I remember going to see this movie in theaters alone, much like I did with the original remake. During the first 10 minutes, I texted my girlfriend telling her I didn’t think I could handle it. I was refering to the intensity of the opening 10-15 minutes that take place in the hospital (I’ve always had a fear of hospitals), a nod to the original. But after watching the movie, as well as a second time, I am beginning to think that my text was a foreshadowing for just how bad this movie is.
The movie picks up two years after the first remake. Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton) is struggling to cope with the effects of the tragedy from the first one. She is seeing a counselor, taking all manner of pills, and is fighting to convince herself that Micheal Myers (Tyler Mane) is dead. Myers is in fact not dead, but very much alive. And he’s coming back to Haddenfield for Laurie. Dr. Loomis (Malcolm Macdonald) is busy this whole time trying to hawk his new book and continue to cash in on the legend that is Micheal Myers.
This was very unnecessary movie. All this movie really offers is a massive amount of blood and EXTREME violence. Before go any further, I have to say I am writing this review based on the Unrated Director’s cut. But the differences between the two versions are pretty minor. There is just a couple extra kills and the ending is different, not by much though. So having got that out of the way, let’s continue.
Why the original (the 1978 and 1980 versions) were so amazingly effective was because Micheal was this faceless evil, just a walking killing machine. That’s something that is scary, to have just a walking tank after you, knowing that there really isn’t anything that can stop it. Rob Zombie throws all that terror right out the window by having Myers walk around without his mask on. Not to mention (*SPOILER ALERT*), shooting him in the head killed him in the end of the first one. I really think what Zombie was trying to do what show two sides to Myers in this one. One side is the innocent human that walks with no mask and doesn’t kill. (Oh wait, yes he does. In fact in a much more brutal way than he does with his mask on.) The other side is the psycho killer who comes out when he puts his mask on. This would be a great view into the divided mind of a killer. But Zombie really doesn’t know how to present it. He just uses these views and dreams as a excuse to put his wife Sherri Moon Zombie in this movie. I’ll tackle her when I talk about the casting. As I said before, there really isn’t anything scary in this movie.
Laurie does this almost unbelievable transformation from the sweet smart teen in the first one to this new My Chemical Romance loving goth girl. Annie (Danielle Harris) survived the first one becoming a much more sensible person in this one. In fact, I sympathized with her more than I did with anyone else. She was almost killed simply for being Laurie’s friend, she’s left to clean up the mess that is Laurie after the attacks, and she’s also trying to take care of her dad. She is really the only bright spot in the whole movie. The writing of this movie is a mess. Just a absolute mess. But that’s Zombie for you. He tries to weave this story together by stringing together Laurie screaming constantly, and a whole lot of F-bombs. The characters can not going more than 2 minutes without dropping 3 F-bombs.
Casting……ugh. I am so sick of Rob trying to force Sheri Moon on us as a serious actress. She’s horrible. she has no place in this movie, but yet she’s in almost half the movie. Zombie tries to convince us she’s controlling Myers, but it just really doesn’t fit the movie. Scout is just annoying. She’s just lashing out at everyone for no real reason. Not to mention I want to see her audition tape. What is it, 3 minutes of solid screaming? She does nothing but. Allow me to give you a clif note of her lines. “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. FUCK YOU. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Fuck You. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.” Tyler Mane is really good as Myers. He’s a giant who does a good job just walking around killing. Macdonald plays Loomis pretty good, if not a little cheesy.
This movie is just unnecessary. Zombie had the right idea to walk away after the first one. Why he changed his mind I’ll never know. Normally I’d recommend even the worst of movies just so people can get a taste of what makes the movie so bad. But I really can’t do that with this one. I haven’t even touched on the massive plot holes in this movie. It’s just a mess. A excuse for Zombie to squeeze as much blood, gore, boobs and F-bombs into 119 minutes (directors cut. The original only runs for 106 minutes, but offers the same crap.) Just avoid this. There is nothing redeeming, and you’ll be extremely disappointed with the end product. I’m only giving this 1.5 stars bases solely on Danelle harris’s performance.