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Halloween: Resurrection

Horror movie directed by Rick Rosenthal

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Amazing or Awful…it is a question of perception

  • Jun 6, 2012
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+4
I remember seeing this movie when it first came out oh so many moons ago.  My friend was (and is) a Halloween fanatic and wanted to see this flick.  I figured I was game and said I would go see it with him.  Now when I watched the movie back 2002, god has it been 10 years already, I did not think to highly of this film.  Actually, I thought it was a piece of crap.
 
A decade has gone by and I have been adding movies to my slasher collection.  I knew it was only a question of time before I got a hold of the Halloween movies.  However, I felt very dubious about picking this entry in the series, mainly because I remember it being as cool as a tepid bowl of diarrhea. Nevertheless, I was able to get my copy in a multi-pack that was reasonable priced.  This past weekend I watched this movie again with slightly different eyes.  I am not sure what changed my perception, perhaps my age has mellowed me out or I have seen so many sub-par slasher movies in the past 10 years this movie didn’t seem that bad. 
 
I want to set the record straight, this movie is very inferior to pretty much every other Halloween movie in the franchise (not counting the dismal Rob Zombie versions).  What bugged me so much about watching this movie the first time around was the first fifteen minutes.  I truly feel that it was a slap in the face to hard core fans of Halloween.  I will not give details away but I will just say it involves the main protagonist, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis in an extended cameo which would have been better fitted as a denouement). In addition, once the first fifteen minutes pass I was left wondering, what else is there to do?
 
Well this motion picture takes a group of college students and has them spend the night in Michael Myer’s house.  If that isn’t interesting or trite enough, the group is being filmed for an internet reality show called “Dangertainment” The host of this show is Freddie play by Busta Rhymes.  Okay now stop the presses and hold the phone.  This idea right here is so ridiculous and obtuse that it insults the integrity of the “Halloween” series.  That bugged me 10 years ago and it still sort of bugs me today. Yet during my second viewing, I watched this movie as not a “Halloween” movie and just another campy horror movie….my perception began to change.
 
“Halloween: Resurrection” has a very high entertainment significance and if taken at face value it can be a fun ride.  These are just a few of the magnificent things one will discover in this schlock sequel:
 
  • Sarah’s (the final girl) dubious cyber relationship with Myles/Deckard.  They never meet and his character is so moot and pointless.  It is safe to say Jar Jar Binks is more useful.  Maybe the actor was related to the producer.
 
  • Watching the antics of a younger Katee Sackhoff as the cheap girl.
 
  • Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie) as a horny guy who meets a funny demise.
 
  • Sean Patrick Thomas as a guy who is obsessed with healthy food.
 
  • The forced chemistry between the smart girl and the “artistic” guy.
 
  • Michael Myers just killing for no reason.
 
  • Michael Myers cooks a rat.
 
  • Busta Rhymes obsession with kung-fu.
 
  • Hearing Busta Rhymes say “Trick or Treat Mother F******”.
 
Speaking of Busta Rhymes, I have to say that he delivered a solid campy performance.  I am not sure that was his intention or not, but this was the end result.  Another interesting thing is now that “reality television” has been around for longer period of time (rather novel when this movie was released) the irony of it really shines through in this film.
 
In conclusion, this movie is utter crap and nonsense as an entry in the “Halloween” series.  It doesn’t even belong in the same zip code as the original.  Notwithstanding, as a cheesy haunted house, horror, slasher movie that is liberal with blood, foul language and some nudity it is rather entertaining.
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June 12, 2012
I actually liked this one, not the best in the series but it is a fun one with a different take.
 
June 07, 2012
At least it's more a Halloween movie than Halloween 3: Season of the Witch. I'd bet no one's perception could allow for that one to get a rating of +4. Thank you for this interesting recommendation.
June 07, 2012
Oh very this very much more of a Halloween movie than part 3. I am glad you like the review.
 
June 07, 2012
Good review!
 
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review by . October 16, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
I THOUGHT IT WAS FUN
      HALLOWEEN RESURRECTION         spoliers      When reviewing this film it is necessary to look at it from all angles. It's another sequel, the end of a legacy, and has a great idea in it. We'll start with the sequel thing, yes it was another in a long ongoing series. And yes some thought there should never have been another film following "HALLOWEEN H2O". But I think they covered those tracks pretty well …
Quick Tip by . October 16, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Now this is far from a classic and I would not put it at the top of a best of list or anything, still with the brain off it is fun. Plus it is a "Halloween" film and one of the later ones at that so why any one would expect a classic is beyond me. With that said still I loved the idea and found the performances fun for the most part. Plus any time I get to seeMichael kill off some people I am happy.
review by . May 11, 2009
Halloween: Resurrection (2002) was directed by Rick Rosenthal (Bad Boys) who also helmed the second film in the series. Yet, he suffered the same fate as Part Two. He was a victim of re-shoots and re-editing. The producers were not satisfied with the final product so they ordered him to heavily re-shoot most of the film. Several times he was almost taken off the project. But he soldiered on an after a series of delays, Halloween: Resurrection was released.    The movie follows …
review by . November 04, 2005
posted in Movie Hype
I've watched quite a few slasher flicks in my day. I've never been a huge fan of them, but the "Halloween" movies always seemed to be a step up from the rest. With that said, "Halloween: Resurrection" is one of the better sequels in this series. Sure, it's a bit silly at times, but even the silly parts work in this film.     The story is primarily set in the Myers' household on Halloween night. An internet-based entertainment company, represented by Busta Rhymes and Tyra Banks, …
review by . May 17, 2003
posted in Movie Hype
From the title, one would think that HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION deals with the resurrection of Michael Myers whom was supposedly beheaded in HALLOWEEN H20. Instead, this movie is more about an attempt at resurrecting the HALLOWEEN franchise for a new generation.The movie starts off with a lenghty prologue that ties together the events of H2O. Laurie Stroud (Jamie Lee Curtis) didn't kill her brother, Michael Myers, in H2O. Instead, she mistakenly murdered someone else. For the past three years, she …
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Number 8 in theHalloweenline maintains connections to John Carpenter's original.Resurrectionpicks up the thread ofHalloween: H2O, with poor Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) now in a psychiatric hospital and determined to shut down homicidal Michael Myers once and for all. After this prologue, the story shifts to the old Myers house, where a TV reality show has enticed six teenagers to spend a single night in the spooky home. Needless to say, things are spoiled when Michael barges in: "Isodid not sign up for this," sighs the young heroine, when the bloodletting begins. The mayhem is being broadcast live on the Internet, which makes the film a bit likeRear Windowwith Instant Messaging. The interesting premise is routinely handled, but that's enough to make this one of the better sequels in the series. Maybe they finally finished off Michael in this one, wink wink.--Robert Horton
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