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Halloween - Resurrection (DVD)
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Halloween - Resurrection (DVD)
Advantages: Some good scares, a potentially excellent opening
Disadvantages: Throwaway characters and an attempt to cash in on the filmdotcom genre
If anybody noticed, they've stopped numbering the Halloween films, for the fear that if somebody noticed this was film number 8 they'd refuse to see it. There are many reasons for refusing to see it, not least the fact that Michael was apparently decapitated at the end of the shamefully brilliant H20.
Two years have passed, and Laurie Strode (reverting to her real name in this installment) is in a mental institution. We quickly learn in an excellent opening sequence that Laurie accidently decapitated the wrong man, and is now silenced by guilt. Unbeknown to the medical staff though, Laurie's silence is simply patience as she waits for Michael to turn up. And he does...
Once the Laurie / Michael story is put to bed, Michael returns to Haddonfield only to discover the old Myers house where he dwells has become the focus of an online broadcast on Halloween. Quick to restore tranquility to his lair, the masked psycho sets about picking off the film students who plan to spend the night. All the while, the murder and mayhem plays out to an audience who initially think that Michael is part of a plant by the ghoulish producers.
Resurrection starts off promisingly, despite a flawed premise for his continued existence, but runs out of steam very quickly. Jamie Lee Curtis returned to the role that made her famous for the fourth time, but insisted that this be her last. She is discarded rather disrespectfully in the first sequence of the film, and its only her performance as the destroyed Laurie Strode that makes this film even initially watchable.
Soon, the film gives way to a weak plot about planted horrors in the home of the killer, and a group of idiots who think playing tricks on each other is the ideal way to enjoy the scariest night of the year. Obviously, when somebody revealed the history of the Myers house, nobody remembered to mention that the killer wasn't actually dead. Therefore, between their idiocy and their ignorance, these characters kinda get what is coming to them.
Its a shame that the initial opening of Halloween Resurrection is thrown away on cheap scares and slow motion sequences that only highlight how unscary Michael's motives have become, because the initial premise of a destroyed woman who has been stalked is the most interesting thing about it. However, the previous film and director managed to capture Laurie's horror so much more effectively. This time, she's simply a hook to hang the film upon.
The film also cashes in on a theme that has become all too familiar. Many an exploitation film has explored the premise of the internet as a way of luring in potential victims. Whilst this film turns that on its head, and actually shows the victims setting up the internet broadcast, its a concept that is spoiled by bad cuts and frustrating editing. There nearly isn't even a single message in there to warn of the many many dangers of internet broadcasts and chatrooms. In fact, this film glorifies the use of the internet, and almost suggests that it single handedly saves a girls life.
Rick Rosenthal takes up directorial duties, and marks his second crack at this series. His first Halloween was the original sequel. John Carpenter clearly had a hand in that instalment for it was much scarier and made more sense. In attempting to explain the whereabouts of Michael for all these years, the film throws up more questions than answers. Why would the home of a killer that has lay empty for 30 years or more still contain some of his posessions? Why is the basement of the house bigger than the house itself? Could somebody really exist in the basement of a house, and never ever be seen skulking about for 30 years? These questions are pointless diversions, because by this point its hard to care, but in the duller sequences in the film it promotes a small amount of fun.
Resurrection itself isn't the worst film I've ever seen in this genre, neither is it the worst film of this series. In fact, the return of Curtis, along with the inclusion of Tyra Banks (in a role that just isn't big enough) and Busta Rhymes is certainly welcome. Rosenthal also makes a decent attempt at making this film scary, chucking in enough terrible deaths and blood to justify its existence. However, as Michael plunders through the old house for all the world wide web to see, any mistique or credibility is watered down to one mildly entertaining moment where the daft killer comes face to face with himself.
Summary: A series that should have been left at H20