H2: Halloween 2 (2009)
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John Carpenter, Debra Hill, Rob Zombie
Malcolm McDowell, Tyler Mane, Brad Dourif, Angela Trimbur, Caroline Williams, Danielle Harris, Matt Bush, Scout Taylor-Compton, Margot Kidder, Howard Hesseman, Bill Fagerbakke, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Chris Hardwick, Daniel Roebuck, Richard Brake, Brandi Coleman, Ezra Buzzington, Dayton Callie, Eileen Dietz, Greg Travis, Jeffrey Daniel Phillips, Patterson Lundquist, Nicole Randall, Sheri Moon Zombie, Weird Al Yankovic, Katie Eischen, Travis Grant, Brea Grant, Micheal Leath, Catherine Dyer, Chase Wright Vanek, Chase Wright Vanek, Sylvia Jefferies, Michael Scialabba, Eric Goins, Lane Hughes, Susan Murphy Kiskis, Bailey Knowles
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|Movie Review by Bennie |
January 22nd, 2010
Last year, no other horror movie divided audiences as much as Rob Zombie's Halloween 2. It seemed like for every person who liked it or at least tolerated it, there was someone that hated it. I myself thought that it was the worst movie in the series as I walked out of the theater on opening day. Now that I've seen it on DVD, I stand by that opinion, but I appreciate it a little more. Since I liked about half of it, and disliked the other half, I'll let you know what I did and didn't like.
First, what I did like:
The first twenty-four minutes are brilliant! Classic slasher/stalker stuff that payed homage to Rick Rosenthal's Halloween II (1981). It almost made me wish that this would've been a remake of Rosenthal's Halloween II, instead of Zombie's own creation.
Then there are the actors. Most of the acting is really good. Although, what could you expect when you've got Brad Dourif, Malcolm McDowell, Caroline Williams, and Margot Kidder all in the same movie. McDowell is especially good, hamming it up with a delicious performance as Dr. Loomis.
Also, Halloween 2 is probably the most violent and brutal in the series. All of the death scenes are pretty top-notch for a slasher. I won't give much away, but you will see lots of red. The body count is 17. And having seen Tyler Mane play Michael Myers twice, I have to say he is the best Michael Myers ever. You wouldn't want to run into that guy in a dark alley. Or a birthday party. Or a Toys R Us. You get the picture.
Now for the things I didn't like:
Of course, there's the scenes with Judith Myers (Sherri Moon Zombie) and the white horse that everyone is complaining about. I agree that it was kind of strange seeing that in a Halloween movie, but I was more outraged by seeing multiple shots of Michael Myers without his trademark mask. Michael Myers with his mask = scary. Michael Myers without his mask = not so much.
I will say that Scout Taylor Compton is a good actress. She gave her all in this movie and was really convincing as a mess, but I could've done without her constant screaming and whining.
Also, the ending was pretty disappointing. There's supposed to be a Halloween 3 in the works, but I really don't see how they're going to pull it off after how this one ends. But I'm sure they'll find a way. They always do.
Like I mentioned earlier, Zombie's Halloween 2 is my least favorite Michael Myers adventure, and that includes the much reviled Halloween: Resurrection. (At least that one was fun!) But it's still worth seeing for fans of the series.
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