This is what piqued my interest. Throwing out all of the later backstory and exposition behind Michael's motives and returning him to a motiveless killer, which is what made the character scary. The problem is that beyond that, the score and some nice use of lighting/camera effects, that's pretty much all there is that rings authentic to the original. And I didn't even mention the end, which was a considerable disappointment after the build up in the final act, i.e. the only semi-decent part of the movie. They tried to end it on a call back to the original, and that's really all it accomplished.
"And, oh yeah, Halloween to begin with is one of the most ripped-off and negatively influential films ever made. "
I agree. It's my favorite horror movie, and I've always thought it should have been left as a one-off like Carpenter originally intended. But of course, there's money to be made, and that's including the countless imitations that sprung up in its wake that pretty much all miss the mark. Hell, I don't even consider Halloween a true slasher movie; it's far more a suspense thriller.