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People who added this item 479 Average listal rating (316 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 4.9

Rob Zombie took the Halloween franchise to pretentious and insane ways with his sequel to his remake. I absolutely hated it and I still can't wrap my head around why people let this happen.
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It's just an absolute mess. There's nothing in it that feels remotely cohesive, and it's like they shot several different films at once, and somehow they all got mixed together. It doesn't make any sense at all. The kills are also completely unmemorable.
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It's mostly just boring. A decent kill here and there, but lacking something to fill the time between those moments.
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Resurrection is really dumb. But thankfully the pure stupidity of it all causes to chuckle a lot throughout the film.
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After the failure that was Halloween III: Season of the Witch it was only natural that the studio would attempt to bring Michael Myers back. It brings the franchise back into safe and familiar territories. It's slightly fun for what it is. The cast is disposable of course, but none of them are excruciatingly annoying. The film is dumb as fuck and there are a couple of laugh-out-loud moments due to the silliness of it. It's sloppy filmmaking, but it makes for a somewhat amusing watch.
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Halloween III: Season of the Witch is something of an oddity. Being the only film in the Halloween franchise not to revolve around Michael Myers, the producers attempted to take the series in a new direction. Obviously, that's not what people wanted and directly because of the lack of Michael Myers, this film has been massively hated and overlooked. Which is slightly undeserved, in my opinion.

It's not a particularly good film, by any means. For that it's too slow, irritating and slightly monotonous in its rhythm. But it got a lot of clever ideas in it for a horror film. There's a death scene towards the end that is genuinely thrilling and creative. The film does have a lot of unfulfilled potential and I would have loved to see this premise in the hands of a director with a proper grasp on the horror genre.
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It's a natural continuation from John Carpenter's Halloween in that it takes place immediately after the ending of Halloween, yet it feels so far away from what Carpenter's Halloween was. It lacks the atmosphere and suspense that made the original so terrifying. It also fails to properly characterize the disposable characters that Michael Myers will kill. In its predecessor the characters felt legitimately annoying and real, this time they just feel like blank slates. The kills themselves are mostly uninspired, Jaime Lee Curtis spend most of the film in bed in a suprisingly empty hospital and Donald Pleasence is insane. It's a big drop in quality for sure.
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It's not a great film by any means, but there are so many memorable moments and scenes in it that it's the one that I'm most likely to have on in the background while doing other things.
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People who added this item 1088 Average listal rating (734 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.1

Making this remake a better film than John Carpenter's classic was an impossible task, so director, Rob Zombie, did the only thing that was right. He added his own touch on it by delving into the psychological mind of Michael Myers. Which worked all right. But its nonetheless the gory rampage of the second half that works best. Simply because it's entertaining.

It's never scary or atmospheric. But as an alternative, more action-oriented version to the original, it works fine.
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People who added this item 2271 Average listal rating (1512 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.8

There's a saying in filmmaking that quite often "less is more". John Carpenter's Halloween embodies that rule to perfection. It might not necessarily scare today's audiences in the same way that some other films might do, but Halloween manages to capture a sense of dread and terror that few films are unable to do. It's a film that understands how important it is to build suspense and atmosphere. The scenes with Michael Myers just lurking around to Carpenter's iconic score are masterfully made. Yet, Carpenter also knows that you have to unleash that suspense into actual horror, which he does with a couple of well-made kill and chase scenes.

There are however a few things that bothers me. I don't understand why they felt the need to show Myers face. I think some of the kid acting is on the edge of being unbearable. I think the final few minutes are somewhat anticlimactic. Yet, this is a classic and a horror masterpiece.
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Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Jan 20 17:19
nice list. Halloween III for me would be the worst of them all. It has nothing to do with Michael Meyers. In my opinion the Top 3 are Halloween (1978) Halloween (2007) Halloween II
Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Dec 23 1:50
Halloween III was great, I hate the remake. One of the worst movies I've seen, but that's just me. Cool list! :)
Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Dec 23 17:02
Love Halloween 3, and I wish the series could have gone in the direction that film suggested - moving away from Michael Myers who was genuinely dull after two films and basically setting up various films based around Halloween as a holiday. The Silver Shamrock stuff fronted by the Old Man from Robocop is easily super-creepy.

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