We take up the story pretty much where the last one left off. Michael Myers has left carnage all around and has got himself killed in the process. They load his body in to the back of the ambulance, the vile ambulance drivers, who are right out of Texas Chainsaw, crash in to a cow and Michael wakes up. The usual then!
I really liked Rob Zombie’s first Halloween film and I don’t care who knows it, but this one, I felt a little horrified. On the one hand I like the fact that he is making a different film. Same back story but fleshed out with new facts and new conversations. Much like a drama based on a true story that has to give extra scenes but no one knows if they’re true or not.
What I felt uncomfortable with was the dream sequences and having to revisit young Michael and his mum every 20 minutes. Surely the source of Halloween’s scariness was Michael’s anonymity and the fleeting sightings of him through the back window or your rear view mirror and NOT to see him walking through fields like some evil version of Jonathan Smith from Highway to Heaven.
I really did enjoy Dr Loomis’ new starry attitude though. “Michael Myers is fucking dead!” he screams when asked about the disappearance of his body. A bit Scream 2 but fun to watch nonetheless.
I have peace with this film. Rob Zombie has made a different movie so far removed from the spirit of the original that it can’t be put on the same shelf. So, it’s a different film. Not one I would’ve enjoyed in a world before John Carpenter, but a film it is. Carpenter’s Myers is beautifully supernatural. Zombie’s Myers is, erm, something else.