Michael Myers is still at large and no less dangerous than ever. After a failed reunion to reach his baby sister at their old home, Laurie Strode is immediately taken to a hospital to be treated by the wounds that had been afflicted by her brother a few hours ago. However, Michael isnt too far off and will continue his murdering Halloween rampage until he gets his sister all to himself.
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In 2007, I found the remake of Halloween directed by Rob Zombie to be amoderately interesting but mediocre attempt to bring new life to afranchise which undoubtedly lost any integrity and interest thanks toits tedious sequels.Two years later, Zombie made the sequel of hisre-interpretation, and the result is incredibly atrocious andexecrable.From the first minutes of Halloween II, I started to have seriousdoubts on Zombie's strategy, because the first scene of the film is anincongruent flashback which seems forcibly placed by him to providework for his wife Sheri Moon.However, it is eventually revealed thatthat flashback is justified by a ridiculous and laughable "pay-off" atthe end of the movie, which is by the way, straightly taken fromHalloween 5 (Or was it Halloween 6? I do not remember very well).Thescreenplay from this movies is very boring, because it follows thesacrifice of generic victims.Besides, the villain completely lacks ofany personality.Traditionally, Michael Myers has been the most hollowvillain of slasher cinema, and although that kept him away from the"glamour" of Freddy Kruger and Jason Voorhess, at least that has givenhim an enigmatic air.However, in Halloween II, Myers has even lesspersonality than on his previous appearances.Actor Tyler Mane brings animposing physical presence to the character...but he cannot express anyemotions with his movements and attitude.The best slasher movies (in myhumble opinion, Scream and Halloween -1978-) make us to get interestedin the destiny of the characters but,let's accept it, most of thismovies try to put us on the maniac's side to celebrate his imaginativecrimes and to enjoy the deaths of the victims.Zombie did not get eventhat simple level of entertainment, because his horrible screenplay andits paper characters did not produce on me the minimum visceral answer.Zombie's direction is also bad, because on many times, it is verydifficult to note what is happening, at the same time, he brought avery boring tone to the movie.On the cast of the movie, the young mainactors are reduced to antipathetic puppets.On the supporting cast, wehave a group of semi-celebrities of fantastic cinema (Malcom McDowell,Margot Kidder, Caroline Williams and the great Brad Dourif) who areabsolutely wasted in here.Halloween II is a terrible waste of time, so I really hated it.Isuggest you to avoid this movie like a plague.If only I had donethat...
I literally just walked into my house from seeing halloween 2.Honestly, it was the most disappointing let down i have ever witnessed.Not only can rob zombie not direct, but his distasteful lack ofknowledge (he must have no knowledge of the previous halloweens, whenyou see this movie, you'll know what i mean), has made this movie feelnothing like a halloween movie, and honestly almost comical. Now beforeyou start to say "oh well this kid has no idea what hes talking about,hes just a hater", i want to say that i am obsessed with halloween, andeverything about it. His first remake wasn't terrible, i thought hecould of done better, but it wasn't bad. Unfortunately this was NOTHINGlike it. The original halloween 2 was terrifying because it was in acreepy hospital at night, you didn't know where michael was, or what hewas thinking, and there sure as hell wasn't a stupid ghost mothertelling him what to do. Like, am I watching Friday the 13th, orhalloween? Anyway, his "hospital scene" was 10 minutes long, and ajoke. And rob, we've all seen boobs and heard cuss words, and i'm nosaint, but really? every two seconds? And then after all this hard towatch crap, he decides, oh well maybe ill make laurie start to turnevil and see if the fans like that. Yeah rob, we love it, let me tellyou. And the kills, oh my god. A head gets cut off, like come on thatsso played out. And EVERY death scene is sooooo elaborate. Like it goeson and on and on. He cant just kill them, he has to mutilate everysingle body. And in the originals Dr. Loomis was so likable and wasn'ta money hungry snake trying to sell a book. Can anyone guess which onehe is in this movie? I'm rambling and i'm sorry, but if any otherproducer gives this man the permission to do his movie i'll be shocked.It was that pathetic. I can sit here all day and tell you whats wrongwith this movie, but honestly,I'm just gonna throw in the originalsecond halloween and go to bed. Don't give this bum your money, please.Go buy the original halloween 2. I've never been more excited for amovie, then so upset about the same one.
Holy cow, I just got back from this movie and it's a total piece ofcrap. we almost walked out in the first 10 minutes but I thought, no,lets ride it out and see if it gets any better. I wish I had left andgot my money back, because by the end I had felt completely ripped off.I've seen Rob Zombie's other movies and really liked them so I'm leftwondering just what the hell happened here. It's as if no effortwhatsoever was put into writing the screen play. I like gore but comeon man, give us a little something else too. And as far as Angel goes -whiny is a little bit of an understatement. I kept hoping she would diejust so she would finally shut up. Unfortunately that little bit ofrelief never did come along. Save your money.
(psst...It's still better than the new Friday the 13th.)The main problems with Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN II are its unnecessityand its redundancy. It is unnecessary because Zombie's 2007 HALLOWEEN,whether you liked it or not, made a complete statement as a film andthere isn't anything to add to it. It is redundant not only in itsbasic premise, but actual scenes in this film are repeats from the 2007film. There are ways in which HALLOWEEN II departs from his first film andfrom the franchise in general, but they aren't ways that I expect to goover well with anyone, Halloween die-hards or otherwise. Halloween fanswho railed against the minor changes in the 2007 film will be bloggingendlessly into the night over Michael's traumatically different visualappearance, with his bushy beard that comes out from underneath hismask, and I doubt anyone will be enamoured with the idea of Michael andLaurie seeing the ghost of their mother. These aren't bad touches, butthey don't add anything of value to what was already done, and weren'tworth building a whole new story around.As with any Zombie film, the visuals are amazing. RZ uses the bestcinematographers, and if you watch the film solely for thecinematography, you'll enjoy it a lot. Some nice visual moments includeMichael walking across the fields, or a small boy's perspective of anunmasked Michael. Michael's dreams of his mother are nice and spooky.A lot of fun character actors show up, such as Dayton Callie as anambulance driver, but aren't given much to do. Unfortunately, ScoutTaylor-Compton also shows up, and continues her A.D.D., shrill, giddy,silly-ass portrayal of Laurie Strode. At the end of the day, a ton of fan recrimination is going to be laidat RZ's feet, which is understandable because H2's better qualities areovershadowed by its vulnerabilities.(scenes that repeat from the first one: Michael beats Laurie's bestfriend almost to death and then Laurie comes home and finds her. Loomisshows up and the cops don't like him because of his book. Loomis triesto intervene and Michael kills him. Laurie has a long moment sittingnext to Michael who is incapacitated, and she kills him.)
There's a good and a bad surprise in this movie. The good: theappearance of Weird Al Yankovic (a sure value). The bad: the incrediblelack of... surprise! I was one of those who strongly took the defenceof the first Rob's Halloween but this time, i must admit that i amreally disappointed. Rob manages his art in a professional way, nodoubt about it but it seems that maybe he worked a bit too much withthe head and less with feelings on that one. The only trace ofwhat-we-can-call imagination seems to be the horse and ghost thingswhich, in my opinion (please Rob, stop reading right now) were..., no,I just can't say that... Critics should create a new movie category,the micro-waved; same stuff without the vitamins. This new flick shouldbe showed in college as an example of that.For the last few years, there's a very annoying tendency to shotviolent scenes with what- seems-to-be Parkinson/ADD ill cameramen andRitalin-free cousin editors (just kidding). But seriously, withoutinsinuating a sell-out accusation, I suspect these displease-to-watchprocess to be an avoid-the-X-rating tactic, offering a something triedto be free-of- graphic-violence-result as possible. Let me put thisclear; the point is not to have violence scenes but it's hard for theaudience to focus and try to see (or guess) what's is happening,period. Beside, we must share the grief with the guy; making a movie isexpensive and a X- rating means to renounce to the big part of theprofit in theatres : the teens, main horror- movie goers. But still...By the way, talking about teens, why the hell Mr Zombie puts thosestupid nude and teens- killed-by-sin scenes, as those bad B-movies did:to arouse them? Come on, it's out of date and under-estimating theirIQ. Believe me, they smart enough to get fake ID to rent porn movies.Even without this, now with the Internet anyway...As Tarantino, Rob Zombie likes to reproduce the clichÃ© from theparadise lost, nostalgic about the past and everything but it seemsthat, unlike Quentin, he made it (this time) with bad taste; he gotlost and fixed on the cruise control. And what about the Â«I love youÂ»stuff at the end of the movie, just before Sister Myers kills the BigBad Wolf? I thought we were about to heard violins at this time.Talking about the sound, there's a well use of it: right place, righttone, you're going to jump with the audience when Michael viciouslyattack.Personally, I would preferred Micheal Myers releasing his fury withouthearing him breathing by the effort. It seems to me that he would bemore cold and creepy but it's only a personal opinion, not a blame; hegot enough like this, let's give him a break. I could still go on about the black spots of Halloween 2 but aftersomehow wasting my time watching it, why should I waste some morewriting about it? I got a life after all, you know... Nevertheless, my feeling about this mess goes to this: FORGIVENESS. RobZombie did not went to movie to built a career, money and fame; healready got these. He made his turn by (and only by) a deep and sincerelove for the genre, it's obvious; he proved it before. He's respectfulenough to ask the permission to Master Carpenter before to remake hiscreation and Rob deserves the same respect in return and not only forthat. As any great director (or individual), Rob lost feet on a rock and it'son this very same rock that the snake must change his skin. Yes, it'shonourable to recognize the predecessors and their lessons whofashioned our cinematic world but if he stop to ape respectfully therespectables, he's going to make his real contribution and still be anhonourable heir, as he already is. I forgive to Rob Zombie for hismisfire and I keep my trust in him. It's my opinion. I ask nobody toshare it but I wish at least you enjoyed the comment. And enjoyed it ornot, if YOU want to comment mine, feel free to give me your feedback atthe address right at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sincerely yours.
Well.. let me start with what i didn't like about it, i wish theywould've gotten Daeg Faerch back to play 10 yr. old Michael, (ChaseVanek did no justice) i also didn't care for the random killing.. butother than that, Malcolm Mcdowell was good, as was Sheri Moon Zombie,Scout Taylor Compton was really great, and Tyler Mane was just amazingagain, i also thought both Danielle Harris and Brad Dourif did good..the music was good as always, and honestly i thought the story was veryinteresting, i thought Rob Zombie took this movie in a good direction,i loved the idea of this movie and i thought that it was very wellmade, thus concludes my review of Rob Zombies Halloween II
I love reading negative reader comments like, "overly violent", "bad, because they didn't use the same kid". First, I have to say that I loved Rob's vision for the two movies. I appreciated his take on the orgigin story in the first one, and the actor that played young Michael was great. Guess what people, kids grow up! Zombie said he would have loved to use the same actor, but the kid had grown a lot bigger, and it wouldn't have looked right for the sequel. Overly violent! You paid to watch a movie called Halloween2 directed by a guy named Rob Zombie, about a masked mass murderer named Michael Myers. Go watch Harry Potter if you want a user-friendy halloween story. You will walk out of this movie feeling dirty and used, and it felt great. I go to the movies to be entertained and sometimes moved, and this movie hits you in the gut! It has been described as brutal and that really sums it up. Sure, there are a couple of minor things that could have been done differently, but its Rob's vision, and I don't have a problem with that. Great movie! Please people, shell out a few extra bucks for a babysitter instead of bringing your toddler to see a movie like this. I saw two or three sets of parents with their young sons walking out of the movie, which was actually more disturbing than anything I saw in the movie.
This movie is awful, I was not a big fan of Zombies remake of the firstmovie either. Do teenagers really speak like they do in these movies! Iwatched this movie maybe 2/3 times and each time it gets worse andworse apart from the opening scene when Laurie is being chased throughthe hospital and Micheal is killing everyone in sight in brutalfashion. And Mr zombie just because your a rock god apparently what wasthe need for the hidden messages and hard soundtrack. Myself or anybodyelse who has seen this movie thinks whats the crack with the horse andMicheal's mum. The acting in this movie is not great, the death scenesare not bad and brutal but if you wanna see real brutal killings checkout (The Orphan Killer) I am so glad that Mr Rob Zombie is not makingthe third and i hope that they kill off that white horse rubbish asthat killed the entire movie for me. The only people i know who likethis movie are spotty teenagers who have not seen one of the originalHalloween movies and like Zombies other movies which have pretty muchthe same dialogue in.
Most people who are criticizing this movie truly did not comprehend what the movie was intending. I agree with some people how Michael's mother motivating for Michael's killing intentions was a little far fetched, but you have to accept it for what it is. Yeah, It was kind of a bite off of Jason's mother from Friday the 13th, but I still thought it was a very clever way of giving Michael the willingness to find and apprehend Laurie and unite them as a family. This is one thing that the original actually lacked. We never knew WHY Michael was so obsessed with finding Laurie, but finally Rob Zombie made his own background story on why Michael was so motivated to find Laurie. This is what I truly cherished about the movie! This movie offered plenty of brutality and gore (hell yea) and some great thrills. The biggest downfall of the movie was definitely how Rob Zombie decided to use a different actor as kid Michael Meyers. The kid did not look as evil and was definitely not as good of an actor as Daeg from the 1st one. I think Malcolm Mcdowell (Dr. Loomis) is one of my new favorite actors after seeing the excellent role he played in this movie. Whenever the guy talked me and my girlfriend would be so entertained and laugh our asses off. He plays a superior role in this movie and really succeeds at it. And the ending was frickin excellent! I'm not gonna spoil it for anyone, but you will be truly shocked when you see this ending! Don't listen to the viewers that are ragging on this! Walk into this movie prepared to think a lot, not just to watch it for the gore and action like most of this idiots did. See it!
Having not really enjoyed the second half of Rob's first Halloweenmovie I thought i would give him a second chance.For some reason Iactually really enjoyed the film as a whole,but I can also say therewas some silly moments mixed in which let down certain parts of themovie. The atmosphere was created really well and gave an overall real chillabout the film.Storyline wise it could have been better..... but couldhave been a lot worse.If you have seen the first one definitely give thisago,chilling,atmospheric,bloody....but don't expect miracles with thestoryline.
I would have to call my experience of viewing of this modern 'retake'of Halloween 2 as sort of the equivalent of what you'd imagine a cinemaexperience if you were viewing on drugs might look like. I've satthrough a number of films such as this, where the storyline invites youto keep guessing what's real and what's supposed to be imagination orfantasy and this story's atmosphere was extremely distorting andconfusing even for me. Admitably the imagery will hold some appeal I'msure, it's certainly ominous looking and detailed but it also has atendency to distract from the story.It's like watching a graphic novel or a dark morbid painting coming tolife on the big screen. The constant visions of Michael's motherlooking like a white witch, standing next to a white horse are suchvivid iconic images, a comic book panel made flesh. I personally thought they made some wrong choices with the direction ofthe series here. At this point they were free from the introductionbaggage of the previous movie and as such I honestly feel that theiraim should have been to go to different places with the stories theycould tell with these established characters but they chose here tobasically rehash things that had already been done within the originalseries of films, most notably the twist at the end. I felt the openingwent on a little too long as well, especially since again, it's natureturns out to be another time worn-out oldest of the old horror moviefilm making tricks. So I would have liked to see the remake series actually explore otherestablished characters that were left originally untouched upon. Forinstance, I had heard somewhere that one of the original sequels wasinitially going to tell the tale of the kids who were baby sat byLaurie on the original film's 'the night he came home', Tommy Doyle andLindsey Wallace all grown up and how everything had effected them. NowI would personally have preferred to see the remake series at leasttake that sort of premise and run with it as it would have been a freshtake on the established myth of the series and would have utilisedareas uncharted and provided the opportunity of the reboot gaining it'sown identity rather than rehashing the same basic plot lines over andover.Michael Myers for example has been cost his unique appeal as both agenuinely terrifying villain and questionable force of nature. If everthere was a character who didn't need to be explained and probablyshouldn't be it's him. Michael himself is the disturbed mute humanbeing while his persona known as 'The Shape' represents hissuperstitious mystique, the powerful 'idea' of him, this mythicperception of what he supposedly really is, his being a boogie-manarch-type. In the original movie this remained up in the air and thuscreated an air of the unknown about him and anything scary is theunknown of something. Thus in these remakes he's become to comfortable,we know too much. His revamped look is a combination of emo and hobo,although actor Tyler Mane's sheer size is the sole plus factor in thepresence department. I also didn't care for this take on the Dr. Loomischaracter. While I actually enjoyed Malcolm McDowell's performance inthe first remake, here I find he's strayed too far from anyrecognisable traits; he may as well be an entirely different character.The 'fame going to his head' character arc they gave him wasinteresting on paper but I don't think it was so well executed in thedevelopment thus he comes off too straight down the line unlikeable andthe supposed pay off in the climax doesn't really add up too much. Ifeel that even if he was going to cash in, as it were, he probablywould have done it before he actually failed to rehabilitate Michael.He did after all fail by his own admission, in his own mind and itaffected him so significantly that this now drastic a switch in gearsis pretty much a one hundred and eighty, so how his character cansupposedly carve this media hero status from the ashes of his career ispuzzling. I also didn't get how he survived the first movie; I hadremembered him being killed off in pretty clear cut fashion. Malcolm isa great character actor but Dr. Loomis is just one of those parts thatthe original actor, the late Donald Pleasance simply made his own andleft too permanent a stamp on for me to be objective about I suppose.He embodied the character so well, you don't associate him with Donaldall that much, you see him and think of the character, where as lookingat Malcolm, you can't get past this sense of 'it's Malcolm doing hisimpersonation of an iconic role.' On the other side of the coin, Ifound the new Laurie very appealing, even if I wasn't always found ofsome of the aspects of her character development, particularly herdirection by the end of this film.But ultimately the difference between the modern and original films isthe fact that it was like watching a live documentary where as themodern movies may be interesting to look at artistically, yet unlikethe originals you won't be so draw-en in, that for moments you forgetit's staged. The best thing I can say is that I'm sure some people mayget an art form appeal from its imagery alone.
Okay first of all this movie seems to rip off Halloween 5 very much.The whole concept that Michael Myers and his relatives are linkedtogether psychologically has been done before. I could buy into the white horse and ghost because I just chalked it upas Michael Myers is messed up in the head and wants his family to betogether in heaven. I could also buy into the aftermath of thecharacters, with Laurie being messed up and having nightmares. Myroommate thought that Scout over acted and at times she did, but mostof the time the loud screaming and constant crying from her wasappropriate.I thought that Zombie focused too much on Michael in this one. A lot ofthe scenes could have been left out, such as the strip club scene andthe scene where he is found wandering in the film by two hicks. It didnothing to help the evolution of the storyline and was merely there toshow that Michael Myers is a cold blooded killer, which is already wellestablishedDanielle Harris did a fantastic job dieing, and I enjoyed the back andforth of Annie getting ravaged by Michael and Laurie discovering thescene. However, I thought that they overplayed her death a little bitby putting in the slow motion of Brackets reaction to her death.However, on that note. Why didn't Rob explain that Annie is afraid toleave the house? I think he could have had Sheriff Bracket make anoff-put remark about her situation.The ending was completely ridiculous when they got to the part whereLaurie could see her mothers face and have the same images as herbrother. And the part where she said she loved her brother before shekilled him was dumb. I can understand they wanted to turn her characterevil but there are more tasteful and subtle ways to do it then how theyplayed it out. I thought Rob should have left more to the imaginationwhen it came to Laurie's turn in personality. If I were to do it differently, I wouldn't have had Laurie see theimages of her dead mother who she has never met and just had her killBracket or even better have Loomis wind up treating Laurie in therapyand then having him find her standing over a dead corpse with a knifein her hand.I believe that Rob made a big mistake by not building up the charactersa little more. Granted the ones worth building up are from the previousmovie and so he may not have felt a need to give them more depth, buthe made a mistake by assuming that everyone in the audience saw theprevious movie.The one thing I did enjoy was the directing shots. There was some coolcamera angles and new techniques for Zombie in terms of getting theangle and telling the story.Also I don't understand the point of Loomis being around other than tohelp reveal that Laurie is actually Myers' sister.Finally what was up with the grunting by Michael? Not that I mind itbut why put it in this movie and not in the last one? Have someconsistency ZombieStrengths of the Movie:Dialogue Acting (although some may disagree) and DirectingWeaknesses of the Movie Plot Ending Sound Effects
Why in the world would Rob Zombie or a movie studio allow this to bereleased? Mr. Zombie took a terrific horror franchise and hascompletely made a mockery of it.This film was perhaps the worst horror/slasher flick I have ever paidto see. Rob Zombie's liberal interpretation made me want to leave 10minutes into the show. I checked my watch every 5-10 minutes prayingfor the credits to roll.I have a true love for horror movies & see them on opening day withoutfail. That said, I will never spend another dime on a Rob Zombie movie.Between the F-bomb & his wife's horrible acting it was more than Icould take.I registered for IMDb just to lower the score of this horrible movie!
**Review may contain spoilers!!**Okay, I didn't have high expectations for this movie, although Ienjoyed the first remake of Halloween by Zombie. This movie is justboring and doesn't scare you at all. It's just gore and blood rightthrough the movie, and nudity of course. I don't like Michael Myers inthis movie, he seems like another person and isn't the Michael from theoriginal movies. In this movie he is unmasked often and he actuallyeven talks at one scene. I hate the story and the actors of this movie,and it's just terrible.1 of 10.
This movie was not very good at all. Now I'm not the type of guy tobash a movie, I feel if I have something negative to say, I won'treally say it all, but I have to speak up.*SPOILERS* The movie starts off with a definition. A definition no onegets. In this movie Rob tries to explain Michael Myers, why he doesthis? What he sees? What is behind the rage? The thing is, Halloweenworks because the viewer does not know what is behind this madness.They've tried to explain it before in sequels, it just doesn't work.Michael is a killer with no emotion that wants to kill his family, andthat's it. He kills anyone who gets in his way, and that's the story.In this film we have are protagonist, Laurie, our setting is a yearafter it all went down, and Laurie has now become a rocker chick thathangs out with scene girls at the local book shop. She has pulled atotal 180. A change in her personality, nothing new there, everysurviving victim of a massacre seems to do this. She's haunted bynightmares, and she lives with the Sheriff the great Brad Douriff (whoquite possibly almost saved the movie with him alone) and her friendthat survived in the first one.Okay from the beginning to the end the film wasn't really that good atall. It starts off with a pointless flashback, and then continues tothe reason why Micheal's body hasn't been found, and then a nightmarescene. Now the nightmare scene which basically is the original part 2summarized in ten minutes, was the best part. Michael stalking Lauriein the hospital to "Nights in White Satin" was amazing. It gets to thepoint where Laurie takes refuge in the security house, Michael isoutside, it's raining, and Michael begins to pace up and down whilelooking through the window trying to find her. The image of Michaeloutside the window as the rain pours down his mask is amazing. It wassuch a great image, and gave me hope for the movie, but after that itall went down hill.I could go on and try to explain this to you, but if I were to try andexplain the plot it wouldn't make any sense. Rob Zombie tries so hardto give an actual explanation for Michael. This "White Horse" so tospeak. A symbol that drives him to be with his family again. Now I'mall about trying something different, but this was just an epic fail.The "White Horse" seemed like something Rob searched on Google, thedialog sounded like it was written by a fifteen year old with a hardon, and the acting wasn't all that great either. I'm not even gonna getinto the way Michael looked, which was just plain awkward.It seems like Rob Zombie wants to be Quentin Tarantino, there's even ascene where Brad Douriff's character talks about Lee Marvin. I don'tknow, just doesn't fit.There's no suspense, and if you were to take a shot every time Michaelsticks his knife into flesh, you'd be dead after the first kill.It sucks to write all of this because I am a fan of Zombie's work. Iloved House of a Thousand Corpses, and adored Devil's Rejects, thefirst Halloween remake was watchable, but this was horrible. I wish Robwould do something original again, and get out of this remake hell, heis creative, but if he is going to continue to write his own scripts heneeds to keep writing characters that work with his dialog, becausesaying the work f*ck over and over just doesn't cut it anymore.I'm gonna end this with the main reason why I disliked this film, andthat was Dr. Loomis's character. I don't care if you're trying to rework the series, Dr. Loomis role in this movie was pointless. Anuncaring self centered asshole that could care less about the victims,who has a moment of clarity at the end? Screw that. Dr. Loomis wouldhave known the moment Micheal's body went missing that he was still outthere, and he would have went after him, he wouldn't have denied it,and he wouldn't have went and wrote a book about it. That was the bestpart about the Halloween series. This feud between Loomis and Michael,the only man that can oppose him, and was shattered into to pieces.Nothing is great about this movie, it had potential, but fell apart, Ihate to say it, but it was crap.I would recommend this movie only to Weird Al Yankonvich fans.And one more thing, the coolest character in the movie (besides Brad)lasted like two minutes, I'd watch a whole movie about the kid in thewerewolf suit.
I am endlessly and forever a fan of the Halloween franchise. JohnCarpenter's classic original film is not only one of my favoritemovies, but it has become a yearly tradition to watch the film in itsappropriate time of year. The dream-like Autumn atmosphere that sweepsme away to that season every time I watch it, the haunting score, thedown to earth (although slightly cheesy) performances, the perfectcinematography borrowed partially from the great minds of Argento andHitchcock. It is safe to say that I know Halloween, and I know myMichael Myers. At least how it should be done.And maybe that is where my problem lies with this installment, and withRob Zombie's first attempt. I have seen the idea work. This doesn'twork.The film substitutes suspense for buckets of blood and endless amountsof gratuitous violence. But most of you already know that. It is RobZombie, he doesn't know how to create suspense. The film substituteslikable, relatable characters with whitetrash cardboard cutouts ofactual human beings (who likes these characters or thevulgar-for-the-sake-of-vulgar conversations they have?). But most ofyou already know this. It is Rob Zombie, he doesn't know how to writeactual human beings.There are not any memorable chases. The characters, of whomdescriptions serve little purpose (all of the girls are essentially thesame character, some marginally more trashy than others), don't stand achance in this movie. Michael Myers doesn't haunt. He kills. He isn'tthe boogeyman, he's a freight train.Zombie also decided to add some bizarre plot points to give us an ideaas to why Michael Myers attacks, but these mirages only look ridiculousnext to the gritty, brutal, too-realistic to be realistic violence.I don't understand how anyone could like this movie. I don't know how.I have thought about the mind that could appreciate such horriblefilm-making and such horrible...just general humanity. I love horrorfilms. Love them. But this is not a horror film. This is smut.However, I do have a proposition as to how this film can becomebeneficial to society. Policemen should guard the doors to the film,and as patrons exit the cinema every policeman will ask each and everyperson who viewed this film if they liked it. If they reply with "no"they are allowed to leave. If they reply with "yes", they are put inhandcuffs and hauled off to jail. The mind of a person who appreciatesthis film should not be allowed in society, and is not morally okay ormentally stable. Zombie, watch out.(If you are reading this, looking for a film to watch this weekend, gosee Inglourious Basterds, or District 9, or 500 Days of Summer, or theHurt Locker. Rent the original Halloween and view it again... Justavoid this film.)
Before this film came out, Rob Zombie toured the horror junket, talkingabout how this would be HIS Halloween, and how he would not beconstrained to the rules of a remake (a la his alleged "extreme vision"of the original), etc... To that end, he talked about his choice offilm medium, and how he opted for a medium that was grittier, dirtierand rougher.To that end, Zombie's "H2" is a study of contradiction. After all, herehe has created a film that features some inventive, darkly fantasticalscenes that in a nicer medium would have been far more effective...butwhich is more painful to behold because of the outdated film mediumused! Even gornophiles will be horribly disappointed with thisendeavour: there are plenty of savage, gory deaths, however the film isso gritty, it's like watching them on a black and white TV! And tothink, we haven't even talked about the story yet. It's pretty generic:Michael Myers makes his escape at the beginning...and following ahomage to Rick Rosenthal's "Halloween II" at the beginning that isrevealed through a dream sequence, we are updated to the followingyear.Laurie is now living with Annie and her Sheriff father, and in the leadup to Halloween, Michael Myers cuts his way through Haddonfield's"underbelly" while Dr. Loomis reveals himself to be an upper classsleaze ball, capitalizing on the tragedy from the previous year to sellhis book.Michael is not alone on his rampage this time: his dead mother returns,accompanied by a white horse, and some nonsense explanation about themeaning of it all. She eggs Michael on to "take us home," which ofcourse means picking off Angel/Laurie on the way.There is so much in the film that is deserving of ridicule andcontempt, but the reality for me was that most of it centres aroundZombie's take on people, and on the horribly inept development of ScoutTaylor-Compton's portrayal of Laurie Strode.The former is not new: Zombie's remake of "Halloween" was chock full ofwhite trash stereotypes that got tedious pretty quickly! For thoseunsure of what I mean: no one brushes their hair, they wear gaudyclothing as a rule, and most of the men have long hair.However as for the latter, it got annoying really, really quickly! Thisis not the innocent Laurie Strode made famous by Jamie Lee Curtis:Taylor-Compton's Laurie harasses her new guardian for his choice ofpizza toppings, spray paints her en-suite bathroom with satanicgraffiti, and acts in general like a petulant brat! I won't even gointo her dreams of killing Annie, or of the incomprehensibility of theending when she finishes off Michael with a knife AFTER telling him sheloves him, then walks out of the broken down shed wearing his mask. Orthat silly ending, where she's meant to look menacing...but insteadlooks less menacing that the child Michael! I sure hope Malek Akkadmilked this for all it was worth...because in one movie, he hasdestroyed the film franchise that Moustapha Akkad had created with JohnCarpenter and Deborah Hill!
I got to say that Rob Zombie rocked with this installment of the popular horror icon. He broght such freshness to the screen for Michael Myers. There couldn't have been a more serious and devoted filmmaker. He made Michael so much more aggresive in this one. Tyler Maine did an excilent job playing the famous knife wielding masked phycho path yet again. Which saddens me because alot of people did not like this one at all. Why? I'll never know. All I know is that when my hommie and I went to the theater to see this one we never looked at Michael Myers the same again. There was talk in hollywood about a possible third film but the only cath though was that Rob Zobie wasn't gonna be involved. It got shelved though. I sure do hope they do move foward from this storyline and have Rob at the helm. Point being if you are a fan of fantastic horror films then this is the one for you.