The Next Best Thing: Halloween 2-8 Part 1

The Next Best Thing is an article feature I’ve done to focus on the sequels of awesome films. The originals, Rocky, Star Wars: A New Hope, Halloween, and The Karate Kid always catch the praise. Yet peeps never delve into the sequels, unless it’s to bash them. Well, in some cases, the sequels kick the originals ass.

As a horror fan, I’m use to franchises, and love the hell out of’em. So with The Next Best Thing, I’ll be talking about these bad-mammer jammers in detail. The originals won’t be spoken of, because we all know they’re great. Instead, the middle child get’s the chance to shine. With the maiden voyage we’re going to look at the Halloween films, a franchise that often gets raked over the coals. We’ll talk 2, 4, and 5 today.

Halloween was a massive hit. Naturally, the studio wanted a sequel. John Carpenter doesn’t hate money, so he wrote up the sequel, and gave up the Director’s chair.

The Plot:
It picks up right where the first one left off. Micheal’s on the loose, and killing because there’s probably nothing good on TV. He finds out Laurie Strode has been taken to the hospital and heads there to finish his business.

What Works:
The movie works pretty damn well. It has a lot of the same look and feel as the original, and the fact it takes place the same night as the first is great. Micheal gets to kill a lot more people, and we get a few cool deaths. Such as Micheal boiling a guy’s face in a hot tub. I mean, he’s sacrificing his own hand just to kill this guy, and Micheal’s right handed. So he’ll have to jack-off with his left for awhile. Now THAT’s dedication. Micheal looks great in this film, with the mask retaining much of the original look. There were also a few great moments of tension, my favorite being when Laurie is stuck outside, banging on the glass door for someone to let her in. Meanwhile, Micheal is slowly approaching her, and it just builds, and builds until she’s finally let in at the last moment. Micheal, not being a bitch, doesn’t even try and use the handle as he just walks through the door. TADOW, bitch.

What Doesn’t:
Well, what doesn’t work is almost the same as what makes it work, it’s just more of the same. There’s no build up really, because we’re dropped right into the middle of that night, with everything established. Also, why is this hospital empty? I’ve never, EVER seen a hospital empty like this one. That just seemed odd to me. Also, and this is just me nit-picking, but Micheal’s main weapon of choice is a tiny scalpel. In the previous film he mobbed around with a huge, intimidating butcher’s knife. But now he’s just walking around with MacGyver’s pocketknife, and it isn’t as cool. But like I said, that’s just nit-picking.

How Was Micheal Killed Forever:
He was shot in both his fucking eyes! Then he was set on fire and burnt to a crisp! He’s DEAD.

Favorite Moment:

I already mentioned it. The bad-ass tension with Micheal stalking Laurie pounds on the glass door, begging for help, until she’s let in at the last second. Then these idiots think it’s all good because they locked the door, but Micheal just busts through the glass, boner first, and ruins their shit.

Box-Office:
It was done on a $2.5 million dollar budget. Which is crazy, considering the first was done for $325,000. It ended up bringing in 25 million. It holds a steady 6.3 rating on IMDB, and is often in competition for being the best sequel.

Caliber’s Rating:
* * * * out of 5. It brings a lot of good to the table, but unfortunately, a good portion of it was already there because of the first.

Gratuitous Pic of Danielle Harris:
She wasn’t in this one, but I don’t care. I’m gonna include a pic of her for each film, because she’s that goddamn hot. Man, that hip tattoo….


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Halloween 3 tried to take it in a different direction. The movie isn’t that bad, but people wanted Myers. Well, as a result, we got Halloween 4. A film that stayed at number 1 at the box-office for two weeks.

Plot:
Sure, his eyes were shot out, and he burnt to death, but Micheal is actually alive. He escapes during transportation, and heads back to Haddenfield to finish what he started. Only to find his sister dead, and her daughter is the last of the Myers bloodline.

What Works:
A lot of things. The opening is one of the best I’ve ever seen for a movie. It has a perfect setting for what the Halloween time is all about. The mid-western setting, the decorations, the bright orange lettering. It’s awesome. Donald Pleasence is awesome as always. He’s got a disfigured, burnt side of his face, like Two-Face. Except Loomis got his after he was blown completely the fuck up. He’s Superman. Micheal is more aggressive and strong in this movie. He’s no bitch either. He gets his hands on a shotgun and unlike most pussies, he doesn’t fire it. No, instead he rams it through a chick, and into a wall, posting her up there. There’s car chases, angry mobs, fight scenes, it’s really epic.The ending, where it seems that Jamie has taken her Uncle’s curse is fantastic, and should have set up films to come.

What Doesn’t:
First and foremost, the look of Micheal. He can look pretty stupid throughout this film. Thankfully the rage, and aggressiveness helps to over shadow the fact that they let someone’s kid create the mask for Micheal. It looks really stupid. Not to mention the guy wasn’t big enough, so they added pads. It looks like he has balloons on his shoulders. Also, Micheal had his fucking eyes shot out, and then burnt to death in the last one. Not to mention that Loomis was in the room too, and it EXPLODED. They really should have done a better job of at least explaining how Loomis survived.

How Micheal Was Killed Forever:
He was shot something like 100 times, and thrown down a well.

Favorite Moment:
Micheal displays just how much he isn’t fucking around by stabbing someone with a shotgun.

Box-Office:
5 million was the budget, and it brought in almost 18 mill. It’s standing at 5.6 over at IMDB. It being number one for two weeks was the obvious explanation as to why part 5 was so rushed.

Caliber’s Rating:
* * * * 1/2 out of 5. I really like this sequel. It’s fast paced, has some great kills, and serves as an action film at times. Great stuff.

Gratuitous Pic of Danielle Harris:
Sweet, fancy, Moses…

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The Plot:
A studio proves that it isn’t something supernatural that keeps Micheal alive, it’s greed. This sequel was rushed into theaters less than a year after part 4. It’s a bleh of a script. Basically, Micheal is back again, and his niece all of a sudden has a telepathic link to him.

What Works:
Honestly, not that much. Micheal looks a lot cooler. He’s naturally big, his mask is great looking, and that’s all I ever ask.

What Doesn’t:
Where to begin? First off, Micheal survives being shot to shit, and then blown up. OK, at this point we just have to recognize that he’s become a zombie like killer, ala Jason. Except for he only comes alive during Halloween. Well, a hermit finds him, and keeps him for a year. Yeah, Micheal is just laying there for a fucking year. This guy didn’t start to wonder what the hell was going on? Like, why isn’t this guy dying without food, or water? They completely abandon the whole “Jamie becoming the killer” idea, and instead just make her a mute with a telepathic link to Micheal. Now, besides that hokey plot device, we also have a sub-plot involving Micheal now having a thorn tattoo, and being followed by a man in black. At this point I’d like to add that even the WRITERS…the fucking WRITERS didn’t know what the deal with the man in black was gonna be. That’s just a fucking insult to the fans of the series who line their pockets. The ending was pathetic, as the man in black attacks the police station, kills everyone, and escapes with Micheal.

How Micheal Was Killed Forever:
He wasn’t. He was kidnapped.

Favorite Moment:
Honestly, there aren’t too many great moments. But I can say that my favorite is actually one of my favorites out of the whole series. Loomis is talking to Micheal, and trying to reason with him. He talks to him about “the rage”, and I always loved that. Whenever I see something like The Kardashians, or lame, pathetic crap along those lines I always think of Loomis saying “the rage, the rage Micheal”, because I know exactly what he’s talking about.

Box-Office:
Made for 3 mill, and it brought in 11. They could have made so much more if they’d just waited. It currently has a 4.6 rating on IMDB.

Caliber’s Rating:
* * * 1/4 out of 5. This is really just a lacking story, with a ton of plot holes and a shit ton of useless characters.

Gratuitous Pic of Danielle Harris:

Next week we’ll have us a look at the rest of the franchise. Which includes a film that some consider not only the best sequel, but the best of the whole series, as well as a film that people down right loathe. But does the forgiving Caliber?

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~ by Caliber Winfield on November 8, 2011.

2 Responses to “The Next Best Thing: Halloween 2-8 Part 1”

  1. “t picks up right where the first one left off. Micheal’s on the loose, and killing because there’s probably nothing good on TV.”

    This is pretty funny because the original movies had nothing but people watching the 1950’s Thing from Another Planet, seriously that was the only freaking thing anyone was watching!

  2. Yeah Danielle is hot.

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