Halloween: Resurrection

Halloween: Resurrection
Film review by: Witney Seibold



            When “Halloween” was released back in 1978, the question to ask filmmaker John Carpenter was “How did you do that?” Now that we have reached the eighth film in a series as immortal as its monster, “Halloween: Resurrection,” the question seems to be “Why did you do that?”

            The premise is: An ambitious show-biz man, Freddie Harris (rapper Busta Rhymes) decides to round up a group of teenagers, attach cameras to their heads, and have them spend a night in the childhood home of the notorious Michael Myers. What they see will be broadcast on the Internet. The teenagers are stupid, horny, and exist only to be killed, but we’re used to that. The night progresses exactly as you’d expect. The teenagers alternately neck and go down dark passageways, and are then brutally stabbed by the re-emerged Michael Myers. And at the end, he is definitely killed by the heroine (Bianca Kajlich)… Or is he? I guess we’ll find out in part 9. Or perhaps that remake of part 1 I’ve heard about.

            The idea of an Internet show to broadcast from Michael’s house may sound somewhat original, but it is not. Indeed, in “Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers” (part 6, for those keeping score), the same thing was tried on the radio. This film follows the well-known Slasher formula so well and so unwittingly, that the amount of life evident is close to nil. It carried no power at all. Not to scare, entertain, or even develop the story of Michael Myers. It simply existed up there on the screen, not concerned whether or not there was an audience. There were a few amusing scenes of web viewers reacting to the carnage, but they were only that. Amusing.

            A positive thing about the film: Jamie Lee Curtis appears at the beginning, reprising her role from parts 1, 2, and 7. She is killed off, but it’s nice to see that she was (at least half-way) willing to participate in the series she helped create.

            The original “Halloween” remains a milestone of cinema. It was an intimate and effective stalker film which (for better or worse) birthed the Slasher genre. “Halloween: Resurrection” is forced, stupid, witless, and unnecessary.


            For an amusing drinking game surrounding this clunker, visit this website: http://www.lazydork.com/movies/halloweenres.htm



Published in: on April 22, 2009 at 11:05 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. you are my favorite scary person

  2. Interesting post. I have stumbled this for my friends. Hope others find it as interesting as I did.


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