Monday, December 17, 2007

Tyler Bate's Halloween

I just came across this link. For whatever reason Tyler Bate's score from Rob Zombie's Halloween didn't get an official release, only a couple tracks on the Kiss and Rush filled soundtrack, but someone got ahold of the promotional CD and dedicated a Blogspot site to it. I haven't downloaded it yet myself, I'm downloading a really big file and don't want to slow it down, but the link does work. I'll be getting it later on, once this big ass 12 GB file finally finishes up. That is, if the link on that site is still up later.

I know a lot of people hated RZ's Halloween, but I'm sure some of you would like to get the score. Personally I found it to be decent enough. Some pretty good stuff, some really bad stuff, but not unwatchable in my opinion. If nothing else, I did realize that with the right haircut Ken Foree would be perfect as the Black Werewolf if I ever get my Black Werewolf vs. The Black Creature From The Black Lagoon project off the ground.

I'm setting myself up for more random attacks than I can count by admitting this, but I'm one of the few people out there who doesn't even really enjoy the original Halloween. I've seen it several times and it's just never done it for me. I get a kick out the fact that he steals a truck that says my last name on the side of it, but other than that I can't get into it. I know I can't be the only one out there, can I?


BillyWitchDoctor said...

I'm setting myself up for more random attacks than I can count by admitting this, but I'm one of the few people out there who doesn't even really enjoy the original Halloween.

When did you see it? I saw it in the first few weeks of original release, so it--and the realization that my teeth were still painfully clenched an hour later--are burned into my memory forever.

But I've found that people who watch it for the first time after a steady diet of its holiday-themed ripoffs, gory slashercrap, and/or modern tortureporn--or just one spring-loaded cat or other false scares too many find it pretty weak tea.

The Vicar of VHS said...

The original Halloween has definitely been watered down by repeated rip-offs and retreads, not to mention the violence done to its reputation by its almost uniformly horrible sequels (though I quite liked H2). It's like something my old English teacher once told me about a student opining in class, "I don't see why everyone thinks Shakespeare is so great. Everything he wrote is a cliche!"

That said, I also rather enjoyed Rob Zombie's remake, and didn't understand what all the hate was about. Basically it's just what Halloween would be like if it had taken place in the alternate universe where all Rob's movies take place--a universe populated solely by white trash, Skynyrd-loving murderers and zombie surgeons. It was bloody, it had loads of nudity, and it was never boring. To me, that was enough.

But I'm definitely in the minority.

Anonymous said...

I didn't like RZ's version at all.
He wanted to make the movie from the viewpoint of Michael (could have been interesting, but the fact that we know so little about him as a person is what makes him so intriguing), but failed to do so.
Two reasons: Michael's background is SO cliché I could only yawn, and apparently he got bored with it himself, so he decided to remake the original Halloween in the last half hour or so.

Also, RZ should learn that continuously displaying the same characters (trailer trash) and the same gimmicks (masks) doesn't make him an "auteur". To the contrary.

Apart from that, I have great respect for Tyler Bates and he did a good job I think.
So thanks for that link ;)

Vinnie Rattolle said...

By the time I saw the first "Halloween," I'd already seen a zillion imitations, and I didn't quite see the big deal. A handful of years later, I wound up with the widescreen VHS, and I instantly gained an appreciation for the movie (man, does it suffer when it's cropped for TV!). You have to give it (and the original "Black Christmas") credit for defining the genre, even though it seems weak today (and 20-some years ago, when I first saw it).

As for the Zombified remake, I watched the original cut when it was leaked online. Seemed excessively nasty and mean-spirited. Bad, but better than most of the sequels (which is pretty sad). I need to give it a second chance on DVD. I did like the score though, so thanks for pointing us to a download!

gOnZoRiFFiC said...

long time listener, first time caller ;-)

i'm not a fan of the original 'halloween'. by far my favorite carpenter films are 'the thing' and 'they live'. i didn't hate rob zombie's film but for me it only had one really effective scene, that was young michael beating that kid in the woods. otherwise, i think zombie did this to get that 3-picture deal with dimension. can't think of any other reason why he would do it.

Dr Despicable said...

For me, RZ's Halloween was kind of a disappointment. Basically, he took away all the mystery of Michael Myers (Who IS this guy who can apparently travel on the very shadows?!?), and replaced it with a rather mundane "worm turns" backstory. I've been a champion of RZ's work since House of 1000 Corpses first hit theaters; I really wanted to love the movie. I just ended up feeling conflicted - according to Rob, so did he.

There were still some fan-freakin'-tastic moments, though. My favorite (spoiler warning) was when Laurie ran in to find Annie at the foot of the stairs, slashed and bleeding, then goes to call for help, and the door slowly opens (closes?) and there was Michael... I just wish the revenge scenes had been as satisfying.

And as for the original, it isn't a gory slasher flick - it's a meticulously orchestrated suspense thriller. If that's not your thing, ain't nothin' to be done - but if a movie's not what you were expecting or wanting, it isn't the movie's fault.

Despicably Yours,


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