Halloween: Resurrection (previously under working titles of Halloween 8 or Halloween: Homecoming) is a 2002 American slasher film and the eighth installment in the Halloween film series. Directed by Rick Rosenthal, who had also directed Halloween II in 1981, the film builds upon the continuity of Halloween H20: 20 Years Later.
Halloween: Resurrection continues with the masked serial killer Michael Myers (Brad Loree) continuing his murderous rampage in his hometown of Haddonfield. Yet, this time, the killer's old, derelict childhood home is being used for a live internet horror show.
Three years after the events of the previous film, Laurie Strode is in a psychiatric facility. Flashbacks reveal that a paramedic had located the body of Myers in the dining hall of Hillcrest Academy; Myers attacked him, and crushed his larynx so he wouldn't cry out, and switched clothing and his mask. It was actually the paramedic that Laurie had beheaded. As Laurie drove the coroner's van out of the school, Myers in the paramedic's clothing walked out of the school grounds and went into hiding.
On October 31, 2001, Laurie, pretending to be heavily medicated, prepares herself for the inevitable confrontation. Michael appears at the hospital and kills two security guards, decapitating one and slitting the throat of the other. Laurie lures Michael into a trap, as she attempts to kill him, Michael feigns confusion and pretends to struggle with his mask. Unable to risk killing another innocent person, Laurie starts to remove his mask to make sure that it is her brother. Myers seizes his chances and breaks free of the trap, then stabs Laurie in the back before sending her off the roof to her death.
The following year, college students Bill Woodlake, Donna Chang, Jen Danzig, Jim Morgan, Rudy Grimes and Sara Moyer win a competition to appear on an Internet reality show directed by Freddie Harris and his friend Nora Winston, in which they have to spend a night in Michael's childhood home in order to figure out what led him to kill. On Halloween, each equipped with head-cameras as well as the cameras throughout the house, they search the house and separate into three groups. Sara's messaging friend Deckard watches the broadcast during a Halloween party. Meanwhile, Michael breaches his home and stabs Bill in the head, and kills a cameraman as well.
Donna and Jim begin getting intimate in the basement and a wall filled with corpses falls on them. Jim realizes the corpses are fake and the show is a setup. Jim leaves, but Donna notices a tunnel behind the fallen wall. Myers chases her through the tunnels before impaling her on a spike on the wall. At the party, Deckard and other partygoers witness the murder. Deckard realizes that the murder was real, but the others believe it is an act. Freddie goes through the house dressed as Michael, but is secretly followed by the real Myers. Freddie, mistaking Michael for Charlie (the cameraman who had been killed earlier), tells him to go to the garage and help Nora out; he goes to the garage and promptly kills Nora.
When Rudy, Sara, and Jim find Freddie in the Myers costume, he reveals the scheme to them and begs them to cooperate, telling them that he's set up a nice payday for all of them. When he leaves, the trio decides to gather up the other three and leave. But before they can, Jen discovers the body of Bill (who was stabbed in the head and vanished earlier) and is decapitated by Myers right in front of Rudy, Sara, and Jim. Rudy and Sara flee, but Jim stays to fend off Myers only to have his head crushed. Myers kills Rudy by pinning him to the door with kitchen knives before chasing Sara upstairs.
Locking herself in a bedroom, Sara begs for Deckard to help her. The other party goers realize that the deaths have not been staged. With Deckard messaging her Myers' location, Sara escapes and is found by Freddie. Myers finds and attacks them. Freddie is injured and Sara makes her way to the tunnels. She finds an exit near Donna's body and emerges in the garage, where Myers finds her and starts an electrical fire in the garage. Freddie returns and begins fighting Myers hand-to-hand. When he is overpowered, Freddie instead electrocutes Myers, tangling him up in electrical wiring before carrying Sara out of the burning garage.
The Myers house burns to the ground. Myers' body and the bodies of his victims are then taken to the morgue. As the medical examiner begins to examine Myers' body, he awakens just as the film ends.
List of DeathsEdit
|Name||Cause of Death||Killer||On Screen||Notes|
|Franklin Munroe||Beheaded with kitchen knife||Michael Myers||Yes|
|Willie Haines||Throat slit with kitchen knife||Michael Myers||Yes|
|Laurie Strode||Knifed in back, pushed off rooftop||Michael Myers||Yes|
|Charley Albans||Throat impaled with tripod leg||Michael Myers||Yes|
|Bill Woodlake||Knifed in head||Michael Myers||Yes|
|Donna Chang||Impaled through back by metal spike||Michael Myers||Yes|
|Jenna Danzig||Beheaded with kitchen knife||Michael Myers||Yes|
|Jim Morgan||Head crushed||Michael Myers||Yes|
|Rudy Grimms||Pinned to door with 3 kitchen knives through chest||Michael Myers||Yes|
|Nora Winston||Knifed in stomach, hung by cable||Michael Myers||Yes|
- Brad Loree as Michael Myers
- Busta Rhymes as Freddie Harris
- Bianca Kajlich as Sara Moyer
- Thomas Ian Nicholas as Bill Woodlake
- Ryan Merriman as Myles Deckard Barton
- Daisy McCrackin as Donna Chang
- Katee Sackhoff as Jennifer 'Jen' Danzig
- Luke Kirby as Jim Morgan
- Sean Patrick Thomas as Rudy Grimes
- Tyra Banks as Nora Winston
- Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode
- Lorena Gale as Nurse Wells
- Marisa Rudiak as Nurse Phillips
- Brent Chapman as Franklin Munroe
- Dan Joffre as Willie Haines
- Gus Lynch as Harold Trumble
- Haig Sutherland as Aron
- Brad Sihvon as Charlie Albans
- Rick Rosenthal as Professor Mixter
The film came out to widely negative critical reviews, having just a 12% score on Rotten Tomatoes, with many claiming it was an unnecessary sequel to the H20 film. Despite the heavy criticism, Resurrection was somewhat of a box office success, with over $30 million made in the box office. Actress Jamie Lee Curtis returned in her long-running role as Laurie Strode; Larry Brand and Sean Hood devised the screenplay. Resurrection is currently the final installment in the original Halloween film series. Although more sequels were planned to follow Resurrection, the series was eventually rebooted with Rob Zombie's 2007 remake of the original Halloween, and in 2018 a direct sequel to Halloween (1978) was released to positive reviews.
- Halloween: Resurrection at the Internet Movie Database
- Halloween: Resurrection at AllMovie
- Halloween: Resurrection at Rotten Tomatoes
- Halloween: Resurrection at Wikipedia
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