Myers Monday: Trick ‘r Treaters is Halloween: Resurrection that bad?


While many of the Halloween sequels get hate, Halloween: Resurrection takes the brunt of the punishment. But is the 2002 sequel really that bad?

Halloween: Resurrection is a very problematic sequel. But is the seventh sequel really that bad?

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Regardless of love for the original Halloween, fans enjoy certain sequels more than others. While there’s undeniable love for Halloween II and The Return of Michael Myers, some of the other sequels see bashing on a regular bases. Although The Revenge of Michael Myers is my least favorite, Season of the Witch and Resurrection gets the most hate. But is the last film in the original run really as bad as most people say?

Halloween Resurrection — Courtesy of Dimension Films

Resurrecting the Anti-Christ of Haddonfield

After beheading Michael Myers (supposedly), Laurie is admitted to a mental health facility as her mental state begins to fade. Although, as it turns out, a big reason is beheading the wrong man and the Boogeyman still being on the loose — stalking the streets of Haddonfield, and possibly, John Tate and his girlfriend Molly.

But if reading this, you’re probably a huge Halloween fan and don’t need me regurgitating the end of H20 and the plot of Resurrection. Still, I did to begin getting into the main reasons why the Halloween sequel is hated. And justifiable so.

Bringing Back The Boogeyman

For starters, undoing the amazing ending of H20 is a huge mistake. While the film couldn’t exist without Myers (this ain’t Halloween III), erasing the death of Michael Myers is something I’ve never bought into. But, for the sake of analyzing the film in question, let’s look how Dimension does bring back the Haddonfield Horror.

In a move insulting the intelligence of every single viewer, we’re supposed to believe that Myers crushes a guy’s larynx, changes their outfits and leaves. On top of that, because the guy isn’t pure evil, how could he still be alive after being struck by a van tumbling down a cliff? And even if he did survive — although that’s absolutely impossible — why didn’t the guy take off the mask? If someone’s about to deliver an ax at your face, you’d probably do what it takes not to die.

The Heroine Leaves The Building

Forget how Myers comes back, let’s move to how Laurie Strode goes out. One of the biggest blunders of Resurrection is the treating to Strode. While having her institutionalized is arguably a poetic way to mirror her brother’s situation in the John Carpenter classic, it’s not the institutionalization that’s problematic. Rather, it’s how fast she goes.

Instead of borrowing from Dream Warriors, the Elm Street sequel keeps Nancy Thompson around until the film’s climax, Strode is tossed like street trash before the opening credits. While Jamie Lee Curtis only wanted to be in the film shortly, Dimension could have paid her more (so much where no isn’t an option) or not used her at all. I’d rather think Myers does the stupid switch-a-roo and heads back home without killing Laurie otherwise. She’s Laurie freaking Strode. She deserves better. Good thing wrongs are being righted with the Blumhouse reboot this fall.

Trick ‘r Treat Motherf*****

More from Halloween

Speaking of unspeakable disasters. I’ve always defended Busta Rhymes in the film, saying his acting isn’t problematic but star power informing how the character is written. I don’t hate everything about Freddie, but the fight between him and Myers is unforgivable.

You can’t have audiences find your villain scary if an average character, or any character not possessing superhuman abilities, can freely karate chop said villain while getting the best of him. It’s one of the most embarrassing moments in the history of horror. And a lot of it is due to the star power of Rhymes and producers succumbing to it.

Concluding The Carnage

Although I was going to bring up the sequel having one of the series’ best protagonist, I no longer justifiably can. After going down the road of Resurrection, I’m now fighting against what this post was originally going to point out. Is Halloween: Resurrection really that bad? No, it’s actually worse.

This has been another edition of Myers Monday. We’ll see you Smith’s Grove inmates next week.

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