Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Movie Review: "Halloween: Resurrection" (2002)

Director: Rick Rosenthal
Year: 2002
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 34 minutes

When a group of college kids joins a reality internet show being filmed at the childhood home of Michael Myers, the infamous killer comes out of hiding to go on another Halloween murdering spree. 

So here we are, yet again, on another Halloween with another group of young adults just waiting to get murdered. You may be thinking, hey, wait a minute, didn't Michael Myers have his head chopped off at the end of "Halloween: H20"? Don't worry, the writers of this movie have an easy solution for that whole situation to allow for Myers to return and kill again.

"Halloween: Resurrection" is directed by Rick Rosenthal, who is best known for directing "Halloween 2." One would hope Rosenthal's return would signal a return to form for the series. It had been over twenty years since the last installment, and at this point, the series is just too stale and unimaginative to be resuscitated properly. Enter "Halloween: Resurrection," just when we thought it couldn't get any worse.

Jamie Lee Curtis once again reprises her role as Laurie Strode, though her appearance is brief and apparently done out of a contractual obligation according to Curtis herself. Once Strode is out of the picture, Michael Myers finds new targets that have nothing to do with familial ties and have everything to do with the group's proximity to his childhood home. A group of college kids has signed up to be part of an online reality-style show where they investigate the old Myers house to discover why Michael went bat-shit crazy and started murdering people. The cast includes Bianca Kajlich, Sean Patrick Thomas, Katee Sackhoff, Luke Kirby, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Daisy McCrackin, Tyra Banks, and Busta Rhymes, yes, that Busta Rhymes.

What we have here, as you may have guessed by our disdain thus far, is a recycled slasher story trying to squeeze whatever money is left out of a floundering franchise. This is a horror film filled with meaningless fake-out jump scares and tons upon tons of bad acting. There is an added little twist as this movie is partially filmed in the found-footage style as the would-be Myers victims all wear body cameras... as if what was missing from the franchise was shaky, poor quality camera work. "The Blair Witch Project" had come out a few years earlier, and our guess is the filmmaker must have figured found-footage was all the rage... it must be what the public wants nowadays! They couldn't have been more wrong. Sure, there is a bit of blood and guts and some gore here and there, but since we don't give a shit about any of the characters, we don't care if any of them survive. We actually get a little mad when some of them do live to tell their tale.

If we had to sum up this entry into the "Halloween" series in one word, that word would be pointless, which probably applies to every Halloween entry since 1988. "Halloween: Resurrection" is useless, irrelevant, and dull, a tired has-been that only wishes it was as good as the worst installment in this franchise.

My Rating: 2/10
BigJ's Rating: 2/10
IMDB's Rating: 4.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 12%
Do we recommend this movie: AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!

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