Halloween: Resurrection (2002) Review
Written by: skfan
As mainstream horror sequels go, they don't get much worse then Halloween: Resurrection. The eighth film in the series doesn't really have any redeeming qualities, nor does it offer anything new to an already outlived franchise. Instead "Resurrection" manages to give the entire Halloween series a cheap and unoriginal feel to what at one time was one of the best slasher franchises going. To make matters worse the film is completely unnecessary after the surprisingly good H20. Not only was H20 a great sequel that breathed fresh air into a dying franchise but it also finally gave some closure to the series and is were it should have ended. The problem though is H20 made money, which of course meant that the producers wanted another Halloween sequel. This is where the worst film in the series (not including the remake) and probably one of the worst horror film of the 2000's comes in, Halloween: Resurrection. The first few minutes of the film might either make fans of the franchise hopeful or it might make them want to set their face on fire. On the one hand Jamie Lee Curtis returns once again as Laurie Strrode. This time around confined to an insane asylum.
Why you may ask?...Well thats where the bad comes in. You see, in the final showdown between Laurie and Michael in H20 (SPOILER ALERT!!!) she chops off his head and finally kills him right? Wrong! What actually happened (or at least according to the brilliant writers of this little gem of a film) is that good old Michael actually switched bodies with a paramedic on the scene and escaped. This of course means that Laurie killed an innocent man (he couldn't yell for help because Michael had conveniently crushed his vocal cards) which had caused her so much grief and guilt that it had driven her over the edge. Never mind that she was a single mother with a teenage boy to look after or the fact that she was a strong character in the other films because that isn't important in this "film", or as I call it a steaming pile of cinematic franchise afterbirth. All of this is revealed in the first few minutes of the film in flash back scenes from H20 but altered slightly to fit into the plot of this film which doesn't only fail in it's own right but it also disgraces H20. Of course it only takes a few minutes of the film before Michael Myers shows up at the asylum looking for his sister, which he hunts down and presumably kills in an utterly shamefully lame death. Which was a complete let down and a big F!#k you! to fans of the series.
The film then moves back to Haddonfield where really for the first time in the series except for "Season of the witch" there are no relatives to Michael for him to focus his attention on. Instead the film focuses on a group of truly annoying collage students that have been excepted for a reality based internet show where the group of six teens will spend a night in the famous Myers' house where it all started. The show is run by an odd ball couple played by that tall glass of chocolate milk, Tyra Banks and huge lipped, dreads wearing Busta Rymes himself. Its clear that these two cast members were solely placed in the film to add star power and face recognition to the stupid teens that would pay to see the film. Everything is set up within the first half hour of the film which doesn't leave anything but roughly an hour of Michael stalking the teens one by one through the house and killing them in rather boring fashion. The film doesn't even try and add anything new to the back story of Michael like other films did in the series and there is no twist. The film just ends predictably with yet another awful set up for a sequel, which fortunately for at least the time being seems to be dead....(oh....Rob Zombie!).
The direction of the film was pretty much non-existent and after watching this film I had to really wonder if director Rick Rosenthal, who has given such classics as The Birds 2, not to mention episodes from nearly every tv show from the 90's, actually ever thought what he was filming could ever work. The biggest surprise about Rosenthal is he actually directed Halloween 2, which aside from H20 was the best sequels in the franchise. Unfortunately this film bears no resemblance to either of those films, instead this time around the movie is shot like a 90 minute music video. All of the trade marks of a bad MTV style movie are there, plus the filmmakers clearly watched "The Blair Witch Project" one to many times before filming since the film cuts in and out of POV shots from the victims which is shown on grainy internet video, to add yet another terrible element to an awful film. Even with poor direction the film didn't have to be such a train wreck if someone had taken even five minutes to actually flush out some sort of script, the film might have had some redeeming qualities but alas the idea of a script must have been forgotten sometime during pre-production. What bothers me even more is that one of the writers Sean Hood, wrote the teleplay to one of my favorite Masters of Horror episode "Sick Girl".
The episode was great and had strong characters and an interesting plot. As for Resurrection there was really no plot development or plot for that matter. The film just seemed to drag on and everything that happened in the film was simply put in to create situations for Michael to do his killing. That isn't always a bad thing epically in a slasher film but the problem is that the script is so poorly written and executed that it just bores the audience. The acting in the film wasn't much better either. I never felt that any of the cast gave a performance, as most of the cast members seemed to just phone it in at best. Katee Sackhoff's performance was truly painful to watch. I really haven't seen as an annoying performance from a female lead since...oh I don't know the last film pepperoni faced Cameron Diaz starring vehicle (and thats saying a lot).
Even Tyra Banks seemed subdued and didn't give the over the top diva like performance that you might expect from her. Although at no time did I ever feel like Busta Rymes actually acted in the film, he did however seem to be the only person that was actually trying and at least had some on screen charisma. I don't think its fair to review a slasher film without at least talking about the deaths and gore. The only thing you really need to know about it in this film is that it wasn't nearly enough to make the film even remotely watchable. The effects weren't bad but they weren't over the top or ground breaking either. Overall I can't recommend this to anyone even on my best day. Even for fans of the Halloween series are probably best to skip this piece of trash. Not only is it a bad film in it's own right but it also manages to spoil at least to some extent the entire series.