As a followup to the universe Rob Zombie created in his HALLOWEEN remake, this is actually a decent film, but only in that context and completely removed from the context of the original series. Since Zombie made the clear decision to humanize Michael in his films, I liked that there was an extreme and intimate attachment in each of the killings through the repeated stabbings. He is intent on doing some serious damage to these people, revisiting the pain and anguish inflicted on him as a child by exacting it on others. Giving him a voice for the first time in the series also cements the fact that he is not the Slasher icon we all grew up with; his methods and attacks draw more from the true crime murders of our reality than the Grand Guignol spectacles in the 80s film era. The gratuitous violence and gore does become a bit much at times, but it still felt gritty and raw like in the previous installment. Neither the changes to his appearance nor his vocalization bothered me one bit, either. I also liked that Michael retreated to the background of the film, a shadow of sorts that grows more and more powerful as he slowly closes in on Laurie. This helped avoid the tedious cat and mouse that bogged down the ending of the first film. Michael also maintains a certain degree of believability in that his abilities are limited only by Tyler Mane's physical capacity. Dr. Loomis' character heads in the right direction for the way he was written in the remake, and while McDowell's role will always be overshadowed by Pleasence's iconic performance, he was much better suited as the antagonistic antihero in this second film. Scout's over the top acting is just as forgettable as it was previously, though Zombie's dramatic shift in turning her written character into a psychotic Emo chick will never be forgotten or forgiven by the hardcore HALLOWEEN fans. What I didn't like (and I am sure I speak for most fans here) was the overstated pseudo-psychology that repeatedly killed the forward momentum of the plot by trying to get into Laurie and Michael's heads and exploring the Freudian motives driving their actions through a series of distracting visuals. If you have to blatantly spell out the subtext of the film in your first shot in order for your artsy additions to make any sense, it is going to be a rocky road ahead. After a steady build that finally offered a fresh new voice to the series, Zombie really ended on an anti-climatic note that was a bit disappointing after surrendering my skepticism and giving the film a chance despite its overwhelmingly negative criticism. Overall, I felt that the film has been grossly misjudged due to the inevitable comparisons that will always be made against the original series. Rob made many of the right choices in following up his version of the character, and I truly feel it is a competent sequel to his original; as a standalone Slasher film, however, it is nothing above average, but still far from the worst I have ever seen. Remove yourself from the fact that it is called HALLOWEEN, and you might be able to enjoy it.
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