Already Dead (2007)

alreadyDirector: Joe Otting

Writer: Joe Chappelle (Screenplay) Robert Archer Lynn, David Alford (Story)

Starring: Ron Eldard, Til Schweiger, Patrick Kilpatrick, Geoff Pierson, Marisa Coughlan, Christopher Plummer

 

Plot: When Thomas Archer’s happy & successful life is all but ruined following a horrific attack he is presented with a perfect opportunity to exact physical revenge upon the man who caused all his grief. However the immediate consequences of his actions and inactions are much more complicated than he imagined. Who will survive ?

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Dull Thriller

 

Story: Already Dead starts as we see Thomas Archer (Eldard) having to follow instructions by mobile as he is looking to get his son back from a kidnapper. We continue to watch Thomas take instructions as he runs the events of the night when his son was taken through his mind.

As the night continues he gets put through tests by the man on the phone including being able to get revenge on the man that killed his son, but are these just tests where they criminal is getting this man to do his dirty work. We watch how the twists are laid into plan for this film as they come thick and fast.

Already Dead gives us a story which asks you the question just how far would you go to get revenge on the person who took and killed your son, but it also throws a twist in their where we have to deal with the idea the cops have created a game to rid the streets of criminals of people they don’t want or can’t deal with through legal reasons. I would question certain character decisions because after what happens would these two men be friends, I think not.

Onto the acting and what can I say, this doesn’t have the best acting from any of the people involved with the lead struggling to make any sort of impact in the screen and most of the supporting cast barely doing anything of merit.

 

Overall: Thriller that lacks all the punches it needs to truly stand out.

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Halloween Weekend – Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)

halloweenDirector: Joe Chappelle

Writer: Daniel Farrands (Screenplay) Debra Hill, John Carpenter (Characters)

Starring: Donald Pleasence, Paul Rudd, Marianna Hagan, Mitchell Ryan, Kim Darby, Bradford English, Keith Bogart

 

Plot: Six years after Michael Myers last terrorized Haddonfield, he returns there in pursuit of his niece, Jamie Lloyd, who has escaped with her newborn child, for which Michael and a mysterious cult have sinister plans.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Poor Chapter

 

Story: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers starts by filling in the last 6 years as Michael Myers and Jamie Lloyd have gone missing captured by the cult controlling Michael. When Jamie escapes with her baby Michael reappears to continue his body count and this time we have to meet a new string of people who have to find a way to stop him.

We have Tommy Doyle (Rudd) returning claiming to have seen Michael when he was younger and a new Strode family with Kara (Hagan) being the main target and finally Dr Loomis (Pleasence) has to come out of retirement to finish this once and for all.

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers is the last time we see Dr Loomis and the film really tries to give us something fresh behind the reasons why Michael kills but because this is the first time we learn about it we find ourselves wondering where this has suddenly come from. The film itself is a mess because we just don’t get enough to work with that is original and you can see why they went back to Jamie Lee Curtis after this one.

 

Actor Review

 

Donald Pleasence: Dr Loomis is all retired writing his book about hi experience with Michael Myers is force into returning to Haddonfield once again when Michael and Jamie have reappeared after disappearing at the end of the last outing. Donald passed during the production of this film so it is unfair to judge him on his performance in a bad way at all.

Paul Rudd: Tommy Doyle is returning as an adult now as he is still haunted by what happened to him as a child. He has been studying the cases his whole life as it has consumed him and now he can finally stop Michael and the cult that is controlling him. Paul is solid in this role and at least his character makes some sense to the overall story line.

Marianna Hagan: Kara Strode is related to the family that adopted Laurie who now lives in the same house, she is a single mother trying to get herself an education but now she must fight to protect her son. Marianna is solid in this role but her character doesn’t seem to fit the series.

Support Cast: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers has a supporting cast which like all the films in this franchise just become disposable characters.

Director Review: Joe ChappelleJoe doesn’t give us the best instalment of the franchise here but at least we did get to tackle potential origins behind Michael.

 

Horror: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers has bloodier kills than before but when it comes to scares they just don’t come off very well at all.

Settings: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers mixing up the settings somewhat by returning to Haddonfield but also moving away for the bigger picture to what has been going on.
Special Effects
: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers has basic effects when it comes to the kills but otherwise not new to the genre.

Suggestion: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers is one you could watch as part of the marathon but otherwise it can just be avoided. (Marathon Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: The bigger picture works in some parts.

Worst Part: The bigger picture also takes away what made Michael Frightening.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $15 Million

Budget: $5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

Tagline: Terror Never Rests In Peace!

 

Overall: Plain sequel that was so bad it needed to be rebooted in the future.

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