I wasn’t a fan of his music, but as far as his film making goes, holy crap do I love what Rob Zombie does. He seemed to always get it right, but this time around, I think he may have slipped a little. As far as making a brutal horror flick goes, yeah, he pulled that off with Halloween 2, however it is his weakest movie so far.
This movie had a much different feel than the first. Zombie tried to keep the violence, but also tried to get more psychological and weird than he ever has before and while I get what he was going for by trying to connect Laurie and Michael as both suffering from similar pyschological problems, it felt a bit forced. Both Loomis and Laurie came back in this movie feeling like completely different characters. Obviously, the events from the first movie would have changed them, but this didn’t quite feel right. Michael was the only one that felt similar to what he was before, though he was much more intense with his stabbing. A lot more so than in the first film…almost out of character, actually. Also, possibly because the actor looks too old now, Zombie uses a different kid to play Michael as a child. This kid sucked. He was a little too sweet and personable compared to the kid from the first Halloween.
This film is entertaining, but it doesn’t feel entirely like what it should have been. If you want to see an awkward and somewhat failed attempt at being both a psychological horror flick and a brutal stab-a-thon, check this out, but don’t expect the level of greatness that Rob Zombie has been giving us up to this point.