Monday, April 6, 2009

Halloween: Resurrection

----Haunted Six----

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: 20 Years Later. Just like its former installment, Halloween: Resurrection effectively ignores the storylines established during the 4th, 5th, and 6th installments.


Beginning three years after the events of Halloween H20, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), has been confined to Grace Anderson Sanitarium, a psychiatric care facility. A retcon is established in which Laurie had instead beheaded a paramedic. The Summer Glen paramedic located the body of Michael Myers in the dining hall of Laurie's school, Hillcrest Academy High School. When attempting to seemingly do away with the terror from her brother once and for all, she had killed an innocent man. Unable to deal with the crime and the fear of her brother, Lauire was later confined to a sanitarium. Myers had earlier attacked the paramedic and forcefully switched clothing and his mask. The paramedic was rendered a mute from a crushed larynx. On the night of October 31, 1998, Myers cleverly escaped once again. And since that night, has not been seen since.

On Wednesday October 31, 2001, still in captivity, Laurie pretends to be heavily medicated, behaving as though she had extreme dissociative disorder. In truth, she hides her pills and carefully prepares herself for the inevitable confrontation with Michael. When Michael finally appears, 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 sanitarium's rooftop, she reaches over to pull off his mask to make certain it is actually her brother. He suddenly grabs her and pulls her over the edge with him, stabbing her deep in the back. She gives him a kiss on the lips of his mask, lastly telling him, "I'll see you in Hell." Michael releases the knife from his sister and she falls many stories below (presumably) to her death. Myers finally accomplished killing his sister, a pursuit twenty-three years in the making. He then makes his way back home to Haddonfield, Illinois.

One year later on Wednesday October 30th, six college students win a competition to appear on an Internet reality show in 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. On the actual date of October 31, the investigation is done in a style reminiscent of the MTV reality show, Fear. On this night, through the entrepreneurial broadcast business Dangertainment, it is shot live on the internet. The participants think the show is entirely for entertainment purposes and that they will earn publicity and scholarship money. While in the house, the event goes horribly wrong as Michael returns home "to clean house." One by one, he horrifically kills the students and the crew involved in the broadcast. One notable scene is where Haddonfield University student Donna, in a dark tunnel, finds Michael. She gets chased to a gate with a bent spike, and when she tries to open the gate, Michael grabs her hand and fights her. She struggles to escape, but he grabs her arms, pushes them to her sides, and begins to push her back to the spike. She feels the spike pushing into her back, and it begins to stab her, slowly driving deeper into her. Impaled on the spike, she tries to escape, but is quickly shoved further onto the spike. Her arms fall limply to her side and she dies quickly. Soon, all but one of the college students are murdered. Using her PDA and pen pal on the outside who is watching the live broadcast, Haddonfield University student Sara Moyer manages to escape. Ultimately, only Sara and Freddie Harris, the founder and host of Dangertainment are the sole survives.

Michael is then burned by an accidental electrical fire in the garage. Michael's body is then taken to Haddonfield Coroner's Office, where the medical examiner is examining the body of one of the boys that was killed. As the Medical Examiner is about to take Michael's mask off, Michael's eyes open, proving that Michael is still alive. The screen then cuts to black.


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