In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll tell you right up front that I am not a fan of the Halloween franchise; never have been, never will be. However, on some carnal, visceral, murderous, sadistic level I appreciate Rob Zombie, even if he is a one-trick pony. I feel like every time I see one of his movies, there’s a haunting scene around a dinner table; a tense scene with someone silhouetted in moonlight/headlights; a startling scene where someone is revealed as the mirror closes; and of course there’s gratuitous everything: violence, nudity, profanity - the Zombie triple-play.
However, just because I know what’s coming doesn’t mean I won’t partake; I mean damn I saw Titanic, and no matter how much you hope and pray, that boat’s going down.
And now we all have to opportunity to see a little more of what’s coming. Bloody-Disgusting recently released a heretofore unused trailer of Zombie’s upcoming sequel, Halloween 2, which is surprisingly superior to the previously released trailer we’ve seen. And the masses seem to concur.
I’m not sure WHY this unreleased trailer was left to gather dust, but I’m sure the powers that be have their reasons. Either way, we have it now:
The trailer doesn’t seem to reveal any more than we already knew, or could be divined from the mere knowledge that another Michael Meyers film was on its way. Allow me to elaborate: we thought he was dead. Turns out he’s not. Now he’s after his sister/cousin/niece/dog walker, and anyone within a 200 foot radius is doomed. Throw in a cast of a bunch relative unknowns, toss in one or two familiar faces, and there you have it. That pretty much sums them all up, give or take a few details, no?
The trailer does reveal a few things that we didn’t know before, like the death of a slew of characters carried over from the first film (e.g. - Danielle Harris’s Annie Brackett, which I’m inferring from the Sheriff’s haunting "NO NO NO!") - oh, and that Michael Meyers can lift a car without getting a hernia. Check out a better version of the trailer on Bloody-Disgusting.
Like I said, I’m not a fan. I find these films to be predictable, formulaic, contrived, and on the cusp between horror films and a waste of my time and money. But, given the success of this film’s predecessor, I’m sure this one will do just fine. And don’t expect any end in sight; Meyers has yet to battle Aliens, Predator, Freddy Kruegar, Shrek, Jason Voorhees, Jigsaw, Teddy Ruxpin, Hannibal Lecter, and Dracula. Bring it on.
What did you think?
Halloween 2 hits theaters on August 28, 2009.