A Nightmare from Friday to Halloween - Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
The three most prominent American horror franchises (Halloween, Friday the 13th, and A Nightmare on Elm Street) have influenced American cinema even beyond the horror genre. As of 2021, there are exactly 31 movies across all three franchises, and I am going to attempt to watch all of them, for this Halloween, one per day.
It makes sense this movie came out the same year as Jason X did. It’s very much geared towards the same audience, a young one made up of mostly horny, teenage boys although this is one less egregiously misogynistic than Jason was. Updating it to an Internet age does kind of make sense on the surface (better than going to goddamn space does) but especially with modern eyes, this seems cringily desperate in trying to attract a younger audience. Even including Busta Rhymes seems like a bit of stunt casting, though I don’t know this for sure. Maybe he was genuinely a fan of the series. He does do some goofy kung fu though, which didn’t fit in this movie, but was kind of fun though. I found it amusing that the teenagers in the reality horror show in this movie finding out that most of what they saw on TV was fake was such a big revelation. Maybe it was different in the 2000s, since Survivor had premiered only a few years before and we weren’t as inundated with reality shows as we were now. I have to agree with Jamie Lee Curtis who thought this movie was stupid and that the previous movie, Halloween H20, was a good ending for her character. I am kind of looking forward to Rob Zombie’s Halloweens now, because this one is pretty much the nadir of the series so far.