Directed by Rick Rosenthal.
Written by Larry Brand and Sean Hood.
Starring Busta Rhymes, Tyra Banks, Sean Patrick Thomas and Jamie
Release Year: 2002
Review Date: 7/15/02
Gratuitous Internet note: You need to go
to www.tvguide.com and check out the descriptions of the Ten
Mediocre Shows that We Had to Watch feature; I found this after
reading about the magazine’s 50 worst TV shows of all time, in
stores now. There is a review of one of the shows, “TJ Hooker”,
from the mid-80s that had me laughing out loud about star William
Shatner’s acting. Classic!
I likes me a good horror movie, but these
days, no one releases horror films that are any good! As such, we
are forced to sit through rehashes of the “Friday the 13th” series
and now, the eighth installment in the “Halloween” series,
My buddy Max and I went to catch this on
opening day, and I want to say right off the bat that this movie
deserved to be a lot worse. But no one told that to screenwriter
Larry Brand, who comes up with some interesting ideas to make this
installment better than most of the other films in the long-running
series. He does this by keeping it simple—he (finally) kills off
killer Michael Myers’ sister Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) in the film’s
opening sequence, which is a blessing both for the films and for
Curtis, who can now put this career hallmark in her past. Plus,
Brand actually makes the film topical by driving the film’s main
plot around a “Big Brother”-style TV show called Dangertainment,
whose host (Busta Rhymes) sees a financial opportunity in having six
college students run around Myers’ old home to discover the roots of
the twisted psycho.
As the students get picked off one by one, a
friend of one of the kids follows the action on the Internet, and
this is where the film really shines—our nation’s sad addiction to
online events is what makes “Halloween: Resurrection” so scary. Who
else but teens in college would hang out on the Internet on the
night of Halloween to follow something like this? And, of course,
when the students are being knocked off, why wouldn’t they think it
was just a big, fat joke? Sure, there is plenty of blood and some
cool kills as Myers makes his way to the end of the film, but it is
intriguing to see how the kids watching online will react to the
truth that this isn’t just entertainment.
Rhymes is much worse than he usually is as
an actor; his strong turns in “Finding Forrester” and the
otherwise-disappointing “Shaft” update are nowhere to be found
here. But, he does enough in the role to not totally screw things
up. Bianca Kajlich, as the last-one-standing student Sara, is
pretty hot and while she doesn’t make the film worth watching by
herself, she makes running around screaming easy enough on the
eyes. Cameos by Tyra Banks, Sean Patrick Thomas (“Save the Last
Dance”), and Thomas Ian Nicholas (“American Pie”) make the action
livable, and director Rick Rosenthal (who also directed the second
“Halloween” film) throws in some genuine scares.
I really thought this was going to be an
easy Hard Vice, but “Halloween: Resurrection” really overachieves.
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": This is
the highest rating a movie can receive. Reserved for movies that
exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development,
setting...or Salma Hayek. Not necessarily in that order.
"$X.XX Show": This price
changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently,
it is the $9.50 Show. While not technically perfect, this is a
movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.
"Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca",
but you'll have a great time watching. The $9.50 Show won't win any
Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see
"Matinee": An average movie
that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.
Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about
yourself. A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave
the theater saying "That wasn't too bad...man, did you see that
Lakers game last night?"
"Rental": This rating
indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your
friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one." Mostly forgettable, you
couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to
watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the
video store was out of copies of "Ronin." If you can, see this
movie for free. This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a
"Hard Vice": This rating is
the bottom of the barrel. A movie that only six other human beings
have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
movie. Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or
"Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this
movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!
(Warning: strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard