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With: Jamie Lee Curtis, Brad Loree, Busta Rhymes, Bianca Kajlich, Sean Patrick Thomas, Daisy McCrackin, Katee Sackhoff, Luke Kirby, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Ryan Merriman, Tyra Banks, Billy Kay, Gus Lynch, Lorena Gale, Marisa Rudiak
Written by: Larry Brand, Sean Hood, based on a story by Larry Brand
Directed by: Rick Rosenthal
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, language, some sexuality and brief drug use
Running Time: 90
Date: 07/12/2002

Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Shape of Reality

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

The eighth official movie of the Halloween franchise featured director Rick Rosenthal of Halloween II (1981), which didn't help much. Many fans consider this the worst of the ten films (so far). Halloween: Resurrection does start with a decent idea. A cynical reality TV producer, Freddie Harris (Busta Rhymes) -- who watches kung-fu movies on his hotel room TV -- gets the idea to produce a reality show in the old Myers home. He casts six attractive college students, straps them with cameras, and sets them loose in the house. Given the history of reality shows since 2002, this idea is not out of the realm of possibility.

However, that's when Halloween: Resurrection gets bad. The footage from their head-cams is terrible, shaky and blurry. Some of the teens decide to smoke pot and have sex, quickly forgetting that they have cameras on their heads. One of them wonders why a bunch of stuff belonging to a famous serial killer would still be in his house and not confiscated by police? It's a good question, and the answer isn't that interesting. The teens themselves are one-dimensional, and even our Final Girl, Sara (Bianca Kajlich), doesn't seem to be that clever or interesting.

But then the movie kicks in with a couple more interesting ideas. Someone dresses up as Myers to scare the kids just as the real Myers shows up, and there's a cool shot of one stalking the other. Then, an internet admirer of Sara's helps out by watching the show on the web and texting her instructions. If only these ideas had been used a little more cleverly, as they should have been in the age of Scream. But Halloween: Resurrection probably gets the most hatred from fans for its treatment of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), who appears in the prologue in her fourth and probably final Halloween movie.

It's interesting to note that -- despite the fact that Myers once again opens his eyes in the final shot -- this is the last of the original Halloween storyline to date; the next film in the series was Rob Zombie's terrible 2007 reboot, Halloween. Regardless, I can't entirely write off Halloween: Resurrection. As a fan of this entire, cheesy series, I find it has enough cool stuff to make it worth a late night October viewing.

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