Joy of joy a sequel to the craptastic Halloween remake which ejaculates a gross amount of blood out of its ass and does nothing to redeem the quality of the franchise that hit rock bottom thanks to Rob Zombie. Why can’t people just leave these films alone? They’re not getting better so why keep milking this franchise?
The story picks up straight after the blood bath of a climax that rounded off the previous film and shows an exceptionally gory dream sequence. When did this turn into A Nightmare on Elm Street? When that’s over and done with the plot once again follows the resurrected Michael who continues on his quest to kill his sister, Laurie Strode. Really the quality of the writing here is no better than in the remake which did a pretty good job of tarnishing the original film’s story with a truckload of bad ideas. The ending despite being as dull and bloody as before does actually win points for not being tediously and needlessly drawn out. Rob Zombie really doesn’t know how to end a story, does he?
Is it really worth talking about the visual effects when there is really not much else other than a tanker full of blood which is thrown around so much it almost becomes a joke? Even if you do see some other effects scattered around they are so thinly spread out that the wretched amount of blood prevents you from actually noticing them. Honestly, what is with people and indescribable levels of blood and guts? Were the filmmakers compensating for something or did they throw their arms into the air and say “really who gives a damn?” I wouldn’t be surprised if that is actually what happened! It’s not even very convincing blood and even if it was that wouldn’t change how overdone it all is.
The acting was really much the same as it was before since they managed to get most of the cast from the previous film to come back and reprise their roles. Malcolm McDowell has thankfully returned and even if Sam Loomis has been turned into a dick it is good to see such a great performance from a brilliant actor. Scout Compton Taylor is just like she was before only this time her character takes a downward turn which damages an otherwise okay performance from the actress. The awesome Brad Dourif is back as Sheriff Brackett and is in my opinion even better than he was before which helps because the acting is the only truly good about this poor sequel. Tyler Mane is also back as Michael and while he does us the service of not saying anything, in some cuts of the film, Chase Wright Vanek gives us another example of how bad a decision it is to have Michael. Myers. TALKING!
Rarely rising above the untalented mess seen in the previous film Halloween 2 is a badly written follow up to an equally bad remake that brings in nothing new worth speaking of. It is already clear that there is little hope left for this franchise, so why can’t filmmakers just learn from their mistakes and stop insulting the audience?