In 2007, Hollywood dropped a bomb on horror fans around the world that John Carpenter's Halloween would be getting a reboot by none other than Rob Zombie. What many saw as a damnation, others saw as an interesting insight into the backstory of Michael Myers and his upbringing. The movie opened up to divided opinions, but they appear to be more on the positive side than the negative. When 2009 came around, Rob Zombie was not yet finished with his tale of Laurie Strode and Michael Myers. This movie has gotten a bad wrap from more than Halloween fans, but fans of the genre in general. When I first saw Rob Zombie's Halloween 2, I disliked it from the beginning, however, over time it has grown on me and I've created three reasons as to why Halloween 2 is not as bad as it's made out to be.
Typically when a famous franchise is rebooted or remade, there is always the never-ending question of whether or not there will be a sequel to the remake. If there is going to be a remake, the next question tends to be, "is it going to be the same as the original sequel?" In this case, Rob Zombie takes the story into his own hands and makes it his own. This is one thing that fans can never be 100% satisfied with. If a movie gets remade, there has to be some kind of balance between the old material and new material. If it's too much like the original then what is the point of remaking it? If it isn't like the original at all, then what is the point of giving it the title Halloween 2? Rob Zombie throws in small homages to the original sequel to John Carpenters Halloween, but ultimately makes it his own and goes with it. Why should we tear down a movie that was meant to be something different from the beginning?
2. Reality and Character Development
One of the major issues with horror movie sequels is that it never seems as though the characters from the original are necessarily affected by the events. I will give credit to Friday the 13th Part 2, Aliens and Halloween: H20 for giving the characters of the originals some kind of torn apart life, but aside from those three, I can't think of any others. In Rob Zombie's Halloween 2, the character of Laurie is affected greatly. She is going to therapy, she's having nightmares, she isn't the nerdy, spunky, loving girl we knew from the first film. You can see that she has been broken down and isn't sure where her life is going. What Rob Zombie does that hasn't been done in many other horror films is he makes the movie more psychologically and emotionally draining. The audience is given a window into Laurie's mind in this movie and we are taken on a journey that anyone would go through after the events of the previous film.
3. It's A Rob Zombie Film
This point might seem a bit obvious, but I'm sticking with it. If you've seen Rob Zombie's House of 1,000 Corpses and Devil's Rejects then it should be obvious what you are going to get out of Halloween 2. Rob Zombie is a director that I was never a major fan of. Sure, I enjoyed his stuff, but his works have never stuck out to me as masterpieces. This is the exact reason why I didn't have high expectations for the film when it was released. I waited until I was able to find it online to watch it and when I did, I wasn't disappointed. The film, like any other Rob Zombie film, is dark. It's one of Rob Zombie's darkest films and quite frankly, I've learned to really like it.
This is what viewers need to remember when putting this movie into their DVD players: Rob Zombie made this his own and didn't care what anyone else thought. He knew what he wanted to do and ran with it. If everyone can wrap their minds around that and realize that we won't be getting another Halloween film like John Carpenter's, then it could be possible that Rob Zombie's Halloween 2 becomes a personal favorite to many of the fans out there.