Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Halloween H20 & Resurrection

Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later

Welcome back, Laurie Strode.  In this movie we find her twenty years after the events of the first two movies.  Having faked her death, she is living in California under the name Keri Tate, and being the headmaster for a private high school.  She has a son (played by Josh Hartnett...who has a little of the Michael Myers soulless eyes going on), and he has just turned 17 (the age Laurie was during Michael's first killing spree in Haddonfield).  Of course, Michael finds out where she is (by killing the nurse of the late Dr. Loomis and stealing Laurie's files), shows up, and starts killing.
Really, it's the same formula as all the others, but this one feels more tense.  More well done...less a sequel just to have another movie.  And, of course, it's great to have Laurie back.
It's not as good as the original, but it's still really, really good.

Rating: 4 stars

Unexpected actor sighting: Michelle Williams, Janet Leigh, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Halloween: Resurrection

At the end of H20, we see Laurie chop Michael's head off.  Well, as it turns out, that wasn't Michael...it was a paramedic who Michael knocked unconscious and put his mask on.  Not being able to live with the guilt, she ends up in a mental institution, which is where we find her at the beginning of this movie.  Michael comes back, yada yada, Laurie isn't in the movie anymore.  Sad, really.
This movie follows an online reality show.  They grab a group of college students, put cameras on them, and have them go into the Myers house to find out "what makes a killer tick".  Of course, Michael comes back and starts killing them, but everyone thinks it's a hoax.  At the end, they try to make it some sort of commentary on the downfalls of fame, but it falls a little flat, because no one really cares what a kung-fu obsessed Busta Rhymes thinks.
Not as good at H20, but still enjoyable.

Rating: 3 stars

Unexpected actor sighting: Katee Sackhoff ("Starbuck" from Battlestar Galatica), Busta Rhymes, Tyra Banks

The Zombie Prom is coming up (May 21), and I'm working on remixing some horror movie themes (currently working on Psycho and Nightmare on Elm Street, already have one for Halloween).  Any suggestions for themes to remix?
Also, I've decided to go with the name of DJ Braineater.

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