Halloween: Resurrection Movie Review
'Scream' revitalized the horror genre five years ago, but since then it has returned to what it was, a grouping of bland, lackluster films that all look very similar to one another. Nevertheless, the studios keep pumping them out, including the never-say-die 'Halloween' series. Dimension Films found a small hit in 1998 in 'Halloween: H20," which featured the return of Jamie Lee Curtis as Michael's sister. It made some money - enough to warrant another sequel - but boy was it terrible. The suspense was thin, the horror meager at best... the only satisfying part of the film was the ending, which features Curtis beheading her brother, which signaled an end to the series.
Enter 'Halloween: Resurrection.'
Having seen many horror movies, and presuming that whoever is reading this review has seen many horror movies, I am going to include a few more spoilers than usual, so be warned...
'Halloween: Resurrection' starts off in an insane asylum, where Jamie Lee Curtis has remained for the last several years since the events that took place in 'H20.' Not explained is what happened to her son, but the movie gives a quick, absolutely pathetic explanation as to how Michael Myers survived. As it turns out, Curtis beheaded the wrong guy, so that is why she is in an insane asylum; she murdered an innocent man. Yes, 'H20' wrapped up everything so nicely, and 'Resurrection' strips it away in less than two minutes in an absolutely cheesy and ridiculous manner.
Anyway, putting aside the fact that Michael Myers' return makes very little sense, we dispense with the rest of the introduction. Michael shows up a the insane asylum, quickly dispenses with the security, and goes for his sister. Jamie Lee Curtis, looking not-so-good, is smart, though; she is waiting for him. She lures him onto the roof and is on the verge of killing him (well, of dropping him off the side of a building, which she should know by know won't stop him), but he tricks her into thinking that he may not actually be her brother after all. She has to check just to make sure, and of course he grabs her, stabs her and lets her fall to her death. Yes, Michael Myers finally kills Jamie Lee Curtis, but my question is this: Why? What is the point? I would have been just as satisfied, if not more satisfied, if this scene were just left out altogether and we cut right to the story; instead, the writers felt as though they needed to tie up a loose end - that being Curtis - by killing her. Have they ever thought of tying up the loose end of Michael Myers always running around? Kill him off and end this stupid, over-played series!
Okay, so Jamie Lee Curtis is dead, and so the movie changes pace and cuts to a bunch of college students that are going to be locked inside Michael Myers' old house for a night (Halloween, of course) and filmed live on the internet. What the students (and the man in charge, played by Busta Rhymes) don't know is that the real Michael Myers is already in the house, waiting to pick them off one by one. Shouldn't he have the right, though? They are trespassing on his property...
Of course, the normal situations occur as one student after the next is picked off one by one (by knife, by pole, by tripod, by hanging, and also by having one's skull crushed by Michael's bare hands), while students at a party nearby are watching everything live, not quite sure if what they are watching is real or not. I must say I was quite skeptical about the whole internet thing, but it worked out okay. It adds a level of creepiness as other people get to see the murders from the victim's perspective (and I'm sure it cut down on the movie's budget costs).
There are some cheesy and stupid parts, but 'Halloween: Resurrection' is actually pretty entertaining, much more so than I was expecting. It's not really scary and it's not entirely creepy, but it is fun to watch and guess who will be picked off next. The biggest kudos go to the casting agent, who was very smart in casting a good amount of recognizable faces. Aside from Busta Rhymes, there is Tyra Banks, Sean Patrick Thomas ('Save the Last Dance'), Thomas Ian Nicholas ('American Pie') and Bianca Kajlich (a recognizable face from "Boston Public"), who plays the main character. The importance of having a number of recognizable faces is that it is harder to predict who will live and who will die. On the one hand, you know at least some of them will die, but on the other, since they are recognizable, they have a better chance of living than the "more expendable" cast members.
The scenes at the party where Kajlich's internet boyfriend is watching were a little forced, but the director finally ties them in with the plot, allowing some interaction between the two. There are also a few other weak parts, but overall 'Halloween: Resurrection' rises above many of its predecessors.
'Halloween: Resurrection' is by no means an indication that the series has any more life in it, but at the same time is a surprising breath of fresh air among a bunch of terrible horror movies. It would be a great film to watch with a large group of friends, just to have fun and watch Michael Myers do his thing.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.