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HALLOWEEN 2, 2009
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Directed by Rob Zombie
Starring: Scout Taylor-Compton, Tyler Mane, Malcolm McDowell
Review by Matthew Toffolo



SYNOPSIS:

Laurie Strode (Taylor-Compton) struggles to come to terms with her brother Michael's deadly return to Haddonfield, Illinois; meanwhile, Michael prepares for another reunion with his sister.

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The Moody Blues song "Nights in White Satin" will now haunt me in my sleep for at least the next couple of weeks. And it was such a peaceful and sweet song for me in the past. But Rob Zombie Halloween-ized it and made it a sign in Laurie's dream that death is about to occur. And because the images were so strong while the song was playing I will now think about this film whenever I hear the song for the rest of my life. Thanks Mr. Zombie.

The first 20 minutes of Halloween II are really frightening. Shot on what appears to be 16mm, it's like we're watching a 1970s film instead of a 21st century one (A theme Zombie will continue throughout this film as it's pretty obvious he feels a tad nostalgic for that decade). The beginning is by far the best part of the movie because everything is so random and all we are feeling is pure terror and horror. A pace that I wonder if they can keep up for an entire feature film and just throw away all of that plot and character development stuff. With the current horror audience who knows and understands every trick in the book, I think they can.

Then Laurie wakes up and it's all a dream. A storytelling device that needs to be retired for at least 50 years. It's #1 on the movie cliche list and it's done so often the audience feels cheated and not excited by it. It's like the first 20 minutes of the film was pointless and now we have to start all over again.

Halloween II is a film that shocked me a bit. It's loaded with interesting scenes and situations as I was on the edge of my seat for the entire film. Of course I'm not the type of person who has seen many horror films so perhaps if seen by a more sophisticated person they might not think the same way. And this is also my first experience of the Halloween franchise as I never seen the originals.

I think that's the point though. These new Halloween films are supposed to be seen by the new generation. I'm in the minority group (at least in my world) where I don't mind remakes. They remake theater productions 10,000 times a year in various venues, so why not movies? Usually the remade versions aren't nearly as good as its originals, but sometimes there are a lot of surprises and what happens is that the new generation learns about the original film.

A personal example of that was in 1998 when I went to see the film The Perfect Murder starring Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow. It was only after I saw the film was I told that this was a remade film from Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 film Dial M For Murder. I then rented that film and other Hitchcock movies after wards only because they remade one of his films. So The Perfect Murder became free advertising for Alfred Hitchcock and a new generation was introduced to him. Just like William Shakespeare is always remembered in the theater world. What if they just stopped making his plays? Then people would forget about him and his writings.

The first time I've ever seen a Star Trek film or TV show was this year's 2009 version. I liked that film so much I now want to go back and watch it's beginnings. And if JJ Abrams didn't do that then I would of lived my entire life never seeing anything Star Trek.

And Zombie seems to attempt to explain who Michael Myers is and why he does what he does. We are the WHY generation as we want to know all of the reasons for why things happen. So in the movies we demand the same thing. Rob Zombie is attempting to give us that but of course the 70s generation (his generation ironically) are pissed at him.

But so what. Keep making these films Zombie as long as you can. I tend to believe that if you're not pissing people off when making art then you're not trying hard enough.

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