The slasher sub-genre received one of its most influential films nearly thirty years ago. In 1960 Alfred Hitchcock arguably gave us the granddaddy of slasher cinema with the classic Psycho. It wasn't until fourteen years later when Bob Clark's Black Christmas and Tobe Hooper's Texas Chainsaw Massacre got the sub-genre kicked off in the right direction.
Then another four years later, John Carpenter, coming off the success of Assault on Precinct 13, turned his eye on bringing horror home. Halloween was a terrifying journey into fear as a masked menace invaded suburbia. It spawned seven sequels, each with varying degrees of success. It was only a matter of time before Hollywood turned their greedy eyes towards the past with intentions of "reinventing" a horror icon. How long will it be before Jason and Freddy get the same treatment?
The very idea of remaking a classic such as Halloween is going to be met with much opposition. The recreation of Texas Chainsaw Massacre a few years back was met with similar resistance. Everyone has films that they have made great connections with, and for genre film fans (primarily horror and science fiction) the attachment can be more pronounced.
There are few other areas where fans are quite as outspoken for their beloved films. This is a great and beautiful thing. At the same time, I am open to the possibility that another filmmaker may have some ideas they would like to bring to the table. This makes the choice of the creative team to be of utmost importance, it is the choice between a quick buck and bringing another vision to the fore. Would you rather have something like the awful The Fog or Black Christmas remakes? Or perhaps something more along the lines of The Thing or Dawn of the Dead? In the former, it seemed that money rather than artistic merit were the goals, while the latter actually had directors with some vision, a creative spark that they wanted to bring to the table.
When Rob Zombie was announced as the writer/director I breathed a sigh of relief, while at the same time others were increasing the volume of their cries. Rob Zombie made his debut with the entertaining experiment House of 1000 Corpses followed by one of the single biggest leaps in skill with his sophomore feature, The Devil's Rejects. Here is a man who has a distinct love for horror cinema and a desire to make movies that he wants to see, not necessarily what everyone else wants, but he retains his integrity for better or worse.