HALLOWEEN 2 (2009) Review
Just so there is no misunderstanding I hated pretty much all of Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2. While I ultimately disliked Zombies first re-imagining of John Carpenter’s original 1978 classic I thought it had a few interest scenes and was semi-watchable. As far as this sequel is concerned, it has absolutely no redeeming value and is a movie I will never watch again.
Zombie has either no skill or no interest in building tension or suspense as the whole movie is an extreme exercise in blunt force trauma. It wallows in unpleasantness for its entire running time, reinventing the characters of this long running horror franchise to absurd and ridiculous caricatures. After watching this senseless garbage there’s no defending Zombie. If he wants to do his own thing in movies like his House of a 1000 Corpses or The Devils Rejects fine, but stay away, far away, from existing franchise properties like Halloween.
Haddonfield for me is not a small town filled with redneck hillbillies and strippers, Michael Myers is not a giant hobo, Dr Loomis (Malcolm McDowell) is not an unlikable opportunist, and Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton) is not an uncharismatic personality that adds little to nothing to the overall story. It’s also hard to excuse the ridiculous plot device that returns Zombie’s real life wife Sherri Moon to this follow up as a ghost who talks to her son Michael throughout the movie. You also lose all credibility as a horror director when you employ a shameless extended dream sequence. I especially despised when and where he used it.
As for the plot, there isn’t much of one other than Michael Myers is still alive and on his way back to Haddonfield one year after the events of the first film transpired. Dr Loomis has now sold out by becoming a celebrity writer promoting a new book dealing with his observations and history with Michael. As for Laurie she’s now living with Sheriff Brackett (Brad Dourif) and his daughter Annie (Danielle Harris) and is troubled by very bad dreams. She’s also unhappy and rebellious. I’m must say that Scout Taylor-Compton who plays Laurie is a dreadful actress with zero charisma and no screen presence whatsoever. She’s certainly no Jamie Lee Curtis.
Other than that, it’s just a total blood bath with Myers brutally killing people, and I mean brutally. It’s one thing to stab someone two or three times but fifteen is overkill – so to speak. He also eats a dog in the movie which is pretty pathetic. Zombie’s choice to flesh out Michael’s background has been a detrimental mistake as there’s no mystery to the character. He’s just a straightforward serial killer and an uninteresting one at that.
You also know what you’re in for when you enter Zombie’s twisted world when he has a character taking about having sex with a dead body. Please stand up if you can relate to this.
Overall this is just an exercise in sadism from the mind of a sick individual who somehow was handed the keys to a long running horror franchise that he has now burned to the ground. Give me Rick Rosenthal’s 1981 Halloween 2 any day of the week.
ZERO zombies out of FIVE
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