Rob Zombie Goes Slumming With Halloween II
Serial killer Michael Myers, it turns out, has mother issues. In this disappointing sequel to his intense and much underrated 2007 remake of John Carpenters 1978 classic, Halloween, rock star turned filmmaker Rob Zombie sends Michael (Tyler Mane) on another killing spree at the urging of his now-dead mom (Sheri Moon Zombie), who appears (all too frequently) as a beckoning ghost standing next to a white horse.
Once again, Michael hunts baby-sitter extraordinaire Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton), whos living, one year after the first films murders, with the town sheriff (Brad Dourif). In his 2007 movie, Zombie dug deep into Michaels screwed-up, white trash family history, a process which humanized Michael and made his subsequent brutality all the more unsettling. This time, Zombie doesnt appear to have many deep thoughts, so Michael doesnt just stab his victims, he slices and chomps them into gooey pulp an overkill motif that actually feels false to the character and quickly becomes a depressing bore.
As evidenced by his previous Halloween flick and 2005s astonishing (and irredeemably brutal) The Devils Rejects, Zombie has talent to burn, but hes slumming here, and one suspects that he knows it.
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