Zombie's Halloween II Director's Cut
Rob Zombie has been talking about preparing Halloween II for a DVD release, something that has involved a lot of work, particularly around the recutting of the film. Apparently he has just completed his Director's Cut and it's going in a very different direction than the original cinema release did.
The main changes appear to be around the character of Laurie Strode and how the film focuses on her, or doesn't, and what direction the actual character takes. The two ideas are so different you have to wonder if Zombie started the film with the two ideas in mind.
The cinematic version of Halloween II presented Laurie Strode, played by Scout Taylor-Compton, as a woman who is holding things together, starting to get her life back in order, and it's then that things start going from bad to worse.
In the director's cut, she is apparently a mess from the beginning and things just get worse and worse. Don't take my word for it though, from ShockTillYouDrop, who found word of the cut being completed through Rob Zombie's Twitter account and IconsofFright:
"There is another version of the movie that's very, very different that will probably be the director's cut. There were 2 ways we could cut the movie…The way we cut it for the theatrical, Laurie Strode's character is the main difference in the two. (In the theatrical) She's holding it together, getting her life together and it starts spiraling downward. In the other version, she's an incredible mess and gets worse. She never has any good moments, she's just messed up, she's lashing out at everyone, she's horrible. Messed up on drugs, she's just completely spun out through the whole movie. It makes for a real challenging movie to watch and I feel like I don't know if fans would've embraced so much darkness."
He goes on to say that everything in the cinema version is the same apart from her and her reactions to events, even her relationship with the character of Annie Brackett, played by Danielle Harris, is different.
"Her relationship with Annie is horrible and they're at each other's throats through the whole movie. They are not in the theatrical version"
Sounds a completely different change for the character, although not for the film. What would be interesting is to see how much it does affect the film, or if it's just touching on the character herself.