Jamie Lee Curtis slums it for one last time in this, the eighth and final film of the original Halloween series.
I thought it was odd, in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, that the paramedics didn’t bother to take Michael Myers’ mask off before zipping him up in a body bag. I mean, shouldn’t they have checked to see if he was really dead or not? It was such an obvious misdirection that I continued to expect, throughout the entire climax, for the bagged Michael to pull off his mask and reveal that he wasn’t Michael at all, that the killer had swapped outfits with someone else (most likely Laurie’s new boyfriend).
But Michael stayed masked, and all seemed settled; until the time came about for another sequel. Turns out my feelings were correct, and Michael is still alive. Laurie, having learned after the first film that she had accidentally decapitated an innocent man, is now mute and living in a psychiatric hospital; much as we found her now retconned daughter at the beginning of Halloween 5. As you may expect, Michael soon comes for a visit. Their confrontation makes up the pre-opening credits sequence and is a far less satisfying send off for the character of Laurie than the ending of the last film was.
Michael heads back to his old home in Haddonfield, and finds it occupied by dopey teenagers filming a reality series called ‘Dangertainment,’ which streams live to the internet. The premise of the show within the show sees the kids ‘investigating’ the cause of Michael’s rampage, though it’s really just about cheep scares and potential nudity.
The plot of the film has an interesting meta-fictional component to it. When people watch horror movies, they often scoff at the protagonists for going down to the basement when a killer is on the loose in the house; of course, our scoffing makes no difference as the protagonist can’t hear us. But in this film; there actually is a live audience, with the ability to text message the people in the house and warn them against doing the most stupid of things. As we find out, there is minimal value to such input; but it’s still a unique conceit to have the audience be part of the film.
The cast is competent, but forgettable. Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) plays one of the teen girls. She’s convincing as an annoying teenager and has a nice death. Rapper Busta Rhymes plays the Kung Fu loving producer of the show and is far too over-the-top to fit comfortably in the setting.
Michael no longer has a goal in life, and reverts back to a mindless killing machine. That being the case, there’s really no point in him being Michael at all. They may as well have created a new slasher for the occasion; at least then this film could stand on its own as a decent-but-unremarkable horror movie, and not be compared to its superior prequels.
The Blu Ray from Alliance (there’s an Echo Bridge one as well) contains three movies on one disc. Video quality is okay, but not much better than a really good DVD would be. There are no extras.