Friday, October 10, 2014

Film Review: Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

Halloween: Resurrection (Review)
United States/2002
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No
A 31 Days of Halloween Special Review!*

"...starts off promising, but fails to deliver."

A group of college students spend a night in the childhood home of Michael Myers for an internet horror show.

Halloween: Resurrection follows this group of college students as they explore the home and try to find a reason for Michael's vicious murder spree. It mostly follows college student Sara Moyer (Bianca Kajlich) and the show director Freddie Harris (Busta Rhymes), though. Meanwhile, some partygoers and Sara's friend Deckard watch the show during, well, a party. Eventually, Michael shows up and does what he does best. The story is cheesy yet engaging enough to make it to the end, while the ending is bad.

Halloween: Resurrection has a very interesting concept. It's a slasher with found-footage elements -- before found-footage became popular. But, a film can't live off of concept alone. Halloween: Resurrection is brought down by poor writing and bad, cliché characters -- it seems like every horror movie absolutely must have a cast of unlikable douchebags. The concept was enough to keep my attention up to the climax, but then Freddie takes up a stronger presence. At this point, I couldn't tell if I was watching a comedy or horror movie. You'll likely either hate the ending or laugh out loud at Busta Rhymes' "karate" -- but I don't think anyone can seriously enjoy it.

As for its horror, the film has some mild suspense and tension. Like I said, its enough to get the audience engaged, but it's far from nail-biting. Like many slashers, there's plenty of blood and gore to go around; some of the death scenes, although clearly not realistic, are surprisingly decent. (you can't cut off someone's head with one swipe of kitchen knife. You just can't.) There are some decent subtle scenes with Michael Myers, too, like him standing eerily in the corner of a room -- I like these types of scenes.

The film stars Busta Rhymes and Tyra Banks. I feel like that's all I really have to say about the acting to get my point across, but I'll elaborate, anyway. Busta Rhymes is mediocre, and his character is part of the reason the film fumbles during the end. Bianca Kajlich is competent enough, but the film tries to make her the next scream queen. Problem is: her screaming is atrocious. Jamie Lee Curtis has 15 decent minutes in this film. Everyone else is either bad or mediocre. Otherwise, the film is a standard slasher; I love the use of the iconic Halloween theme, though. Director Rick Rosenthal isn't half-bad in crafting the horror and atmosphere. The writing from Larry Brand and Sean Hood is bad, though.

Overall, Halloween: Resurrection starts off promising, but fails to deliver. It has a very interesting and refreshing concept, but it doesn't fully utilize it. It's also tainted by bad writing and Busta Rhymes. There are some decent scenes in the film, but it ultimately falls in mediocre territory.

Score: 4/10
Parental Guide: Violence, blood, gore, and some brief nudity.

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