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"HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION"
(2002) (Bianca Kajlich, Busta Rhymes) (R)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Heavy Extreme Extreme *Extreme Extreme
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Mild *Extreme Extreme None Extreme
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Heavy Minor Minor Mild Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Horror: A group of young people tries to survive spending the night in mass murderer Michael Myers' childhood home while broadcasting their encounters to the outside world over the Internet.
PLOT:
It's been three years since Laurie Strode (JAMIE LEE CURTIS) thought she killed her mass murderer brother, Michael Myers (BRAD LOREE). Now cooped up in a sanitarium, Laurie knows he's going to return and is waiting for him. As usual, however, he's not so easy to kill.

He's then off to his childhood home where Internet entrepreneur Freddie Harris (BUSTA RHYMES) has set up a "Dangertainment" event where six young people are to spend the night there and search for clues about why Myers turned out the way he did. To make the sleepover more exciting, Freddie has equipped the participants -- Sara Moyer (BIANCA KAJLICH) and her friends Jen (KATEE SACKHOFF) and Rudy (SEAN PATRICK THOMAS), as well as Donna (DAISY McCRACKIN), Jim (LUKE KIRBY) and Bill (THOMAS IAN NICHOLAS) - with point of view webcams so that anyone on the Internet can watch what transpires.

That includes Sara's cyber-buddy Myles Barton (RYAN MERRIMAN) who goes into another room at a party he's attending with his friend Scott (BILLY KAY) so that he can watch what occurs. The room is soon full of partygoers hooked on seeing what Freddie and his assistant Nora (TYRA BANKS) have cooked up for the participants. Little do any of them know, however, that Myers is also in the house and none too happy about the interlopers. As he begins to kill them off one by one in front of a live Internet audience, the remaining ones try to do what they can to survive.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of anyone in the cast or previous "Halloween" films, it's a good bet they probably will.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For strong violence, language, some sexuality and brief drug use.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • BRAD LOREE plays the mute psychotic man who murders many people.
  • BUSTA RHYMES plays the producer of the webcast who wants to put on a show for the viewing public. He uses strong profanity and fights Myers on several occasions.
  • BIANCA KAJLICH plays a young woman who reluctantly agrees to be one of the participants and then tries to avoid the killer's repeated attacks.
  • SEAN PATRICK THOMAS plays a friend of Sara and Jen's who's into cooking. He uses strong profanity and briefly smokes pot with Jen.
  • DAISY McCRACKIN plays a young woman who briefly fools around with Jim (ending up topless) before they're interrupted.
  • KATEE SACKHOFF plays Sara's friend who's really only concerned with her looks and how famous she'll be after the webcast. She uses strong profanity and does some bong hits.
  • LUKE KIRBY plays another of the participants who briefly fools around with Donna and uses some strong profanity.
  • THOMAS IAN NICHOLAS plays another participant who has a bad run-in with Myers.
  • RYAN MERRIMAN plays Sara's cyber-buddy who tries to guide her through the house to avoid Myers.
  • TYRA BANKS plays Freddie's assistant who helps in setting up and running the event.
  • BILLY KAY plays Myles' friend who uses some profanity.
  • JAMIE LEE CURTIS plays Myers' sister who has a surprise up her sleeve when he shows up to kill her.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

    HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this R-rated horror film. Profanity consists of at least 30 uses of the "f" word, while many other expletives and colorful phrases are also used. Some sexually related dialogue is present, a couple briefly fools around (with passionate kissing and some disrobing that includes several sights of her bare breasts), and the camera occasionally focuses on some young women's clothed rear ends while one woman briefly flashes her bra.

    Violence consists of a mass murderer killing many people by various means (stabbing, slitting, decapitating and crushing, etc.) often with very bloody results. Others are cut, hit or knocked around. Those scenes, various "jump" moments, and all of the standard boogeyman chasing and killing people trapped in a dark house may be unsettling, suspenseful or frightening to viewers (particularly younger ones and those with low tolerance levels for such mayhem, suspense and bloodletting).

    Various characters have bad attitudes, some smoke, others drink, and two ingest pot via bong hits. Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Various students drink at a Halloween party (we see several scenes of that).
  • Freddie pours wine for himself and Nora.
  • Jen does a bong hit and then passes it to Rudy (we don't see him do one). Later, both separately exit the smoky room (indicating more pot use) and are giddy from it.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • We see some quick flashbacks to violence from the last film that includes Laurie decapitating a person (with the severed head seen with blood on the stump) as well as Myers killing various people (stabbing and slitting throats, etc.), most with bloody results.
  • We hear the sounds of violence, and a security guard then discovers his partner's severed and bloody head in the laundry (along with bloody sheets). He then backs up and trips over the body (we see a huge pool of blood from the neck).
  • In various scenes, we see blood on Myers' knife.
  • Myers slowly approaches a tech guy with a tripod and one of its long, pointy legs. He then slowly inserts it into the guy's throat, killing him (with blood from the neck and on his hand).
  • A wall suddenly breaks open and spills various decomposed bodies onto a couple (but that turns out to be faked).
  • Donna spots a bloody rat that she thinks is a prop, but it moves in agony when she touches it.
  • We see blood on and around a metal rod that's gone through a person's body.
  • Jen has some blood on her face after discovering a bloody body.
  • A person's severed head bounces down the stairs and lands in front of some people.
  • Myers picks up a person by the head and then squeezes that, causing blood to flow from the eyes and killing him.
  • Some blood runs down a knife that's been used to kill someone.
  • We see more previously killed but still bloody victims.
  • There's some blood after Myers repeatedly stabs a person.
  • Myers slices Sara's leg again and there's some blood.
  • Sara slips and falls into a huge flat pool of blood from another victim (and then has blood on the back of her clothes as well as her hands).
  • We see part of a man's partially burned face and neck.
  • We see a dead body in a morgue with what look like bullet or stab wound holes in the chest.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Michael Myers obviously has both for killing many people.
  • Some of the guys make unwelcome comments to the young women.
  • We learn that Freddie has fabricated some of the spooky events in the house to jazz up the proceedings for the participants and the viewers.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • All of the standard slasher violence (listed under "Violence" and "Blood/Gore") and people in peril and/or dark rooms moments - which is most of the film -- might be suspenseful or scary for some viewers (especially younger ones and those with low tolerance levels for such mayhem), but there are few real scares here for anyone who's seen one or more of the previous entries in the series or any other slasher-type films.
  • Most of the following scenes are accompanied by ominous/suspenseful/scary music.
  • A security guard finds a gate that's been opened and goes out into the woods at night to see if anyone is there, and we see that someone is watching him (it turns out to be a mental patient that the guard knows).
  • A security guard slowly goes looking for his partner while an overhead light swings back and forth. He then has a fatal encounter with Myers.
  • Myers comes after Laurie and prepares to stab her in her bed, but she hits him and flees, with him slowly coming after her.
  • Sara suddenly thinks she sees Myers in a mirror reflection.
  • Once the various participants are inside the dark and dilapidated house (along with Myers), there are many moments (seen from their point of view as well as that of the main movie camera) that could be scary/suspenseful to certain viewers.
  • The group hears Jen screaming and race up to look for her, but can't find her (until she jumps out and scares one of them).
  • Donna is left in a dark room by herself (with us hearing scary music). She and Jim then descend into a dark basement area.
  • A wall suddenly breaks open and spills various decomposed bodies onto a couple (but that turns out to be faked).
  • Myers slowly walks through the house, followed by another Myers who's pursuing him (we learn that one is just another person in a costume who thinks the other is also another person in costume).
  • Donna spots a bloody rat that she thinks is a prop, but it moves in agony when she touches it.
  • One of the women finds Myers in the room with her, but is trapped and can't escape. He then slowly approaches and struggles with her, and ends up pushing her back onto a sharp metal rod jutting out from a gate and impales her on it (it goes all of the way through her body).
  • Myers, in the shadows, comes up behind a person.
  • Myles, who can see Sara on the Internet feed, informs her via her PDA of Myers' whereabouts and proximity to her, etc.
  • A medical examiner is left alone with Myers in a body bag and slowly unzips the bag.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Knives/Chainsaw: Used to threaten, wound or kill various people. See "Violence" for details.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "That guy's f*cking weird," "F*cking idiot," "I don't f*cking believe this," "Made in f*cking Taiwan," "Where the f*ck /you been at/is he?" "Get the f*ck out of Dodge," "What the f*ck are you doing?" "F*cked up," "Don't f*ck it up," "F*ck that," "We've got to get the f*ck out of here," "Wanna f*ck with me?" "Trick or treat, m*therf*cker," "Burn, m*therf*cker, burn," "Happy f*cking Halloween," "Holy sh*t," "Oh, sh*t," "Your sh*t ain't working up there," "This is bullsh*t," "My God, you've been p*ssy-whipped," "How the hell did you get out again?" "Shut up," "Whoop some ass," "Freaked out," "Smart ass," "Take your tail out of here," "You big perv," "Chicks" (women), "Bitch," "Slut," "What the hell is wrong with you?" and "Baggy ass."
  • A guy tells Donna, "You've got great legs. What time do they open?" In turn, she gives him the finger and he asks if that means at one.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • Some of the jump scenes are accompanied by sudden music, while such sounds/musical cues might also startle some viewers on their own. That said, most of the following aren't of massive shock value (except to the young, inexperienced or low tolerance viewers).
  • Myers suddenly grabs a woman.
  • A high chair suddenly falls out of a closet.
  • Jen suddenly jumps out and scares someone.
  • Myers suddenly grabs someone.
  • A mask suddenly surprises Sara.
  • A wall suddenly breaks open and spills various decomposed bodies onto a couple (but that turns out to be faked).
  • A rat is suddenly seen.
  • A person suddenly grabs another person.
  • Myers' eye suddenly opens in his mask.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • An extreme amount of ominous, suspenseful and scary music plays throughout the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 30 "f" words (9 used with "mother"), 23 "s" words, 1 slang term for sex ("screwing"), 9 asses, 5 hells, 4 damns, 15 uses of "Oh my God," 4 of "G-damn," 2 of "My God" and 1 of "Oh God" as exclamations.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • A student examines and feels Sara and/or Jen's panties that are hanging in the room as he tries to spook them with tales about Myers' childhood home.
  • Scott replies to Myles' earlier comment by saying, "That was before Internet porn."
  • Jen shows some cleavage.
  • Sara wears a formfitting tank-top and comments on whether it's too revealing.
  • Scott tells Myles (about Sara), "My God, you've been p*ssy-whipped."
  • We see Jen's cleavage when one of the guys puts his point of view camera down into it.
  • Donna mentions that cameras "are so phallic," prompting Jim to ask if that's good or bad and she replies that it depends on who's watching.
  • The camera briefly focuses on Nora's clothed butt as she dances around.
  • A guy tells Donna, "You've got great legs. What time do they open?" In turn, she gives him the finger and he asks if that means at one.
  • After spotting a large key, Rudy jokes that it looks like a medieval key to Sara's chastity belt.
  • Bill grabs Jens' butt after she partially falls through some steps and the camera then focuses on her butt as she continues up the stairs. Later, and in the one of bedrooms, Bill mentions that Jen could be famous if she showed some skin on the camera. She then slowly starts to lift up her top (we see her bare midriff) and then briefly flashes her black bra, but that's all.
  • A couple comes into an office at a house party and he lowers her down onto a desk (on top of her), but when they see Myles there they stop.
  • Jim and Donna start flirting, with her asking if he has impulses he can't control (he says continuously). He then asks her when she's going to stop thinking with her head and start thinking with her body. She then tells him, "Screwing a music major would be tantamount to lesbianism." He then replies that he could get into that.
  • Jen comments about a bed probably being where Myers was conceived.
  • Donna and Jim briefly kiss, but he then runs off to do something else. After he returns and they go down into a basement area, they passionately kiss some more after finding some chains on the wall and her commenting that it looks like a sadistic playpen. She then removes her shirt, he helps her off with her bra and then gets on top of her (we see several shots of her bare breasts). A prank then interrupts them, but we see more views of her bare breasts and bare back. She later puts her shirt back on, but then shows some cleavage as she crawls through an opening.
  • As a person looks through some magazines, one of the women asks if he's looking for Playboys.
  • SMOKING
  • Some miscellaneous people smoke.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Laurie most contend with her psychotic and murderous brother.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Publicity stunts, reality shows, and live Internet video feeds.
  • Mass murderers.
  • VIOLENCE
  • We see some quick flashbacks to violence from the last film that includes Laurie decapitating a person (with the severed head seen with blood on the stump) as well as Myers killing various people (stabbing and slitting throats, and strangling a guard against a wall, etc.), most with bloody results.
  • We hear the sounds of violence, and a security guard then discovers his partner's severed and bloody head in the laundry (along with bloody sheets). He then backs up and trips over the body (we see a huge pool of blood from the neck). Myers then grabs the guard and slits his throat.
  • Myers bursts through a locked door and prepares to stab Laurie in her bed, but she's behind him and hits him over the head with a lamp. She then eventually gets a rope around his foot and has him hanging upside down.
  • As Myers and a woman fall over the top ledge of a building (after she tries slicing him with a knife), she lands on his knife (that goes all of the way through her body) as they dangle there. She then slides off and falls to the ground below (and is presumably killed).
  • Sara accidentally causes a glass to shatter from her scream.
  • We see some brief martial arts violence in a movie playing on TV.
  • Myers slowly approaches a tech guy with a tripod and one of its long, pointy legs. He then slowly inserts it into the guy's throat, killing him (with blood from the neck and on his hand).
  • Myers suddenly bursts through a mirror and grabs one of guys, repeatedly stabs him and finishes him off by stabbing into the top of his head.
  • Rudy breaks through a wooden closet door to get to Sara.
  • One of the women finds Myers in the room with her, but is trapped and can't escape. He then slowly approaches and struggles with her, and ends up pushing her back onto a sharp metal rod jutting out from a gate and impales her on it (it goes all of the way through her body).
  • A guy hits Myers on the head (after the latter grabs Sara), but it turns out to be Freddie in disguise.
  • Myers decapitates a person and their head bounces down some steps.
  • Myers slams a guy into a wall, picks him up by the head, and then squeezes that, causing blood to flow from the eyes and killing him.
  • Rudy hits Myers with a rolling pin (or some other kitchen utensil) after Myers tries to slice him. He then throws spices into his eyes and grabs two knives that he slices at Myers.
  • Myers stabs a person several times.
  • Myers stabs knives into a person and then jams a large one through his body and out the door behind him, killing and impaling the guy onto the door.
  • A woman climbs out a window as Myers breaks through a door and then the window next to her on the roof. She kicks him in the face but he slices her on the leg as she scampers up the roof.
  • A guy knocks Myers backwards, but Myers then throws him across the room. The guy then delivers a roundhouse kick to Myers' head and tries it again, but Myers grabs his leg. Sara then wraps a cord around Myers' neck and hangs on as he spins around and swings his knife around. He then throws her down. The guy then delivers a massive kick to Myers that sends him out through a window where he's tangled with a cable that seemingly hangs him.
  • Myers repeatedly stabs a person.
  • Myers slices Sara's leg again and she kicks him in the face.
  • We see that Myers has killed another person (we see a large pool of blood on the floor beneath her).
  • Sara repeatedly strikes Myers with a chainsaw and then hits him with it when it stalls (and after cutting through some lines that ignite gasoline in the house and catch it on fire).
  • A man hits Myers with a shovel that breaks and then hits him with just the handle. Myers then knocks him back into a wall where he's momentarily unconscious.
  • A man shocks Myers with a large electrical cable and the latter then stumbles back into other lines that also shock him (all while being surrounded by fire).
  • A man apparently hits a TV camera (we see the shock of the impact).



  • Reviewed July 12, 2002 / Posted July 12, 2002

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