Mar 23, 2010

Rob Zombie's Halloween II Review

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This sequel picks up where the first Rob Zombie Halloween film left off, with Michael Myers being wrapped in a body bag and Laurie being carted off to a hospital in critical condition. Shock and awe! Myers is alive and wakes up when the ambulance carrying him hits... a cow in the road. Yeah... So Myers goes to the hospital anyways and massacres all of the staff trying to get Laurie ,but Laurie escapes and Myers hibernates for two years listening to the guidance of the ghost of his mother. Once those two years are up however, it's Halloween night and time to reunite with dear sweet Laurie.

Unfortunately a lot more bad about this film stood out to me than good. I was a big fan of Rob Zombie's original Halloween but in this film we get stereotypical characters (wholesome yet nerdy main damsel in distress, with her slutty friend and her middle of the road rational friend, then some other innocent characters that you know don't deserve to be slaughtered but inevitably will). Even little things like hairstyles seemed redundant (anyone who sees this film will take one look at Laurie's hair and compare it to some female in any one of Zombie's films, most likely Sheri Moon).

The biggest disappointment about this film are the kills. In so many slasher films you get unique murders but in Halloween II the first kill is awesome. Myers is yelling and grunting as he stabs the crap out of some guy, and for a character that's always been silent you know just how mad he is while he's doing it. After that though, it's all multiple stab kills that work primarily off the power of suggestion, or he'll stab someone with a weapon and just wiggle it around inside of them as you hear the crunching. There's nothing innovative or groundbreaking and it's a bit of a let down.

My Highlights:
The strip club is probably the most entertaining kill scene. Even though the characters being killed are completely irrelevant to the plot you sympathize for them after you see what Myers does.

Overall Rating:
It's not the worst movie I've ever seen. That honor goes to National Lampoon's: Jake's Booty Call, tied with Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus. This is a long way from the first Halloween by Rob Zombie though. I'd rate it about 2*'s out of 5 or 4*'s out of 10.

When You Should See It:
Don't bother. It's not worth the effort to actively avoid, but it's definitely not worth the effort to see. Go check out some of Rob Zombie's other movies, like House of 1000 Corpses, Devil's Rejects or the first Halloween.

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