Going into this movie I was very excited to see what Rob Zombie could pull off with the Halloween series now that he was free from the shackles of making a remake. I felt his first two films House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil?s Rejects showed a lot of potential and were in their own right very good movies. Rob?s remake of Halloween, which initially set out to be a new take on the series, was his attempt to flesh out Michael?s formative years to try and explain why Michael Meyers became what he is. He essentially ended up dropping that about halfway through and ended up remaking the original in the last half of the movie (shot for shot in some cases). Now with the remake out of the way Rob was free to take the series in any direction he wanted, and as much as I applaud the fact that he tried to make it his own, it ultimately falls flat on its face.
The movie starts off with a bang with a pretty intense hospital sequence (according to Rob it?s not an homage to Halloween 2 but you be the judge) but the movie quickly snowballs from there into a big mess and unfortunately, this is the only suspense you will experience in the movie. This movie does not really feel like a sequel to his remake. The locations look nothing like the locations in the remake and the whole atmosphere is different, although this time there is actually the feeling that the movie is taking place during Halloween, something that was lacking in the first. All the returning characters have changed drastically in the way they act since the last time we?ve seen them. Now we should expect some change in these characters after going through such a tragic event in the first film but the performances we get from the actors are not believable and so over the top they are almost comedic. Some of this can be attributed to the dialogue which has never been one of Zombie?s strong points in his scripts. It feels like he?s trying so hard to be shocking that he misses the mark. Other areas of the movie, for me, that really missed the mark are the kill scenes. Don?t get me wrong, they look great and are bloody and gory as hell but most of them seem to go on for a few minutes to long. I?m all for brutality in horror but how long can you watch someone keep stomping on someone?s head before it just gets boring. A lot of the kills in the film just seem unnecessary and are only in the movie to pad the body count and the running time, which wouldn?t be so bad if any of them had any creativity or inventiveness, like some of the kills from the original films. One thing I should mention, which seems to be the most polarizing aspect of the film, are the scenes with Sherri Moon Zombie. Now, as anyone who?s seen the remake knows, her character commits suicide, but in the sequel she appears as a sort of a ghostly apparition to Michael and is the impetus for him to go out and kill. These scenes really took me out of the movie as they are filled with a lot of strange imagery that really seems out of place with the rest of the film.
This movie felt very rushed and not well put together. I?ve read that the original cut of this was 4 hours so I?m curious to see what was cut out, as there are a few scenes in the film that don?t go anywhere, and have no relevance to anything in the movie whatsoever. Overall I can?t really say I can recommend this movie at all and that?s coming from a big Halloween and Rob Zombie fan. The movies a mess, the performances are terrible, and the kills really don?t have much going for them. There is no suspense, save for the beginning. Hopefully Rob Zombie can get back on track with some of his original material as I will still continue to look forward to what he puts out.
Epic Level: I give it a 2 out of 5
Patrick, Epic Egos Contributor