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Waffleween - Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

Directed by: Rick Rosenthal
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Busta Rhymes, Brad Loree, Tyra Banks, Bianca Kajlich, Katee Sackhoff

A group of students spend a night in the Myer's house as part of an online event.

Following the success of "Halloween 4" in 1988, producer Moustapha Akkad immediately rushed out an unwatchably bad follow-up. Strangely, he didn't seem in a rush to capitalize on the positive reaction to 1998's "Halloween H20", waiting four years to produce this unwatchably bad follow-up. In the mid to late nineties, slashers were big business but by this film's release in 2002, the fad was dead. Horror had returned to the shelves of rental stores and, were it not for the presence of Curtis, I suspect "Halloween: Resurrection" wouldn't have made it to the big screen. This film feels small in every regard.
With "Halloween 2" director Rosenthal returning, there was some reason for fans to be hopeful and the opening scene gets us on board as Myers finally fulfills his wish of killing his sister, now resident in an asylum. But wait, didn't Curtis chop off Myers' head at the end of "H20"? She sure did, but here the writers find a "creative" way of getting around this. After the first fifteen minutes however it all goes downhill faster than a severed head in a laundry chute. Rhymes and Banks are a pair of internet entrepeneurs, (yes, a rapper and a supermodel, welcome to the noughties), whose company, "Dangertainment", has gained access to the now deserted Myers' house. They've placed cameras around the place and have recruited a bunch of teens to spend the night in the home of "America's Most Notorious Serial Killer". 
If it's anything, (and believe me, it's not), "Halloween: Resurrection" is ahead of its time. With its "house rigged with cameras" gimmick it prefigures both the current found footage fad and "Big Brother" style reality TV. This is not what we want from a "Halloween" movie though. Rosenthal's direction is bland enough to highlight how much of an input John Carpenter had on "Halloween 2" and the writing is sophomoric and amateurish. The biggest problem is how ineffectual Myers comes across and seeing him beaten around by a rapper is a new low for the franchise. Predictably, the movie didn't fare too well, certainly not with fans, and the series would be shelved for five years. As bad as this eight installment is, the worst was yet to come.
1/10

Eric Hillis