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"Halloween: Resurrection" (2002) Review

Updated on October 3, 2017
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Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Busta Rhymes, Tyra Banks, Katee Sackhoff

Directed by: Rick Rosenthal

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS

If you look up "unnecessary sequel" in the dictionary, the definition should read, "see: Halloween: Resurrection (2002)." There is absolutely no reason for this eighth entry in the seemingly never-ending slasher series to exist, other than to suck more cash from the pockets of the franchise's amazingly patient fans (of which, I will shamefully admit, I am one).

I've expressed my fondness for Resurrection's predecessor, Halloween: 20 Years Later (1998), in a previous article, but my reaction to Resurrection was "Why did they even bother?" After all, H20's slam-bang ending could've - and should've ---- served as a excellent capper to the entire Halloween franchise. Apparently everyone involved with H20 - including star Jamie Lee Curtis and director Steve Miner - had been under the impression that it was to be the final "Halloween" film. However, H20 made more money at the box office than the previous three or four installments combined, so of course the studio said "Let's do another one!" even though...

(MAJOR SPOILER ALERT FOLLOWS FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T SEEN 'H20') Laurie Strode had beheaded serial killer Michael Myers in H20's final moments. So what do you do when your boogeyman is dead? Revive him by totally ridiculous, unrealistic means, of course! What the hell, the Friday the 13th crew have been doing that with their guy in movie after movie for years now, right? As Resurrection opens, we're supposed to swallow the idea that the "Michael" Laurie killed at the end of H20 was not the real deal, but an unfortunate paramedic whom Michael had switched clothes with immediately prior to the film's fiery ambulance-crash climax. Uhhhh...okayyyyy, riiiiiight . Sure. (END SPOILER ALERT)

When Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode in Resurrection's pre-title sequence, it appears that she's been locked up in a mental institution ever since the traumatic events of H20. The staff has diagnosed her with Extreme Disassociative Disorder, since she never speaks and spends all of her time staring out the window. We viewers know what she's watching for, or course -- the inevitable return of Brother Michael. When he finally does arrive at her door on Halloween night, after carving up a couple of hapless security guards along the way ("What took you so long?" Laurie asks), Laurie lures him to a trap she's set up on the hospital roof. Unfortunately things don't go quite as Laurie planned and (MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!) Michael finally succeeds in killing her (I'll see you in Hell," she snarls before falling to her death). (END MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!)

Wow! Mind you, this all happens BEFORE the title of the film even shows up on screen!! Where can they possibly go from here?? Honestly, the idea of Michael Myers on the loose in an insane asylum would've been a pretty kick-ass movie, but unfortunately nothing is done with it; instead, Michael walks placidly out of the hospital, the opening credits kick in, and Resurrection goes straight down the poop chute and stays there for the rest of its run time.

The action shifts to a year later, when a group of random Haddonfield University students are informed via e-mail that they've won a contest on the website "Dangertainment.com." This site (run by the irritating "Freddy," played by the equally irritating Busta Rhymes, and his partner Nora, portrayed by Tyra Banks) is planning a Halloween night reality-TV web cast direct from the infamous Myers house. Our six lucky winners are strapped with web cams and a variety of electronic equipment, set loose in the house to "look for secrets," and are locked in. Needless to say, unbeknownst to these collegians, a certain former resident is stalking the halls of his old family home and as our group of wanna-be reality stars quickly learn, he doesn't take kindly to trespassers.

By now, if you're even half the Halloween fan that I am, you're probably saying, "Um....what ?"

Trailer:

Sigh...

The rest of the movie is basically an episode of"'Fear Factor" with special guest star Michael Myers. The cast pokes around the rooms of the Myers house for a while before they start doing the usual stupid things that characters in slasher movies do (smoke dope, have sex, etc.) and eventually Michael starts carving them up one by one. I have to say, the Myers house must be a LOT bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside, because there seem to be an endless series of nooks & crannies for Michael to hide in and pop out from. I'm sorry if this is not the most detailed plot description, but I honestly couldn't bring myself to care about any of these generic, cardboard characters (even if one of them was being played by a pre-Battlestar Galactica Katee Sackhoff). If you can stay awake long enough, eventually the cast dwindles down to the virginal Sarah, who serves as our "final girl," and Busta Freddy, who utters the lone memorable line in the film ("Trick or treat, motherfu**er!") during his kung-fu fight(?) against Myers. I won't bother telling you how the film ends, because let's face it, if you've seen more than one Halloween film, you probably already know. ("I'll take 'cheap jump scare' for $200, Alex...")

Summin' it up...

So where does Resurrection rank in comparison to the rest of the Halloween series? I still stand by my opinion that 1995's Halloween: the Curse of Michael Myers was the franchise's absolute nadir, but Resurrection definitely joins it at the bottom. The "internet/reality TV" hook, which must've seemed way high-tech and futuristic when this film was made in 2002, already makes the movie seem dated. The cheap set pieces in the Myers house are as cheesy and unrealistic as any random made-for-SyFy TV movie. Director Rick Rosenthal may have helmed one of the better films in the series (1981's Halloween II) but he came up snake-eyes with this return to the franchise.

Unsurprisingly, Resurrection was met with tepid box office results and major fanboy hatred on the Internet. Rather than giving the series a "fresh start" as the producers probably hoped, Resurrection simply painted it into a corner again. The franchise would lay dormant for another five years till the studio did the only thing they really could do - hire Rob Zombie to do a remake of the original film and start all over again. Whether or not Rob was successful with his 2007 endeavor, of course, depends on which fan you talk to.

Halloween: Resurrection is available on DVD from the budget label Echo Bridge Entertainment as a stand-alone single disc and also as part of a 3-film package called "The Halloween Collection," which includes Resurrection and the two sequels that immediately preceded it - Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers and Halloween: 20 Years Later (a.k.a. H20). Either version will run you about five bucks, but in this critic's estimation, you can safely save that five bucks unless you're a completist who simply has to own the entire Halloween series on DVD.

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    • FatFreddysCat profile imageAUTHOR

      Keith Abt 

      3 years ago from The Garden State

      I have always been rather fond of "III" myself. Yeah, it's goofy and it's full of plot holes you could drive a Mack truck through but it has a bizarre charm. It's spent so many years being hated that nowadays I think it's actually kind of under-rated.

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      Boxcar123 

      3 years ago

      Yeah I'm a big fan of the first two, but have been disappointed with almost all the sequels after that. Truthfully, I've actually have grown to appreciate H3 more over the years. Not because I think it's a great movie or even close to a great movie, but because it's the only one that even has the feel of the first two, even if it's not a Myers sequel. And I think there's a lot more of that sentiment from Halloween fans as the years go by. Accurate review by you for this garbage installment though. Thanks.

    • FatFreddysCat profile imageAUTHOR

      Keith Abt 

      3 years ago from The Garden State

      Hi Boxcar - obviously you're as big a fan of this franchise as I am; thanks for the indepth commentary.

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      Boxcar123 

      3 years ago

      They haven't done it right with a sequel in this series since H2 (1981- of course and even that one could've been better but I liked it). There's been some bad ones (H5, H6, THIS ONE), there's been some rather bland ones attempting to catch the atmosphere and suspense of the first two (H4 and H2O). But they were all missing the creative involvement of the crew that made the first two special. They ended the Michael Myers story with H2 and hindsight being 20/20 probably never should have tried to continue it. And I see they're again going to try and restart this series from the end of H2. Good god leave it alone. The anthology idea looks better and better as the years go by and we keep getting lame sequel after lame sequel.

      I actually thought RZs two Haloween's (yes of course more so the first one) were the best out of a bad bunch of sequels....that's not saying much I know but....

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      Uzochukw Mike 

      3 years ago from Oba

      This is a unique and nice review. Keep it up.

    • FatFreddysCat profile imageAUTHOR

      Keith Abt 

      6 years ago from The Garden State

      Hey Shawn - I can conditionally agree with you that it's better than "5" or "Curse," but still, I am in no hurry to see this one ever again.

      As for Zombie's "Halloween" films, I didn't mind the first movie (I didn't LOVE it mind you, but didn't hate it either), but his "Halloween II" was an epic frickin' train wreck.

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      Shawn Dudley 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      You know, as bad as this film is...it's still better than Halloween 5 and "Curse Of Michael Myers". It's pointless, but not nearly as inept as those turkeys.

      I hated the Rob Zombie movies too btw...talk about unnecessary.

    • FatFreddysCat profile imageAUTHOR

      Keith Abt 

      7 years ago from The Garden State

      Rob, that "trying to make a 12th cup of tea from the same tea bag" is the best description of this franchise that I've ever heard!! Hahaha.

      I understand that yes, a new "Halloween 3" is in production for next year, so they're going to the well yet again... Rob Zombie's not involved however (he knew enough to git while the gittin' was good, haha) and the new one will, of course, be in 3-D. (*SIGH*)

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      Rob 

      7 years ago from Oviedo, FL

      The Halloween franchise was like trying to make a 12th cup of tea from the same tea bag. The first cup tastes good but it gets worse and worse after that. The first Halloween was one of the great horror films ever and I liked Halloween 2, but that was all, as far as I was concerned. They should have stopped right there. I never liked anything after that, and this one was the lamest idea of the lot. They tried to jump on the "Blair Witch" train and combine it with Michael Myers but the whole thing was a total mess.

      I hope they let it rest from now on. Or will we one day see a Rob Zombie remake of H20 and Resurrection?

      Rob

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