THE LAIR EXPERTS
Matt: Rob Zombie delivers the gruesome gore in this film, unleashing a brutal sequel on the Halloween universe. There was a lot Rob did right with this film (tributes to previous films in the series, showcasing the transformation of Laurie Strode, etc.), and a lot he did wrong (what happened to the Loomis and Annie characters?). Apart from that, Tyler Mane once again tears it up as Michael, clearly making the role his for as long as he wants it. And Scout Taylor-Compton delivered what I believe is the best performance of her career to this point, something she will be hard-pressed to beat in the future. She was incredible as Laurie. Gone was the innocent young starlet, and in its place, Scout brings forth a Laurie the likes of which we've never seen-- and may never again.
Brad Dourif was also much better in this film. He was very convincing as Sheriff Brackett and there was absolutely no evidence of Chucky in his voice this time around (a plus!). The supporting cast was as good as it could have been, and the cameos weren't as obvious this time around. The few things dragging this down are the constant appearances of the ghost of Deborah Myers and the new young Michael. Rob could have used them more sparingly and still got his vision across. And what is up with the constant use of the F-word? It just seemed like he put it in there so many times with no purpose or reason. It seemed a little excessive, even for a Rob Zombie film (case in point after the crash of the coroner's van). One question-- what exactly did Michael do for a year??? That's what I want to know. The musical score wasn't so great either, as it seemed like it was a combination of cues from 'Hellraiser', 'The Devil's Rejects', and the first 'Halloween'. And like the first film, there could have been a lot more of Carpenter's score to add to the overall creepiness of the film.
The soundtrack itself was very unique, as it is in all of Zombie's films. Some interesting choices, but one that really sticks out is the Moody Blues' 'Nights In White Satin'. Questionable choice, but after seeing the film, you'll agree-- it totally works. All in all, the main thing that struck me about this film was that Rob did not use any remake material at all in this. He took it and made it ALL his own, and that is what I respect the most and wish he would have done with the first one. It worked well when he did 'The Devil's Rejects', and it worked well here. Good or bad, you have to respect the man's vision. And how about that ending??? Totally unexpected. A solid 7 out of 10, definitely a better film than the first.
A.J.: What more can I say than that this movie blew my mind. I was hooked on this movie from the opening scene, to long after the credits finished rolling. This was the first horror movie that I left the theater in complete amazement, and I believe any true fan of Halloween and/or of Rob Zombie will also leave feeling the same way. Like all movies thought it did have its bad parts. The one that stuck out to me the most was the entire Dr. Loomis storyline. Rob never quite had a grip on the Loomis character from the first movie, and he practically ruined the character in this movie. His scenes were really unnecessary and slowed down the pace of the movie.
Rob also went a bit overboard with the visions of Deborah Myers and young Michael Myers, but the way he used them to illustrate to the viewers whats inside of Michael's head is brilliant, and it adds a whole new dimension to the film and the character of Michael Myers himself. The good parts of this movie outweigh the bad by a wide margin. Scout's performance of the transformation of Laurie Strode is nothing short of Oscar worthy. Yes, you read that right, Oscar worthy! Tyler Mane was once again stellar as The Shape, and a pleasant surprise had to be the performance of Brad Dourif. He really delievered as Sheriff Brackett, which really helped this movie a lot because Sheriff Brackett plays a much larger role.
Last but not least, the way this movie ends is absolutely outstanding. I almost jumped out of my seat in the theater and started cheering, and I will even go as far out on a limb to say this may very well be the best ending of ANY Halloween movie ever! This is without a doubt a must see movie. I give it a 8.5 out of 10.
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