Movie and Film Reviews (MFR) Horror Halloween II (2009)

Halloween II (2009)

Halloween II (2009)

Genre: Horror

Director: Rob Zombie

Starring: Scout Taylor-Compton, Tyler Mane, Malcolm McDowell, Brad Dourif, Danielle Harris, and Sheri Moon Zombie

Length: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Rated R for strong brutal bloody violence throughout, terror, disturbing graphic images, language, and some crude sexual content and nudity.

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Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton), blood stained all over her clothes, walks through the silent streets of a sleepy Haddonfield, Illinois. A police car stops her, and when the sheriff asks her what’s wrong, she keeps repeating, “I killed him.” Meanwhile, two coroners having a conversation crash into a cow, and while one is dead, Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) breaks out from the back and decapitates the one still alive. Laurie is then seen at the hospital. After a few minutes Myers makes his rounds by stabbing a nurse numerous times, gouging out the eyes of another (not seen), and killing a security guard with an axe. When Michael is just about to get Laurie we find out it’s only a dream. As Laurie falls apart mentally, Mr. Myers returns after two years to Haddonfield, and of course, in the tradition of horror films, butchers a few unlucky individuals before getting to his prime victim. Oh, and Michael has these visions of his deceased mother and himself as a child right next to her.

As you can see, the general storyline is nothing we haven’t seen before and is very generic. However, while the story is dull, Rob Zombie chose to add atrocious amounts of violence to spice it up a bit, for example, stabbing a nurse over fifteen times, murdering and eating a dog, and smashing a prostitute’s head against a mirror numerous times, and a close-up shot of the decapitation of the coroner. While he may think this helps, it really takes out the suspense factor that many look for in a Halloween film and makes you wonder what could’ve been done differently.

Everything in Halloween II is predictable, for example, whenever someone recites the line, “It’s okay, you’re safe now,” (which is used a lot throughout the movie), you know Myers is going to pop up, and when he does, it just bores you and eventually it gets repetitive after a while, and it leaves you begging for something less predictable to occur. Halloween II relies on the atmosphere of the film to terrify it’s viewers, and that means that the film is very dark (sometimes to the point where you can barely see anything at all). While this does help set the mood, it doesn’t make up for Halloween II‘s problems.

One line said repeatedly in the film is “Fuck,” and this line is said to the point where it made the “201 Movies with the Most F-Words” list on the “Bleep Button” app for the iPhone and iPod Touch, with Halloween II in 194th place with an F-word count of 102. Add trailer trash dialog with the unnecessary amounts of profanity and you basically have the lines for Halloween II. Speaking of lines, the screenplay definitely isn’t the greatest one ever made. Having read it myself, it seems like Rob Zombie worked on it for only one or two nights then handed it in.

Rob Zombie tried to add something new to Halloween II, and that was us seeing into the deranged world of Michael Myers, and I mean by “deranged world” we see his mother (Sheri Moon Zombie) on a white horse with himself as a child (Chase Wright Vanek) right next to her. I don’t know if that’s Rob Zombie’s “artistic vision” to add to the Halloween franchise, but it just makes the movie look more awful. Speaking of awful, it seems like Rob Zombie ran out of ideas midway during the film, and instead added a bunch of murders to make up for his lack of decent ideas.

Now, there are two things that really bugged me in this film, and those things are sure to anger most, if not all Halloween fans. First off, the Halloween theme is never played in the film, and is only played at the end of the credits. Secondly, we see Myers’ face more than his mask. Rob Zombie portrayed Michael as some redneck hobo in the film, with Michael wearing the ripped parka, and when we see his face, most of it is consumed by his massive beard. However, when we do see his mask, the details are great. I personally liked the Myers mask with ripped segments, and the little holes with blood stained all over them. That was the only part of Michael I actually liked in the film. Too bad we have to see his face most of the time. Also, Dr. Loomis is now this rich, famous author who wrote a book about Michael, and in Halloween II is reduced to comic relief. The only time Loomis and Michael encounter each other is at the end of the film, and it ruined Loomis for me, similar to how showing Myers’ face ruined Michael for me.

The acting is passable, but nothing great. The only performance worth noting is Brad Dourif’s with Sheriff Brackett. He’s the only character who isn’t screaming and cussing all the time, or being rich and famous, or brutally murdering everyone who get’s in his way, and he’s the only sympathetic character in the whole film. Malcolm McDowell did a decent performance of Dr. Loomis, but he just doesn’t have the same charm as Donald Pleasance did with his Dr. Loomis.

In conclusion, Halloween II is probably the worst horror film I’ve ever seen, and I pity the fool who rents or buys this movie. If you’re a fan of the Halloween series, then you’ll despise this film. If you hated Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007) remake, then you’ll want to burn this movie. If you love gory horror films, then this is your heaven. However, I like a mixture of suspense and violence in horror films, and while Halloween II delivered the violence, it failed to bring any suspense, and mix that with all the problems of the film, and you’ll have an entry to the Halloween series that you’ll wish you never saw.

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