In the original film, Jamie Lee Curtis (as Laurie Strode) was the centerpiece and star of the movie.
In Rob Zombie’s new movie, Michael Myers is the star. Rob Zombie does an excellent job portraying the psychopathic origins of young Michael Myers, leading into a character that is far more realistic, and more brutal that the character in the original movie.
Rob Zombie does a good job lacing the film with some excellent hard rock music, which is available on the the Halloween movie soundtrack. (Nice touch with young Michael’s concert t-shirt.)
There are scenes that will put you on the edge of your seat, and some that will make you squirm, and possibly gross you out.
This is a violent film, and is not one for young teenagers!
The question everyone asks, is it as good as the original? In some ways yes, and in some ways no. This is a totally different film, and it stands up by its own merits. There are parts of the original story that are the same, but a lot of this movie is quite different.
The new Michael Myers gets in to your psyche, and may creep you out a lot more than the original.
In conclusion, Rob Zombie’s view is an interesting one. Your enjoyment will probably be much greater if you are fan of this genre of movies.
Out 0f 5
OPERATOR has announced a US tour starting late October opening for Avenged Sevenfold. In celebration of the tour, Operator has launched a game that will give players with the top 3 scores the chance to win lunch with Operator and tickets to the nearest tour date. The game lets you be lead singer Johnny Strong as you blast villains that you may recognize from the Soulcrusher Video. Make sure to wipe the blood off the screen so you can see the opponents! Operator will be touring in support of their recent release Soulcrusher on Atlantic Records.
OPERATOR GAME (win lunch with Operator and Tickets!)
OPERATOR performing with AVENGED SEVENFOLD
October 29, The Wiltern Los Angeles, California
October 31, House Of Blues Las Vegas, Nevada
November 2, Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, New Mexico
November 4, Ogden Theatre Denver, Colorado
November 5, Sokol Auditorium Omaha, Nebraska
November 6, Pageant St. Louis, Missouri
November 8, Congress Theatre Chicago, Illinois
November 9, State Theater Detroit, Michigan
November 10, Lifestyles Pavilion Columbus, Ohio
November 12, Lupo’s Providence, Rhode Island
November 14, Hammerstein New York, New York
November 15, Electric Factory Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
November 16, Sarasota Florida (not with Avenged Sevenfold)
November 17, House Of Blues Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
November 20, Amos’ Southend Charlotte, North Carolina
November 21, Toad’s Place Richmond, Virginia
November 23, House Of Blues Orlando, Florida
November 24, Jannus Landing Tampa, Florida
November 25, Revolution Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
There will be no rest for Against Me! this fall as they prepare for their latest US tour. The band returns from London to kick off the next leg of the tour in Asbury Park, NJ on November 3rd for their first show. Tickets are on sale for select dates with additional dates being added Saturday, September 15th.
Against Me! have been out playing shows in support of their album New Wave. The first single off the album, “Thrash Unreal,” has been making a steady climb up the rock radio charts and currently sits in the #16 spot Modern Rock/Alternative charts. Check out the video for “Thrash Unreal” here:
Nov 3 Asbury Park Convention Hall – Asbury Park, NJ
Nov 4 Waterloo Park – Austin, TX
Nov 5 Canal Club – Richmond, VA
Nov 6 Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
Nov 8 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Nov 9 House of Blues – Orlando, FL
Nov 10 Metropolitan Park – Jacksonville, FL
Nov 12 Norva Theater – Norfolk, VA
Nov 13 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
Nov 15 Lupo’s – Providence, RI
Nov 16 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
Nov 17 Terminal 5 – New York, NY
Nov 19 House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
Nov 20 Clutch Cargos – Pontiac, MI
Nov 21 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Nov 22 Metro – Chicago, IL
Nov 23 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
This CD gets a lot of play on XMRadio’s The Boneyard, but sadly, is becoming rarer than hen’s teeth. Used copies sell for over $20.00 at Amazon.com and on Ebay.
Is it worth seeking out? Absolutely! The songs Bang Go the Bells, Hammer Swings Down, and the Kid Goes Wild (featuring the late, great Sam Kinision) are worth the price of admission just by themselves.
With three big videos on MTV at the time, it puzzles me why this band didn’t hit the same level of success as some of their late 80’s counterparts.
To me their debut release is their best effort, and is one that will appeal to most 80’s hard rock fans. If you can find it, grab it, you wont be disappointed.
For more information on Babylon A.D., check out their myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Bang Go the Bells
2. Hammer Swings Down
3. Caught Up in the Crossfire
5. The Kid Goes Wild
6. Shot O’ Love
8. Back in Babylon
9. Sweet Temptation
10. Sally Danced