and his sequel. John Carpenter is onboard as executive producer and seems to have regained his enthusiasm once again for the pale white mask wearing killer he created 39 years ago.

Now in the middle of an 8 year hiatus, this has been the longest ever time that Michael Myers has not returned to Haddonfield. There is no doubt that his presence is longed for by many devotees.

We just hope that whatever effort is put into it, that it is a little bit more than what was put into creating that mixed effort that was made 10 years ago.

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