The first Halloween movie I ever saw was the 1981 version of Halloween II when I was around 7 years old. It scared the living daylights out of me and started my fascination with the series. Though there have been some horrible entries to the franchise, such as "H2O" and "Resurrection" - I hear alot of criticism and bashing of Rob Zombie's second foray into the Michael Myer's legend.
This is totally unfair and possibly the result of the high-bar set by his first remake a couple years earlier. I actually think this is one of the better installments. It is a well-crafted film with some interesting spins on what was becoming a tired franchise by the time Busta Rhymes and Tyra Banks were being recruited to fill roles. I especially enjoyed Malcolm McDowell's Loomis as sleazeball opportunist (as opposed to Donald Pleasance's squeeky-clean Loomis); and hooded, bearded, unmasked Michael trekking vacant farmfields endlessly in a semi-psychedelic stupor.
Rob Zombie was in a difficult position to please long-time fans, those who want something more than Michael skulking the shadows breathing heavily, and newer horror fans who get bored with anything that isn't "Saw" or "Human Centipede". He did an outstanding job. The only misgiving is that Laurie's character is somewhat annoying and cries/screams/sulks waaaaaaaay too much.
I hope Mr.Zombie continues the series - his music career sure as hell isn't going anywhere!