Pros: Some cool imagery, Meyers is a bad*ss
Cons: Terrible dialogue, unlikable characters, bad acting
.In general, I try to have an open mind when it comes to remakes. The truth is some are better than others. While the reboot of Halloween by Rob Zombie wasn’t anywhere close to the original, the first half was definitely interesting and added something new to the table. The last half was basically a bloodier, skankier shot for shot of the original. So I was interested to see what might happen in Zombies sequel, Halloween II. The fact is the mythos he created in the original is still interesting but everything else is so trashy and terrible it ruins any artistic vision the film had.
The film starts off with Laurie Strode being wheeled into the hospital on a gurney. She’s covered with gashes and smeared with blood screaming hysterically. This is somewhat like the original sequel to the original film. Except really it isn’t. The fact is Jamie Lee Curtis was a decent actor who had competent direction. Curtis’s version of Laurie Strode is more innocent provoking a protective feeling from the audience. Scout Taylor-Compton’s version of Laurie Strode makes me wish Michael Meyers would just get it done and over with. This is a false beginning though and ends up being only a dream. In reality, its two years later and all the death and destruction has turned Laurie into a metal case who expresses her trauma with trashy clothes, addiction and extreme b*tchiness. Yeah, she’s really likable. She’s living with her friend Annie from the first one and attending therapy with Lois Lane. (actually Margot Kidder playing a shrink). Michael Meyers is of course still alive, Dr. Loomis is still a greedy douche bag and most of her friends are losers.
There are so many flaws to this film I don’t know where to begin. The first problem is the script is absolutely, without a doubt the most amateur sounding crap I’ve heard. I’m not a prude by any stretch of the imagination, but the cussing in the film was out of control. The cussing is so out of control that if someone took a sip of alcohol every time someone said the f word alcohol poisoning would occur only fifteen minutes into the film. Isn’t there more nuanced ways of expressing emotion? The second problem is Scout Taylor-Compton’s version of Laurie Strode is a whiny, ungrateful little snot. She’s rude to everyone who cares about her and although I realize she went through some serious trauma she really needs a good slap across the face. So, its really hard to care about what happens to this girl. In fact, the only character in the movie to pull for his her friend Annie. (who is played by Danielle Harris who played Jamie in parts four and five of the original franchise) The casting and changes in the Dr. Loomis character weaken the story as well.
There are some cool things that worked. I do think the physicality of the Michael Meyers is more intimidating and scary. He is definitely far more intimidating in this film than ever before. One thing that really p*ssed off fans of the original is the back story with his mom. Most of the surreal moments, the moments which were unsettling had to do with his interactions with a version of his younger self and his mother. The last fifteen minutes of the film are actually pretty well done with some really artistic shots including one of Laurie in a white room at the very end while a grungy version of Love Hurts plays in the background. Visually this film is no slouch from the costumes of Michael and the long flowing dress of his mother to the party towards the end of the film. Unfortunately, all this doesn’t change the fact the acting is horrible and the dialog is stupid.
To tell you the truth, Halloween II by Rob Zombie's fiml is a victim of trying too hard on one hand and not trying hard enough on the other. Some aspects like the dialogue seem desperate to communicate emotion but Zombie and his writers take the lazy way out. The one praise I do have to give Zombie is he did try to do something different with the source material. Overall though, don’t bother unless you are a big Halloween fan and have some time to kill.