Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Halloween II (2009)

Out of morbid curiosity, I decided to continue my viewing of the entire franchise by watching the second Rob Zombie Halloween. 

Synopsis: A year after the events of the original, Michael Myers returns on a mission to bring his little sister Angel, back into the family.

The Good: Once again Tyler Main is a scary looking Michael Myers. Brad Dourif and and Danielle Harris are great as the sheriff and his daughter, who at this point in the story have taken Laurie in. Malcolm McDowell's Dr. Loomis is particularly slimy in this version and it's a great take on the character.

The Bad: The plot makes no sense. The whole white horse vision thing just seems ridiculous and like an excuse for Rob to bring his wife back into the movie (despite the character committing suicide in the first). It also is never explained why Laurie sees the visions too. She was a baby when things happened. Yes the trauma could affect her, but it shows her dreaming about it, before she knows who she really is. It's never explained why Michael knows just where to go to kill people connected to Laurie. Also, hearing Michael breath heavy while killing just doesn't seem right.

Final Thoughts: Zombie definitely took the franchise in a different direction with this one and there are some pearls of potential greatness in the film, but ultimately it takes itself too seriously and leaves the viewer with too many questions.

In Your Game: Instead of reposting the stats for Michael, I decided to take the events of the movie and implied future and stat out Angel Myers.
Laurie Strode/Angel Myers
Armor Class: 13
Hit Dice: 3
Move: 12
Morale: 10

Attack Damage: By Weapon
Breaking Sanity: Angel can loose herself from her sanity and enter a rage. While in this state she gains an advantage on all attack rolls, deals an additional +2 damage with attacks, and her toughness increases to +5. However, in this state all attacks against her also gain advantage.
Bonuses: +3 to Melee attacks, +6 to Stealth, +2 to Toughness

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