Iíll get the
compliments out of the way first, since there wonít be very
many. Ever since the
birth of the horror/slasher movie sequels (which ironically,
the original Halloween started), one of the challenges for
writers and directors who bothered to put thought into it, was how
to keep regenerating their heroes without reality taking too much
of a hit. Freddy
Krueger and Jason Voorhees became simple, because they just made
them superhuman monsters. But
Michael Myers has always seemed to retain a human side to him,
well as much as possible in these kinds of films.
In the beginning of Halloween: Resurrection, we are given
an explanation as to how Myers could have survived the end of Halloween:
H20, 4 years ago. Before
I criticized, I went back and watched that film (which is much
better than this one) and can now laud my kudos upon the
makers. The scenario
presented is possible, maybe not plausible, but hey, Silence of
The Lambs pulled it off, why canít they.
In Halloween: Resurrection, director Rick Rosenthal tries
to breathe new blood into things by mixing in the Internet and
societyís fascination with reality and shock entertainment.
The end result rarely works, save an online chase scene
involving web cams and palm pilots and a character who can quote
serial killer stats like they were baseball cards.
But the majority of the film still falls victim to the
typical horror movie ploys. There
are sex-starved teens, token and stereotypical characters and
gruesome violence, all wrapped around a semi-interesting story.
This time around,
Michael is going home. It
almost seems like they are trying to close everything off and give
some sort of finality to it all.
You see, as I stated above, Michael survived his beheading
via a little Silence of The Lambs bait and switch (watch the last
movie as I did, it is possible).
He tracks down his sister who has now been
institutionalized for the events of the previous movie.
From there, we are introduced to 3 young college students
(re: victims) who are chosen to take part in an online Halloween
stunt by an Internet promoter (Busta Rhymes) and his sultry
business partner (Tyra Banks, who must have needed the money) One
is a highly energetic, image conscious airhead, one is a moody,
psychology major, and one is a cooking obsessed token black man.
They are paired together with a rebellious artist type, an
oversexed male (Thomas Ian Nicholas who could easily have
wandered in from his American Pie escapades) and a mysterious,
gothic looking girl with an attitude. Did they miss any
stereotypes? The proposition is this; they will spend Halloween
night in the house where Myers killed his sister 24 years ago.
The house and the teens are rigged with cameras and the
whole thing will be broadcast on the Internet.
This setup is mildly interesting at best, tapping into the
public obsession with reality and shock entertainment.
Where the story goes from here, of course, is its downfall.
You see, the house isnít empty, and the teens are going
to get more than they bargained for.
company failed to inject the same creativity in their beginning,
into the rest of the movie. It
becomes a series of revelations, bad decisions, supposed
discoveries, and of course, the 8th different way that
people think theyíve gotten rid of Mr. Myers.
I think there may have been an interesting idea here, and
the last film showed that the franchise is not completely dead.
Unfortunately though, the film resorts to the very tactics
that have failed the predecessors, which it originally inspired.
None of the performances are memorable, few of the lines
are insightful or funny, and of course the violence is too
excessive and unnecessary. Films like Scream and The Blair Witch Project have shown that
scares, humor and thrills can come from natural occurrences, and
sans a lot of hacking and gross-out antics.
Rosenthal didnít pay attention to these films, and we
become the victims for having to endure a good idea, cut to pieces
by stupidity and gore.
Resurrection is a failed attempt to bring Myers and the Halloween
legacy into the 21st Century.
Similar to Jason X, computers and modern technology have
changed the landscape, but not the lack of intelligence in the
characters and the script. Teenagers,
apparently, are just as dumb and hormonally driven as they were 24
years ago. With the
original movie, John Carpenter scared the life out of a young
10-year old. Every year after that when I went trick or treating, I was
much more cautious and alert.
Oddly enough, the scariest costumes were usually the
simplest, i.e. a sheet with holes and glasses.
Thank you John, I still have nightmares about that.
Now, 8 movies later, Carpenterís franchise is beginning
to shows signs of aging and desperation. I tried really hard to
like this movie, but by the ending, which is also by the books, I
just couldnít recommend it and was slightly disappointed at the
potential that was wasted.
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