Halloween II (2009) - Unrated Director's Cut [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Horror
Sony, Weinstein Company || Unrated - 119 minutes - $38.96 || January 12, 2010
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2010-01-18


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Rob Zombie
Writer(s): Rob Zombie (written by)
Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Scout Taylor-Compton, Brad Dourif, Tyler Mane, Sheri Moon Zombie


Theatrical Release Date: August 28, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audition Footage
  • Gag Reel
  • Make-Up Test Footage
  • MovieIQ
  • BD-Live


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

I'm going to stand behind my review of Rob Zombie's Halloween (2007) - I liked it. Sure, some (OK, a lot) fans of John Carpenter's original masterpiece didn't care for the way Zombie MTV-styled up the remake, but ya know what? Fuck 'em. Yeah, I said it, Fuck 'em. Zombie took what was a very stale franchise (Busta Rhymes was in the last entry, and while H20 was decent, the previous few were pretty bad) and started over giving us his unique vision of Michael Myers. And I enjoyed it. But... that asshole. Oh, that asshole. He decided to make a sequel! Why? Rumors persist, but apparently the Weinstein’s begged him to do Halloween II, and if he did, they would allow him to make his next movie (some T-Rex movie?). And the lack of caring shows. Let me start off the review with a quote by someone in the film.

Ahem
"Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuuuuck. Fuuuuuuuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuuuuuck. Fuuck Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck. Fuck. Fuck..." and it goes on and on. This simple quote details exactly how I feel as I hope on this roller coaster of a film.

Halloween II picks up exactly where the first left off - Michael Myers has been shot, many times, and is dead (*giggles*). We see a delirious Laurie Strode walking, covered in blood, as the police pick her up and take her to the Hospital. After we witness the gruesome wounds she suffered, we cut to Michael, dead (*giggles*), in a ambulance driving away. The two dimwitted drivers talk about screwing a dead body, and they hit a cow. Yes, a fucking cow. And cue the back door blowing open and Michael makes his escape.

Cut to Laurie in the Hospital and blah blah blah Michael chases her. After killing some useless fodder, Michael raises his axe and kills Laurie. BUT WAIT! OH YOU GOT ME, ROB! It was all a dream. LOL. Thanks for wasting 25 minutes on a fucking dream. Ugh. So, from what I gather, Michael escaping was not a dream (apparently his body was 'lost' and never recovered) and we are now two years in the future. Laurie, who was once nice and sweet, is not a crazed bitch who hates everyone, dresses like a punk and has trashed poor Sheriff Brackett's house. Awesome. But don't worry - Annie is still alive (phew). The film showcases how crazy Laurie has become thanks to the acts Michael did to her, and as an audience we don't give a shit because they made her so unlikeable. As the film progresses, you can see her change into looking like Michael. Freaky!

Loomis. Oh boy. Well, he is now a giant douche bag. He's written a book discussing Michael Myers and the killings and also sprinkled in the information that Laurie is Michael's sister (uh oh! Secret out!). Just like with Laurie, you just beg for him to get picked off.

Oh, and Rob Zombie's wife is back in the film. After her suicide in the previous, it was pretty obvious she was dead, but not here! Zombie wants to keep sleeping with his wife, so she is resurrected as a ghost (spooooky!) and is given an awesome animal companion - a white horse! That Zombie, he is so darn clever. Anyways, ghost mommy tells Michael to find Boo so they can be a family together. Along with his new ghost mommy, he is given super-fast powers where he can dash to kill people (at least, that's what it appears to be as he zips up on his kills).

I'm done. Zombie destroyed the film. It's a giant piece of crap. The Blu-ray includes the Director Cut only, which is apparently the better version, so I feel bad for the people who saw this in theaters!



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Writer/Director Rob Zombie

Deleted & Alternate Scenes (24 Minutes) include two dozen scenes that were cut or altered. And what a mess of crap these are. Some extensions in character development and some puke. Yeah, puke.

MovieIQ - During the film, this will pop up with facts about locations, actors, etc. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Filling out the rest of the disc is some Audition Footage (9 Minutes), a short Make-Up Test Footage (3 Minutes), Blooper Reel (3 Minutes), Uncle Seymour Coffins (8 Minutes) very unfunny stand-up scenes that were cut and BD-Live.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Halloween II is presented in 2.35:1 (MPEG4) on a 50GB Disc. Let's get it out of the way, the film is grainy. It's all intended, but at times, you wonder if the film was shot in the early nineties. Aside from that, you are given a faithful reproduction of the film and in most cases it looks average.

Sony has included an English 5.1 DTS MA Track for this release. For a horror film, the track barely even touches on the rears. I had to struggle to hear much of anything out of them as everything is so front-loaded. Shame as the film had many opportunities to really rock out the track. Don't worry - puking and eating a dog sounds just dandy!



.::OVERALL::.

Only someone who wants to complete their Rob Zombie and/or Halloween collection should consider buying this. It's such a huge step down from Zombie's Halloween and would probably be on par with Halloween Resurrection.