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Rob Zombie's sequel to his 2007 remake of Halloween is by far the worst film in the series. Michael Myers is haunted by his mother and a unicorn. Dr. Loomis, who tried to help Myers in the previous film, is a conceited jerk who wants to make money off of the Michael Myers phenomenon. Laurie Strode discovers surprisingly late that Myers is her brother, even though the viewer already knows that in the first film.
Myers is back to kill his sister Laurie here, this movie therefore echoing the original Halloween sequel. But whereas the original sequel benefitted from revealing to us that Laurie was his sister, we already know that by this film. Anything else this film might have added did not make the film better. Like Myers being haunted by his mother and a unicorn, for example.
This is a film that is not worth seeing.
This is the ninth film in the original series, and it follows on the heels of the film Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later (1998). The whole film is a mistake.
The film begins with Michael Myers killing his sister Laurie Strode, and then moving back into his old house in Haddonfield. A bunch of crazy college kids happen to be staying there, and they're a part of a reality TV show. Things turn foul for the kids and the show when the challenge to stay in this old haunted house turns serious, with Michael Myers killing everybody. Goodness gracious.
Killing Laurie at the beginning is just throwing away a crucial character for no reason. Given that she is not integral to the rest of this bad film, she did not need to appear at all. Sad that she did.
Also, it is clear from the film that the producers were just wanting to cash in on the pop culture craze of reality TV shows, without seeming to understand reality TV themselves nor how a show like this could be conducted, like in the film, that would be interesting to anybody. Fact is, the show inside this movie would be totally unwatchable.
Halloween III is the third film in the original saga, and it doesn't have Michael Myers in it. This might be surprising to some people. The reason is because John Carpenter wanted to make his Halloween films a serialized story that focused on a different horror tale in each film. In fact, the only reason that the second film was about Michael Myers was because fans demanded a continuation of the original film.
Halloween III tells the story of a mask-making company that is trying to turn children's heads into mush. Literally. A company called the Silver Shamrock has taken the nation by storm, but little do the parents know that when the children wear these masks and watch a commercial on Halloween, they will all die. This is supposed to be some kind of elaborate Druid sacrifice to the gods.
The movie is accidentally funny at times. The doctor in the film who goes to investigate the mask-making company is not a very attractive man, traditionally speaking. Yet the movie is written such that all the women fall madly, deeply, quickly in love with them. The most unbelievable part of the film, actually, even more unbelievable than the Silver Shamrock plan to turn children's brains to much.
We could all live without seeing Rob Zombie's remake of Halloween, although this isn't a bad film. It's just that there was no need to see the story told again. What this film does add, however, is the backstory to Michael Myers.
In the original 1978 film Halloween, Dr. Loomis (played by Donald Pleasance) alludes to the evil he saw in Michael Myers when he was a boy. He alludes to the way in which Myers went silent one day and then never talked for years and years. In the remake here you get to see it.
I don't think the film really benefits to tell the origin story, although I don't made that they made a remake. Just not my cup of tea. And for the record I don't doubt that Rob Zombie is a huge Halloween fan. It's just beside the point, as far as I am concerned.
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers is a pretty bad film, but I don't rate it higher than the remake of Halloween. The reason is that it is worth keeping in mind watching the Halloween films as a series. The sixth film is the final, strange, and dissatisfying part of what you might the second trilogy in the Halloween series. The first trilogy involves Laurie Strode and this second trilogy involves Laurie's daughter Jamie and uncovering the mystery of Michael Myers.
This film shows that Michael Myers is the way he is because he is a tool of evil, channeling an ancient Samhain curse. Blah blah blah. It would be fine if there was a good payoff her, but I doubt any fans of this second trilogy will be satisfied with the way this ends. Nor will anyone enjoy what they do with Jamie's storyline.