Halloween II a Gory Dud
Critics yawn over Rob Zombie's horror remake
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2009 5:42 PM CDT

(Newser) – Dimension Films refused to screen Rob Zombie's Halloween II for critics—which is looking like a wise move based on the reviews coming out:

  • "Creatively comatose, even by the standards of a sequel to a remake," writes Rob Nelson in Variety. "Zombie's hatchet job on the series he revived so artfully two years ago plays like a violent act of euthanasia upon the huge, brain-dead body of work inspired by the 30-year-old Halloween."

  • "Eschewing any sense of suspense or surprise, Zombie instead focuses on the brutality of the many murders," writes Alonso Duralde for MSNBC. "While 1981’s Halloween II was itself a shameless sequel, it’s still more fun to watch than Zombie’s heavy-handed wallow in viscera."
  • "Zombie has the talent to jumpstart the genre," writes Peter Hartlaub in the San Francisco Chronicle. "This movie isn't horrible, but it seems like a waste for Zombie to keep revisiting someone else's world."