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Proving that you can’t kill pure evil, Michael Myers returns once again to pierce fresh victims with an assortment of cutlery in Universal’s “Halloween” reboot. Though this latest entry in the franchise ignores the events of the last nine films, enough references are included throughout it to make several of the sequels well worth revisiting. To help you plan a Myers movie marathon, here’s our ultimate Halloween ranking, from tedious trick to terrifying treat.
At times resembling an amateur Halloween fan film that was accidentally released in theaters, the eighth entry in the slasher series finds a blasé Michael Myers stalking a group of fame-seeking college students who’ve agreed to spend a night in his childhood home as part of a ridiculous internet reality show. Clumsily interspersed with low-res video footage shot by the actors themselves, “Halloween: Resurrection” is a suspense-free disaster that wastes Jamie Lee Curtis in a disrespectful cameo, before introducing Busta Rhymes as a karate-kicking web producer. Director Rick Rosenthal — who also helmed one of the best sequels in the franchise — saps Myers of every last ounce of fear he once commanded by keeping him front and center on screen for far too long.
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It’s hard to decide what’s most depressing about this visually ugly addition to the Myers saga. Could it be the somnambulant pacing and uninspired kill scenes? Or possibly that it features the most annoying character in the entire series (a.k.a. Tina)? Or maybe it’s the baffling cartoon sound effects we hear whenever two bumbling cops arrive on screen? Whatever the case may be, “Halloween 5” manages to completely trash the modest charms of its preceding chapter thanks to director Dominique Otherin-Girard’s inability to generate a single decent scare. Worse yet, the movie ends on a groan-inducing cliffhanger that’s so awkwardly shot and edited,...
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