New Jersey Stage 2015 - Issue 10 - Page 68

Halloween 2 (2009) Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 is an improvement over Rob Zombie’s Halloween, although that’s akin to saying World War II was an improvement over World War I; in a perfect world neither would have occurred. While the first film was a punishingly grim experience, the follow-up at least has some moments of unintentional comedy. In the intervening years Zombie seems to have learnt a thing or two (literally no more) about film-making. During dialogue scenes we can actually now see the actors’ faces, and he’s relaxed his shaky-cam aesthetic. When it comes to creating tension, suspense and atmosphere, he’s still clueless however. Zombie opens things with what initially appears to be a remake of 1981’s Halloween 2. Laurie 2015 - ISSUE 10 68