HALLOWEEN 2 (2009) Review

Directed by: Rob Zombie
Starring: Scout Taylor-Compton, Tyler Mane, Malcolm McDowell, Danielle Harris

Even though I am still under the belief that Rob Zombie's first Halloween remake was too harshly judged, (I'll admit it wasn't great, but as far as remakes go it was definitely above average) I will agree with the majority that this sequel is a big steaming pile of crap.

Whereas the first film succeeded in bringing something new to the story, (focusing on Myers' childhood) this movie had nothing fresh and was quite frankly boring. There was no suspense, no surprises. Just a body count. And when that's the only thing that matters, there is something really wrong. And the dream sequences with Michael's mother? And the white horse? What the fuck was all that about? That crap is more suited to the music videos that Rob Zombie directs.

Scout Taylor-Compton was annoying with her whimpering voice, and did no justice at all to scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis. Malcolm McDowell did perfectly fine with what he was given, but that didn't really amount to much. The muted atmosphere (more so than in the previous film) was good, but the killing scenes weren't even satisfying, horribly edited and not shocking at all. Even Danielle Harris couldn't make this film bearable for me.

I'll admit that I liked the first remake, but this sequel was entirely unnecessary. Do yourself a favor and give this one a miss. And if you do see it, don't hope for too much. I'm probably doing it a favor by giving it two stars.

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