Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Resurrection



Halloween Resurrection 2002
Director: Rick Rosenthal
Writers: Larry Brand and Sean Hood
Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Busta Rhymes, Tyra Banks, Katee Sackhoff, Bianca Kajlich, Brad Loree, Sean Patrick Thomas and Daisy McCracken

This is by far the worst in the franchise's history, even Rob Zombie's recent Halloween 2 is better than this. Everything that could go wrong with this film did go wrong. I knew this film was going to be bad once they ret conned the ending of H20 and decided to kill off Laurie in such a arbitrary and cruel way. I had such high hopes for this film too, I loved Rosenthal's previous entry in the series, Halloween 2. But if you look at his output since then, he did a lot of TV and the horrendously awful The Birds 2: Land's End, I should have definitely seen this coming. I think the capper of the travesty that this film is would be having Busta Rhymes having a kung fu fight with Michael. That was just utterly laughable. This also by far has the worst rendition of Michael Myers and his mask. Also, unlike the other films, this one is very dated, with its plot concept of a reality show. No matter how bad any of the other films are, they could always be seen as timeless horror films, that is not the case with this one.
The plot basics are this, After killing what she thinks is Michael, Laurie (Curtis) she is put in an asylum. It seems though that Michael switched bodies and comes after her and finally takes out his sister and that would seem to be an end to his killing or is it? We then meet up with Freddie (Rhymes) and Nora (Banks), are reality TV programmers for a web site called Dangertainment and are going to send 6 kids in the Myers house, they have installed cameras all over the house and once they put the teens in there that is where the fun will begin. But, unbeknownst to them all is that Michael has come back to his home and he does not care for interlopers in his lair. It is not long before Sara (Kajlich) is the only survivor and it is a cat and mouse game, that is until Freddie decides enough is enough and decides to face off against Michael, but is he able enough to stop him?
This is a very poorly done horror film. Rosenthal's direction is very amateurish and hammy throughout the film. It is staged too much like a TV show and does not seem to be a film that is well suited for the cinematic experience. The kills are very clumsy and you are never in any suspense about what will happen. The script is downright juvenile, the worst example of this is the way they just toss out Laurie in the beginning, completely disregarding the excellent ending of H20. It also seems all the characters are your basic stereotypes in a slasher film. It is almost as if this is a comedy, though it is not supposed to be and that's what makes this film all the worse. The cast does not fare much better. Rhymes is a joke and Kajlich is like a cipher, you could interchange her with any of the other characters and no one would notice. Curtis is good as always, but ultimately is wasted here. I did like Sackhoff here too, it is interesting to see her as the dumb blonde considering how we see her now on Battlestar Galactica. The SFX is bad too, the only scene I actually liked was the one decapitation, all the rest seemed liked they belonged in a Troma film. The score is not much better, does not add much and does not use the original score to the effect it could be used. On all counts this is a bad horror film and should only be seen if you are a Halloween completist.
This one gets 1 out of 5

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