This is not the popular opinion, I realize.
But after sitting through the inexcusable remakes of Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street, Rob Zombie's Halloween caught me by surprise big time.
Consider the extensive back-story he's added to Michael Myers. The brilliant casting of Malcolm McDowell as Dr. Samuel Loomis. The grittier, darker, nihilistic world in which the story is reset.
He's both playing with his own themes as a director, and paying tribute to the classic John Carpenter film. That's not an easy task, but he pulls it off.
I even liked Zombie's Halloween 2, which pays homage to the original sequel, and in true horror tradition is way more violent and brutal than his first one.
If you've stayed away from these reboots of the franchise because you're a die hard fan, I'd suggest you check them out with an open mind.