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Horror Whore: H2 (Halloween 2)

September 1, 2009
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Picture 1By Shannon

I  love Rob Zombie movies.  I was intrigued by House of 1,000 corpses, entranced by The Devil’s Rejects, and delighted by Halloween (2007).  I had both feet staunchly planted in Mr. Zombie’s camp when critics crucified  his re-imagining of the beloved Halloween franchise.  I liked the whole back story about Michael Myers and his twisted childhood. This movie should have been a slam dunk for me. Unfortunately, it was not.

My sister in horror (and staff writer) Pancake and I attended the movie bright and early on Saturday morning, prepared to have the bejebus scared out of us.  Forty minutes in, the unspeakable happened, I found myself somewhat bored.  In a Rob Zombie movie.  Travesty!

In keeping with all the Zombie movies, there is grime and gore to spare.  Gorehounds will not be disappointed.  Visually the film looks great, despite too little lighting in many scenes. The film very much looks like a typical Rob Zombie film, but the story is an absolute mess.

In this movie, Zombie attempts to bring some deep psychological insight to the Michael Myers character,  but it does not work. The reason I don’t buy this new psycho-babble nonsense is because there was not a whisper of a hint at it in the first installment.   Since this movie picks up the same night the last one left off, it just doesn’t make sense.  Furthermore, several characters have been drastically altered, to the their detriment.

Charismatic Dr. Loomis (Malcolm McDowell) is now a pompous prima donna touring the book circuit and milking his Michael Myers connection for all its worth.  Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton)  having survived a brutal attack is now living with Sheriff  Brackett and his daughter Annie, who also survived.  She plasters her room with serial killer memorabilia and boasts a tattoo and pseudo dread-locks.  I’m no expert, but methinks that this dark obsession can’t be good for one so traumatized, but the kindly sheriff doesn’t seem to mind.

Zombie commits a couple of crimes that are unforgivable in my book.  Michael Myers has crept into the “superhuman” realm, rendering him unbelievable.  This is the same fate that Jason in the Friday the 13th series suffered, and it is just silly.  Secondly, multiple scenes abruptly end with Laurie awaking from a dream.  This plot device is overused to the point that any tension in the movie is diffused, because you figure it might just be a dream.  The ending shot is a direct knock-off of  Friday the 13th V.

Zombie’s wife Sheri Moon Zombie, who was used so effectively in Halloween has precious little to do in this movie.  She is a ghost who appears in the bizarre dream sequences with a white horse and serves as  the impetus for Michael’s quest to find his sister Laurie.  It’s a pity, because she was the heart of the first movie.

The acting this time around is meh.  The lone exception is the excellent Brad Dourif, who wisely was given a wider role.  He is heartbreaking.

This won’t make me give up on Rob Zombie movies, but I do hope he returns to his roots next time.

Frothygirlz rating 4/10

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