Since the original Halloween movie is one of my all-time favorite horror films, I chose this to see what else was done with the idea of Michael Myers.
Boy, did I make a mistake. Not that this film was absolutely horrible but, Joe Chappelle is no John Carpenter. (Sorry Joe.) They did use the Carpenter music which at least made it a little better.
The big plotline in this movie was genealogy, Michael Myers’ bloodline. It’s an interesting thought but, it wasn’t developed very well in this flick.
Paul Rudd plays Tommy Doyle. Do you remember little Tommy Doyle? He was the one that Laurie Strode was babysitting the night Michael escaped and came back to Haddonfield. We have the same Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) but, the good doctor is NOT in good shape.
The short SHORT version is this:
There is still one person in the Myers bloodline alive. It’s a little baby boy, the son of Michael’s niece Jamie. (This was my first problem right at the very beginning. Apparently, Michael and his niece were abducted from the Haddonfield Police Station. That’s where we open…HOW? Am I supposed to have seen every single Halloween movie to know who these people are? I haven’t, by the way. Oh, and how they got to where they are now? Give me a break.) Also, I guess Michael won’t stop killing until all his relatives are dead. (Nice guy.)
Tommy Doyle is now grown and lives in a boarding house across the street from the Myers’ house. Relatives of the Strode’s live in the house now. And they are clueless at to who’s house that originally was.
Tommy gets ahold of this baby and finds Dr. Loomis. They are both convinced (very easily, I might add) that Michael has come home…and he wants this baby.
The rest of it is truly filler around that basic premise and the murders that Michael commits. While there are some inventive kills, this truly isn’t the Michael Myers that we know. The Michael in this movie walks way too fast to be our Myers we all know and love. One of the things that always made Michael so scary was that no matter how fast these people ran and no matter how much distance they put between them and him or what the threw in his way, he always ALWAYS caught up with them and he was walking as if he was out for a Sunday stroll in the park! I mean, seriously! This man is walking at the pace of someone window shopping and his victims are running at their full adrenaline enhanced speed and yet, nobody can ever shake this guy. Now, that, my friends, is freakishly creepy and gives the sense of overwhelming defeat. The Michael in THIS film, however, walks at a quick pace and I’m sorry, Michael just isn’t supposed to be in a hurry…he’s the villain. He knows he’s going to catch these fools.
And Dr. Loomis is like a man who has lost his will to live in this movie. I mean truly. He just doesn’t have to the passion and fire that we saw in the original.
I’d say the only reason to watch this film would be for the kills. Those are some pretty good scenes. Other than that, I could have passed on this one.