Halloween 2 Review

I really wanted to like this movie going into it and then again half way through had to convince myself that I really wanted to like it, but I couldn’t. I didn’t think it was a terrible movie, but I couldn’t really get into it for some reason. I like what Rob Zombie has done in the past, I’m not the biggest fan of House of 1000 Corpses, but it wasn’t terrible, The Devil’s Rejects is an incredible movie, and then I really enjoyed his take on Halloween, but this latest effort seems to fall way short of my expectations.

It felt like the script itself was very rushed, which I think probably was because I know after Halloween was done he had no intentions of doing H2, but they must have made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. The story itself is a direct continuation of his first plunge into the story. It kind of picks up right where the first one ended, and I say kind of because in terms of the time line it doesn’t really, but what you see on screen does. Once you see it you’ll know what I’m talking about. Soon after the opening we jump to a year later and follow Laurie Strode as she tries to get her life back to normal after the events of the previous year. And of course it’s a few days before Halloween and of course Michael Meyers makes his way back to her. So without giving too much of the general plot away, even though there’s not much else besides that, that’s the general idea, Michael is back to find Laurie.

Now for what I didn’t like about the movie. A minor issue I had was the recasting of young Michael Meyers. I really liked the kid that played him in the last movie and completely understand why he would need to be recast, but I just didn’t like it. Obviously the kid has gotten older in real life and it would be a little harder for him to portray Michael Meyers at a certain age so they had to recast. The new kid isn’t terrible, but he just didn’t seem to have that eerie, creepiness to him that the last kid did. And Zombie has the new kid talk and smile and laugh at one point which seemed a little out of place to me, but maybe not. Like I said, I don’t hold this against the movie because there was no way to avoid it, I just didn’t really like the transition. Which kind of leads me into my next gripe of the kid being in the movie so much.

Sheri Moon Zombie (Rob’s wife) has been in all of his movies so far and good for her, she’s a decent actress, she’s attractive yet badass and doesn’t really do any movies outside of Rob’s projects, but I didn’t like how big of a role she had in this one and her performance here. She was amazing in “Rejects” and very good in the last “Halloween”, but coming back as a “ghost” that Michael Meyers sees was just kind of weird. I get what Zombie was trying to do with Michael only killing because his mother and himself (this is why the new kid is in it so much) are telling him to. We all know that Michael has issues so while it doesn’t seem too far out of place I just wasn’t expecting the two to appear on screen as much as they did. At points it was almost like “come on already” because it felt like it wasn’t moving the plot forward at all, it was just there to either fill up time or get Sheri some screen time. I don’t know that whole thing kind of turned me off a bit. I was expecting more Michael Meyers stalking and killing, while we did get a good amount of brutal kills, the suspenseful stalking aspect from the original (not Zombie’s) seemed to be gone. I was hoping since Zombie’s last Halloween dealt more with the origin of the monster that this one would finally get us to strictly adult, killer stalker Michael that we’re used to, but I was a little disappointed.

I know that I need to try to forget the original Halloween movies and only focus on Zombie’s idea of the story in order to fully understand what he’s trying to do, but obviously that’s a little hard since Carpenter’s Halloween is one of the all time classics. But after sitting down to write this post and going over things in my head a little bit more, I do see where Zombie was going and kind of why he did some of the things he did. So I’m starting to feel like I enjoyed it a bit more than I thought I did, however there are a few things that I can’t get out of my head that I know I didn’t like.

The dialogue between Laurie and her friends was absolutely terrible. The one scene in the hippie store with the 3 of them almost felt like I was watching a darker version of Diablo Cody’s “Juno”. It had that wannabe pop culture type feel to it and it just didn’t work for me. I understand they are kids and Zombie was probably just trying to portray how kids talk, but I don’t think that’s really how they talk… granted I’m not really a kid anymore I hope they don’t talk like that otherwise this world is fucking screwed. So that leads me into Laurie Strode played by Scout-Taylor Compton. I liked her in the first movie I thought she did a great job, but by the end of this one I was almost hoping she would just die as I was getting so annoyed with her for some reason. Maybe it was the long takes of screaming or just her in general, but I did not like her performance in this one. I would have actually preferred to have Danielle Harris play Laurie Strode (which would have been a little weird due to her involvement in the original series), I thought she did an excellent job, but then again she wasn’t on screen as much as Scout. I don’t know if my overall opinion of the movie would have changed had a Scout’s performance been different, but it was definitely a part that I did not enjoy.

So after writing about the movie and thinking about it a little more I do see what Zombie was trying to accomplish with the entire Meyer’s clan “ghosting” around haunting Michael as he did the killing, but some of those scenes were just fucking weird and reminded me a lot of House of 1000 Corpses and just felt out of place here. For example that dinner scene with the weird people with pumpkins for heads or whatever they were… yeah that was a little too much I think. And the only little plot hole that was pretty obvious and a little disappointing that Zombie would leave it like that, was when they are at the party near the end and the one girl gets killed and as soon as she gets killed it flashes back to the house that Danielle Harris’ character is at and literally 30 seconds later the cop outside gets killed. How the fuck does Michael Meyers get from the party to the house instantly. I understand that time in movies doesn’t work the same way it does in real life (it’s not real time) but the way it was edited made it seem like it was, so it was just a little confusing and disappointing that it stayed that way. But other than that, if you liked the first one and are curious about this one I’d say check it out, but just go into it expecting a “sequel” meaning that it’s not going to be quite as good as the original and probably not what you’re expecting.

And now I look forward to seeing what Zombie is going to do with The Blob!