Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Silent Night, Deadly Night / Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 (1984/1987)

Welcome back kiddies! Did you have a good Hallowscream and Thankskilling? Good! Since Christmas is around the corner, I figured that we would talk about a little story that caused an army of angry parents to protest back in the winter of 1984.  You're in luck, I'm feeling extra generous this year. After all, Christmas is the time for giving. So, I'm giving you TWO regrues for the slice of one!  This year, Santa has some bones to pick with those who've been naughty all year, especially on Garbage Day!!!! HEHEHEHEHAHAHA!!!
 On Christmas Eve, five year old Billy Chapman goes with his parents and baby brother Ricky to visit his grandfather, who is in a mental hospital. Old gramps apparently is catatonic, meaning he hasn't moved and spoken a word in quite a long time.  Billy's parents step out of the room to talk with a doctor, while Billy stays with grandpa. Once Billy's parents leave the room however, the old man frightens little Billy by telling him that Christmas Eve is the scariest night of the year and that Santa Claus punishes those who've been naughty all year.   That night on the way home, Billy's parents stop their car to help a man dressed in a Santa suit who's vehicle has apparently died. It turns out that the man had robbed a store earlier that night and pulls a gun out of his pocket. The man shoots Mr. Chapman in the head. Billy gets out of the car and hides behind some bushes. He witnesses the man drag his mother out of the car, rape her in the middle of the road, and slit her throat. 
Three years have passed and Billy and his brother Ricky are both in an orphanage ran by the sadistic Mother Superior.  Sister Margaret can see that Billy needs professional help, but Mother Superior believes in strict punishment.  Mother Superior's plans to help poor Billy consists of forcing him to sit on Santa's lap even though he is terrified, tying his arms and legs to his bed when he has nightmares of his parents being killed, and whipping him with a belt.
Ten years have passed and now eighteen year old Billy has a job at a toy store. Everything is going great at first. His fellow co-workers love having him around.  And then the holidays come around, which then Billy begins to fall back into paranoia and fear.  Things get worse when the store Santa breaks his ankle and Billy's boss, Mr. Simms, makes Billy be Santa Claus unaware of Billy's phobia with Christmas. After the store closes on Christmas Eve, Billy witnesses one of his co-workers trying to rape the cashier girl Pam in the back room. This forces Billy's mind to snap and he goes on a killing rampage that makes the season of giving turn into the season of killing.
  In 1978 and 1980, HALLOWEEN and FRIDAY THE 13TH changed the genre of horror. The '80s brought on the slasher trend. No holiday was safe from those masked maniacs that love to slice and dice horny teenagers in creative ways.   We had PROM NIGHT, TERROR TRAIN, MY BLOODY VALENTINE, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME, NEW YEAR'S EVIL, APRIL FOOL'S DAY, and countless others.   Since Halloween was used for one of these films, why not Christmas? It is one of the biggest holidays.  Wouldn't it be cool to see some nutjob kill horny teens while dressed as Santa Claus?  There was already a slasher flick involving Christmas titled BLACK CHRISTMAS about a psycho that sneaks into the attic of a sorority house during Christmas break and begins to kill the sorority sisters one by one. But, we want to see a film where the big jolly guy in red gets to mess some people up! Well, that wish was granted not once but twice. CHRISTMAS EVIL came along about a man who went psycho and wore a Santa Claus suit, but kinda went under the radar. 
     In 1984, a little slasher flick titled SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT was released by Tri Star to cash in on the whole slasher trend with a Christmas approach.  Unfortunately, whoever made the advertisements for the film decided that it would be great to make it look as if Santa was the killer instead of a traumatized young man. This caused so much controversy since apparently little kids saw the television and newspaper ads and became scared of jolly ol' St. Nick. Parents from all over protested the hell out of this little film as if it were the Anti-Christ of cinema.  Seriously?  I mean, I get the whole point with how the advertisements went about this film the wrong way, but all of this shit over a 90 minute slasher film? Where were these parents when CHRISTMAS EVIL or SANTA'S SLAY came out? Hell, in SANTA'S SLAY, Santa is actually the killer and is written to be the son of the Devil! Why this film out of all of the stuff that has been released to a movie theater or on video?  I hope someone comes out with a killer Easter Bunny movie just to piss these protesters off even more.   SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT was pulled from theaters not long after its release and all of the ads were taken down too.  The film got the recognition that it truly deserved on VHS and now on DVD.
There's no denying that the controversy made this film even popular and made it the cult classic it is today.  Now, it is a Christmas must see for any horror fan.
   SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT has a really good story of child trauma and how it really can affect someone if it isn't dealt with rightfully.  Billy's problem keeps getting worse because everyone refuses to get him some help. He needs a way to deal with what happened to him in his past without it damaging his mind.  Since he is under the sadistic care of Mother Superior, his chances of living a normal life without the mirror of rape and murder are slimmer than ever.  The true villain of the movie is Mother Superior, not Billy.  If Mother Superior had actually given a rat's ass about this kid in the first place by providing him with mental care, he wouldn't have snapped and began killing people. That's what these protesting parents don't get about the film.   They all jumped to conclusions and refused to look at the movie closely. This film in no way, shape, or form is about Santa directly or him being a murderer. Parents and critics just saw the ads and forced themselves to not really see the story for what it really was representing.  General audiences will probably never understand why we love horror movies.  They treat these films as "garbage" or "trash" without really allowing themselves to experience their humanity.  Slasher movies are like seeing a magician do a trick. We all are stunned and find ourselves wondering how it was done. Same goes for seeing a character get killed in a horror movie. We are amazed at how real it looks and are curious how the special FX was done to make the killing look so real to us.  Also, we like to be scared every now and then. 
 The biggest thing I enjoyed about SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT is that it was a character piece, which doesn't usually occur in most slasher films.  We see this character gradually slip into madness.   Most movies like this just have some wackjob in a mask killing teens. The killer is human and expresses real emotion. This film is not trying to have us root for the killer, but feel sorry for him and understand his madness.   
 The kills in SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT are actually pretty cool. We get a guy getting choked to death with Christmas lights, a girl being stabbed with a box cutter, a guy gets a hammer to the head, a woman shot with a bow and arrow, a topless Linnea Quigley being impaled on deer antlers, a guy being thrown through a window and the glass stuck in him, and a sledder being decapitated with an axe.
The film definitely has a decent amount of female nudity. Linnea Quigley, ahhh!!  What? Eighties girls are fucking hot!
In case you all are wondering, yes, Billy does make it back to the orphanage for one last good kill: MOTHER SUPERIOR!
It's too bad that he didn't get the chance to off that bitch.  This lady shouldn't be a nun! She should be babysitting Damian Thorn. Oh well, at least she got it in that sequel thingy.
I do however have a few issues with the film.  The main issue isn't exactly for the film itself, but for the re-released DVD that Anchor Bay released a few years back. There's a few spots during the film where it turns really dark and then turns normal lighting/color again.  The second is that Mother Superior didn't get killed when she was the true villain of the movie along with that psycho who murdered Billy's parents at the beginning of the movie.
The story by Paul Caimi and screenplay written by Michael Hickey was pretty good. 
Charles E. Sellier, Jr. did a fine job at directing the movie.  It moved at a steady pace and really built up the character of Billy very well. 
The acting was fantastic.  Both Jonathan Best (Billy- 5 yrs old) and Danny Wagner (Billy- 8 yrs old) were really great as young Billy Chapman.  Robert Brian Wilson  was fantastic as eighteen year old Billy. This guy definitely convinced me that he had gone nuts.  Lilyan Chauvin was a totally evil bitch as Mother Superior. I wanted this character to die from the beginning!  Gilmer McCormick was very good as Sister Margaret, who felt sorry for Billy and tried to help him.  Linnea Quigley showed her boobs as Denise and was very sexy.  Britt Leach cracked me up as Billy's boss, Mr. Simms. This guy was just hilarious when he got drunk and had the best lines of dialogue.
" Christmas is over! Time to get shitfaced!!!"
The cast was great as a whole.
Overall, SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT is a must watch for every horror fan around the holidays.  You better watch out though because Santa is making a list and checking it twice and he'll find out who's naughty or nice.
Ricky Caldwell is locked up in some mental institution and tells his psychiatrist, Dr. Henry Bloom, about what happened to his brother Billy and about why he is locked up. After forcing us to watch the entire first movie again for 45 minutes and seeing Ricky go trigger happy on GARBAGE DAY, Ricky finally kills Dr. Bloom and escapes the mental ward. He returns to Mother Superior's 666 numbered apartment dressed in a Santa outfit to finish where Billy left off.
  In 1984, a little slasher movie called SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT was protested to death by outraged critics and parents.   SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT was immediately removed from theaters before it could really gain anything at the box office.  However because of all of the outrage, slasher fans were curious about seeing the film. So much so that SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT got a lot of its money back and gained a major cult status on home video.  Back then and even today, a movie that is a hit is usually guaranteed a sequel or franchise.  While SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT is a damn good slasher flick, I personally didn't think it needed a sequel. I mean, the killer got shot to shit at the end and died before he could kill that sadistic bitch of a nun named Mother Superior. How the fuck could there be a sequel to that? Well, people probably said the same exact thing when FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 came out in 1981 even though the killer was clearly decapitated at the end of the first movie.  
      However, it was hinted at the very end of SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT that the killer's younger brother Ricky may continue where Billy left off just by his facial expression and his use of the word "naughty" before the ending credits.
 The funny part is that SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT PART 2 did not start as a sequel.   Some guy named Lee Harry was hired to re-edit the original SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT and get it ready for a re-release, but to record extra footage of an adult Ricky kinda telling the story.  Lee Harry and his co-writer  Joseph H. Earle began to write the script for the new footage and somehow came up with the idea to turn this re-release into both a re-release and a sequel combined.  They wrote like forty-five pages of a story about Ricky  and then padded the movie out to ninety minutes with forty minutes of stock footage from the original film that was used as flashbacks.   I have to say that this was a pretty interesting idea. Terrible, but interesting nonetheless.
 The thing that makes SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT PART 2 watchable is the overacting of Eric Freeman as Ricky. This guy is so hilariously bad that I couldn't take my eyes off of him. From him widening his eyebrows to his hilarious evil laugh to his terribly yet hilarious dialogue.  What's not to enjoy?   The scene that everyone knows is the infamous scene where Ricky shoots a guy taking out his trash and shouts "GARBAGE DAY!".  You can see this clip just about anywhere on the internet and it is absolutely golden!  
 For Christmas Eve, it sure looks like one hot summer day outside. It looks more like I was watching THE ADVENTURES OF PETE & PETE with neighbors being killed by some wackjob bafoon carrying a gun than a SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT sequel.  I was just waiting for Artie to show up and show off his fake muscles before being shot in the face on GARBAGE DAY!
I also find it funny that the actor playing Ricky as a teenager actually looks older than Eric Freeman.  Dr. Bloom cracked me up when he just wrote "RED CAR!" in his notes while Ricky was describing the time he ran some rapist over with a red car because it reminded him of when his mother was raped in the first movie.  Ricky also used to have a girlfriend named Jennifer. Nothing sparks off a romance like a girl knocking you off your motorcycle and almost killing you only to smile and giggle.  The perfect date is taking your boyfriend who has post trauma of Christmas to a movie theater that shows a clip of the man who murdered his parents rob a convenient store that was obviously taken right from the first movie!
Speaking of the first movie, how the fuck does Ricky remember a lot of this? He was just an infant when his parents were killed and Billy went through all of the shit in the first film. The only thing Ricky would know is that his parents are dead, Billy was abused by Mother Superior, his brother went nuts, and he did see Billy try to kill Mother Superior. THAT'S ALL!  The only one who could tell us the rest was Billy and he's dead now! 
 SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT PART 2 really lacks in the continuity department. You know they got bad continuity in a sequel when the character's last name changes in the sequel. Ricky Chapman to Ricky Caldwell? That would be like if they changed Jason Voorhees to Jason Cunningham in one of the FRIDAY THE 13TH sequels.
The kills in this movie are absolutely funny. A dude gets stabbed with an umbrella, Ricky makes a cop shoot himself in the head, there's the whole GARBAGE DAY! clip, and a dude gets jumper cables shoved in his mouth causing his eyes to explode.   I also love it after Ricky kills Jennifer's old boyfriend and turns and says "PUNISH!" that she actually does a big GULP and says "UGH OH!" before trying to run. Oh well, he strangles her with the car antenna.
They decided that it would be best to recast Mother Superior with a much older actress. Probably because the original actress would have taken one look at the script and threw it back into their hands.  It's also funny that her house number is 666 and that she doesn't have any wheel chair ramps in her home, yet magically is able to get up the stairs without a hitch.
The cops show up and find that Mother Superior's head is detachable and doesn't squirt blood.  They see Ricky, shoot him up, and then he smiles at us with a drip of blood from his lip. THE END!
Like I said, Eric Freeman is what really makes this film highly entertaining. This is the best overacted performance that I've seen in a horror film since Matthew McConnaughey in THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE NEXT GENERATION and the entire cast of TROLL 2.
It's too bad that SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT 3: BETTER WATCH OUT sucked and that SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT 4: INIATION was kinda forgettable. The only other installment of this franchise that I can honestly recommend if you want some fun and enjoyment is SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT 5: THE TOY MAKER, which is like a horror/comedy take on the Pinocchio story with killer toys!
Overall, SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT PART 2 is a very hilarious B-Movie. It's so terrible from a filmmaking perspective, but so fucking entertaining from an audience perspective.  Total recommendation just for a great laugh. Plus, you get two movies for the price of one! 
2.5/4 STABS
Looks like Christmas came a little early this year.  Have a Scary Christmas everyone and a Happy New Fear!   HEHEHEHEHAHAHAHA!!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later (1998) / Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

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             It's our favorite time of year again. Time for the things that go bump in the night and for a certain someone with a butcher knife to start slashing his way through more than just Jack o'Lanterns. Yes kids, Michael Myers is back, but not in Haddonfield. Nope. Nope. Nope. He's travelled all the way to California to terrorize a certain blood relative who was believed to be dead for the past twenty years. Oh Laurie dear, HAPPY HALLOWSCREAM!!!
   On Halloween night, 1978 in the small mid-western town of Haddonfield, Illinois, Michael Myers murdered a total of sixteen people.  After that terrifying night, Michael Myers' only living relative, Laurie Strode, was killed in a car accident.  Haddonfield has been peaceful and quiet for twenty years with no sign of Michael Myers.  Now, in October of 1998, Michael Myers returns. He begins by breaking into Marion Chambers Whittington's (Dr. Loomis' nurse from the first two films) house to find out that Laurie Strode is really alive and had faked her death.  Michael kills two high school guys who live next door as well as killing Marion.  It turns out that Laurie Strode is now residing in Northern California with her teenage son John, has changed her name to Keri Tate, and is the head mistress at a private school.  Laurie has been having nightmares of her brother returning to kill her and her son.  John has been taking care of his mother and is sick of her overprotection and paranoia.  So, John, his girlfriend Molly, and friends Charlie and Sarah decide to stick around on campus to have a private Halloween party since mostly everyone else has left on a camping trip . Meanwhile, Michael finds his way back to Laurie and kills anyone who gets in his way.  This leaves John and his friends in grave danger and forces Laurie to face her fear head on by taking on Michael in a shocking finale that would have and should have been a great closing to the HALLOWEEN franchise.
   John Carpenter changed the horror genre forever when he made HALLOWEEN in 1978. The film has gone on to become a horror classic that has been talked about for three decades.  HALLOWEEN was followed by four sequels in the '80s.  In the mid '90s, Miramax had bought the rights to the HALLOWEEN franchise under their Dimension wing.  In 1995, Dimension and HALLOWEEN's executive producer Moustapha Akkad released the franchise's sixth installment titled HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS.  The film disappointed fans and was a confusing mess thanks to serious re-editing to please some snobby fourteen year old kid who thought the producer's cut sucked.  Also, the franchise's main star Donald Pleasence who played Dr. Sam Loomis had passed away shortly after completing additional dialogue for the film.  Since Loomis was originally intended to return for a seventh film, the ending was redone to not feature Loomis, making the film even worse.   The future of the franchise was at a standstill.  Jamie Lee Curtis noticed that it was approaching the twentieth anniversary of the original HALLOWEEN and wanted to make a HALLOWEEN film that would reunite herself, director John Carpenter, and possibly P.J. Soles (Lynda). Both John Carpenter and P.J. Soles turned down the offer. However, executive producer Moustapha Akkad liked the idea of bringing Jamie Lee Curtis back as Laurie Strode for a twentieth anniversary film. 
       The horror genre was resurrected in 1996 with the clever slasher hit SCREAM, which was written by at the time an unknown writer named Kevin Williamson and directed by horror veteran Wes Craven.  SCREAM made horror films hot again. We got slasher hits such as I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER and URBAN LEGEND.  Akkad decided that this new HALLOWEEN film should ride on the coattails of the new wave of teen horror hits that SCREAM started.  Kevin Williamson was hired to oversee the script and to produce the new HALLOWEEN film. Williamson said in interviews that the original HALLOWEEN is what made him want to be a screenwriter and was his main influence while writing SCREAM. In fact, there's sequences in SCREAM where John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN is playing in the background on the television.   Jamie Lee Curtis had seen HALLOWEEN 3-6 and hated them, so she wanted this new film to play out like a direct sequel to HALLOWEEN (1978) & HALLOWEEN II (1981).  In the late summer of 1998, HALLOWEEN H20: TWENTY YEARS LATER was released to theaters. With a hot young cast, Laurie Strode, and a surprising shocker of an ending, HALLOWEEN H20 was a pretty decent hit and breathed fresh air into a dead franchise.
    HALLOWEEN H20 was actually the first HALLOWEEN film that I was able to see in theaters and I had a blast.  The audience I was with  seemed to enjoy it too since they were all jumping, screaming, cheering, and laughing.  Now I know there's a group of people out there that hated the mid-late '90s horror trend of self awareness, but most of it didn't bother me that much unless it was the extremely low budget straight to video films or some not so good sequels. I guess the reason they don't bother me is because I grew up with them. To be honest, I was exposed to these types of horror films before I really got into the older and more classic films.  The first actual horror film that made me a fan was the original HALLOWEEN and then SCREAM came out and I got hooked. I didn't really have much knowledge of the genre back then like I do now.
    I do however see the flaws in this film now that I didn't see back in 1998. Before I get into those, I would like to talk about what I enjoyed about HALLOWEEN H20.  The screenplay written by Robert Zappia and Matt Greenberg is pretty good. I happen to love Kevin Williamson as a screenwriter and you can definitely tell that he had a lot to do with this film as well as with the screenplay. One thing that I've always enjoyed about Williamson's writing aside from cool stories is very well written characters.  The man writes teen dialogue well in my opinion. He may throw in a lot of references to films that he loves, but what film geek doesn't? When I wrote HALLOWSCREAM, I named the two teens Fred and Jason and made them BEST FRIENDS as well as combining the titles of the first two horror films that made me a fan of the genre together!  Kevin Williamson was another inspiration for me growing up. He's a great writer in my opinion and I want to be a great writer too.  Anyways, this post isn't about me, it's about my opinion of HALLOWEEN H20.  
     The characters were great.  I liked the direction they took Laurie where she is taking a lot of medication, is a bit of an alcoholic, paranoid as Hell, and vastly overprotective of her son John.  John is tired of being hand cuffed to his mother and just wants to be a regular teenager and spend time with his girlfriend Molly and his two best friends.  I also kinda liked Laurie's boyfriend Will, who's a guidance counselor at the private school.  He just wants to spend time with her, but she won't let him get too close.  The security guard Ronny was also pretty cool.  And I liked the other teen characters. The characterization is the strongest part of HALLOWEEN H20 for me. 
     When the shit hits the fan and Michael begins terrorizing them, Laurie faces her demons and makes the choice to stop running from her Boogeyman and to fight him head on.  I liked that she became a stronger character in this film. 
I also really loved the opening with a small appearance by Marion Chambers from the first two HALLOWEEN films.  The opening credits sequence was cool too except for that silly Donald Pleasence dubbed voice over.
  The kills in this movie are pretty cool for the most part.  My favorites are when Michael kills this teen who is a hockey player by shoving his ice skate blade right between his eyes and when one guy gets his throat cut with a corkscrew.  We also get a really cool decapitation.
    The music by John Ottman is okay. I heard that Ottman wasn't pleased with what they did to his music in the final film.  I did love the "Mr. Sandman" song at the beginning, which was used at the end of HALLOWEEN II (1981).
   The ending fucking rocked. It totally had people gasping in the theater including myself back in 1998. Akkad and Dimension had balls to do that, but then those balls turned blue, green, and dissolved into a raped pussy drizzling blood when HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION was made.
I do have a few issues with the film though. Well, most people don't like that this film was made in the tradition that SCREAM started, but that actually did not bother me.  I didn't like the fact that HALLOWEEN H20 ignores HALLOWEEN 4-6 though. What's the point in watching those when this film just skips over them? The only bit from HALLOWEEN 4 actually mentioned is that Laurie was supposedly in a car accident and was dead. Here, it explains that she had faked her death and changed her name.  Other than that though, no mention of Jamie Lloyd or anything related to HALLOWEEN 4-6.  Now, I can hear some of you saying that FRIDAY THE 13TH: JASON LIVES ignored FRIDAY THE 13TH: A NEW BEGINNING. Well, that was for a very good reason, that film fucking sucked. It didn't skip over three films either, just one terrible film and treated it like a bad dream.   Another issue I have is with the eight different Michael Myers masks. I didn't dig the look of the mask in this film.  I also didn't like that this film takes place mostly in Northern California instead of Haddonfield, Illinois like all of the other HALLOWEEN films did (except for obviously SEASON OF THE WITCH).  And there's a few bits that look kinda campy, especially when Michael stabs Sarah in the back with his butcher knife very slowly.  Aside from those things though, I really liked the film.
The direction by Steve Miner, who also directed FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 & PART 3 was actually really good for the most part. 
The acting was pretty solid in HALLOWEEN H20. Jamie Lee Curtis returned greatly back into the iconic heroine of Laurie Strode and made her a strong woman hellbent on killing her evil brother and protecting her son.  Newcomer at the time Josh Hartnett was great in his first acting role as Laurie's son John (named after John Carpenter).  I could tell back in '98 that this guy was going to be a star and I was right.  Hartnett would later star in the teen sci fi/horror/thriller THE FACULTY that was written by Kevin Williamson.  DAWSON'S CREEK star Michelle Williams was great as Molly, John's girlfriend.  Adam Arkin was decent as Will.  I really liked LL Cool J as the security guard Ronny.  Jodi Lyn O'Keefe was great as Sarah. O' Keefe is probably best known for playing a stuck up and popular high school bitch in films such as SHE'S ALL THAT and WHATEVER IT TAKES. Adam Hann-Byrd was cool as Charlie.  I also loved the return of Nancy Stephens as Marion Chambers from the first two HALLOWEEN films.  There's a great cameo by Jamie Lee Curtis' mother Janet Leigh as a woman named Norma. I love that they gave her the name of Norman Bates' mother from Alfred Hitchcock's classic PSYCHO, which Janet Leigh played Marion Crane who gets stabbed to death in the infamous shower scene.  Chris Durand was alright as Michael Myers. And last, but surely not least, we get a great cameo by a young Joseph Gordon Levitt at the beginning of the film. Levitt has gone on to play in such films as 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU and this past summer's block buster hit INCEPTION. Just to be a Batman fanboy here, I hope that Joseph Gordon Levitt gets a role in BATMAN 3. I will seriously go crazy in excitement if he gets casted as The Riddler. That would be so badass!
Overall, HALLOWEEN H20: TWENTY YEARS LATER is a pretty good sequel in the franchise. It's not as good as HALLOWEEN II (1981) or HALLOWEEN 4, but it's the last good film in the franchise until Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN (2007).
Don't you just love it? Twenty years and he still catches up to her! When they said that everything would come to a head in the end, they really meant it!  HEHEHEHAHAHAHA!
2.5/4 STABS
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     He was shot six times and fell off a balcony.  He was burned to a crisp. He was shot into a mine shaft by a firing squad. He was beaten with a pipe. He was even decapitated.  Then why the Hell is Michael Myers back this time? To get karate chopped by Busta Rhymes on MTV!
   It's been three years since Michael Myers reunited with his baby sister Laurie Strode. That night, Laurie decapitated Michael. BUT, it turns out that she decapitated the wrong man. See, before the paramedics loaded Michael's "body" into the van, Michael attacked one of the paramedics, crushed his vocal cords, and decided to play dress up by switching costumes.  And so Laurie unaware that it was really a paramedic, chopped the guy's head off. Now, Laurie is locked away in some mental asylum. Michael makes his way to the asylum, kills off two security guards and chases down his sister one last time to the roof where he finally kills her after all of these years.   Meanwhile, a group of annoying as fuck college kids are going on some hack job reality show ran by Busta Rhymes and Tyra Banks where they have to spend the night in the old Myers house, which happens to be planted with plastic skeletons to scare the shit out of them. Michael returns to his home only to find these jackasses in his house.  He then proceeds to kill them off one by one. This leaves final girl Sarah and Busta Rhymes left.  Busta goes up against Michael Myers with his karate chops as if he is on DEF JAM and results in the HALLOWEEN franchise being yet again, dead and buried but this time with the dog Jason's extra piss fire for flavor.
 In 1998, the HALLOWEEN franchise was revived with HALLOWEEN H20: TWENTY YEARS LATER. The film did really well at the box office and was mostly approved by fans for the really awesome final ending that could and should have laid the HALLOWEEN franchise to rest with a satisfying conclusion.  Well, when money flows, bullshit shows.  In the summer of 2002, the eighth installment titled HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION was unleashed from horror cinema Hell into theaters everywhere and took possession of our money and our brain cells.   This is definitely not the first time Moustapha Akkad has pussied out of a great ending. HALLOWEEN II (1981) ended with Michael Myers and Dr. Loomis burning to death. HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS ended with Michael's evil legacy being passed on to his niece Jamie Lloyd.  And HALLOWEEN H20 ended with Laurie Strode chopping off Michael's head with an axe.  This would have been a great place to end. The problem is that it never ends and judging by modern Hollywood, I don't think icons will ever truly end.   I remember being really pissed off back in 2002 when I saw the trailers for HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION.  I mean, Michael was definitely dead. I fucking watched his head detach from his body and roll off god fucking dammit!  He's dead! He's dead! To quote Malcolm McDowell from Rob Zombie's H2....
"Let me make things nice and sparkling clear! Michael Myers IS dead! D-E-A-D!!!
Yeah, sure, that film was a big disappointment, but that line certainly goes along with how I feel about the ending to HALLOWEEN H20 and this RESURRECTION bullshit.   With all of that said, how did I feel about HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION aside from it being TOTALLY unnecessary? Well, I fucking hated it.  I do admit that the first like fifteen minutes aren't that bad except for a boring opening credits sequence, a bullshit reason for Michael being still alive, and him actually killing off Laurie.  I liked the look of the asylum, the scene where Michael kills the two security guards, and the one mental patient who is obsessed with serial killer and is wearing a clown mask. 
The direction by Rick Rosenthal who also directed the WAY better HALLOWEEN II (1981) did a decent job directing. The film looked good and was definitely running at a decent pace.
Where HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION really falls to pieces is with the story/script by Larry Brand and Sean Hood. The characters were also pretty fucking annoying and lame.  I have to admit that there are a few parts that I liked though.
   I loved the design of the Myers house and the stuff revealing how fucked up Michael was. There's some coloring books with disturbing stuff drawn in them, a high chair with restraints, creepy dolls, and a room under the house where apparently Michael stays when he isn't killing anyone and eats rats.  I also really dug the look of the mask for the most part. 
    The whole reality show bit was lame though. I've seen movies where it worked a lot better such as WRONG TURN 2: DEAD END. It just didn't belong in a HALLOWEEN film.   The worst part for me though was the characters. I hated just about all of them.  Sarah just didn't do anything for me as the final girl. I mean, sure, she was hot, but that didn't mean she was sympathetic.  Freddie was the most annoying of any of them though. Probably because he was played by rapper Busta Rhymes.  I just hated this character from beginning to end. All he did was try to act all gangsta and badass, but he just looked like a fucking idiot. Karate chopping Michael? FUCK THAT!  What really makes me mad is that it looked like Michael was actually afraid of him. I demand a rematch. Busta Rhymes VS. Tyler Mane. Now, Mane would have mutilated this douchebag and hung him up as a Halloween decoration like he did to Annie's boyfriend Paul.  Most of the annoying lines that came from this guy was stuff like...
" Trick or treat MUTHA FUCKA!"
" Lookin' crispy Mikey. Extra fried MUTHA FUCKA!"
" Hey Mikey, Happy Halloween! MUTHA FUCKA!"
Oh would you shut the fuck up!  I think I would rather listen to  Ronnie White talking shit to Michael's mother or that ambulance driver saying "fuck" about thirty more times. That would be more fun than watching Busta Rhymes trying to act.   The only characters that honestly didn't annoy me really was Rudy and Myles aka Dekkard.  Sarah's friend Jen was annoying. Thomas Ian Nicholas' character was annoying. I don't recall all of these character names and quite frankly I don't care either.  
The acting was pretty bad too. Some are decent actors with a terrible character/script to work with and others are just terrible actors period.  I liked the short appearance of Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode at the beginning. Too bad her character died.  Brad Loree was okay as Michael Myers.  Bianca Kajlich was hot, but pretty uninteresting as Sarah.  Sean Patrick Thomas was actually decent as Rudy. Daisy McCrackin was uninteresting as Donna. Katee Sackhoff was annoying as Jen. Luke Kirby was annoying as Jim. Thomas Ian Nicholas from the first three AMERICAN PIE films was annoying as Bill. Ryan Merriman was probably one of the better actors in this film as Myles/Dekkard. Merriman is a decent actor in my opinion and deserves far better work than this movie. I liked him much better in FINAL DESTINATION 3.  Tyra Banks was horrible as Nora. All she did was talk gangsta and shake her booty. She should just stick to modeling. And Busta Rhymes, fuck you! That's all I have to say on the acting.
Another thing I don't like about this film is that all of the other characters that Michael should be after are all dead. Jamie Lloyd is dead. Laurie Strode is dead. Dr. Sam Loomis is dead. So in other words, this film should not exist.  Michael isn't Jason or Leatherface or Freddy. He doesn't just kill anyone. Well, he does, but there is usually a purpose.  Here, there is no purpose other than they are in his home and he apparently doesn't like it.  
Overall, HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION is the worst of the franchise in my opinion. It is the reason we got a remake in the first place.  It's a shame that this film had to be the last HALLOWEEN film that executive producer Moustapha Akkad made. He was killed in 2005  by a terrorist bombing while in Amman, Jordan.  Without him, there probably would have never been a HALLOWEEN franchise.
I would like to take this time to remember some fine people who made the HALLOWEEN franchise what it is today and it truly is a shame that they are no longer around.
Debra Hill, Co-writer/Producer of HALLOWEEN '78
Joseph Wolf, executive producer of HALLOWEEN II & III and did advertizing for HALLOWEEN '78
Moustapha Akkad, executive producer of HALLOWEEN '78-HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION and also the investor on HALLOWEEN '78
It seems that every story must come to an end. But, not an icon of horror! Legends live on, which is why Michael Myers is reborn by rocker Rob Zombie in a more brutal and unique take on horror cinema's greatest Boogeyman! Until the next screaming, have a nice fright! HEHEHEHEHAHAHAHA!!!!
0.5/4 STABS