A couple years ago, my wife and I went to see the Rob Zombie remake of Halloween at the theater. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the movie, but it turned out to be a great film in my opinion.
So, when I saw Zombie was going to re-make the sequel to the movie too, I couldn’t wait to see it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t see it at the theater this time around but I was one of the first to see it on DVD.
I actually have not seen the original Halloween II (I might have to rent it) so I’m not sure how this movie compares to that one. But, I do know it wasn’t as good as Zombie’s first Halloween re-make.
The movie did have its moments. Mike Myers’ murderous moments were almost as intense as they were in the first movie and, like the first film, the scenes managed to be graphic without going over the top. My wife and I both ended up having bad dreams as a result of some of those scenes; something that normally NEVER happens to me when I watch horror movies.
I also loved Malcolm McDowell reprising his role as Dr. Loomis and how the movie has the character (one of the heroes in the first film) cashing in on his involvement with Myers and being both loved and hated as a result.
Scout Taylor-Compton also does a great job in this movie. She is very believable as her character Laurie Strode slowly goes insane; both from dealing with the attacks in the first film and from learning she is Myers’ sister.
However, there are some parts of the movie I didn’t like. For one, they leave too much unexplained; like whether or not he really was shot in the head in the first movie (or if she just imagined it) and why he decided to disappear for two years rather than continue his killing spree and pursuit of his sister right away.
That part involving him having conversations with his dead mother and seeing himself as a boy is also a bit too bizarre and confusing for me; especially when his sister sees the same thing.
Final opinion: As far as horror movies go, this one is still one of the better ones I’ve seen. It’s not quite as good as the first movie but there’s still plenty to make it worth watching.
Average Netflix Grade: 3.1 stars out of a possible 5.
My Grade: 4 stars.
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