Resurrecting Halloween or Driving the Final Nails In?

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Halloween Resurrection

Halloween Resurrection (2002) – Rated R

Three years after he last terrorized his sister, Michael Myers confronts her again, before traveling to Haddonfield to deal with the cast and crew of a reality show which is being broadcast from his old home.

As I noted last week, Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers was a complete narrative nightmare (and not in the good sense). Among its many egregious sins was rewriting the end of the previous movie.

Along came Halloween: H20, the second best movie in the franchise. Since it didn’t have Dr. Loomis, they went back and got Jamie Lee Curtis to reprise her role as Laurie Strode. It also helped launch the careers of Josh Hartnett, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Michelle Williams. It also had a very satisfying ending that made for an excellent sendoff of the series. Unfortunately it made too much money.

So here we have Halloween 8. Resurrection is a terrible name for this movie as it is more a death knell than a revivification. It enters self-parody but not self-awareness. Naturally the first thing it does is completely rewrite the ending of the previous movie.

Original scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis is lured back one last time. I imagine the conversation went something along the lines of “sure, I’ll be in your movie, I want x dollars and I want it to be a cameo just like in the Scream movies.” Katee Sackhoff has an early role here.

The premise has a reality show being filmed from the Myers home. This is apparently broadcast through the internet. As usual with a Hollywood movie, they have absolutely no idea how the internet works.

The house is completely covered with cameras and wired for sound as are all the ‘actors’ in the reality show. In spite of all of that, the plot hinges on no one (supposedly there is a vast audience for this live event) noticing the first few, completely on camera, killings. They also don’t follow through on their premise with many of the killings shown from angles that don’t match up to the camera placement.

I applaud the use of a more ethnically diverse cast so it isn’t just the usual game of ‘white girl down’. Unfortunately they also try to ‘urban’ it up which fails spectacularly. The writing is ridiculous and they must have had a cursing quota. Busta Rhymes is just awful. Tyra Banks is umm Tyra Banks.

Finally we reach the absolute nadir of the Halloween franchise with Freddie Harris (Busta Rhymes) going Bruce Lee on Michael Myers while Myers is armed with a butcher knife. Michael Myers becomes a bad joke in his own movie.