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Malcolm McDowell on Halloween

Published August 27, 2007 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of WireImage.
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Malcolm McDowell has over 150 credits, but Halloween is his first bona fide horror movie. He didn't even watch horror movies, so he had not seen the original. He just signed up for Rob Zombie's movie.

Malcolm McDowell Talks Halloween


"Rob's no slouch," said McDowell. "He's got a good point of view and he wrote a very interesting script. So it was a pretty easy decision for me to want to do it, work with him. I read the script and I thought it was very interesting. And then when I met with Rob, I instantly liked him. We got on really well and I knew that we could make a really terrific film. I knew him by reputation and all that so he's just a thoroughly nice guy. And he has a vision. He's a very, very good director and it wouldn't surprise me if he never made another horror film and he went on to have an incredible career in Hollywood or wherever."

Zombie's conception of Dr. Loomis, the famously desperate doctor of Myers always following his rampages, is not quite so heroic. "Well, he's a sh*t but what makes the character interesting is that he has the flaw. He's an egomaniac actually and a very poor doctor. Any man who can be treating a patient for 17 years and end up with a serial psychopath serial killer has got to be a total failure but that's what's great about him. I do say, 'You've become my best friend.' That shows you how f*cked up this whole thing is."



In some of McDowell's deleted scenes, he improvised some more touches about Loomis's pathetic life. "I had other scenes. Coming in the guard gate, doing Shakespeare and stuff like that, going, 'Oh god of battle, steel my soldiers' hearts.' Then looking at the guard and going, 'Keep your fingers crossed boys, the audition's tonight.' And off we go signing out. And Rob goes, 'Why did you do that?' It shows that Loomis is a lonely f*cker. All he's got is the amateur dramatics and that's what he's doing at night."

That is not to say that a better doctor would have cured Michael Myers. "There's no curing a psychopath. A psychopath, what do you do with them? You have to just lock them away and that's it. There is no cure. There's no cure for schizophrenia. There just isn't. And also, I think that's why this Halloween is so terrifying. It's the boy next door sort of suddenly flips out. Now we're getting a little immune to it because there's so much of it in the news. Virginia Tech, the boy next door kills 30 people. It's just like unbelievable. It's just the way he does it, Michael. And also the arrogance of the state I think Loomis represents. The arrogance of thinking that he can be cured when I think they know, any respectable doctor knows there is no cure. I mean, you can drug him up to the eyelids but they don't know how to cure schizophrenia. It's just not done."

Halloween opens to theaters August 31st.

For trailers, stills and poster, go to the Halloween Movie Page.
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