In a recent interview, shock-horror meister Rob Zombie and his favorite scream queen, Scout Taylor-Compton, discussed their latest sacrilegious sequel/remake, Halloween II:
Zombie: “There’s a much darker cut of the movie with Laurie, it’s almost the destruction of this teenage girl.”
Taylor-Compton: “There’s a director’s cut that’s more raw and real and disturbing and that’s how I like horror movies. There’s a lot more to it, especially with the characters. [It's still] the same movie but there’s a lot more emotion to it.”
Don’t go see this in theaters, folks. By reading this, I’m convinced the movie was hacked to pieces by the studio, which would explain the savage critical and public response it’s received thus far. Zombie released a great director’s cut of his first Halloween movie on DVD, and there’s no reason to believe this sequel won’t follow suit.
Unlike most horror fans, I was an admirer of the theatrical cut of Halloween when it came out in 2007. But the extended DVD cut was a vast improvement. The only change I didn’t like was a scene in the mental hospital. A nurse says something mean to Michael before he slashes her, whereas in the theatrical cut, she didn’t say anything. It was far scarier when she didn’t provoke him.
I’m guessing Zombie has a far richer version of Halloween II in the can. Might as well hold out for a few more months until we can get our hands on the DVD.
You can read the full interview with Zombie, Taylor-Compton and others here.