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Halloween II

By
Kurt Jensen
Source: Catholic News Service


Sheri Moon Zombie and Chase Vanek star in a scene from the movie "Halloween II."
About halfway through "Halloween II" (Dimension), two girls are discussing an upcoming Halloween party with a "Rocky Horror Picture Show" theme, and one remarks, "It's so lame, it's cool again."
 
Not this movie. It's completely lame, and it's so not cool again to see masked, booted and surprisingly durable cutlery whiz Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) shuffle through his desultory homicidal paces out of his twisted need for a reunion with his grungy sister, Laurie (Scout Taylor-Compton). Laurie suffers from bad dreams—much of the violence occurs in those before she wakes up howling—but she's too dimwitted and foulmouthed to be a sympathetic character.
 
Writer-director Rob Zombie, who took over the old "Halloween" franchise of the 1980s, doesn't give Michael anything original to do besides smash walls with a hatchet and slice up victims, while casting his wife, Sheri Moon Zombie, as Michael's ghostly, cliche-spouting mother Deborah.
 
No one goes to a horror film to appreciate nuanced acting, but Zombie settles for stale, predictable setups and a conclusion you can see coming long before the film's 101 minutes lurch to a halt.
 
The film contains strong violent content, including multiple stabbings, a strangling and a fatal stomping, fleeting upper female nudity, pervasive rough and crass language and occasional sexual banter. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O—morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R—restricted; under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
 
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Jensen is a guest reviewer for the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.


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