Friday, October 21, 2011

Michael Myers is Uber Patient

Considering the mixed track record of the previous sequels, it was a smart move by everyone involved in the seventh film that they disregarded the storyline from 4-6. They decided instead to continue from the events that happened in the first film and its sequel, going from there and having it be that Myers waits 20 years before deciding to finally track down his sister, who faked her death and is hiding in sunny California, miles away from Haddenfield. Bow that guy sure is persistent-he never quits. Unfortunately for Laurie, this time around Dr. Loomis is dead and gone, and thus can't protect her this time with a large .44 pistol.

What makes this better than any of the sequels save for the third one, which I dig a lot more than others do anyways, is how its directed and executed. They went back to the eerie, creepy feel of the first two movies, changing Myers back to a stalker instead of the mass killing machine he had become later on from movies 4-6. And they also deal with Laurie's endless nightmares and fears of Michael returning, which remind me a bit of Tommy Jarvis going slowly insane in Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning. Updating and modernizing Michael Myers for the 90s was an interesting challenge, and they manage to be successful, even if the movie had the misfortune to be released after the first two Screams, a pair of movies that showed how outdated the slasher sub-genre had become at this point.

What was even smarter move was having Laurie finally confront Micheal and fight him head on, thus going from a victim to a victor. Without this dynamic, the movie still would have had the feel of the other ones, where its just Michael killing people followed by people running from him. Also it helped that there were no annoying child actors involved, although the teenagers fit your standard teen cliches as required, as after all this is still a slasher movie. Really one of my main questions though is why some terrible Creed song was included; perhaps the filmmakers were told by the studio that the soundtrack had to be marketable, or something.

Oh and the final act is fairly suspenseful and tense, with the last scene being rather surprising but not completely unexpected. The fact that there was another sequel after this one speaks volumes to the studio and the producers being greedy and dumb. Anyone who has seen this one knows that H20 was a good, solid conclusion to the Halloween franchise, and as far as number seven movies goes is also pretty good, too, although granted only long running film series have that many and usually have more than that. Well at least Rob Zombie's two Halloween movies erased the memory of the 8th Halloween, which I'm sure I'll view partly as a glutton for punishment, but also for the sake of bashing it, too.

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