Halloween - Resurrection [DVD] 
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Michael Myers, masked serial killer, appears once again in the eigth offering of this horror/slasher series. In the previous film, 'Halloween H2O', Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) was seen to finally be rid of her brother/tormentor. This film begins by revealing that in fact it was the wrong person that she beheaded. Confined to a mental institution, she soon falls victim to Myers (Brad Loree). Meanwhile in Haddonfield, Illinois, a group of college students are to star in an online reality show where they spend the night in the killer's childhood home. It isn't long before Michael Myers is stalking them one by one.
The eighth entry in the series, Halloween Resurrection maintains connections to John Carpenter's original. A prologue picks up the thread of Halloween: H2O, with poor Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) now in a psychiatric hospital and determined to shut down homicidal Michael Myers once and for all. The story then shifts to the old Myers house, where a TV reality show has enticed six teenagers to spend a single night in the spooky home in a plot-line stolen straight from the indie thriller My Little Eye. Needless to say, things are spoiled when Michael barges in: "I so did not sign up for this," sighs the young heroine, when the bloodletting begins. The mayhem is being broadcast live on the Internet, which makes the film a bit like Rear Window with Instant Messaging. The interesting premise is routinely handled, but that's enough to make this one of the better sequels in the series. Maybe they finally finished off Michael in this one, wink wink. --Robert Horton
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The only positive thing I can say and that's this Blu-ray is region free, and the picture quality is very nice, but that's that,
For those who havn't already seen Resurrection, it won't be giving much away to say that unstoppable killing machine Michael Myers wasn't really killed by his sister Laurie (Jamie-Lee Curtis) at the end of the previous film, and is back to wreak more havoc on a group of unsuspecting Haddonfield teens. However, the rather flimsy and implausable reason given for Myers' 'resurrection' is by no means the most offensive flaw in the film. No, that would be the casting of rapper Busta Rhymes. Playing a cunning internet entrepeuner who plans to show a live webcast of a group of students exploring the house where Michael lived as a child, Rhymes displays a complete lack of talent and ability to act. The inclusion of a rap icon proved successful with LLCoolJ in H20 - who brought humour to the role and provided the script with a carefully limited dose of comedic value. However, Rhymes is annoying, loud and very rarely talks in comprehensible sentences. He gurns his way through the film, performs an embarrassing display of martial arts against Myers, and generally smacks of the producers attempting to include as many aspects into the film that they deem popular with the audience - thus gaining maximum box-office returns.
It has been clear that producer Moustapha Akkad sees the series as nothing more than a sure-fire way to pay the mortgage, but never has it been so evident as in 'Resurrection'. Without giving anything away, the first ten minutes of the film are completely unnecessary and poorly executed, leaving what should be the series' most poignant sequence looking like the most amateurish and embarrassing; in what is supposed to be a steady tracking shot down a corridor, the camera actually wobbles.
Rick Rosenthal (who more than competently handled 'Halloween 2') however, can not be entirely blamed for the film's downfall. The script is uningaging and often embarrassing and sorely missing any of the psycho-babble that Donald Pleasance used to spout in the previous films. That - the only adult or intelligent aspect of the previous films which set the Halloween series apart from its evil cousin 'Friday the 13th'- has now completely disappeared, replaced with a focus on a bland, indistinguishable group of teenagers being methodically buthchered in 'inventive' ways.
However, the film does manage to create a few moments of well crafted suspense. Although the whole intenet aspect is a naff attempt to bring the series into the 21st century (previously failing in 'My Little Eye'), the sequence where one of the characters must follow instuctions from an internet user who can watch Michael's every move is genuinely tense. For a moment. The final scenes are also well carried out - were it not for the presence of Busta Rhymes. The setting of the house proves to be quite spooky at times, although when it is realised that all the scary artifacts from Michael's childhood have merely been set up, any potential for an exploration of Michael's evil is immediately lost.
Of course , for general horror fans, 'Resurrection' will still prove entertaining, though not at all on the same levels as the first two outings or H20, but for die-hard fans of the series, the half-hearted execution of (practically every aspect of) the film (even the music is dire) and undoing of the perfect conclusion to the series in H20, will cause serious frustration.
*** Please be aware that this review may contain spoilers - read on at your own risk ***
So, (allegedly) Larry Brand (screen writer) had an idea for a Scream-like college student slasher flick but he couldn't find a backer. After giving it a little thought he decided to call it a "Halloween" Michael Myers film. He contacted Jamie Lee Curtis and offered her a shed load of money for a couple of minutes screen time cameo at the start of the film and promised her that she could end her association with the franchise. He then went and pimped his "new" story with its newly attached names (Halloween, Myers and Curtis) round the movie backers until he found one that said "ok". Well that's my theory about how this got made.
Jamie Lee's segment as Laurie Strode is the first 15 minutes though her actual screen time is less than 5 minutes (and I hope she banked a good amount of money) and the whole sanatorium bit is the most atmospheric part of the entire movie. Once this part is over the whole link to the "Halloween" franchise has gone - the rest is just a college students in a murder house where the killer just happened to be named Michael Myers.
In this film a small group of students from Haddonfield University have been selected to appear on a naff Halloween internet reality show which is to be held at the Myers murder house.
These soon to be corpses comprise of the usual suspects:
- a trio of friends: the tarty one Jen (played by Katee Sackhoff - Battlestar Galactica); the food obsessed Rudy (Sean Patrick Thomas); and, of course, the reluctant one Sara (Bianca Kajlich);
- the 3 unknowns: the murder fan and letch Bill (Thomas Ian Nicholas) ; the sarcastic, self-opinionated, bimbo, Donna (Daisy McCrackin); and the weirdo Jim (Luke Kirby). All of which have a target on their foreheads, backs, etc.
Those in charge of the dire idea for a show are Freddie Harris (Busta Rhymes) and Nora (Tyra Banks) ... sadly both proving that they can't act for toffee.
Externally there is Myles Barton (Ryan Merriman - Final Destination), a supposed tech nerd, who has been helping Sara with a computer problem and has the hots for her. He is watching the show on TV along with most of the attendees at "the" Halloween party. He never enters the house and he, and the others with him, are supposed to represent us, the viewers, trying to warn the Sara about the boogie man in the house with the big chef's knife trying to kill them.
We are, of course, expected to pull for the "usual suspects" whereas I wasn't particularly bothered about any of them as long as something happened.
As a generic slasher flick it's ok, I suppose, but there are no real shock moments and the deaths are a little underwhelming. The cast is poor, may be if they had been more convincing it could have been a better film.
Any links to Halloween are purely coincidental and solely for sales purposes - it is a money grabbing effort on the part of the makers.
To be honest the horror aspect is quite tame, which is probably why it has a 15 certificate.
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