Halloween 2 (2009)
Director: Rob Zombie
Main Stars: Scout Taylor-Compton, Tyler Mane, Malcolm McDowell, Sheri Moon Zombie, Brad Dourif, Tyler Mane
Storyline: Laurie Strode tries to deal with the nightmares of her killer brother as Michael returns home again.
Review (Spoils): Once again Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) has returned and he wants to finish off his family and Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton) is the target again. Except this time Laurie is a spoil brat (I guess the actions in the last film drove her with an ego) who just can’t get off her high horse and we have the bearded Michael walking around killing everything in his path. Unlike the first remake film from Rob Zombie this one has nothing to do with the original Halloween 2 and this just a mixed bag of shit and dream sequences. We get it she has nightmares of the past film….we do not need to wasted on this after the first time or the second. But it does not stop there did I mention in the psyche of Michaels mind is his childhood, a white horse (yes a horse!) and his mother who is portrayed by Sherri Moon Zombie?
Other than the beautiful Sherri Moon Zombie to look at (yes Rob we know she is good looking and she is in every film you ever did) this film is a total mess and might possible be his worse to date. Between dreamscapes, the wanna be mom from Friday the 13th demanding to kill, all over the place plot gaps and the powerhouse Michael Myers being able to take a hit from anything and keep going, this film is a total loss.
Rating: Skip this film if you actual enjoy the Halloween series. Even for remakes this one missed the mark by a very large throw. You can have as much gore and blood that anyone can take but when you mix it with this much crap then it just isn’t that great. This film was a bloody mess in a bad way.
Wicked Little Things (2006)
Director: J.S. Cardone
Main Stars: Lori Heuring, Scout Taylor-Compton, Chloe Grace Moretz
Storyline: A mining accident back in 1913 has left the ghost of children behind
Review (Spoils): We have another film from the After Dark Horror-fest series, this one is also tied to the undead and ghosts. We have a mine in 1913 that used children as slave workers that had an explosion that buried the young ones underneath the rumble. We now move to the present with the young Karen Tunny (Lori Heuring) who lost her husband and has left her broke with two young girls. They move into a small broken down house that the mine once was near and they hear tales of zombies and tales to stay inside at night. Karen’s young girls get involved into the ghost tales and one of her daughter disappears.
We have children talking to ghosts, nightmares of child murders, the haunting woods and the broken mine and some sappily spooky zombie children. The story is nothing really new and the scares are limited as its all been done before. Nothing really new here…
Rating: The main characters are actually really good in the film the problem with this film is that the whole zombie ghost thing has been overdone by now and nothing really stands out.This type of film is not targeted I think to true horror fans that have seen it all but maybe for the younger faint at heart crowd.
Director: Rob Zombie
Main Stars: Scout Taylor-Compton, Malcolm McDowell, Tyler Mane, Sherri Moon Zombie, Daeg Faerch, Clint Howard, Bill Mosele, Brad Dourif
Storyline: A retelling of the Michael Myers story but more focussed on his childhood.
Review (Spoils): Sigh…. remake time again with a review. We have the re-telling of the Michael Myer’s (Daeg Faerch ) story from the Halloween series. The young boy is messed up as he has been locked up since he was 10 after killed and start to learn what makes him tick. During this process his escapes and heads back home to Haddonfield where he stalks and tries to kill his younger sister Laurie. Anyone who gets in his way of this is killed in brutal ways.
We have a retelling tale of Mike Myers (Tyler Mane) and Doctor Loomis (Scout Taylor-Compton) but this time done with the script of Rob Zombie. Now we all know that Zombie is a horror fan and he wanted to tell his updated take of this tale. The beginning starts actually very interesting when he gets into the younger details of what is going on in the mind of the young boy. To me this was fresh and it held my attention and I was impressed. Then the story flipped to the remake part and it literality felt like it was word for word of a remake. To me this is just lazy and there was nothing new anymore to this tale. I loved the beginning but then it was just felt boring about mid way through the film. Sure we have a more graphic film then the classic from the 70s but this does not make it a good/or better film because of it.
Rating: I have a hard time wrapping around my head why you would want to do this remake. If you’re a fan of the film series you think you would not want to touch it and leave it as is. I would focus more on learning from the classic and creating something new on your own. But I guess that’s just me and Hollywood loves it cash in remakes. Not a horrible film but it is one of Rob Zombies better films.