HTF REVIEW: "Halloween Resurrection" (with screenshots)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Founder

    Jul 3, 1997
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    Halloween Resurrection

    Studio: Dimension
    Year: 2002
    Rated: R
    Film Length: 89 minutes
    Aspect Ratio: 16X9 Enhanced Widescreen (2.35:1)
    Subtitles: English & Spanish

    Evil Finds Its Way Home
    In 1978 director John Carpenter introduced us to a
    character that would immortalize the horror genre.
    That character is Michael Meyers, a character that
    seems to be unkillable as nearly 25 years later, the
    Halloween series is still churning out new entries.
    I suppose you can't blame anyone for continuing to
    make these films -- as of all the slasher franchises,
    none has a more bankable name than Halloween.
    Well kids, Michael Myers is back once again. He
    has somehow managed to survive being shot and falling
    off a balcony, being shot and burned, being shot
    and having his head chopped off and so on and so forth.
    I'm surprised nobody has thought of having him die
    from food eaten on Holland America cruise lines.
    In this film, Michael goes home. As the film begins,
    he has tracked down his sister (Jamie Lee Curtis)
    who has now been institutionalized for the events
    of the previous movie. From there, we are introduced
    to six young college students who are chosen to
    take part in an online Halloween stunt by an Internet
    promoter (Busta Rhymes) and his sultry business
    partner (Tyra Banks). The plan? To hire the students
    to spend Halloween night in Michael Myers' childhood
    home. By strapping tiny cameras to their heads, the
    students provide of broadcast what they see live on
    the Internet. Once inside the rickety old house, it
    doesn't take long for Michael to take them out one
    by one.
    To give this film the credit it's due, fans that
    continue to shlep to the theaters to see this kind
    of fare know exactly the kind of film they are in
    for. While the filmmakers have certainly tried to
    reinvent this series with lots of high-tech gadgetry,
    there is no getting around the fact that the film
    is tired and predictable.
    How is the transfer?
    Those that may easily tire by the action on screen,
    will certainly be held captive by this immaculate
    transfer that just looks stunning. This is one of
    those top-rated transfers that comes across with
    amazing clarity. Picture is finely detailed with
    pleasing color saturation and rock solid black
    levels. During the day lit scenes, colors take
    on a vividly bold neon-likeness that almost take
    on a life of their own. The night scenes are
    painted with wonderfully warm blue filters. Since
    most of the film takes place in dimly lit rooms,
    you can appreciate the fact that detail is never
    lost here. There isn't any film grain to be seen
    anywhere, giving the picture a nice smooth look.
    The most important element in a horror film is
    not necessarily what you see on screen. Nothing
    could prove that philosophy more than listening to
    this highly aggressive 5.1 Dolby Digital mix.
    The film begins with the familiar piano theme as
    it slowly envelopes the listening area. Rising above
    this music is various "eerie" creaks that emanate
    from the center and rear channels. The music becomes
    much more prominent, accented by deep rumbles from
    the LFE channel. At this point you could turn off
    the TV and close your eyes as you get lost in the
    the surrounding woods with the sounds of crickets,
    frogs, and hooting owls. In the rear channel you
    can often hear Michael breathing beneath his mask.
    Of course, there's always the pulsating music with
    its accented bass line that builds like a roller coaster
    about to reach the very top of the track before its
    fall. It is this remarkable mix of sound elements
    that plays the most important role of invoking fear.
    Special Features
    First up is commentary by director Rick
    Rosenthal and editor Robert Ferretti. I really
    only had timeto listen to various bits of the
    commentary from scene to scene, and it didn't
    take me long to realize that Rosenthal and
    Ferretti don't seem overly enthusiastic here.
    The conversation never flows fluidly, with lots
    of small gaps, and most of the information they
    provide doesn't seem to be of interest to fans
    that have stayed with this series for seven films.
    Fortunately, for those interested in how the film
    was made, both these gentlemen do talk about their
    shots, including pointing out the seams between
    actual street scenes and those shot on a sound stage.
    Not a bad commentary, but certainly a bit too low-key
    to remain interesting.
    There are six deleted scenes included on this
    Special Edition. They include...
    * Nick and Nora checking out the control room
    located inside the garage of the Meyer's house.
    * A longer montage of Nora interviewing the
    various "contestants."
    * Sara and Jenna sharing a hotel room as they
    consider whether dropping out is the right thing
    to do.
    * Michael returns home as he drives a stolen car
    right up to the front of the house.
    * Locked inside a closet and then rescued, the
    girls find a small door that leads to the discovery
    of a photo album.
    * A sort of repetitive dialogue scene featuring
    Freddie at the end of the film.
    All of these scenes play under a minute each, and
    add no value to the film. Even the optional
    commentary by director Rick Rosenthal isn't that
    I was surprised to find that there were no less
    than three alternate endings shot for this
    film. Original ending with Deckard is a
    sort of heroic rescue from a burning house. CSI
    Hand in Manhole
    ends with a sort of surprising
    "jolt" from beneath the street. Axe Ending
    is probably the best of the three endings, but I
    am not sure whether it plays better than the ending
    that made the final cut. All of these scenes can
    be played with optional commentary by director
    Rick Rosenthal, who unfortunately does not provide
    any in-depth information here.
    A web cam special is rather interesting, but
    it's an idea that never reached its potential. Here
    we watch 40 minutes of the film via the perspective
    of the character's head gear camera. The original
    intent was to provide an interactive DVD function
    where you could watch the Meyer House walk through
    from a set of different angles depending on which
    point of view you pick. With optional commentary,
    director Rick Rosenthal explains the controversies
    involved in trying to pull off such a stunt. It
    meant having to go in and shoot the footage six
    different times. In the end, the project was just
    too enormous an effort to consider.
    Tour of the set with the Production Designer
    introduces us to Troy Hansen. He takes us on a
    personal guided tour of the Meyer house that was
    built on a huge sound stage. With the aid of
    storyboards and conceptual designs, we see how this
    set was originally envisioned as he takes us from
    room to room. Quite interesting!
    (length: approx. 6 minutes)
    On the set with Jamie Lee Curtis begins
    with a montage of behind-the-camera shots as we
    segue into an interview with Jamie Lee Curtis
    who talks about how her character has become
    weathered and beaten since her early virginity
    days. Director Rick Rosenthal has nothing but
    admiration for the actress who brought a presence
    to the set. Through additional interviews with
    the cast, you can see how excited they were to be
    working with this actress. The best part of this
    featurette is watching this skilled actress working
    on the set.
    (length: approx. 4 minutes)
    In Head Cam Featurette, the young cast seems
    to be overly excited about the small camcorders
    attached to their heads that provide live video
    feed to the film camera. Video unit director Jessica
    Landaw carefully shows us how the placement of
    cameras throughout the house will provide the
    ultimate theatrical thrill. Little did the cast
    know that Landaw was using the cameras to spy on
    (length: approx. 4 minutes)
    There are four separate storyboard comparisons
    that show a comparison between the storyboard
    designs and the final scenes in the film. Using
    your ANGLE button, you can switch between a
    sie by side comparison, a storyboard only version,
    and a film only version.
    A still gallery provides dozens of publicity
    and behind-the-camera stills.
    Although there are many trailers for many of the
    horror films from Dimension films, there is
    no trailer included for this film. I don't understand
    how something like this was missed. Fortunately,
    there is an included trailer for Martin Scorsese's
    Gangs Of New York.
    Final Thoughts
    For fans that still care, this is probably the
    best-looking transfer you will ever see of a
    Halloween film. No doubt you will also
    be impressed by the 5.1 Dolby Digital mix that
    could actually be a feature of its own if you
    turned off the television.
    Though it's internet wired, the film's old and tired.
    How many times can you keep beating a dead horse?
    God knows that Michael Myers himself is probably
    tired of this old routine by now.
    December 10, 2002
  2. Justin_S

    Justin_S Producer

    Mar 4, 2001
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    Thanks a lot for the review! I'm one of the few people who loved this entry in the series, and I'll definitely be picking it up.
  3. Scott Temple

    Scott Temple Supporting Actor

    Oct 31, 2001
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    Thanks for the review Ron. I was going to purchase this one anyway, but I enjoyed reading your thoughts and comments on it. Thankfully, Dimension gave this Halloween film the deluxe treatment after the very-disappointing DVD releases of "Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers" and "Halloween 7" (H20.)
  4. Justin_S

    Justin_S Producer

    Mar 4, 2001
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    Yes, I worried that Dimension wouldn't go all the way with this one on DVD just like the previous two entries, but am very happy they did, especially since this is in my opinion the best HALLOWEEN film since part 3. As for H20, it and part 5 are the worst in the series IMO.
  5. Matt Stone

    Matt Stone Lead Actor

    Jun 21, 2000
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    I'll chime in as another "sap" that liked this installment. I'll definitely be picking this one up, thanks for the review!
  6. Dave Mack

    Dave Mack Producer

    Jan 28, 2002
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    Ok, what gives? I heard that this was abysmal. People actually like it and are going to spend $ on it??!?!?!
    I am the biggest fan of the 1st 2 Halloweens. Convince me that this is worth renting at least!
    Open mind waiting...
    D [​IMG]
  7. Matt Stone

    Matt Stone Lead Actor

    Jun 21, 2000
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    It probably isn't worth renting, and I would never recommend this film to anyone...and yet I'm completely drawn to it. Don't ask me why, because it defies logic [​IMG]
  8. Matthew Chmiel

    Matthew Chmiel Cinematographer

    Apr 26, 2000
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    Halloween: A cinematic classic.
    Halloween II: A decent follow-up to the original.
    Halloween III: An average horror film in it's own right. It should have never been apart of the Halloween franchise.
    Halloween IV: The best Halloween sequel ever mainly for the fact that it was creepy and didn't rely on gore like Halloween II.
    Halloween V: A travesty.
    Halloween VI: What the hell happened here?
    Halloween H20: Steve Miner and Kevin Williamson should burn in hell for ruining the franchise even more ("Hey, let's forget Parts 4-6 even happened, even if this entry will be even worse than the theatrical cut of Part 6."). Well then again, Steve Miner should be burning in hell after Soul Man.
    Then we're left with Halloween Resurrection. Thank god I didn't spend anything on this movie as it was awful. That's right folks, it was worse than Halloween V, Halloween VI, and Halloween H20 combined!
    What pissed me off is that (spoilers ahead):
    - They killed Jamie Lee Curtis off in the first ten minutes (I'm betting $20 that she'll come back for Part Nine). What a nice way to screw over the fans.
    - The casting of Tyra Banks and Busta Rhymes. Tyra can't act her way out of a paper bag, but the series sunk so low when Busta shouted out "Trick or treat, motherfucker."
    - Last time I checked, this is the Halloween franchise, not The Blair Witch franchise. I came here to see Michael Myers kill some people, not to see split screens through the Myers house (I will admit it was a cool idea, but way too gimicky).
    But it is nice to see Dimension is loading it up with tons of extras. Now if they would only make The Curse of Michael Myers an SE with the producer's cut involved...
  9. Matt Stone

    Matt Stone Lead Actor

    Jun 21, 2000
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    This coming from the man that loved Van Wilder [​IMG]
  10. Andrew s wells

    Andrew s wells Second Unit

    Nov 20, 2001
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    Count me as one who was SERIOUSLY disappointed in this one. The only reason i even went in the first place after the horrible 6 and 7, was the returning director from part two, which was pretty decent. I had hopes he would return some good scares and creepy moments, of which there are NONE in this film at all. The only part of the film i liked at all was when jamie lee was onscreen. And the part where Busta was in michaels face yelling at him and then mike walks away was too stupid for words. Lets not even talk about the ending.
    A must miss movie IMO. will not be going to any more of them.
  11. Will K

    Will K Screenwriter

    Feb 6, 2001
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    Great review as usual, but I'm steering clear at this one. What a stinker! You know a franchise has hit rock bottom when Busta Rhymes faces off the psycho doing faux kung fu moves. I swear as much as the next guy, but rarely take the Lord's name in vain. This movie made me do it. Ick.
  12. jacob w k

    jacob w k Stunt Coordinator

    Jun 17, 2002
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    I think it is about time this series either retires or comes up with something original.
  13. Matt Stone

    Matt Stone Lead Actor

    Jun 21, 2000
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    I don't think there is much originality left in the entire horror genre. Scream seemed to be the last gasp. As for the series hitting rock bottom, I'd say it hit rock bottom at Halloween 5...this is just another in a long line of crappy, crappy movies.
  14. Chad R

    Chad R Cinematographer

    Jul 14, 1999
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    The lowest point was when Rosenthal paid homage to, well...himnself when:
    thegirl slipped in a pool of blood much like Lance Guest did in part II
  15. Patrick McCart

    Patrick McCart Lead Actor

    May 16, 2001
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    Georgia (the state)
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    Patrick McCart
    Ron is very brave when it comes to reviewing films like this.

    IMO, the original is a great film and the sequels are hideous. The best thing to do now is to make another Halloween movie, but make it a all-out comedy. Halloween: The Musical would be good, too.
  16. Brian Lawrence

    Brian Lawrence Producer

    Feb 28, 1998
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    Now here's something really scary [​IMG]
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  17. Mike Soltis

    Mike Soltis Stunt Coordinator

    Jul 23, 2001
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    Is Ted Nugent in the film?? [​IMG]
  18. StevenJ

    StevenJ Stunt Coordinator

    Oct 4, 2002
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    Looks pretty awesome. Can't wait! [​IMG]
  19. Chris Tedesco

    Chris Tedesco Second Unit

    Aug 26, 2002
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    Geeze! What the hell happened to Jaime?? Is she
    a. made up to look like shit?
    b. just waking up and hasn't put on make-up yet?
    c. really Ted Nugent standing in for Jaime Lee Curtis?
    d. glad to be done with Halloween for good[​IMG]
  20. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Founder

    Jul 3, 1997
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    If you saw the movie, you would know that she
    is in character.

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