Halloween: Resurrection – USA, 2002 – reviews

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Halloween: Resurrection is a 2002 American horror feature film and eighth instalment in the Halloween film series. Directed by Rick Rosenthal, who had also directed Halloween II, the film builds upon the continuity of Halloween H20: 20 Years Later.

Plot:

Three years after the events that happened in California in Halloween H20, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) had been sent to a psychiatric hospital after it is revealed that she had beheaded a paramedic instead of her brother Michael; the paramedic had located the body of Myers in the dining hall of Laurie’s school, but Myers had attacked the paramedic, crushed his larynx so he wouldn’t cry out and forcefully switched clothing and his mask. Myers then goes into hiding for the next three years.

On October 31, 2001, still in captivity, Laurie, pretending to be heavily medicated, prepares herself for the inevitable confrontation with Michael. When Michael finally appears, Laurie lures him into a trap, but as she attempts to kill Myers, she second guesses herself and goes to remove his mask to make sure that it is really her brother this time. Myers takes advantage, and stabs her in the back before sending her off the roof to her death.

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The following year, six college students – Bill Woodlake (Thomas Ian Nicholas), Donna Chang (Daisy McCrackin), Jen Danzig (Katee Sackhoff), Jim Morgan (Luke Kirby), Rudy Grimes (Sean Patrick Thomas), and Sara Moyer (Bianca Kajlich) – win a competition to appear on an Internet reality show directed by Freddie Harris (Busta Rhymes) and his assistant, Nora Winston (Tyra Banks), in which they have to spend a night in the childhood home of Michael Myers in order to find out what led him to kill.

On Halloween, each equipped with head-cameras as well as the cameras laid throughout the house, they start the show, searching the entire house for something that can provide a clue to Michael’s past…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Rosenthal quotes from his own Halloween movie (Myers “dies” a fiery death, someone slips in a pool of blood), steals his only decent murder from Peeping Tom and fails to “resurrect” a script clearly conceived in a rush by committee. Worst. Halloween. Movie. Ever.” Horror Screams Video Vault

“The only thing this tired slasher flick may resurrect is nostalgia for when the genre was still fresh and scary. It’s so devoid of joy and energy it makes even Jason X look positively Shakespearian by comparison.’ New York Post

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“No, it’s not as single-minded as John Carpenter’s original, but it’s sure a lot smarter and more unnerving than the sequels.” San Jose Mercury News

“Sure, a few bits work, like when the Internet audience starts to act like typical fans watching an 80s stalk-and-slash (i.e. “Don’t go in there…he’s right behind you…” etc.). Most of the time, though, the jibes and jests brought on by the Internet webcast gimmick fall on their ass.” Cinema Blend

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“There is not an intelligent line of dialogue muttered in the film and we are forced to listen to the six moronic teens screeching and doing dumb things that inspire spoof flicks like Scary Movie. For example the heroine at one point actually runs back into the house after she has spent half the film trying to get out.” Hollywood.com

“An audacious nod to classic British serial killer flick Peeping Tom aside, Rosenthal handles the action with all the flair of a contributor to You’ve Been Framed, leaving us to ponder how any self-respecting director can fail to make a huge guy in a white mask carrying a ten-inch blade frightening.” Total Film

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Cast and characters:

  • Brad Loree as Michael Myers
  • Bianca Kajlich as Sara Moyer
  • Busta Rhymes as Freddie Harris
  • Sean Patrick Thomas as Rudy Grimes
  • Katee Sackhoff as Jennifer “Jen” Danzig
  • Daisy McCrackin as Donna Chang
  • Ryan Merriman as Myles “Deckard” Barton
  • Thomas Ian Nicholas as Bill Woodlake
  • Luke Kirby as Jim Morgan
  • Tyra Banks as Nora Winston
  • Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode
  • Lorena Gale as Nurse Wells
  • Marisa Rudiak as Nurse Phillips
  • Brent Chapman as Franklin Munroe
  • Dan Joffre as Willie Haines
  • Gus Lynch as Harold Trumble
  • Haig Sutherland as Aron
  • Brad Sihvon as Charlie Albans
  • Rick Rosenthal as Professor Mixter

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