Rob Zombie‘s 2007 take on John Carpenter‘s 1978 was a fantastic film. No one can deny that did an amaing job with the backstory, but just the same, no one really prefers the remake to the original; that would be blasphemous, and nobody expects you to.
Even though Zombie developed the story beyond what we saw in the original, he did reference the it throughout his film, and showed his intimate knowledge and love for Carpenter’s movie. And there are certain elements that he couldn’t escape, certain points of dialog that he needed to drive the movie forward (although he didn’t do, or need to, for 2009’s Halloween II). As a result, there are lines of dialog that parallel the ’78 film, but they’re not the exactly the same.
For some Halloween fun, let’s take a look at these quotes to see how they differ. One thing that will become apparent is that Dr. Sam Loomis dominates with the great lines in the ’78 Halloween, while Ronnie White fills that role inversion. Still, Loomis gets his chance to shine.
After we confront the parallel dialog we’ll attack the lines that are different.
The Parallel Shit:
Dr. Sam Loomis: I met him, 15 years ago; I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience, no understanding; and even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong. I met this 6-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes… the devil’s eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized that what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply… evil.
Dr. Samuel Loomis: These eyes will deceive you, they will destroy you. They will take from you, your innocence, your pride, and eventually your soul. These eyes do not see what you and I see. Behind these eyes one finds only blackness, the absence of light, these are of a psychopath.
Dr. Sam Loomis: Death has come to your little town, sheriff.
Dr. Sam Loomis: He came home!
Dr. Samuel Loomis: He has come back for his babysister.
Sheriff Leigh Brackett: It’s Halloween, everyone’s entitled to one good scare.
Sheriff Leigh Brackett: Doc, it sounds like you’re talking about the Antichrist.
Tommy Doyle: Laurie, what’s the boogeyman?
Laurie: There’s no such thing.
Tommy Doyle: I heard that on Halloween night, the boogeyman comes out at night and attacks kids.
Laurie Strode: He likes to eat little boys like you.
Marion Chambers: The only thing I can’t stand is their gibberish… how they keep ranting on and on.
Dr. Sam Loomis: You haven’t anything to worry about. He hasn’t spoken a word in 15 years.
Dr. Samuel Loomis: I don’t know what else I can do for you, Michael. You haven’t said a word in 15 years. That’s a life time. That’s twice as long as my first marriage. It’s funny but in some strange way you’ve become my best friend. I’ve done all I can for you so I am afraid that, now don’t be upset but this is gonna be my last day, Michael. I have to move on.
Dr. Sam Loomis: You’ve fooled them, haven’t you Michael? But not me.
Deborah Myers:Are you saying Michael did this? Michael loves animals!
And now, let’s take a look at some of the more original lines from each movie…