Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

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Perhaps it’s because I’m just a slasher geek, maybe it’s because I’m basically forgiving when it comes to the Halloween series, but I’m not typically in agreement when people call “Halloween: Resurrection” the worst Halloween sequel primarily because as a standalone tale it would work as a wicked slasher film and thriller. This is an installment that arrived at the cusp of the reality television craze, and deep down it feels as if someone took a screenplay for another horror film and tagged buffers to connect it to the prior “Halloween” films and it shows often with a narrative that is seemingly disconnected from the rest of the series beyond the prologue.

This apparently takes place three years after “H20” and the writers make a heavy chore of tying up every loose storyline imaginable from the former films to move on to their story that involves Michael coming home to see a television crew and moronic game show players roaming around his house. The writers are forced to completely retcon the end of “H20” where Laurie decapitates Michael. Since the final scene from the film was so absolute, offering no open door for more films, the writers must figure out a way to work around it. Their explanation for why Michael is still alive–as told through flashbacks–is absolutely ridiculous and incredibly cheap. It’s almost as if the writers are saying “We know this is blatantly insulting your intelligence, but at least there’s another Halloween movie.”

But then when studios are desperately trying to keep the “Halloween” series going, there’s little room for an explanation you can believe. Naturally he is peeved at this parade of fading nineties movies stars, and models walking around his rooms and corners, and he strikes back with the goriest way imaginable. The prologue explains that Michael didn’t die in “H20” but switched bodies with another character and made it out comfy and returns to hastily kill Laurie Strode who is now a mental patient. Jamie Lee Curtis even arrives one last time to end her character’s arc relinquishing any future attempts to revive her character. Many audiences found it to be a smack in the face, but it’s a serviceable finale for an actress relatively bored with the series.

“Resurrection” in spite of its apparent problems is still a sharp slasher film and one that tries to use the facets of the internet and online communication to combat a monster such as Michael who relentlessly slashes through these wannabe television stars looking for a spotlight on a new reality show entrenched in the gimmick of Michael’s Haddonfield home. Sara Moyer is one of the hapless contestants of this horror show who finds herself at the mercy of Michael who stalks and destroys the crew and works his way through the stars, while a Halloween party taking place concurrently with the show witnesses the madness. Ryan Merriman is an entertaining protagonist who is anxious to watch the show in spite of the festivities and becomes the only link to survival for Sara who relies on his online communication to guide her through the house and stay one step ahead of Michael the entire time.

This is the slasher movie of the digital age where people can help others dodge a slasher through their home computers, while the premise attempts to be meta. Even though it becomes apparent the reality show has turned in to a free for all slasher fest for Michael, people in the party watch the action unfold, trying to help the main protagonist, and no one ever really figures to go over to the house or call police. Meanwhile we learn in the film that the Myers house is much more dimensional than it looks on the outside with a massive basement and some tombs, and many rooms.

It’s striking and utterly ridiculous at the same time. “Resurrection” really haw nothing else to it, nor does it further the mythos any, other than revolving around Michael re-claiming his house by a bunch of wannabe celebrities and getting his ass handed to him by a then popular hip hop star. “Resurrection” really is not as bad as many make it out to be, but it surely serves little to no purpose in the series. You know what, at the end of the day “Halloween: Resurrection” is what it is. It’s a ridiculous, absurd slasher film with a concept that is so bad that it’s undoubtedly good and makes for some wicked entertainment. And unlike Rob Zombie’s half-assed retreads, this is an actual Halloween film in the end.