Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Discussion of the Week - Myers vs Death

I know other horror bloggers out there have already posed this question (Day of the Woman, for one) and thus it's not really an original one to ask, but I simply must ask you guys the burning question of the week this week....

Both Halloween 2 and The Final Destination hit theatres this Friday. Which one are you more excited to see?

Quite frankly i'm excited to see both and as a diehard horror fan and horror blogger (it is my duty), i'm gonna be seeing both flicks this weekend. But if I had to choose the one i'm more excited about, i'd have to go with.....

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This might be a surprising choice for those who know me and know of my opinion on Zombie's Halloween remake, but i've got a few points to back it up. As i've stated before, I really didn't like Zombie's Halloween. I wanted to, believe me. I love Halloween, I love Myers, and I love Zombie and pretty much everything he does. But I just couldn't get into his version of Halloween and i've tried several times. I didn't like the explanation of the backstory of Myers (which quite frankly takes the piss outta him) and I didn't like the fact that the movie was so dark that I really couldn't even see any of what was happening - to name just a few gripes. So why am I excited about Halloween 2? Why should I expect it to be any different? Because I still have a ton of faith in Rob Zombie as a filmmaker. I loved House of 1000 Corpses and I LOVED Devil's Rejects - this dude can make a kickass horror flick, no question about it. As far as i'm concerned, i'm gonna consider Halloween a mere misstep and let it slide. I really don't think he was the right guy for the project and that's why, even though he tried his damndest, it just didn't work. So again, why do I have faith in H2? Because I think at this point the franchise has become his and this sequel is gonna be all his own - no attempts to recreate what's already been done before. Michael Myers is now totally in Rob Zombie's universe, i've accepted it, and I think he's really gonna be able to let it all hang out and run wild with this one. Maybe this is all just wishful thinking and it quite possibly could end up being the same mess that Halloween was - and if it is, i'll admit that I was wrong - but I think H2 is really gonna allow Zombie to shine once more as a kickass horror filmmaker. The establishing stuff is out the way, the pressure for Zombie to recreate stuff from the original flick and remain true to the past movies is out of the way - it's time to get down to the nitty gritty of a violent Rob Zombie flick that just so happens to have Michael Myers wielding the blade. Bring it on! And besides, as BJ-C pointed out, it's "Michael frenchin Myers". Unless a Freddy or Jason flick came out the same weekend, nothing would top my desire to see Myers on the big screen once more.

That being said, I still am excited about The Final Destination, but really only to see the insanely gory kills they've come up with this time around....

Which are you most excited about? Leave a comment and let me know!

12 comments:

kaiyn said...

I am definitely more excited about H2. I'm already trying to make plans to go see it on Sunday.

Quanthor said...

Considering neither one of these films were screened for critics..I'm only assuming that neither one of them are worth the price of admission.

Does that mean that they will undoubtedly suck? No, but I can't recall seeing a film that wasn't screened that I ended up enjoying. They pull them for a reason.

That being said...if I HAD to pick one to see, I'd probably see 'The Final Destination'. The gimmickry of it being in 3D and unique death sequences wins over Zombie's H2.

Everything I've seen and read about H2 tells me it has a solid chance to surpass H1 on the shit meter.

I really don't find Rob to be a great filmmaker, he's incredible with aesthetics but he's abysmal at storytelling and suspense.

His first two films required very little of both because they were deranged often psychedelic exploitation pieces of art.

They are a blast to watch, with great characters but there's nothing really there that resembles storytelling.

I think Rob is a true visionary and I give him credit for trying something new with 'Halloween' but I think he was out of his element with that picture and by the looks of it the agony will continue with H2.

Reading some of Rob's quotes about the process he seems kind of bitter about the way H1 was perceived and it almost sounds as if making H2 was more drudging than fun.

I really hope he doesn't stop after this and goes on to make films that fit his visionary style.

Wings said...

I have to say I am more excited for The Final Destination. Zombie's Halloween was such a disappointment to me that I cannot muster any enthusiasm for this new flick. Will probably be waiting for the DVD to see it.

Zach said...

I actually kind of enjoyed Halloween (though it wasn't even in the same country as the original), so I am definitely more excited for H2.

However, I still want to see The Final Destination as well!

the posturing (and admittedly rather irritating) little popinjay said...

Johnny, Quanthor doesn`t seem to understand that there`s no such thing as a bad horror movie, the`re all great simply because they are horror, i`m looking forward to both films with equal intensity. I wish there could be 2 (or even 3) high profile horror movies opening every single week-end of the year, just think no more tedious romantic comedys or dramas just endless horror films, hollywood would have then acheived perfection.

Zacery Nova said...

"The Final Destination" - 'nuff said.

Bjornabo said...

I`m not a big fan of the Final Destination series, so my pick will have to be H2. I actually thought "halloween 2007" was pretty good (not as good as the original of course) but a good remake none the less.

But since I don`t live in the US I will have to wait til 2010 to see it at the cinema here :-(

Jason said...

Final Destination is the safe bet, you know what you are going to get, speradic gory deaths in 3D.
H2 is risky, chance are it will sucks as much as the first one but if Rob pulls it off, it will be something speical.

Jason said...

Scratch that, I just read that Lucio Fulci's Zombie is playing at a Grindhouse Film Festival in town! I can't wait for some Zombie vs. Shark action!

Carl (ILHM) said...

Honestly? Im not excited for either, Id like to see both, but I expect both to be mediocre at best. I want desperately for H2 to be great, but I havent seen anything that has impressed me at this point. Fingers crossed, hell I might even spring for a babysitter and actually see one or both in theaters just for a simple lack of any better horror films to see!

OMGSeriously said...

Ohhhh mothereffin' hands down The Final Destination.

Sean said...

I fucking hated RZ's Halloween, to me, it's like re-scultping David into a guy wearing a Fall Out Boy T-shirt with tight emo pants and a mod haircut. Which, in my opinion, is an abomination, spitting in the face of everything that made the original great.

To me, H2 looks like yet another spit in the face of the original. His own sequel? What? It's a direct remake of the second film! I don't see how he could possibly do any better, especially considering the fact that Michael looks like a homeless person.

Looks like a horrible piece of shit, I would never support it in theaters. Which is hilarious, because I saw both Ho1K Corpses and The Devil's Rejects in theaters and loved them both.

I love the FD series, some great stuff, not to mention the second one is my favorite, and Ellis is back for this one, so I'm stoked, I think it'll be at least a fun ride, and I still haven't seen a recent 3D movie in theaters, so I'm excited for that.