31 Days of Horror: Film #16 HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION
Halloween: Resurrection was the only film from the original series I’d not yet seen. I also haven’t seen Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2, because after watching his first Halloween I was in no mood for Round 2 of that shit.
I think there’s something comforting about knowing that certain film series are always gonna be out there, coming up with new ways to thrill you with another entry a couple years down the road. Yes, sure, sequels rarely measure up to the originals, but as fans or as film buffs, I like knowing that there’s always more where that came from if I ever feel the need to return to a series that entertained me before. If a sequel goes wrong, try again (or let someone else give it a try) or put it to rest, but don’t start over. That’s why I’d rather they’d just kept making more Halloween, Friday the 13th, and Nightmare on Elm Street because I’d rather things keep moving forward (however repetitive it might get) instead of restarting the timeline with a remake. And also, notice how the remakes for those three franchises have actually killed the general enthusiasm for future films in their respective series?
My point is this: I’d rather have a goofy-ass movie like Jason X over a Friday the 13th remake any day.
And as bad as Halloween: Resurrection is, I still prefer it to Rob Zombie’s vision for Halloween. Still, I guess I understand that after Resurrection the studio felt some need to reinvent the series. I don’t agree with their decision to remake Carpenter’s classic, but I get it.
Halloween: Resurrection only has two things that make it stand out among its fellow Halloween sequels. The first is that it’s the last film in the original series before the remakes took over. The #2 thing that makes it ‘special’ is that it kills off series star Jamie Lee Curtis in the film’s prologue. Was it a good idea? No, probably not. Is it the best part of the movie? Yeah, probably so.
That prologue isn’t even connected to the rest of the film. Myers is caught on camera in the prologue and he kills multiple people, but it’s never mentioned again. Indeed, Myers is still believed to be missing (possibly dead?) by the rest of the characters in the story. After the somewhat decent opening, we go into a reality TV idea where young people hang out in the old Myers home with cameras watching them freak out. Little do they know that Michael Myers living beneath the house. Let the dying commence!
The film seems to be working on the bare minimum of effort by the talent behind the camera. Everything’s either predictable, stupid, or both. The film’s directed by Rick Rosenthal, who helmed the original Halloween 2, the sequel generally regarded to be the best film behind Carpenter’s original. Whatever style and sense of mood that Rosenthal brought to Halloween 2 is absent here.
At least the cast gives a damn. That’s not saying that anyone’s particularly good but you can see that they’re trying. The Halloween series has a past of young talent going onto be stars later on – Jamie Lee Curtis, Paul Rudd, Josh Hartnett -- and Resurrection features a young Katee Sackoff, who’s fun in her supporting part. I also liked Busta Rhymes, who’s basically playing himself. But none of this really matters because the film’s so dull, working off a formula where you KNOW who’s gonna survive and who’s not, and it just never comes together to equal an entertaining or scary film.
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