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Halloween Resurrection – was it as bad as we remember?

This year marks the 20th anniversary of one of the low points of the Halloween series; Halloween Resurrection.

After the success of Halloween H20, Dimension Films seemed to have learnt their lesson about rushing sequels and took their time to mould a sequel that would see the return once again of Jamie Lee Curtis alongside a brand new cast – including one Busta Rhymes.

Given its timeline, it was decided that the internet would be the perfect hunting ground for Halloween Resurrection; originally titled Halloween: Homecoming.

Producer and series stalwart Moustapha Akkad quizzed son Malek on what the zeitgeist was listening to and his answer was Busta Rhymes; a decision that would change Haddonfield’s history forever.

Lest we forget that H20 also featured rapper-turned-actor LL Cool J, who was going through a hot streak, following up Halloween with box office hit Deep Blue Sea. Whereas LL would transition into a successful actor in NCIS, Rhymes was more a novelty act to attempt to attract new audiences to Michael Myers’ latest bloodbath.

Out went Josh Hartnett, and in came another actor on a run of form, Sean Patrick Thomas who had a smash hit with Save the Last Dance plus Thomas Ian Nicholas, who had recently starred in the hit American Pie series.

Katie Sackhoff would play the annoying Jen, but would later find success within the Star Wars universe, more recently appearing in the Mandalorian series.

Chris Durand was out as Michael Myers, to be replaced by Brad Loree, in what can be considered one of the worst masks in the franchise history, with its angry eyebrows and afro-like hair, Brad wasn’t given much chance to succeed.

Bianca Kajlich was given the unenviable role of Sarah, who many believed would have taken the franchise forward if Resurrection had proved a box office success.

Halloween 4 director Dwight H. Little was approached to helm Resurrection but declined; enter Halloween II director Rick Rosenthal. He was seen as a familiar face who could steady the Resurrection and provide safe box office dollars.

We found out from the official still from the film that the Myers house would return, with Myers, clearly very alive after the conclusion of H20, standing outside his childhood home.

The reasoning behind the Shape’s return was ruined pre-release by the internet, although there weren’t many ways he could logically be brought back to life after a decapitation, so at least the scriptwriters got creative, I suppose.

For years Halloween fans have often commented on the first 15 minutes being the film’s highlight, as Myers tracks down Laurie Strode, now herself institutionalised and estranged from her son. A battle of wits ensues, and Myers stabs her in the chest before letting her fall from a building top to her death.

A deleted scene saw Myers steal a car from a couple in the nearby woods, but felt more Friday the 13th than Halloween and was subsequently dropped.

From here Myers returns home only to find Rhymes’ Dangertainment crew taking over on Halloween to do a live stream, full of boobie traps and fake scares. The kills are fairly standard, with the only intriguing part being the fact the Shape hid under his own house for 20 years and was never discovered.

Resurrection gets progressively sillier as it goes on, with the conclusion involving Myers being kung fu kicked (for the second time in the film no doubt) by Busta into electrical wires before being burnt alive.

While many can forgive Resurrection its flaws, it is a stark reminder of how far a franchise can fall from film to film. Gone is the tension and creative kills of H20 and most notably someone to root for in Laurie. Sarah, although they attempt to paint as a battling final girl, comes across as too vanilla to really outwit the Shape. She just feels like the girl in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Conclusively, Halloween: Resurrection remains a failed experiment in the series, and god only knows where the series would have went next if the Shape, Busta and Sarah would have returned for a 9th entry?

What do you think of Halloween: Resurrection? Let us know in the comments.

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