Review Date: July 08, 2002
Director: Rick Rosenthal
Writer: Larry Bland, Sean Hood
Producers: Malek Akkad, Paul Freeman, Michael Leahy
Busta Rhymes as Freddie Harris
Tyra Banks as Nora Winston
Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode
On the other hand, there was a subplot involving these annoying teens at a Halloween party watching the whole evening on the Net which kinda sucked, and most of the characters were severely underdeveloped, but for what is was...it did deliver some suspense, a couple of creepy moments and I can't say that I was ever really bored (this probably had more to do with the film's skimpy runtime of 85 minutes though). It's basically "serviceable horror" and if that's what you're looking for, you will likely get half a kick out of this flick. If you're looking for deeper meaning, something to keep you awake at nights, T&A galore...this definitely isn't it (although a couple of T's do come out and say "hi" at some point). In other words, don't go in expecting SESSION 9, THE OTHERS or THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE, because this puppy ain't shooting for those stars. The actors are also pretty generic with Tyra's Banks (oops, I mean Tyra Banks-by the way, she doesn't show off her bonbons here, so save your dough if that's what you were "banking" on...hehehe...I crack myself up) strolling through for her quickie paycheck, Busta Rhymes actually generating some laughs ("Trick or treat, motherfucker!"), although nobody's quite sure if they were laughing at him or with him, and Jamie Lee Curtis, completing her contractual obligation to the series. The kids in the film are also quite lame and basically look like kids from other teen flicks with the one big-boobed annoying chick doing her best impression of Brittany Murphy, another delivering her lead role just as it was parodied in SCARY MOVIE, and a couple of other dudes looking like the guys from AMERICAN PIE and SAVE THE LAST DANCE respectfully (or was that really them??).
Overall, the film zooms by faster than a Robert Downey Jr. stint at rehab, delivers a decent opening sequence, a couple of slick thrills and bloody kills, but the characters are all pretty boring, the story lacks in originality and to be quite frank, the film doesn't really deliver any "woah!" sequences whatsoever. Going, going...gone! Oh and for the record, I actually enjoyed HALLOWEEN: H20.