Halloween Resurrection Review (2002)

My History With the Film:
After my irritating experience seeing Halloween H20 in theaters, I decided to hold off until Resurrection was released on DVD before seeing it. I avoided the reviews online and had no expectations when going into this film. My initial reaction was very similar to my reaction now, there are some cool moments, and the film is based on a great concept, but there are some horrible casting decisions and characters that really bog the film down. I’ve watched it probably half a dozen times over the years, and find it easier to watch than Halloween 4 and 5.

What The Film Is About (Non-Spoiler):
A hot shot reality TV producer decides to live stream a show from the Myers House on Halloween night.

What I Liked About It:
-The whole live streaming reality TV angle was really ahead of its time. Reality TV was in its infancy, but live streaming over the internet really wasn’t being done in much. That made this film feel very new and unique, at least at the time of its release in 2002.

-It’s always fun going back and seeing a young Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) in one of her early roles which is so unlike the characters she’s known for portraying: Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica and Vic from Longmire.

-I liked how much of the Myers house we got to see, and how much of it was discovered to have been spruced up by the producers of the reality show to make it extra scary. (SPOILER) At first, I was extremely frustrated with the discovery of the high chair, but once it was revealed to have been placed there for dramatic effect it really made sense.

-Brad Loree’s Michael Myers is pretty spot on perfect. He looks great, moves great, and quite honestly is one of my favorite Michael Myers.

What I Didn’t Like About It:
-Tyra Banks and Busta Rhymes.

-The opening scene with Laurie Strode. Halloween H20 ended perfectly for that character, and while I look forward to seeing her reprise her new character in 2018’s Halloween, her part in this film was so unnecessary and a total waste.

-The film felt like a very big step backwards for the series after H20, and it was. The failure of Resurrection led to Halloween being rebooted by Rob Zombie.

Additional Notes:
-Four different endings were shot and the director wanted them sent to different theaters, but the studio refused.

-Rick Rosenthal, the director, directed Halloween 2 twenty-one years earlier.

-The film ignores Halloween 3, 4, 5, and 6. So the timeline for this film in the series would be Halloween, Halloween 2, H20, and Resurrection.

-Several of the cast members had roles in other notable horror films:
  • Katee Sackhoff (Oculus, Don’t Knock Twice, The Haunting in Connecticut 2)
  • Sean Patrick Thomas (Dracula 2000)
  • Ryan Merriman (Final Destination 3, The Ring 2)
When you compare Halloween Resurrection to some of the franchise’s better sequels, it doesn’t hold up all that well. But I wouldn’t go as far to say it’s a horrible movie. It’s a 6 out of 10 for me and a rental.

Disturbing Behavior Review (1998)

My History With the Film:
I first watched this movie in July of 2016. I ran across the film streaming on Amazon Prime late one night and decided I should check it out. I’m a fan of both Katie Holmes and James Marsden and it was a treat to find William Sadler in the film as well.

I’m not a huge fan of body-snatcher type movies, and this film definitely falls in that category. I enjoyed it for what it was, but it didn’t leave a lasting impression on me. I actually had to rewatch it so I could complete this review.

What The Film Is About (Non-Spoiler):
A new kid becomes suspicious of a clique in school that seem to be a little too perfect.

What I Liked About It:
-The cast is pretty solid with James Marsden (X-Men), Katie Holmes (The Gift), Nick Stahl (Terminator 3), Steve Railsback (Ed Gein), William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption), Katherine Isabelle (Gingers Snaps), Ethan Embry (Empire Records), and Bruce Greenwood (Gerald’s Game).

-I’ve never been a fan of the whole “Stepford Wives” type plot, but at least in this film it has a point. ::SPOILER ALERT:: The town is using mind control to turn all the children into well behaved productive members of society. Of course, this programming comes with glitches that show themselves in violent outbursts.

-Katie Holmes is great as the young goth girl, but she doesn’t get near enough screen time. I feel like the movie marketed itself around her, but it takes a while before she’s featured in most of the scenes.

-William Sadler is both amazing and horrible in his portrayal of Dorian Newberry. Watch the film and you’ll see what I mean. There is some redemption in his performance towards the end.

-::SPOILER:: Nick Stahl’s character’s conversion is a bit tough to swallow because you do grow to like his character quickly. It might be the most effective part of the entire plot.

What I Didn’t Like About It:
-As I’ve mentioned before, I really dislike the whole “Stepford Wives” plotline. You can make all sorts of connections to various factions throughout history and even currently and thus turn it into social commentary, but that’s just too much thinking for a stupid film about a teenager who moves into a new found and finds himself an outcast.

-The ending is effective but dumb.

-The film is super short (83 minutes), and because of that it’s short on plot and character development.

-The film is not fun. In a movie like this it either needs to be terrifying or fun, and this film is neither. Somewhere deep down I feel like there is a good film and maybe it’s in that unreleased director’s cut, but it certainly isn’t in this 83 minute cut.

-James Marsden is an actor I usually enjoy, but he seems miscast in this film. I think he would have made a better Blue Ribbon than the protagonist.

Additional Notes:
-The film was heavily edited by the studio. The director, David Nutter, had his cut taken away from him and multiple edited version was sent around to test audiences before an 83 minute version was finally sent to theaters. David Nutter almost had his name removed from the credits because the film was so dramatically changed. No official director’s edit has been released but the SyFy channel has aired an extended version of the film, and a fan edit does exist.

-The film was a massive box office disappointment.

-Several of the cast members had roles in other notable horror films
  • James Marsden (Straw Dogs, Gossip, Campfire Tales)
  • Katie Holmes (The Gift)
  • Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps,
  • Tobias Mehler (Carrie, Wishmaster 3)
  • Steve Railsback (Ed Gein)
  • Ethan Embry (Vacancy)
  • William Sadler (The Mist, Bordello of Blood)
  • Bruce Greenwood (Gerald’s Game)
Disturbing Behavior is a below average movie. It took a plot that has already been overexposed and applied to the late 90’s teen horror films in an attempt to make it fresh. It works to a degree, but the film gets bogged down with explaining why the town acts such a way, instead of giving us a reason to root for the good guys. Katie Holmes should have been the main character and the movie needs another fifteen minutes of plot to really make it work.

I give Disturbing Behavior a two out of five and say skip it.

Blair Witch Review (2016)

My History With the Film:
I’ll admit, despite not being a fan of the original and never seeing the sequel, I was pretty excited when they surprised announced a new Blair Witch movie at the San Diego Comic Con in 2016. I thought the film was going to be a regular movie since found footage films seemed to be on their way out, but I was wrong. This hurt my excitement for the film and once it opened to bad reviews, I lost most of my interest in seeing it.

In October 2017, the film popped up on Hulu and I decided to give it a watch. I found it to be better than the original, but not by much. I’m just not a fan of the whole found footage genre and I prefer a decent story be told with the movies I watch.

What The Film Is About (Non-Spoiler):
A brother of one of the original victims from the first Blair Witch film finds evidence on YouTube that his sister may still be alive.

What I Liked About It:
Note: I attempt to avoid spoilers in most of my reviews, but in this film I cannot. You have been warned.

-This film tried hard to increase the amount of scares and insanity that occurs in the woods. My favorite part of the film came when two members of the group find the rest of the group and claim they’ve been wandering the woods for five days, when it has only been one afternoon as far as the film shows. It reminded me of something you’d see in the wonderful film Coherence, which I highly recommend you watch instead of this movie.

-The last ten minutes are pretty decent. We get to see a glimpse of the witch (which according to IMDB is not actually the witch, but instead a victim), which looked cool and was scary.

-I loved the plot that tied into the original, with the little brother going out to find his sister.

What I Didn’t Like About It:
-It’s found footage.

-There is way too much stupidity going on by pretty much everyone on the cast.

-The storyline where the YouTubers fake some of what is found really ruins the rest of the film. After that occurs, you can never truly believe what is going on which takes you out of the realism that found footage only functions with.

-None of the characters were very likable, so it was kinda hard to root for any of them.

-It’s friggin clear that the witch mimics voices, and the fact that the final girl turns around so incredibly frustrating. People like to make fun of horror movies because people make stupid choices and this was one hellova stupid choice.

Additional Notes:
-The film was produced under a fake title, The Woods. The trailer was released at San Diego Comic Con in 2016 and surprised the audience. The actual film was released two months later.

-One second frames of the original film show up throughout this film, usually when the camera is being turned on or off.

I’ll admit up front, I’m biased. I do not like found footage films and that hurts this rating. I’m sure someone who enjoys this subgenre would rate this film higher. So please keep that in mind.

I’d say this film is a four out of ten and a low priority rental if you are a fan of the franchise, otherwise skip it.