|Directed by:||Rob Zombie|
|Written by:||Rob Zombie|
|Cast:||Scout Taylor-Compton, Tyler Mane, Danielle Harris, Daniel Roebuck, Ezra Buzzington, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Jeffrey Daniel Phillips, Dayton Callie, Richard Brake, Matt Bush, Howard Hesseman|
I've seen this one a few times now and it's one of those movies that each time I go back thinking I'll find something different in it and like it, but no matter how many times I see it, I just can't.
I had a great time with Rob Zombie's first Halloween film, but this sequel totally drops the ball - it's obvious Zombie didn't have a passion to make the sequel as it seems a bit forced and although he never one to just not try, you can definitely feel the passion that he has put in his others projects, is just not here.
The scares aren't really there like in the first, the plot is weak and goes in circles until it looks at it's watch and says 'oh, two hours? alright, we made it. Lets bring this to a close'. The actors throughout try and do well, but the script isn't really there to support them and make anything special out of them as it did in the first film... that is, besides Malcolm McDowell's character.
As many times as I watch this movie the only good thing I can find in it is McDowell's character and his performance, and it's strange that it's not only good but great, really great compared to almost everything else in the movie. In fact I would go as far as to say that this is probably tied for, if not McDowell's best performance in his career. It's odd that while it was a cool character and solid performance in the first film, how the character evolves in the second film, what he gets to say and what he gets to do just makes it a really memorable performance because McDowell totally dives into it.
Overall it was just a huge disappointment, and one that I half saw coming as Zombie stated before H2 was announced that he didn't want to do a sequel himself. The visceral performances are there, and they aren't the problem, but the blank, weak story and the hit and quite often miss script are. I just didn't feel the movie like I did the first, the trippy psychological angle was decent but overall felt like it was just a concept that never really fully developed, or never really fully fit because it wasn't implemented properly/as well as it could have been. Not recommended.