Review – Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

halloween--resurrection-54b01d1629e16.pnghalloween-resurrection-575132e8da336Now onto the final (thus far) film in the classic series, Halloween: Resurrection, which was the first Halloween film to be released after the year 2000 – now I consider that more or less recent. The series began a decade before I was born, and this film was released when I started high school. I’m 28 now, for those of you keeping count. Now the problem with this movie was, as I mentioned in my last review, H20 was the definitive film to end the series – they’ve revived Michael before, but you’ll have to really change things up in order to explain it here. Did they change things up? Yes, very much so – but too way too far. Let’s get into it.

Serial Killer Michael Myers is not finished with Laurie Strode, and their rivalry finally comes to an end. But is this the last we see of Myers? Freddie Harris and Nora Winston are reality programmers at DangerTainment, and are planning to send a group of 6 thrill-seeking teenagers into the childhood home of Myers. Cameras are placed all over the house and no one can get out of the house… and then Michael arrives home! Written by simon (IMDb)

Okay, so this review will contain spoilers, so in advanced, [spoiler alert]. Now that we got that out of the way, this film begins explaining everything as quick as humanly possible in order to get to the action. Laurie didn’t cut off Michael’s head, she cut off some dude’s head that Michael killed in anticipation of Laurie’s ultimate attack. Laurie was carted off to a mental hospital, where Michael plans out his attack on her – he finds her, she’s ready for him, and they battle it out to the death – to be clear – he finally kills her, and all this takes place in the first 10 minutes or so. Already, we start off with something incredibly insulting to fans of the series – killing off the one character that survived for this long, redeemed themselves by becoming a tough protagonist capable of stopping Michael, and she does. Only to learn in this film, she gets killed off because she wasn’t strong enough to stop him. It’s a complete 180 and is a personal insult to the fans. The rest just gets worse.

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The rest of the film follows a group of teenagers as they film a reality show in Michael’s old home, only to be attacked by Michael. Once again, there’s a problem. The only thing we could ever trust from this character is that he’s always after his family – that doesn’t mean when they’re gone, go after these random people. Technically speaking, you still have family, remember? Or did you forget that in H20, Laurie had a son, John? No one cares about him anymore? What they did to this film is just stupid, and to be blunt, boring as well. There was nothing frightening or terrifying about Michael in this film. It felt more like a Nickelodeon Fright Night special than anything else.

Of course, this is all actually sad because 1.) I didn’t mind the reality show aspect and 2.) There was a ton of recognizable faces in this cast. Seriously, the whole reality show aspect changed things up once more, which was one thing I’ve been craving to see in the franchise – changes in theme. The whole idea of a reality show would have worked had they not killed off Laurie, and instead tricked her into doing the show with them. As for the cast, you had Katee Sackhoff, Busta Rhymes, Ryan Merriman, and so many others that people will recognize. It’s just sad that they chose this movie of all films to star in. Unfortunately, they just wanted Michael Myers to kill people just to kill people – without any legitimate motivation behind the rage.

Halloween: Resurrection did the very opposite of what it intended to do – resurrect. Instead, I truly believed it destroyed the franchise. There’re rumors floating around that an 11th is in the works for next year…which would be odd, considering remakes usually mark a definite end to the classic franchise, but I’ll bite. Let’s see how far down the rabbit hole of crappiness this series can go!

RATING: 4.1/10

See also:

Halloween (1978)      Halloween II (1981)     Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)     Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)     Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)     Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)  Halloween: H20 (1998)     Halloween: Resurrection (2002)     Halloween (2007)     Halloween II (2009)

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