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 Cenobite |
February 11th, 2010
Day Of The Devil
In my honest opinion, I'd much rather be stabbed to death by Michael Myers himself than to sit through another one of those inane sequels to the original Carpenter flick. In fact, I'm kinda disappointed that no one acknowledges let alone admit that Zombie is actually breathing life into the lackluster horror genre. All hail Zombie!
During the very first montage, we see a young Myers visited by his mother (played by Zombie's beloved wife) where he explains that his dreams of one day reuniting with the family. His mother then gives him a white horse toy as a gift & tells him to think of her whenever he plays with the horse. Michael hates nearly everyone in the world but he loves mommy & misses her more than life itself. Viewers can't help but feel a tad bit sorry for the tike in Zombie's reboot of the original & the sequel.
The film cuts to a dark yet colorful street where bloodied Laurie Strode is walking home. After being located by a police car, she is taken to a nearby hospital where she's treated & learns that her best friend Annie is still alive but in critical condition. After being told to vacate the ICU room & to return to her own room, Laurie realizes she is not strong enough to make it back down the hallway & calls for help. Quickly, our heroine realizes she's not alone & that Michael is in the hospital terrorizing the nurses. It's time to escape once again & the nightmare doesn't seem to be over. Not yet, at least.
Laurie wakes up screaming in her bed & realizes the hospital massacre was just a nasty dream, it's almost a year later after the events that took place in Haddonfield & Laurie is now living with Annie & her dad (played by the very underrated Brad Dourif) in the countryside. She's taking baby steps to rid herself of the traumatic experiences by visiting a shrink (Margot Kidder) who encourages her to face the demon & try to realize why these nightmares actually exist. Although Laurie would rather put all this out of her mind, she knows Halloween is just around the corner & dreaded memories are fairly easy to recall. What she doesn't realize is that family will be dropping in real soon.
H2 picks up right after Zombie's remake of the original took place & things are about to take a turn for the bloody worst if one can fathom such. Michael Myers' dead body was never found on that night of the Halloween massacre even though Laurie Strode tries to tell herself repeatedly that she killed the man in the mask. Sadly, Laurie can't seem to completely get on with her life & the recurring nightmares of that night. In fact, she even fears that homicidal tendencies may very well run in her blood although she still has no idea who her real family is. She's about to find out rather quickly who brother dearest is & that family is forever whether she likes it or not.
Dr. Loomis (played by magnificent Malcolm McDowell) on the other hand seems to be doing exceptionally well profiteering off the innocent lives of families who lost their loved ones by writing a novel which gives specifics to the origins of Michael Myers. Loomis even goes so far as to give details of Laurie's Strode's origins including her birth name & whereabouts as well. To further exploit the entire brutal massacre, his publishers insists on releasing the book on none other than Halloween. Fame & fortune seem to have smiled on our greedy Dr. Loomis & he's now a national celebrity to be seen everywhere including on a talk show with special guest Weird Al Yankovic.
Zombie obviously has a knack for creating some of the violent if not sickening images ever put on the mainstream circuit & we really should praise the man for actually getting away with it. There is a rather intense scene near the beginning of the film where two coroners discuss necrophilia before crashing head-on into a vehicle on the country road in what may very well be the most ugly car crash I've ever witnessed in a horror flick. One of the latter montages finds Myers crushing a man's face with his foot which could very be a homage to Gaspar Noe's scene in the notorious film Irreversible where a man's face is smashed with a fire extinguisher. In another graphic scene, Michael stabs a nurse repeatedly to a bloody pulp which could've very well earned the film a solid NC-17 rating. Even more sickening, our villain kills a dog on a prairie & proceeds to gutting the poor animal before eating it in gruesome detail. Thus, Zombie is one of the few directors who can envision some of the most mortifying imagery ever & still manage to find a home in your local multiplexes.
Above all else, Zombie has created some of the most unique if not artistic dream sequences I've seen in a long time which are unlike anything you will find in a typical slasher film. I can already hear the comparisons to Tim Burton (or even veterans like David Lynch come to mind) but I'd almost be willing to purchase this film on DVD for these sequences alone & I'd even be willing to bet many viewers would re-think their own judgment of Zombie if they were to check out these fantastic images. If Michael Myers has dreams like this, I'm truly envious. Kudos to Zombie!
In addition to making a film which should be cherished by slasher film aficionados everywhere worldwide, Zombie proves once again he can write some very intelligent dialog when he's not dropping the infamous f-bomb. (As with any film he makes, the language is extremely coarse & the dude clearly has no intention of mincing his words.) As with any sequel or reboot, try to watch this film for what it is instead of bashing it for not being an exact replica of the Carpenter classic. Personally, I believe H2 could have very well been his opus had he just spent a bit more time with it although this is still one of the best horror offerings you are going to find & I would gladly take this any day over the unnecessary remakes we've seen all year long like Friday The 13Th for example. If Zombie isn't your thing, there's still plenty of crap-tastic PG-13 entertainment at your local cinema to make up for H2.
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Feb 12, 2010 12:10 AM
|You know, I can't understand someone posting 8 reviews in a row like you have. I mean, what's the point?|
The way I see it - 8 reviews all in a row, all written by the same person, all in the same genre of horror, all spells 'BORING!' to the 8th power to me.
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