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I have seen good horror movies and I have seen bad horror movies,this movie was awful!After my huge disappointment with Jason X I saw this and I would really like my money back.Jamie Lee Curtis did so well in H20,now she has a small part in this one,and her being such a great actress,I was really disappointed with her performance.For one thing I think they made too many sequels,each getting worse and worse.The worst thing about this movie was the plot,winning a contest to spend the night in Michael Myer's house?For heaven's sake give me a break!!!!!The least they could do is choose a decent plot.I hated this movie,and hope to god they don't make another one.A stupid plot,bad death scenes,this movie was pitiful.Michael was cool in the first six or seven films then he loses his charm.If you have'nt seen this movie you would be doing yourself a huge favor by not seeing it,TRUST ME. Jacob Young
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As a hard-core HALLOWEEN fan, I feel like I'm the only one who truly loves this awesome sequel! My title is called HALLOWEEN In 'Da Hood because it has Busta Rhymes, Tyra Banks, and Sean Patrick Thomas. I love the plot, the setting, and the mood in the film! Michael finally finishes off his sister, Laurie Strode, which kinda sucked. One year has passed and Freddie Harris starts a new website called DangerTainment and six lucky people win a chance to be in it, and the location is Michael Myers' childhood home. I love that the house looks just like the original house. Sara, Rudy, Jen, Bill, Donna, and Jim are the winners, and they meet Freddie and Nora for their interviews. Meanwhile, across town, Myles 'Deckard' Barton is watching Sara do her interview, because he is interested in her and has been helping her with internet stuff. on HALLOWEEN, they all go to the Myers house, and broadcast live on the Internet for millions of people to watch. No one can leave until the show is over, so they are all locked in. Little do they know, Michael is back and doesn't like uninvited guests. At a college HALLOWEEN party, Myles 'Deckard' is watching the show, and when Michael shows up, Myles believes that the people are actually being killed, but no one else at the party does until Sara is the last one alive and calls Myles for help to tell her where Michael is at. Freddie finds Sara and realizes what is happening. Most people hate that Busta Rhymes karate-chops Michael, but I have no problem at all with it! Later, in the garage, Sara has been knocked on the ground with some heavy equipment on her, and Michael is coming to kill her, then Freddie knocks the door down, and says "Trick or treat, motherfu#*er!" to Michael because he thought he killed Freddie. If you love sequels, horror, the internet, and the HALLOWEEN series, you'll love HALLOWEEN RESURRECTION!!!
Between a very poorly thought out and executed script, numerous plot and
continuity errors and another poor directing job from Rick Rosenthal,
"Halloween Resurrection" is a horrifically bad movie that had no business
Had they left the first 10 minutes, concerning Laurie Strode (a noble Jamie Lee Curtis) by itself, or even used that story as the film's basis (doing something about the amazingly hamfisted plot twist that got Laurie in the sanitarium to begin with) they may have had a decent film, but rather the plotline concerns a troop of college students at Haddonfield University (a small town in Illinois has its own college? My how its changed) that sign up and are chosen for a reality internet show. Of course, Michael is there, and decides to turn their Dangervision outing into a truly life changing experience.
Acting was so low caliber Im just going to ignore it and say once again that they really should have left the initial 10 minutes, rolled the credits and called it a series. Worst performances by any group I've ever seen, and there is not a one of them that should be allowed to continue acting. The world needs burger flippers too, and each of them would do admirably at that task.
Clearly Moustapha Akkad and Dimension Films wanted to rush another sequel out, so they halfway threw together a story, that didnt even flow continually with the rest of the films, left plot holes you could drive a Nimitz class aircraft carrier through, hired a director that failed in his last effort at the series and called it a day. This movie is so bad it makes "Jason X" look like a horror classic.
Inevitably, and sadly, there will no doubt be another "Halloween" film, given the ending of this one. I never say the following words, but I feel this film deserves it......dont rent this, dont buy this, forget this exists and when we do get that next film..they will put time, effort and concern into it...and it might actually be enjoyable.
0 out of 5
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I recently watched this 8th installment in the series and on the whole
I wasn't disappointed. I'm actually one of the few true Halloween fans
who liked Halloween H20. I particularly liked the ending. It sort'a
wrapped things up neatly I thought. But since they HAD to bring old
Michael back (and by the way, I'm not complaining) they at least did it
in a semi-plausible way.
Halloween Resurrection takes place three years after H20 and Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is in a mental hospital, following the traumatic experience of decapitating the wrong guy. Michael pays her a visit and thereafter the Michael vs. Laurie plot is laid to rest.
BRING ON SOME NEW MEAT!
An internet company titled DANGERTAINMENT (cool title) decides to offer a few young people the opportunity to spend a full night in Michael Myers's old house and the whole show will be broadcast live over the net. Of course, when they get there, Michael is waiting for them with a big sharp knife.
Resurrection doesn't offer any novelty to the series. This is a plain slasher fest with no subplot whatsoever. That's basically OK, I mean, it's fast paced, Michael gets down and dirty from the get go and it's over in an hour and twenty minutes. The movie has some definite highlights and it generates a decent amount of suspense and has some very cool kills. Director Rick Rosenthal returns to the series, he made a very decent Halloween 2 and obviously has some respect for the genre.
But the film isn't overall successful. It's got a paper thin storyline and you basically don't care about any of the characters, none. There's an annoying storyline concerning a geeky teenage boy at a party who watches the live show and of course he's the only one who knows that the show is for real while everyone else are totally oblivious to that fact. Busta Rhymes isn't very good as a central character. He simply doesn't fit all that well in this movie. His fancy (but utterly stupid) lines over the course of the whole film are really annoying. Just think how much better the movie would have been with a better written character and actor. LL Cool J, also a rapper, fared much better in H20. The internet angle, a new twist, is interesting but not used to it's full potential. I didn't think it added anything, I mean, it's just the routine slash fest that delivers here. And the tunnel, well, I thought it was just too much.
But these Halloween films aren't perfect. Fans like them like this, with all their imperfections. They could make 5 more movies like this and I'd go see them and have a good time.
Halloween Resurrection is a perfectly acceptable sequel. The first ten minutes alone are a knockout.
Unless you're a 13 year old boy who's never seen a slasher film, I can't
understand why anyone would like this terrible piece of trash. Cliched
ridden, stock one-dimensional characters, bad acting, awful writing and plot
holes amuck fill this poorly done movie. Some of the lines uttered in this
film had me cringing, not just because they were tired old lines but because
someone, somewhere down the line of movie execs, read the script and said
"yeah, this is great. This is greenlighted, I love this script." It's
amazing that there are hundreds of great, unproduced scripts out there and
this one gets made.
To me, it's just insulting that the writers would think this premise would fly. The college kids are going to spend a night (or more, it's hard to determine since they refer to it as the first episode, yet no one brings clothes or anything to suggest staying more than one night there) in Michael Myer's old house to supposedly find clues as to why he went bad. As if the police during the initial murders wouldn't have attempted this. That anyone in the world would be interested in watching some idiots hang out in an old house is just stupid. Yet, in this movie, people are not only fascinated by the "great show," they're glued to the monitor as the events unfold. The Shape walks freely around the camera filled house, yet it's not until the third act that anyone watching the stupid show realizes it. A computer geek is able to send email to the heroine's palm pilot despite having no visible email on his screen, only the show he's watching.
My favorite plot hole in the entire film, was during the prologue. If Laurie Strode wanted to make sure the Shape wasn't another paramedic or someone just wearing the clothes and mask, why doesn't she just ASK him to take his mask off? I have no doubt John Carpenter never saw this film and if he attempted to watch it, he wouldn't have gotten past the first ten minutes, which is what I wish I had done. Stay away.
After over 20 years of satisfying horror flicks, the Halloween franchise
came up with their 8th installment in the series.
Halloween: Resurrection sees Michael Myers back again in his very own home
to do a bit of the old slicing and dicing with his kitchen knife just one
more time. This time with 6 college students, who are spending the night
the house where it all began, broadcasting a live interactive show over
The good points of the film sees the franchise moving ahead with a
semi-reality style which in someway is portrayed through the whole `Big
Brother' thing with the whole camera's in every corner.
Its certainly spices things up a bit, and just like every Halloween movie,
there's plenty of Mike.
But what I couldn't help notice was how much the film tried to give
something new to a franchise that was simply satisfying the way it was
before. Why change it??
The cast was filled with a bunch of nobody's that made there acting debuts
in low down cheesy teenage movies.
What is the franchise coming too!!! Halloween: H20 delivered a loyal more
than satisfying ending to the films by visiting the old cast and not
sloppy where a few of the other films had in the past.
It ended perfectly with intensity and mind, and this film is sadly a low
attempt to revive a series that was triumphantly put to rest years
My say is this, if the Halloween movies provided you with years of classic
horror entertainment and you feel as a loyal fan of the series that you
absolutely `MUST SEE MIKE MYERS' just one more time, then get down to your
local video rental store.
But sadly I have to inform you that after you watch this one, your going
be telling others like you that the once great slasher flicks of the
Halloween series, has sadly gone down the toilet and been flushed for the
crap this film is.
To give the fans what they really deserve it's going to take a hell of a
more than a corny plot and cute camera tricks to resurrect the series.
If there is one thing that can be counted upon in Hollywood, it is the
sequel. As long as the film either makes a profit, however small, or is
enough of a tax write-off to keep the producers afloat, the sequels will
keep on a-coming. In some cases, such as X-Men 2 or Aliens, this is a good
thing. However, they are a small minority that prove the rule, regardless of
their excellence in themselves.
Horror franchises are the worst offenders in this regard. It's not so surprising when you consider that horror is a difficult genre to make work, and that no writer wants to be associated with a horror film that fell flat (what's the writer of Halloween III up to lately?). There are, of course, only so many different ways one can kill people before it becomes blasé, so to speak. But, as recent films like Ringu or its American equivalent have shown, Hollywood can get significantly more original with its horror than it has tried for most of the last twenty years.
The original Halloween, much like the original A Nightmare On Elm Street or the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, was a novel concept that brought something new to the genre. In the case of Halloween, that something new was a silent killer who at times seemed more sane than his doctor. Of course, it also helped blow the number of murders committed by the mentally ill way out of proportion in the mind of the public, but it also exploits the fact that the extremely mentally ill are much more creative (Ed Gein, for example).
The Halloween "franchise" should never have made it past the second episode. Where the first episode spent time creating an atmosphere and set up characters one cared about, the second episode could be summed up with "hey, bimbo, try power-walking, he'll never catch you that way". The worst part is that every episode since could be summed up in exactly the same manner. The fifth film made an abortive attempt to restore this tension, but failed.
Fast forward to film number eight, and the best idea that the writers can come up with is sticking a mob of dopey twenty-somethings into the Myers house as part of a reality TV show. Not only is this a creative vacuum, it also opens up a million plot holes. For one thing, if the street that the Myers house is located on is still part of a residental zone, one has to wonder why the house hasn't simply been torn down and either had another house built on it, or been replaced by a small park. Another big plot problem is the stupidity of the cast. A murderer taking so long to dispose of a body, dragging a video camera all the while, is just begging to be caught.
There's also a big problem with cinematography. One would have thought that if the idea of resolutions lower than 35mm film in theatres hadn't been firmly killed by cinematic turds like Blair Christian Project, it certainly has been buried by the likes of Baise-Moi or Attack Of The Clones. A signifcant portion of the film is seen through the eyes of web cameras, however, and the abrupt transitions between the formats do not make for a pleasant viewing experience.
This is to say nothing of the fact that in spite of trying to make the film more "now" (did I mention the poorly-research pop-psychology subtexts?), the plot essentially boils down to "Michael Myers shows up in Haddonfield, kills a bunch of random strangers, someone 'kills' him, the end". Not exactly what I would call even slightly creative. Compare this with Ringu's ending, and it is easy to see why American horror films are so derided, even in their country of origin.
I am not surprised in the slightest that the rating for this film is 4.4 out of ten. As I sit and watch it now, I don't think of how creative or interesting the story is, as I did with parts one and three. I think to myself something along the lines of "Can't the Akkads do something creative for a change?". I think that, in essence, summarises every frame of the film.
o.k. for those of you who don't know, the halloween "trillogy" goes like
halloween, halloween II, and H2O. that's it. period.
we all agree that # 3 never existed. and although 4&5 were an interesting "character study" of michael, they didn't really fit in anywhere.
this last attempt at coercing hard earned money out of unsuspecting horror fans (and distraught michael fans going through withdrawls) was just plain rude.
"resurrecting" michael the way that they did, and offing lori the way they did, and the reality-tv scinerio... it was just emberassing! what an awful way to remember one of THE greatest horror legends in modern horror(1960s - 1980s)this was "the real world does horror" - poorly!
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Laurie Strode is in an asylum after inadvertently decapitating a
paramedic that she thought was Michael Myers. Laurie hasn't spoken a
word in three years, knowing Michael will come for her. Michael does
come for her, but she's ready this time. She has Michael right where
she wants him, but after inadvertently murdering someone, she becomes
hesitant to kill Michael. It costs her and Laurie plummets to her
death. Meanwhile, Freddie Harris and Nora Winston are reality
programmers of Dangertainment, and choose 6 teenagers into the house
where Michael Myers grew up in with cameras to boot. Things get real
when Mikey gets infuriated that they are invading his home
This movie has one of the most suspenseful openings you'll ever witness. The asylum adds to the suspense and Jamie Lee Curtis is fantastic. Almost everything about the opening is something Halloween fans will lap up, there is just one problem. After all that suspense, all those thrills, they did the unspeakable, they committed blasphemy. One of the most iconic scream queens s killed off. I realize it had to happen at some point, but it was so anti-climatic and the first time I saw this movie, Laurie's death broke my heart. Halloween is my favorite horror film of all time and this is her send off? It's like finding copious amounts of gold, only to have it snatched away from you a day later. That's how ripped off I felt about the opening. Laurie is beyond a shell of herself. She's morose and gone, why not take advantage of such an intriguing opportunity to add another dimension to Laurie? I know that Jamie Lee Curtis wanted to be done with Halloween and that this was clearly a paycheck role, but her legacy deserved an amazing send off and this was inexcusable. To this day, I'm still disgusted about Laurie's death, but I've gotten over it for the most part. They began to stretch credibility during the 5th movie, but this takes the cake. Laurie killed the wrong guy? Are you that desperate to make cash? To make matters worse, Rick Rosenthal gives us characters that have the personality of a fart in a hurricane. I wanted almost everyone to die and didn't give a damn about their fates. There were way too many characters that I wanted to be jettisoned. So many things are wrong about this movie, I don't even know where to begin. Why wasn't Laurie's son John in this movie? He survived H20, as did his girlfriend. I don't get it at all.
Technology had to but in, didn't it? All of the technology really hampers the experience in a big way. I found Deckard's text messages to Sarah, to completely take away from the suspense, it just didn't fit for me. There is far too much wandering around the house with characters that are thoroughly uninteresting. And, no. I don't consider a few of the characters doing pot and sex to be of any interest. I hated the found footage BS they did in this movie, it added nothing new to the proceedings. I'm a die-hard fan of this series, but I have to admit that this series was beginning to get stale. This style didn't reinvigorate things at all. At least the Myers house is a hell of a lot more believable, unlike the monstrosity in Halloween V that they built. The score ranges from decent to bland at times. The direction is pretty mediocre as well. It's rather ironic that Rick Rosenthal was angry at John Carpenter for wanting to add gore in lieu of suspense in Halloween II like Rosenthal wanted. He had his chance to make the Halloween film that he wanted and he blew it. Bianca Kajilch does what she has to do adequately. It isn't entirely her fault that her character is void of charisma, but the way she is written doesn't help matters. She won't make fans forget Laurie Strode. Her "You bastard!" This is for Jen, Rudy, for all of them" while going after Michael with a chainsaw had me in fits of unintentional laughter. Busta Rhymes would be amusing in a different film and his character was NOT amusing here. Threatening Michael with kung-fu, was that supposed to be funny? His shtick wore thin on me very quickly. He does have a few memorable lines, i'll say that. "Get the "F" out of dodge" "Trick or treat, motherf*****" "Hey, Mikey! Happy f**** Halloween!" It was just in the wrong movie. I wasn't wanting to see any comedy. Brad Lorre makes for an intimidating Michael. He's got the slow saunter down and everything. Katee Sackhoff's recalcitrant character should be fun for guys. Ian Nicholas should stick to American Pie films where he was actually fun and enjoyable. Ryan Merriman is bland as Deckard. The rest of the cast aren't great either. What was a model like Tyra Banks doing in this film? The way they ended things was so conventional. I actually preferred an alternate ending where Deckard saves Sarah
Final Thoughts: Watch the beginning, then shut it off. I can only recommend this to Halloween enthusiasts. I've seen this movie many times, simply because I'm a Halloween enthusiast. It's the definition of mediocre, filled with annoying characters and situations. Halloween 9 was going to happen, but this movie bombed. No wonder they rebooted the series and let Zombie take over. It's not as bad as Halloween V, but it is pretty bad
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"Halloween: H20" was as natural a conclusion as the series could ask
for. It, also, made lots of money. Naturally, another sequel had to
made, even if it meant undoing a satisfying ending. The public demanded
more Michael Myers, they got more Michael Myers.
"Halloween: Resurrection" spends its opening minutes undoing that satisfying ending. Which isn't easy. Michael was super-dead at the end of "H20." In order to get around that, the screenwriters cooked up an absurd solution. Michael Myers has always been a thoughtless force of nature. The opening retcons the previous ending by having Myers suddenly develop a sense of cunning. He switches places with a paramedic, making sure to crush the guy's larynx so he can't scream, and walks off, leaving Laurie to murder an innocent man. This contradicts 24 years of history. The manslaughter causes Laurie to crack, placing her in the loony bin. This is conveniently explained by two nurses. After three years of twiddling his thumbs I guess, Mikey tracks his sis down. The final-final confrontation between brother and sister is underwhelming. Laurie ensnares the Shape with a remote-control pulley she set-up at some point. Once again defying characterization, Michael tricks Laurie into (stupidly) stepping into his kill radius, ending their sibling rivalry forever. Because the movie hadn't trampled over his personality enough all ready, Myers makes friends with a fellow inmate before walking off. Jaime Lee Curtis only returned so she could die, insuring no involvement with future sequels. This is very obvious. She sleepwalks through her five minutes of screen time.
Despite conceiving an ending even more final then the previous final ending, "Halloween: Resurrection" continues onward. Two internet reality television moguls dream up an event, a group of photogenic college students left in the abandoned Myers house with camera's strapped to their heads. Their experiences are streamed over the internet, despite this being 2002, when high-speed internet wasn't widely used. Michael shows up, of course, slashing his way through the generic slasher bait. He spends most of the movie standing in the shadows, waiting for his queue. The life of a slasher must be so ho-hum When I say generic, I mean it. The characters of "Halloween: Resurrection" are by-far its worse attribute. Bianca Kajilch's Sara is the virginal final girl, shy, reserved, and an attentive student. Best friend Jen, played by pre-fame Katee Sackoff, is her bubble-headed best friend. If this had been made in the eighties, we definitely would have seen her boobs. Speaking of boobs, redhead Donna pretends to be smart but is your typical slasher movie slut. She bangs a guy she's known a few hours and thinks a dusty basement is an ideal romantic spot. Jim, who has no further development beyond "the horny guy," goes for it. Bill fills the obnoxious prankster role and, thankfully, dies early. Token black guy Rudy seems reasonable but even he lights up a bong for no reason. You'd think a post-"Scream" film wouldn't partake in clichés. Such blatant throwbacks might have been charming if it had been intentional. No, "Halloween: Resurrection" is just badly written.
Those characters are thin and terrible. They're not the worse. Busta Rhymes plays Freddie Harris, the man behind "Dangertainment." Rhyme is obviously not a trained actor. He mugs furiously and it gets worse the longer on camera he is. He shouts all his dialogue in a macho brogue. Early on, he watches a kung-fu movie in his hotel room. This is meant to set up a later scene where he ninja-kicks Michael Myers through a window. As big as an indignity as that would be for a once-feared horror villain, "Resurrection" goes lower. Freddie returns to save the day and puts the monster down. How? He shocks him in the balls with a live-wire. Rhymes destroys every scene he's in. I hope he ad-libbed lines likes "Trick or treat, muthaf**ka!" or "Like some chicken-fried motherf**ker!" No screenwriter deserves the indignity of writing dialogue like that. Terrible human being Tyra Banks plays another terrible human being, one who ignores someone being murdered on camera twice. At least the movie has the good sense to kill her.
The movie can't even get Myers right. Yeah, he looks okay. The mask is a better sequel example, though the hair is still off. However, the killer's behavior is completely wrong. He puts a knife down in the heat of the moment to kill a dude with his hands. After stabbing someone, he gets more knives just to decorate the corpse. Most egregiously, he lets Busta boss him around in a scene that recalls "Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy." At this point, I can only assume that Michael truly did die at the end of "H20" and this character is an impostor. That makes more sense.
The high-tech angle rarely comes into play but still ends up being one of the movie's better attributes. A group of partiers watching the live feed recreate slasher movie audience. They yell at the people on-screen and cheer at the death scenes. Sara's internet boyfriend texts her helpful hints. These might have been comments on slasher movie formula. If they were, any further commentary is lost amidst the sea of clichés.
Part 2's Rick Rosenthal returns to the director's chair. Any talent Rosenthal might have is over edited, as "Resurrection" features grainy flashbacks and flashing white lights. Danny Lux's score is generic though makes good use of Carpenter's original theme. John earned his musical royalty check on this one. The movie is packed full of lame jump scares and unintentional hilarity. For these reasons and more, it is the worse "Halloween" film, outpacing even part six. Six was a mess but its badness was ambitious and audacious. "Resurrection" is boring, lazy, stupid, and pointless.
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