Never one to keep his opinions quiet, Quentin Tarantino recently revealed that although he first considered Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake to be less than spectacularly, it eventually grew on him. In fact, he’s a big fan of both the first and second one Zombie did.
I don’t need to tell you why this is unusual – Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 is one of the most maligned horror movies of all time for some. While the first reboot Zombie did has its fans, the general consensus, for the most part, is that the sequel is a mess.
But Tarantino disagrees. Speaking with Consequence of Sound, he said:
“I am a big fan of the Rob Zombie Halloweens … When I saw the first one, I didn’t like it at all. I didn’t like the aesthetic. I didn’t like everything that he added to it and then the last hour just becomes this fast forward remake of the first one. What the fuck is all this shit? Eight months later, I watched it on video … and I really liked them once I got all the preconceptions out of my head. That kid [Daeg Faerch] is really good. I mean, what did I think Rob Zombie was going to do with it? Do I want him to do something else? I like his Sam Peckinpah aesthetic. So, now that I didn’t have a bug up my ass about it, I was actually able to appreciate it. And again, it’s that kid who got me into it, and Danielle Harris is fantastic. … She steals the second one if you asked me, but Brad Dourif is terrific in it. And then the second one is really great because it completely can now go on its own.”
Tarantino also reveals that, although John Carpenter’s original Halloween is incredible, he finds the sequels to be awful. He credits this to the decision to make Laurie and Michael related. Putting it bluntly, he says:
“It’s horrible that it does that.”