I certainly agree with you that it would have been better if Michael had come from a good middle class family and snapped for no apparent reason, but he didn't in this movie. A remake isn't supposed to follow the original to the letter. If it did, there would be no reason to make it as we still have the original to watch. Zombie took what he thought was important about the Halloween franchise and expanded on it. To be honest I never got that caught up in "the shape". I liked to think that Michael was just F@#%ed in the head and I held my breath that a stupid explanation like the one that came in Curse wouldn't come. It did and I choose to forget that movie happened. But whether Michael is deranged because his brain is broken, he's being controlled by a cult, or he grew up in an abusive household, that shouldn't ruin this series of remakes that will soon peter out and will eventually be replaced by another reboot. And a dude in a mask killing me is scary no matter what his motivation. This is certainly a true statement, but in 30 years there were 7 sequels that also weren't "as interesting or well executed as Carpenter's original." Zombie's remake isn't the first nor will it be the last Halloween that isn't better than the original. If Carpenter himself decided to take the reigns I have no doubt those attempts would also fall short. We should be happy the franchise is still alive and relax our expectations and not get all riled up when they aren't created exactly how we want them. But it sure makes for fun forum conversations.