Halloween: Resurrection

Halloween Resurrection is the eighth instalment in the Halloween franchise. After over twenty years of great slasher flicks, Debra Hill and John Carpenter are back to write the newest Halloween movie, Halloween Resurrection. Michael is back in Haddonfield living underground in his old home and is reeking havoc one more time.

When I first saw the beginning of Halloween Resurrection I was really excited for the rest of the flick, but I realized the first sixteen minutes are the best part of the movie, because Jamie Lee Cutis provides a solid role. As soon as Laurie’s death occurs the movies goes down hill fast.

Halloween Resurrection continues after the end Halloween: H20 by explaining that at the end of H20 Laurie decapitates the wrong man. When Michael is presumed dead a paramedic assesses the body, but alive Michael lashes up to crush his larynx and switch clothes and place his mask on him. Three years after these events Laurie has been confined to a psychiatric hospital, catatonic and living with massive guilt for killing the wrong man. She has been patiently waiting for Michael’s return, which of course he does. However, this time finally after eight movies, Michael is able to kill Laurie. Laurie’s final words are “See you in hell!” So – who is left? What havoc does Michael have left to reek upon the world? Filmmakers decided to have Michael kill some random college students.

Six college students in Haddonfield are hired by a television company to spend Halloween night in the Myer’s house, where it all began. They are broadcasting a live interactive show over the Internet. The students are there to search for clues to try to figure out what made Michael go crazy and start murdering. In an attempt for the franchise to move forward and become more hip and modern, the semi-reality style is portrayed in a “big brother” manner with cameras in all the corners and people watching every move over the internet. This semi-mock at reality television is kind of interesting, but really why change the formula if you know what works? I found the movie trying hard to change its style and gimmicky.

Predictably Michael is living in the Myers’ house and one by one the students are sliced by Michael. The people who are watching on the internet do not seem to believe what is going on in the Myers’ house. They all think it is a gimmick, much like other reality television, so no one calls for help. The only help that they get is from Deckard Barton (Ryan Merriman) Sara Moyer’s (Bianca Kajlich) internet boy friend, who is texting her cell phone to let her know where Michael is in the house.

By the end the only two that are left are Sara and television producer Freddie Harris (Busta Rhymes) and Busta comes back to go Kung-Foo on Michael’s ass. I find that the comedic elements of the movie are far too many, and the plot and script is way too cheesy to be taken seriously. The feel of the movie is not at all the same as the other Michael Myers movies. There seems to be no point to Michael’s mayhem, unlike before, where at least there was a watered down agenda for Michael. Where the story lacked, the movie attempted to be made up in gore. The body bag count was at least well done, but I was almost cheering for the students to get maimed as gratuitously as possible, because at least that made for some intrigue in the film. Correction – the best part of the film is when we see Tyra Banks as Nora Winston, the other television producer, hanging in the garage with a pool of blood bellow her body. I have not cheered more for someone to die in a film since seeing Paris Hilton get speared in the House of Wax.

The ending of the film is awful. Busta Ryhmes spews out corny one liners and continues going kung-foo on Michael and electrocuting him on his genital region. The worst part of the movie was when Sara randomly finds a working chainsaw and starts spouting off “This is for Jen. This is for Rudy. For all of them,” and trying to fight Michael. It is the most awkward and pushed line I have ever seen in a movie and made no sense. You just have to roll your eyes.

No wonder Jamie Lee Curtis agreed to only do this film, only under the condition that Laurie Strode does not appear in another movie. Bottom line is, Halloween Resurrection is not scary, it is gimmicky and too corny for words. Granted the final scene of the film, when Michael’s eyes re-open when the body examiner is looking over his assumed dead body is classically scary. But the feel of the movie strays way too far from the others. The only suspense in this film is in what order the poorly acted and scripted university students die in. Halloween Resurrection does not do Halloween movies justice.

Trick-or-treat motherfucker.

Cheers

Crestfallen

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~ by exploitnation on May 27, 2008.

14 Responses to “Halloween: Resurrection”

  1. I had the same reaction when I saw this one. When the film started I found myself thinking “Wow, this might be pretty good”. After all, “H20” had raised the bar quite a bit but like you said, after the opening scene, the quality of the film disappeared faster than a paycheck on a drunken Friday night. What the hell? Rick Rosenthal was back in the director´s chair and he was responsible for the second one, which was pretty god damn great. When he made this one, his talent seemed to have taken a leave of abscence, unfortunately. I was heartbroken after watching this one. I can´t think of a single horror movie that have successfully used the reality TV-angle successfully, except maybe “My Little Eye”.
    Thank god Rob Zombie set things straight a couple of years later…

  2. I wonder if they will start the series off again – maybe for MM to chase Jon Strode (Laurie’s son)

  3. about two or so years ago…i remember i had the biggest erection ever because it was announced that Takashi Miike was taking on Halloween 9. (months afterwards, they scrapped the plan in favor of Rob Zombie’s god awful remake).

    dude. seriously. can you imagine Miike taking on Halloween? Nobody would’ve been able to follow up that sequel.

    I think the reason Rosenthal had so much trouble with Resurrection was not because of his talent, but because of what modern times calls for in terms of a horror movie. I’m sure the execs at Mirimax had more control over that film that Rosenthal did. It’s sad to say he probably did the best he could with what he was given.

    I’m sure he, as well as the rest of the gang, were completely aware that Halloween isn’t supposed to be appealing to internet/webcam fads and starring Rookie of the Year.

    Oh well. That’s why i still appreciate 4 & 5. At least they kept up the horror sequel traditions of the late 80s. Shit, even part 6 did to an extent.

  4. *-andrew

  5. pfft on the dis on Zombie..pfft

  6. dude, i love house and rejects, but fucking his remake.

    way to “make it your own.”

    then again when harvey weinstein is telling you how to make a movie, i guess it’s a bit hard to make it your own.

    but boo on RZ for settling for that.

  7. Man, you’re all crazy, resurrection is a good movie, house of 1000 corpses is great, the devils rejects is terrible, and Zombie’s halloween is borderline unwatchable.

    -Charlie

  8. well at least Zombie didn’t pull a Gus Van Saint like on Psycho. I mean Halloween was not a carbon copy of the original. It’s a revision a true testament to someone who is a massive fan. The ultimate form of flattery!

    BAH!

  9. dude charlie, this food poisoning is fucking you up.

    give me TEN reasons Resurrection is a good movie.

  10. minus the deleted scenes

  11. ohhhhhhhh wait. does the ultimate form of flattery involve compromising your integrity for the Weinstein brothers? Must be, because they signed Zombie to a two-picture deal after Halloween.

  12. touche..fair enough. I just enjoyed the first half of Halloween so much that the second half didn’t really phase me.

    But seriously — resurrection!?

  13. lol i’m still waiting on CB to provide me 10 reasons.

  14. . . . . .

    I got one Tyra Banks get her shit kicked in.

    It would have been better if fucking Busta Ryhymes got kung-fooed!

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