Michael Myers is a killer shark in baggy ass overalls.

We all know that the original Halloween film is beloved in the genre — it’s held to a high standard and has frequently been called one of the best horror movies of all time. So much of its formula has been tried and mimicked by other films hoping for the same success. From the music, to the final girl trope, to the pacing, and even the fact that it was one of the earliest horror franchises — there’s no denying the long-lasting cultural impact Halloween and its sequels have had on the horror genre.

While many of the Halloween sequels have been panned by critics, Halloween: Resurrection is considered the proverbial nail in the coffin for the series. The eighth installment came 24 years after the original. Sequels were planned after the movie’s release in 2002, but nothing has ever surfaced, presumably because of how badly this one was perceived (ouch!).

The movie opens with our girl Laurie Strode lookin’ worse for wear in the psych ward, where it is explained she has been in lock down for three years. This movie picks up where Halloween H2o: 20 Years Later (otherwise known as Halloween Water) left off. It’s explained that Laurie is on suicide watch and has not spoken since she got there –she’s so traumatized by the fact that (plot twist!) she murdered an innocent paramedic whom she thought was her bro Michael and she’s never quite been the same since.

“I knew you’d come for me sooner or later. What took you so long?”

But weak and traumatized, Laurie Strode is not. She shows that she has been hiding the medications they’ve been giving her and is actually quite “with it.”

We’re still in the first 15 minutes of the movie — Michael comes looking for his sister and they have an epic psych ward showdown. Laurie attempts to make sure she really is about to kill Michael and not some innocent paramedic again, and he stabs her as she falls to her death. Her last words are, “I’ll see you in hell.” It’s a pretty anticlimactic way for our favorite Scream Queen to end her reign, but rumors swirled Jamie Lee Curtis only agreed to be in this movie so she could die right in the beginning, ending Laurie’s storyline. Ouch.

The rest of the movie centers around a group of college students from the fictional Haddonfield University were selected to stay in the childhood home of Michael Myers for an internet reality show/webcast on Halloween night. This movie comes at the height of Big Brother and The Real World/reality TV and found footage fame, thanks to The Blair Witch Project, but I’ll give it props for being a timely idea at the time of its release. Busta Rhymes plays the director of the reality webcast, and he’s a gem. He provides some hilarious quotable moments, including but not limited to:

  • “Let the dangertainment begin! Up in this motherfucker.”
  • “Looking a little crispy over there, Mikey. Like some chicken-fried motherfucker. Well, may he never, ever rest in peace.”
  • “Trick or treat, motherfucker!”
  • “Michael Myers is a killer shark in baggy ass overalls who gets his kicks from killing everyone and everything he comes across.”

Naturally, what starts as a fun Halloween experiment turns deadly as Michael comes to pick them off one by one, while viewers think the kids are simply acting for the cameras. Busta Rhymes heroically tries to end Michael for good. Does he succeed? You’ll have to watch and see…

One of the great things about horror movies is that even if they’re not innately terrifying, they are still fun to watch. This one may fall in the “so bad it’s good” realm, but it is fun. Watching Busta Rhymes karate kick Michael Myers is honestly worth its weight in gold. The music is also… different than the other Halloween movies. And by that, I mean it has hip hop songs. Which is perfection.

The movie also stars Tyra Banks who is clearly one of the great actresses of our time.

I, for one, appreciate the plot twist in the beginning of the movie — it was unexpected. I also appreciate and give points for trying to capitalize on the reality TV/found footage bandwagon. If you haven’t seen it and are interested, it’s currently on Netflix.