#31DH: October 16, 2015 – Halloween (2007)

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Synopsis: After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the mental institution (where he was committed as a 10 year old) and he immediately returns to Haddonfield, where he wants to find his baby sister, Laurie. Anyone who crosses his path is in mortal danger.

Impressions:  Like most remakes, the viewers is always comparing how it lives up to the original.  Watching this, I like the focus on the backstory of young Myers as a kid, going through his psych evaluations, escaping, and terrorizing the neighborhood.  Beyond that, i thought this film was not done well.  It seemed like Zombie, wanted to focus on the grit and gore of the story, and not build up much suspense.

Social Message:  From the beginning of the film, you see how Michael’s homelife effected his worldview, an with being constantly picked on by the live-in male role model, older sister, and by classmates you can easily see how his fragile young mind begins to crack.  After he is admitted, you slowly start to see the innocence of the boy slowly disappear behind a “mask” which leaves a hollow shell for evil to dwell in.  What we can learn is that we don’t know what kind of experiences people have when they are away from us, so make every opportunity to show love to all.  Even a simple smile, or a friendly hello can speak volumes.

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