Halloween: Resurrection is a 2002 horror film and the eighth installment in the Halloween film series. Directed by Rick Rosenthal, who had also directed Halloween II, the film builds upon the continuity of Halloween: H20. Just like its former installment, Halloween: Resurrection effectively ignores the storylines established during the 4th, 5th, and 6th installments.
The film begins three years after the events of Halloween: H20
where Laurie Strode
, the main character of the first two installments as well as H20, has been confined to a mental institution on the counts of murder. A retcon
is established in which Laurie did not really decapitate Michael Myers
at the end of the previous film, but rather a paramedic with whom Myers forcefully switched clothing and his mask. Laurie pretends to be heavily medicated, but in reality dodges her pills and prepares herself for the inevitable confrontation with Michael. When Michael does appear, Laurie lures him into a trap, but before she can kill him for good, he turns the tables on her. In a confrontation on the roof as she reaches over to pull off his mask to make sure it is actually her brother, he grabs her and pulls her over the edge with him, stabbing her in the process. She gives him a kiss, telling him she will see him in hell, and falls off the roof.
A year later, a group of six college students win a competition to appear on a reality show on which they are to spend Halloween night in the childhood home of Michael Myers. Their mission is to find out what led him to kill. The investigation is done in the style of the MTV reality show, Fear and is broadcast live on the internet. The participants think the show is entirely for entertainment purposes and that the stunt will earn them some publicity and scholarship money. While in the house, the event goes horribly wrong as Michael returns home and one by one, kills the students and the crew involved in the broadcast. Soon, all but one of the college students are murdered. Using her PDA and penpal on the outside, Sara escapes. Ultimately, only Sara Moyer and Freddie Harris, the host of the show, survive. Toward the end Myers is electrocuted and is taken to a morgue, where a pair of male mortician jokes to a female colleague that there is a "celebrity" in the bag. When he explains who it is, she slowly opens his body bag so they can look. the camera angle changes to Michael's perception from inside the mask as his eyes slide open and he looks around. As the screen goes black a scream is heard as the credits begin to roll.
Ultimately, eleven people die in the film.
The film's working title was "Halloween: The Homecoming" but producers wanted a title that said Michael Myers
is alive so in February 2002, the film was officially renamed as "Halloween: Resurrection." Also, the release date for the film was originally set as September 21st 2001, but producers at Dimension Films
wanted the film to be stronger so re-shoots took place from September to October 2001 and the release date was changed to July 12th 2002. Both, Whitney Ransick and Dwight H. Little
were approached to direct the film but turned it down. Later Rick Rosenthal
, the director of Halloween II
, was chosen to direct. During the casting period of the film, producers considered Danielle Harris
(who played Jamie Lloyd in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
) for a role in the film. In post production Bianca Kajlich's
screams had to be dubbed
because she lost her ability to scream. The film's trailer was delivered on April 26th 2002 with the release of Jason X
The reason for the success of the original Halloween
was because of its moody musical score composed by John Carpenter. For this eighth installment of the series, Danny Lux created a genuine score to the original instead of generating something new. He approaches the score with an electro-acoustic
feel that dates back to the synthesizer
scores of the 80's.
was released on July 12th, 2002 in the US to an extremely poor reception which did not change in its later international release. The film's opening weekend on US screens raked in $12,292,121 and overall the film earned a moderate $30,354,442.
It garnered a rotten review of 11% on rottentomatoes.com. Lou Lumenick of the New York Post said, “It’s so devoid of joy and energy it makes even ‘Jason X’ look positively Shakespearian by comparison.” Dave Kehr of the New York Times said, “Spectators will indeed sit open-mouthed before the screen, not screaming but yawning.” Peter Travers of Rolling Stone magazine said, “Every sequel you skip will be two hours gained. Consider this review life-affirming.” Joe Leydon of Variety said, “[Seems] even more uselessly redundant and shamelessly money-grubbing than most third-rate horror sequels.” Glenn Lovell of the San Jose Mercury News was slightly more positive: “No, it’s not as single-minded as John Carpenter’s original, but it’s sure a lot smarter and more unnerving than the sequels.”
Alternate and deleted scenes
- Tyra Banks's character's death was cut from the final draft of the film but you can still see the aftermath.
- Three endings were shot regarding the fate of Freddie Harris (Busta Rhymes).
- Several new endings were written during production and the cast was never sure how the film was actually going to end. Four different endings were filmed, and the director wanted the studio to ship a different ending to each theater, a technique used during the theatrical release of Clue (1985); however, the studio disagreed and the endings now appear on the DVD and the Internet.
- The name Jen Danzig is a reference to Glenn Danzig, former singer, songwriter of The Misfits, wrote and sang the songs "Halloween" and "Halloween 2". The two songs are based on the pagan holiday Samhain which later became Halloween and makes a small appearance in Halloween II.
- A picture of Josh Hartnett, who played Laurie Strode's son John in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), can be seen on the wall above Laurie's bed in the sanitarium.
- The name of the psychology professor at Haddonfield University is Dr. Mixter. This was also name of the doctor in Halloween II (1981) that treated Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and was killed by Michael Myers with a needle in the eye. It is unknown if the two characters are related to each other.
- Michael Myers kills a camera man with the leg of a tripod, a reference to the 1960 film Peeping Tom in which a filmmaker kills his victims with the leg of a tripod.
- Rudy is killed by being pinned to a door with a set of knives after being hoisted off their feet by Michael, similar to how Bob died in the original Halloween (the difference between the two is the fact that Michael uses 3 knives in this film to do it).
- Sara slips in a pool of blood in the garage after turning around, similar to how Jimmy slips in a pool of blood after discovering the dead body of Nurse Alves in Halloween II.
- The shot of the knife peircing the head of Bill is similar to the shot of the hammer coming down into the head of Mr. Garrett, the securiy guard, from Halloween II.
- Laurie Strode tricks Michael into thinking she is asleep in bed using pillows, exactly as she did in Halloween II. Michael also breaks through a secured wooden door in this film like he did in Halloween II
- Two clips from this film were used in the Season 3 gag reel for Battlestar Galactica. Both clips were of Katee Sackhoff, who is known for her portrayal of Kara "Starbuck" Thrace, and were used for comedic purposes. The two clips were of Katee's character, Jen, taking a bong hit and her death in the film. Ironically, Lorena Gale, who plays Nurse Wells in this film, also played in the show as the character of Elosha.