Thursday, October 6, 2016

Michael Myers as a Homicidal Hipster Wrestler, or Thoughts on Rob Zombie’s Halloween II

Halloween II (2009), starts with a grisly emergency room scene directly after Rob Zombie’s 2007 Halloween reboot ends, so technically, it’s still Halloween.  Little details like these matter in a sequel, which focuses more on the relationship between Michael and his younger sister Laurie, and strays into Haute Tension (2003) territory.  It’s a better sequel than the 2007 film because Michael Myers is fully formed and more like the original vision, an unexplained, and unstoppable killing machine.
Sheri Moon Zombie appears in flashbacks along with a new actor playing young Michael Myers (Chase Vaneck, what happened to Daeg French?) and Tyler Mane is the giant roided-out Michael Myers.  Scout Taylor-Compton returns as a scarred up Laurie Strode and Malcom McDowell hams it up as Dr. Loomis, who has written another book and is now a celebrity psychiatrist.  Danielle Harris somehow survived the first movie, along with Brad Dourif, who you know as Grima Wormtongue but also the voice of Chucky from Child’s Play (1988), Luther Lee Boggs from The X-Files and movies like Blue Velvet (1986) and Dune (1984) as Sheriff Brackett.
The movie is a gross-fest with scenes like Laurie hiding in a medical waste dumpster, with the signature retro ‘70’s classic rock soundtrack you’ve come to expect in a Rob Zombie movie, along with cameos by Richard Riehle, Tom from Office Space (1999) as Buddy the Night Watchman, and Howard Hesseman as an old hippie in a bookstore.  Also look out for Margot Kidder as Laurie’s therapist; she calls Halloween (the holiday) a “trigger”.

my first novel?  thanks for asking:)  it’s a the first book in a 4-volume supernatural martial arts series chock full of killer kung-fu witches, haunted carnivals, punk rock assassins, and a 24-hour diner with the best pie in town…
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