Rob Zombie’s upcoming horror remake sequel, Halloween II, has a new poster and trailer. It’s not the first we’ve seen of each for the movie, but none have been particularly awesome so far and these latest two items do nothing to change that impression.Halloween II is (in case you couldn’t guess) a sequel to Halloween, Zombie’s violent and vicious remake of the classic 1970s John Carpenter slasher flick of the same name. A sequel to Zombie’s remake was pretty inevitable, considering both the way it ended (not to give too much away but it’s open ended) and the fact that it did quite respectably at the box office (making over $110 million if you include DVD sales). The sequel picks up right where the first installment ended, with Michael Myers returning to his home in Haddonfield, Illinois to reek horror-havoc once again.

Without further ado, check out the newest poster and trailer for Halloween II:

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I can see what they’re going for with the design of the latest Halloween II poster: They’re paying homage to one of Michael’s classic and recognizable ways of attacking and/or killing someone. But I don’t think it works for an official poster – perhaps it would be more suited as art for the official Halloween II website.

I will admit that the trailer doesn’t look HORRIBLE, just rather… bland. It does nothing to really set it apart from any other horror trailer that we see every other week, and the attempt at subtly weaving in a slightly alternative version of the Halloween theme music doesn’t mask the fact that it just looks like more of the same of what we got with Zombie’s first Halloween film.

It’s no secret around here that I am not a fan of Mr. Zombie’s movies, and that includes his horrible remake of Halloween. I think he uses explicit language and harsh, gory, violence just for the sake of seeming edgy, and as a result any sense of tension or fright is completely lost on me. Needless to say I’m not looking forward to Halloween II, although I fully welcome Zombie to prove me wrong about him.

What do you make of the latest poster and trailer for Halloween II? Are you a fan of Rob Zombie as a director and are you looking forward to what he’s got in store for us with this sequel?

Halloween II is set to hit theaters on August 28th, 2009.

Sources: ComingSoon and ShockTillYouDrop