Halloween II

Director: Rob Zombie
Writer: Rob Zombie 
Producer: Rob Zombie/Andy Gould/Malek Akkad
Starring: Malcolm McDowell/Tyler Mane/Sheri Moon Zombie/Brad Dourif/Danielle Harris
Year: 2009
Country: US
BBFC Certification: 18
Duration: 105 minutes

After the success of the latest Halloween by Rob Zombie, he decided to make a sequel. This is one of the worst sequels I have seen for a movie in a very long time. Starting where the first one finished, Michael Myers escapes and is still at large and more dangerous than ever before. After failing to kill Laurie in the first, you can pretty much guess what this one is about. Michael becomes a kind-of tramp figure trying to find Laurie with the guide of his mother’s spirit…and killing anyone who gets in his way. So after watching Halloween II, the first thing I noticed about the story was that there was none whatsoever. It just felt like things were just happening for the fun of it and that circumstances were just happening out of nowhere. The pure fact that Michael Myers is being followed by his mother’s spirit is clearly ripping off Jason Voorhees from popular horror movie Friday the 13th and doesn’t try too hard to cover it up, it’s clear as day! It doesn’t show the tough bad-ass Michael Myers but the one who is trampy and has mommy issues. The acting was abysmal, lacking of emotion almost all the way through and in the scenes where there were emotions, I just didn’t buy or believe it in any way. Some parts of the movie was boring and could probably have been easily cut out.

Also, the movie wouldn’t be a Rob Zombie movie without needless and pointless violence as Michael just kills pretty much anyone which was kind of disappointing. All the movie really did was switch between Laurie either having bad dreams or shouting and crying about them and Michael running (or walking…slowly) round killing people. It got boring after the first ten minutes and remained that way all the way through to the end. You didn’t care for any of the characters at all.

It relies way too heavily on blood and gore and Halloween isn’t really supposed to rely on it. There were quite a few plot holes that I’m sure people would notice but other than that, this is more or less a ‘take your brain out before watching’ type of movie and the ending is possibly one of the most anticlimactic endings ever to have graced the movie world and what’s possibly worse? It’s rumoured there will be a third one! I normally like Rob Zombie movies such as House of 1000 corpses and The Devil’s Rejects but this movie is a definite reject! Total garbage! Halloween fans will be disappointed.

2/10

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