Halloween II: A Rob Zombie film
Round two of Halloween picks up at the hospital, much like in the original sequel with a twist so as to avoid a means of years passing and the girls adjusting to their new style of living. Myers having escaped the coroners van to go forth on his killing spree makes you wonder for a quick second “hey how come no works in this dern hospital?” to BAM! Oh I see, because he was too busy carrying the bodies to the outside the hospital; naturally. Which turns out to be a dream sequence and two years pass with even more-so grudged out characters in the slaughter fest that is Michael Myers.
Laurie (Scout Taylor-Compton) is found living with fellow Halloween victim and “best friend” Annie (Danielle Harris) and father/Sheriff Leigh Brackett (Brad Dourif). However Laurie’s past has dampened their friendship and they seem barely able to get along at times, the ordeal causing Laurie to act out with her new friends at work. While Dr. Loomis, played once again by Malcolm McDowell has in the years following the events become a greedy publicized author making a living off of what “happened” to him and the monster that couldn’t be tamed approach to Michael.
Realistically speaking if these events were to occur, which do you think would be easier to believe? Now I’m sure that after some horrific trial has happened we would HOPE that the people involved become stronger, become more attuned with their mind and go on to become the hero, much like Jamie Lee Curtis’s Laurie Strode in the original story-line But is that really believable? Even though I am a huge fan of the original series can you actually say that after viewing the version by Rob Zombie, that it doesn’t make a bit more sense in real terms? Living through what the character does, why wouldn’t she completely be unstable to the point of having convulsions or night/day terrors? Why would it not make her a bit mentally unstable or even unable to see a reminder, like her former best friend, as a daily reminder of what was in part, due to their interaction.
Who hasn’t wondered what exactly these serial killers do in the years prior to returning to reign terror once more? Hiding out, taking from an abandoned land and coming and going as he pleases along with the beautiful imagery between Myers real world coinciding with his subconscious gave further insight into this brutal killers mind. The way he used the mother and younger self as what kept him going not only in the sense of him chasing his past but believing firmly that by killing he would be able to reunite fully with his family again to be quite daunting in that you actually get the sense of where this murderous and un-forgiving creature streams from and what exactly may be going on inside of his mind as far as reason goes.
Now while Zombie himself hasn’t done the likes of say twenty plus films or however (yet) has a upfront way of shooting that makes the terror as brutal as able in a variety of different ways. Usually slowing the scene frame by frame with some type of sound effect in the background to glorify each shot. Or slow down the scene and proceed to let it play in slow motion with the audio track over. However he chooses to do the scenes, I always find them to be captivating and appreciate how much more of a powerful scene it becomes in these instances. It was done quite abundantly throughout The Devil’s Rejects, which just may be my favorite film of his to date.
Within the final moments of the film Zombie takes you and pulls you in the middle of these siblings sub-conscious. They both have the shared visions of their mother, they both can feel the pull of this dark psyche pulling at them and it’s doing so much that it has completely taken over the lives of these two, turning one to lose complete control while the other attempts to get any semblance of a life that she had prior. Pinning them against one another and ultimately ending quite in the cohesive way you might expect; cuing in Nan Vernon’s version of “Love Hurts” giving an ending to a film with no “real” ending. Meaning regardless of where these two characters were left at the end of the movie, the reason they even exist being to balance each other out.
Side note: When reviewing or generally just going through these posts I believe it is important to distinct between a couple different things for certain reviews. When comparing an original to the remake or re-adaptation or however they choose to do redo the film in whichever way, I feel it is important to realize what exactly should be compared and contrasted, in my opinion of course.
~when attempting to review a movie that has previously been made it is important first to realize if what you’re watching is trying to completely mimic its original, or rather if the director/writer have taken the original script and chosen to adapt their own take on the story line.
~Two reasons; if the movie itself is not changing, i.e. basic same script, plot, just different actors and use of language/nudity then it has to judged a bit more harshly because they are choosing to be that close to the original. If the movie is changing, i.e. same characters are being used, same details however the way in it being presented has drastically changed then you have to see where the director is trying to take the storyline. If they are being original with what they decide to do to these character already used to or feeding you their own rehashed version of the classic.
The reason for me stating this being because for the past two reviews on Rob Zombie’s version of Halloween I realize I have spent the majority discussing his take, his cut scenes, how he choose to show us the character of Michael Myers and I think it’s important to focus more on the director/writer when viewing these types of films, (remakes). We the fans, are already used to the characters, are already used to someone else’s take on the matter. So if you do choose to stick by the original so closely what can you really show the audience that they haven’t seen by this point? Production has been stopped on any chance of a Halloween 3-D as of this year however I would certainly be curious to see how they would pick up the story after Zombie has added his own twist. The fact that they might do it in 3-D however excites me a bit less. It seems so rare that a movie done in 3-D is actually done in a way that entire audiences can agree on and then adding Michael Myers to the mix doesn’t seem like something the Weinstein Brothers should do if they plan on keeping fans of film.