Jun 19, 2014

Review: Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

Trying to puzzle out what the hell happened with Halloween: Resurrection isn't so difficult. At least I don't think so. I imagine some suits sitting in a meeting room trying to figure out what it is teenagers like these days and the topic of reality TV came up. The concept of combining Halloween with reality TV was then born. This movie is an affront to the original classic and it still managed to make more than its $13 million budget. It grossed $38 million which is clearly $38 million too much.

Jamie Lee Curtis herself wasn't too big into being in Halloween movies anymore but agreed to do this one. (Spoilers) You'd think that with the start of this film, it wouldn't be half bad. Imagine an entire film where a mentally unhinged Jamie Lee Curtis tries to survive Michael Myers once again? There could be something there but no, she just dies and we just get the uninspired reality TV angle. (End Spoilers) I'm all the same glad she came back for one last hurrah.


Genre: horror, thriller
Directed by: Rick Rosenthal
Produced by: Paul Freeman, Michael Leahy, Moustapha Akkad, etc.
Written by: Larry Brand, Sean Hood
Music by: Danny Lux
Running time: 86 minutes
Production company: Dimension Films, Nightfall Productions, Trancas International Films
Distributed by: Miramax Films, Dimension Films, Buena Vista International, etc.
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $13,000,000
Box office: $37,664,855 (Worldwide)

IMDb entry
Rotten Tomatoes entry

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Brad Loree, Busta Rhymes, Bianca Kajlich, Sean Patrick Thomas, Daisy McCrackin, Katee Sackhoff, Luke Kirby, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Ryan Merriman, Tyra Banks, Billy Kay, Gus Lynch, Lorena Gale, Marisa Rudiak, Brent Chapman, Dan Joffre, Haig Sutherland




Six stereotypical college students win a position on what is to be a reality show broadcasted over the internet. Each student gets a camera on their person and what makes the show unique is the the viewers can choose which cameras to watch the action on. They can even watch multiple cameras at the same time. Director Freddie Harris (Busta Rhymes) assures that the show will be extremely scary because it will take place "in the birthplace of evil," the childhood home of Michael Myers in Haddonfield. Michael Myers has been missing for three years, so it's unknown if he'll be around or not. Will he welcome these annoying college students with open arms? Or with a knife in the ribs?


I suppose that in a sense, Halloween: Resurrection tries to take a page from The Blair Witch Project. It's more like just the corner of a page, because the first person camera style doesn't add anything to the movie. It doesn't make it scary in the least and the entire effort feels empty of any sort of realism. None of the characters are really likeable either. Is anyone supposed to care when a caricature gets killed?

There are some cheap, lazy attempts at manufacturing some scares from dumb "nothing jump scares" and there are a couple of occasions where during these jump scares, a ghostly Michael Myers face appears for a split second. A comical, disembodied scream accompanies these moments too. Is all this meant to be scary? I'm guessing so but it just reeks of laziness.

Michael Myers the character is treated absolutely horribly. This all culminates in two scenes with Busta Rhymes' character. Freddie Harris berates Michael Myers for a good minute, thinking that he is one of his employees in disguise. Myers actually listens to Freddie and goes on his way. Huh? Myers listens and does as he's told? There should be a knife in Busta by this time. If Freddie Harris were the grandson of Dr. Loomis, maybe I'd believe it. But even that would be a stretch though.

The other scene in question is a ridiculous fight between Busta's character and Michael Myers. It's established that Freddie Harris loves martial arts for whatever reason and he actually uses some kicks and "hai-yas" on Myers. I know I'm giving away story here but I'm saving those who haven't watched this attempt at a film from the same fate I suffered. Embarrassment.

Halloween deserves better than a reality show. Michael Myers deserves better than getting kicked to the face by Busta Rhymes. Any attempts at creating a sequel to this turd were thankfully halted and Rob Zombie rebooted/remade the first film in the series. That's the best route to have taken. Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers is an awful entry in the Halloween series but Halloween: Resurrection takes the crown as worst



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