Halloween: Resurrection (2002) (Blu-ray Review)

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And now coming to blu-ray!

Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
Directed By: Rick Rosenthal (Halloween II)
Where to get it: Echo Bridge

The Prologue
Halloween: Resurrection, the one entry into the Halloween series that seemed to make it it’s mission in life to undo whatever legacy had been done before it. This film usually serves as movie everyone who loves Halloween will purchase in order to complete the series in their DVD series. Now, thanks to Echo Bridge, you can buy this on blu-ray to complete the on going Halloween blu-ray upgrades that have been coming out. If nothing else, you can at least get to see Busta Rhymes beat up Michael in a nice HD transfer. That has to be worth something in some parts of the world, right?

The Movie
Serial Killer Michael Myers is not finished with Laurie Strode, and their rivalry finally comes to an end. But is this the last we see of Myers? Freddie Harris and Nora Winston are reality programmers at DangerTainment, and are planning to send a group of 6 thrill-seeking teenagers into the childhood home of Myers. Cameras are placed all over the house and no one can get out of the house… and then Michael arrives home! But don’t be shocked if you’d rather he just stayed where ever had been since H20. I think most people outside fans of the remake, which he had just stayed gone if he wasn’t going to be really dead for once.

So word is Jamie Lee Curtis only did this movie to ensure that she, or shall we say “Laurie Stode” would never have to appear in another Halloween movie again. So, I guess we can understand that after seeing this. But still, the fact remains the way that character is treated in this film is terrible. If you’re going to close the book on a part of Halloween that still felt special at the time like Laurie Stode, then you should have made the whole movie revolve around it. Instead that character is handled in a way that makes you want to break your TV and room is made for a whole new cast of character that are pretty damn boring to be honest with you.

Among these new characters that sucks is none other than rapper. Busta Rhymes. Now Busta was pretty popular around the time, and so was reality TV, internet, and the thrill of texting was starting to come into it’s own. The sad thing is, all those things including Busta are used very wrongly and mixed together with a dull and typical plot. The pacing stinks, the film never does really feel like a Halloween movie, and on top of all of that the kills are pretty tame and lame for what one would suspect in 2002. And while Busta Rhymes does have some funny moments (a rare highlight of this film), there is noo way at all Busta’s character should be able to stand toe to toe with Michael using Karate. If that sentence sounds as ridiculous as it actually is seeing it in the movie, then I’ve done my job here properly.

I just can’t stress enough how lame the characters are and I can’t even start to tell you all the things this movie does wrong, that would take about three different site entries. But let’s all just settle for the fact that Halloween: Resurrection is really really REALLY bad. And the wacky ending has a even more typical final scene that overall leads to nothings, but perhaps after this was made the only sane thing to do was hit a major reset on the whole Halloween franchise. Our beloved actor that played Loomis (Donald Pleasence) is really dead, Jamie Lee Curtis wanted nothing else to do with Halloween, and Busta Rhymes is kicking Micheal’s ass with kung-fu..it was clearly time to move on from here and never look back.

The Conclusion

The movie is what the movie is, some hate it but there are a select few that seem to dig it (for whatever reason). None the less you need this if you want to complete your Halloween blu-ray upgrades. And the definition is for sure there on screen. You do have some nagging grain here and there, so it’s not perfect. But it IS much better than the Halloween H2O transfer.

The Rating (4.5/10)        

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Chuck Conry

Chuck Conry has been doing this for ten years! He does reviews, podcasts, and makes indie movies. The jury may still be out on if he does any of those things well.