By Brett Mullins
Directed by Rick Rosenthal
Halloween: Resurrection brings the Michael Myers character into the modern age of boring and uncreative slashers. Barring the surprisingly well developed opening scene which brings closure to the Laurie Strode storyline, this film assumes only that there is a superhuman serial killer named Michael Myers that murders his victims in a savage manner. Nothing is done to significantly progress the storyline besides the initial scene.
Since this film is clearly two seemingly unrelated Michael Myers’ stories bound together, I intend to review them as such. The film opens by explaining to the audience the premise of the Laurie Strode saga (Halloween I, II and H20) between two nurses at the sanitarium in which Laurie is held. Deprived of the outside world and awaiting her brother’s return, Laurie looks to have driven herself mad continuously staring through the windows at the outside world. Michael appears one night and slaughters several of the staff in route to a confrontation with his sister.
This segment is well executed and reminds audiences why they love the Halloween series. The majority of the tension missing from H20 can be found here. With the exception of the terrible explanation for why Michael didn’t die at the end of the previous film, this segment brings vast amounts of closure to an otherwise wide open storyline.
The bulk of Halloween: Resurrection, however, is mostly filler content and is able to cash in on the notoriety of the Michael Myers character. As unfortunate as it seems, audiences will continue to watch any film that’s part of a famous horror series with the exception of Halloween III. That aside, Resurrection follows several college age characters as they explore the Myers’ house as part of a reality web show. This event quickly turns from a spooky joke to terror when Michael arrives to find people in his house.
Michael slices and dices these characters that the audience doesn’t really care about which makes for a boring film. To widen the film’s target audience, the producer of the reality show, Freddy, was played by Busta Rhymes. Not to discredit his abilities as an actor or performer, but this role was not for him or maybe anyone, for that matter. The only noteworthy portion of the film includes Busta roundhouse kicking Michael in the face. That alone seems sufficient for summing up what looks to be the final film in the Laurie Strode storyline.