So here we are, the final Halloween review for the year. In case I haven’t mentioned it, I’ll not be including Rob Zombie’s Halloween movies with this retrospective, though I may share my thoughts sometime down the road. Halloween: Resurrection was released in 2002 and directed by Rick Rosenthal, who also directed Halloween 2. So that’s pretty promising right there. Jamie Lee Curtis even returns to reprise her role as Laurie Strode. So this has all the makings of another classic, right? Well…
We learn early on that Laurie’s efforts to kill Michael once and for all was for nothing, as it’s revealed that Michael switched clothes with a paramedic who went in to check Michael’s vitals or whatever. So due to a crushed larynx the paramedic was unable to tell Laurie that he wasn’t her brother. Upon learning this, Laurie lost whatever was left of her mind and was institutionalized.
Three years have passed since the incident, and Michael returns to once again finish what he started. But Laurie has been waiting for him all this time (reminiscent of when a young Michael Myers waited until maturity to begin his first rampage in Haddonfield. Laurie manages to trick her brother into stepping into a trap. But she hesitates to give the killing blow and Michael takes advantage, finally accomplishing what he set out to do 20 plus years ago.
So, what’s a killer to do after his goals are complete? Well, in this case Michael ‘The Shape’ Myers decides to return to his childhood home, only to find that a reality TV show is being filmed there. Well, instead of his potential retirement from killing, he decides that it’s not yet time to rest. And so he continues his never-ending life of killing dumb teenagers,
As I’ve already mentioned, this is a completely unnecessary sequel. I stand by my opinion that the series should have ended with H20. But once again, money talked, and to hell with the creative standpoint. I felt Laurie Strode died very unceremoniously, and once that happened, I couldn’t care less about anybody who was in the remainder of the movie. With the exception of Busta Rhymes’ character Freddie Harris, pretty much all the characters were stock and terribly uninteresting. Though the ways some of them died were pretty entertaining.
The explanation of how Michael didn’t die in H20 didn’t do it for me. I seriously can’t buy Michael pulling that kind of stunt just to get away. And for him to so conveniently walk into Laurie’s rope trap was something I expect to see in a Looney Tunes cartoon. While the concept of the reality show being filmed in the Myers house was an interesting concept, and the use of cameras around the house was at the time a relatively fresh idea, I have to go back again to how dull the characters were. Amazingly, I actually found Busta Rhymes was the least boring of the lot, and his acting wasn’t nearly as bad as one would expect. However, some of his lines were a little too overboard, and I groaned out loud at a few of his one liners.
The movie could potentially have had another sequel following it, but of course Rob Zombie ended up remaking Halloween instead. Which is just as well, given my thoughts on Halloween: Resurrection existing at all. In the end, there was a little entertainment value, but it falls short in many ways. But on the plus side, at least it wasn’t Halloween 5.
Well, that concludes my Halloween retrospective. I hope you had fun reading, and I hope there were at least a few of you out there who was educated in some way and encouraged to watch the series. And I hope your Halloween this year was a blast, and until next time, may you all rest in peace.
Macabre Rating: 2 out of 5 tombstones