Plot: A reality television crew is hoping to cash in on the infamous Michael Myers case, by hosting a live internet broadcast from inside Myers’ childhood home, on Halloween night, no less. The producers have hand selected a small group of friends to explore the house while wired with cameras, so that pay-per-view audiences can see every second as it unfolds. As expected, the production crew plans to engineer some scares with planted objects and activities, but little to do they know that the real Michael Myers is on the loose once again. Michael is fresh off a visit to an insane asylum, where he killed his sister Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) and now he is headed home, to resume his spree of death and destruction. But will the contestants figure out that the terror is real in time, or will Michael unleash these kills in front of a live internet audience?
Entertainment Value: Halloween: Resurrection is often heralded as one of the worst films in the Halloween series and with good reason, as it does have some serious issues and wasted potential. But to be fair, the franchise suffers a severe drop in quality after Halloween 4, so while this installment might not be a horror classic, it isn’t much worse than its late series peers. The story is ridiculous, brushing off the finale of H20 without much effort and letting Michael finish his business with Laurie, then throwing our lumbering killer into an internet game show of sorts. Makes no sense, but from a b movie perspective, this kind of ludicrous premise sets up some fun, so bad you have to laugh moments to revel in. This one is bad, no doubt about that, but if you can appreciate how silly Halloween: Resurrection is at times, there is some b movie style fun to be had and of course, Michael Myers killing stupid people always has some value. The movie is never scary, despite frequent jump scare attempts and the atmosphere is bland, so the real draw is how wacky some of the scenes are. But even then, there’s not enough of the nonsense to make Halloween: Resurrection consistently fun, so we are stuck with another mediocre Halloween sequel.
This one has some near nakedness, but it is all teases and in the end, no nakedness is found here. The blood doesn’t flow like wine here, but at least the movie rolls out a little crimson and some mildly fun kills. The scene where Michael pins a victim to the wall with multiple knives feels like old school Halloween, with little visible gore, but an effective visual approach. There’s also the odd, awkward knife to the back/incestuous kiss combo at point, which is a sure crowd pleaser. The other violence includes some chainsaw trauma, knife wounds, a splashy tripod slash, a rolling head, head vise, and of course, live electrical wire to the crotch. Not a lot of blood and guts by any means, but some fun kills and conflicts. The dialogue is fine, mostly generic lines and sexual quips, but then we have Busta Rhymes. His contributions are epic levels of cringe, as he taunts Michael Myers as only Busta can, giving us horrible, but hilarious moments. Like almost every line Busta delivers is ridiculous, so that’s where the score comes from. As for craziness, once again Busta is the hero and as if his outrageously bad lines weren’t enough, he also engages in a martial arts showdown with Michael Myers. That’s right, Busta Rhymes vs. Michael Myers. The scene with Michael and Laurie is so creepy and odd as well, so while not off the deep end, there’s some wackiness to be had in this otherwise forgettable sequel.
Overall Insanity: 3/10