Director -Rick Rosenthal
Cast – Bianca Kajlich, Brad Loree, Busta Rhymes, Sean Patrick Thomas, Daisy McCrackin, Katee Sackhoff, Luke Kirby, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Ryan Merriman, Tyra Banks, Jamie Lee Curtis
Release Year – 2002
Reviewed by John of the Dead
After the infamous Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, the Halloween franchise suffered heavy blows the with pathetic Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, and Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers. In 1998 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later brought some positive feel back into the series, but unfortunately the franchise went back to crap with the last non-remake Halloween film…Halloween: Resurrection. Regardless of all of the big names like Busta Rhymes and Tyra Banks cheapishly thrown at us, even bringing back director Rick Rosenthal(Halloween II) could not save this one.
After the final clash between Michael and his sister Laurie Strode it seems the horror is over, until two dimwitted reality programmers named Freddy(Busta Rhymes) and Nora(Tyra Banks) of DangerTainment decide to cash in on America’s obsession with reality television. Freddy has gathered a group of college students to serve as contestants for America’s newest reality show…one in which the contestants must spend a night in the very home Michael Myers grew up in. Unfortunately for the naïve contestants, their night turns to terror when Michael comes home after two decades of terror, and all of America is tuned in to watch the chaos ensue.
Well Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers must have breathed a sigh of relief when this film debuted and stole the crown of “Worst Halloween Film”. Just the plot outline alone should ward of those looking for a good watch, simply because you cannot expect to mix reality television and horror together and come out with anything worth an ounce of respect(MyLittle Eye is another victim of reality-TV/horror).
Aside from the silly idea of mixing reality television with horror, the rest of the storyline is equally as horrible. The opening sequence was pretty awesome though, and was definitely the highlight of the film(and highly significant for the franchise as a whole), yet unfortunately from then on out the rest of the watch is borderline unwatchable(I am being very forgiving). We get absolutely no likable characters whatsoever(including the ones we were supposed to “like”), the dialogue is horrendous, the acting is poor, and the subject matter could not raise my interest whatsoever. So aside from the opening sequence is there anything positive from this lame storyline? Well, you know all of those unlikable characters I mentioned? Michael kills most of them.
As I mentioned earlier, the execs brought on director Rick Rosenthal to hopefully give us a good watch and convince the skeptic fans into giving this one a watch given Rosenthal’s highly successful Halloween II. Well, while Rick probably did the most with what he had available to him he really could not save this film from its utter doom that began on the screenwriter’s workbench. There were many scenes in which I did not like Rosenthal’s direction, but to be fair he may not be entirely at fault. The scenes I am referring to are the POV camera scenes that come from each contestant wearing a camera on them so that the audience can see what is going on. These scenes were lame and a waste of time, but I am sure Rosenthal had no choice but to film the scenes as best as he could, which does not help much when the scene is doomed from the start. Oh well. Mr. Rosenthal DID however deliver some pretty sweet kills at the hands of Michael, and he laid down more gore than expected given his lack of it in Halloween II.
So how is the Michael action in this one? Well, the scenes we get with him are positive, and he delivers the goods and mannerisms I wanted to see. Actor Brad Loree gave us an enjoyable Michael thanks to his excellent usage of the classic Myers’ mannerisms we love to see, and as I mentioned earlier…the kills were enjoyable. My only beef with Myers in this film is the fact that some jerk decided to put eyeliner around his eyes. Yup, it is true. I do have a gut feeling as to who the culprit is though…
Jason Vorhees = 1, Michael Myers = 0.
Overall, this is definitely the worst entry into the infamous Halloween series that much like Halloween 5…shows just how desperate Moustapha Akkad and his fellow producers can be. Aside from seeing Michael do his thing with a bunch of young naïve college students, there is nothing positive about this film whatsoever. Not recommended.