Halloween: Resurrection (2002) Movie Review
Written By: JEH
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Rick Rosenthal
Producers: Paul Freeman
Writers: Larry Brand, Sean Hood
Date Released: July 12, 2002
Busta Rhymes as Freddie Harris
Bianca Kajlich as Sara Moyer
Thomas Ian Nicholas as Bill Woodlake
Ryan Merriman as Myles “Deckard” Barton
Sean Patrick Thomas as Rudy Grimes
Tyra Banks as Nora Winston
Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode
Brad Loree as Michael Myers
Katee Sackhoff as Jennifer “Jen” Danzig
Daisy McCrackin as Donna Chang
Luke Kirby as Jim Morgan
Rating = 0.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
A group of college students wins a contest to spend the night in Michael Myers’ (Brad Loree) childhood home. Watched by millions on the internet, the group wanders around the house to find answers on Michael’s murderous rage. Things go horribly wrong when Michael comes home and hunts down the trespassers one by one.
As expected from a Michael Myers movie, there will be a lot of stabbing and possibly skull crashing. However, the special effects are terrible. When someone gets stabbed, viewers can tell that a cushion is receiving the blows. A couple of decapitations are also shown in the movie, but when a head falls from the body it is an obvious prop. There is also some nudity but no sex scenes.
The Grave Review
John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) is a horror classic that influenced many slasher films and popularized many horror movie tropes. The Michael Myers character has become so iconic that Halloween managed to spawn at least ten sequels. In its long list of sequels, one stands out in a bad way.
Halloween: Resurrection (2002) is the worst sequel in the franchise. Even the main star of the series, Jamie Lee Curtis, wanted out of this project. The creators convinced her to stay with the idea of Laurie Strode’s death. At the beginning of the movie, Laurie is shown waiting for Michael to return after her failed murder attempt. They have a face-off one last time, and Michael stabs Laurie, who later falls to her death.
After Laurie’s death, everything goes downhill fast. A company called Dangertainment decides to create a reality show where college kids spend a night in the Myers’ house. There, the students should find clues on why the murders happened decades ago. The clues completely deviate from the lore previous installments established. Whether or not this is intentional, it misleads new viewers and insults long-time fans.
There’s a bunch of false scares done by the characters. They like to prank each other while wandering the house and it gets old real fast. The movie tries to scare the audience with cheap jump scares and loud music, but nothing works. Even Michael Myers lost his charm. He is no longer intimidating and spine-tingling, even with his theme music playing.
None of the characters in this story feel real. They don’t talk naturally, they don’t have personalities, and they’re just meant to fill certain stereotypes. The acting is so atrocious and irritating that it makes viewers feel physically uncomfortable while watching. The main heroine, Sara Moyer (Bianca Kajlich), cannot scream. Even after adding dubbed “better” screams, it still sucked.
A lot of scenes have horrible dubs. There are a lot of times when you’ll hear someone speaking but the character’s mouth is not moving. Did the editing team even try?
There is absolutely no reason for this sequel to exist. No one should waste their time watching this, even for laughs. The movie has no entertainment value. Do yourself a favor by avoiding this film and watching the original instead.
For the above reasons, Grave Reviews gives Halloween: Resurrection (2002) half a grave out of five graves.
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