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  1. Just had a jaw dropping event...

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    For those who don't know this is Majuu Sensen Apocalipse, a sequel to the original manga and ova series Majuu Sensen.

     

    "A secret society of scientists seek to create advanced humanoid lifeforms through the hybrid of man and beast for their almighty Lord Yeshu and the new world that is nigh. When young Shin'ichi Kuruma is pulled into this inhuman pursuit and loses everything, his path of bloody vengence leads him into the depths of a conspiracy greater than he could ever imagine."

    You can find the manga online and the ova's had a laserdisc release way back when or so I hear, although I've seen some releases online over the years. Pretty intreasting series all in all, the jaw dropping part is that I never thought I'd see the day when Majuu Sensen got any kind of new release.

    This is from Discotek Media, who've also put out new release of the original Devilman ova's, Testujin 28-go and Godmars. I was looking them up because their who I got Goshogun from. But my jaw nearly dislocated when I saw what they have coming up!

    Psycho Armor Govarian

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    This is an 80's series created by Go Nagai, one of a small few he did after leaving Toei. There was little info on this series until recently, likely due to this  this up coming release. By little I mean even Groizer X, the blandest of all Nagai's robot shows, had a bigger wiki page then Govarian. So seeing this series get an offical release of any kind was borderline impossible... but here it is!

    So plot wise, well there still little to go one but it's described as a blend of Mazinger Z and Gundam with psychic powers thrown in. It was basically Nagai's stab at a more real robot style work in the wave of Gundam and Ideon. 

    T"he Garadain Empire has exhausted the primary resources of their native planet, so they send different space expeditions to find a new world where to live. One of their main objectives is planet Earth. However, Zeku Alba, an alien scientist, decides to rebel against the imperial rule and flees towards the Earth, where he gathers a group of youngs gifted with the power of "psychogenesis", an ability that consists in creating solid matter from mental energy.

    The most gifted of the squadron is Isamu, a young orphan whose family was killed in the first attack of the Garadain Empire. He is able to generate the powerful robot Govarian, an armor with which he can battle the alien monsters and is able to regenerate thanks to the psychic energy of the pilot. Helped by two other robots created by his teammates, Isamu, aboard the robot Govarian, defends the Earth in the long war against the alien invaders"

    Govarian from what little I know uses a combination of psychic attacks and conventional weapons, which sets it apart from most of it's sibling series. Also it's the second smallest of all the Nagai Mechs at 13 meters tall, with only Steel Jeeg being smaller, at about 10 - 11 metes tall.

    Edit: Just found this while hunting for info...

     

  2. Currently watching Goshogun

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    Got this by chance, although it's name was on my list. Unlike a lot of the other shows I've got, I know practically nothing about Goshogun as I didn't do any research on it befor hand. 

    This came out the year after Ideon and despite only being one episode in the show feels odd. While it's clearly styled after 70's Super Robot shows, it's story telling is a bit more advanced. For example, our human villains actually get involved in conflicts and politics to further their agenda and make money, such as assisting in wars, assassinating government leaders to be replaced with agents and brutal takeovers of resources such as a dimond industry in Africa. It's not gone into great detail but it's pretty refreshing to see were the bad guys get the resources to support their production of lightsabre wielding, robot foot soldiers and giant mechs. Hell even their reason to go after the heroes is actually more logical, they are after experimental teleportation technology which would be a hug boon to their operations. 

    The show currently feels a bit odd as it blends light comedy moments, such as a over bearing robot teacher and villains reacting comically when a grenade is throne in his hand, with some very dark scenes involving assassination, terrorism, mass-murder and self sacrifice vie an exploding briefcase. While older shows did have this blend of the comedic and the dark, because this series has a more developed story, the contrast stands out more, at least to me.

    Goshogun is a pretty cool looking robot with its whole design haveing a very super sentai/power rangers feel. So far it's weapons include eye lasers, missiles and a halberd like weapon. However the way it works is convoluted even by Super Robot standards. It's powered by Beamler Energy, a super, do anything, energy in same vain as Photo Energy, Getter Rays etc. However unlike it's predecessors were are not given an explanation as to what Beamler Energy is, given the shows impressive start I'm hoping this is a plot thread that will be developed rather then just"it's a thing and it just works". Were the convoluted part comes from is that this Goshogun clearly takes inspiration from Getter Robo and Gaiking... but utilises aspects of those robots in an odd way. Ok so Getter is formed by three jets that fuse into a robot, Gaiking is a created from parts stored inside a mobile carrier (it's torso being the carriers head), now Goshogun is a fully built robot stored inside a carrier along with three jets. The jets, maned by the robots pilots, then dock inside this fully constructed robots legs and chest. Now I get why this was done, it's to make Goshogun different while also playing on the nostalgia of those older shows, but it really is nonsensical.

    Character wise we haven't had much time to get to know everyone so I cannot comment to much although the whole team seems competent.

    So it's off to a very intreasting start.

     

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  3. So I'm looking for another franchise to look at and since there are so many I though I met as well let you lot decide what I'll drown on about.

    The only exclusion to this list is Hellraiser, this is do to that franchise haveing a lot of problems and being quite long. 

    Edit: Don't worry if your choice didn't win, I'll use the other votes as a guide on what to look at after the winner.

  4. Chapter 10 - Halloween 2018

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    2018, 40 years after Halloween was released. Times really have changed. Looking back on the last 10 years of horror, its a far cry from Halloween's era. Slashers are few and far between, mostly relegated to lower budget and parody. To give a simplistic overview of current horror, it's the era of the spiritual and the social. A good chunk of modern horror films tend to revolve around curses, spirits and demons or groups of individuals seeking to do harm. Current horror has moved away from the individual monster or killer, it seems that the current trend is focused on forces beyond our control or that we are a minority at the mercy of a greater collective. As always what we fear reflects our times so in this era were we understand our world with amazing detail or with societies ever growing collectivism and some would say decreasing morality, it's little wonder we'd turn to very faceless horrors.

    Example would be the Purge franchise, Hereditary, The Ritual, The Endless, It Comes at Night, Get Out, The Witch, The Conjuring series, The Visit,  The Strangers and the Paranormal Activity series. 

    Thats not to say older styles of horror are gone. IT released last years blends the theme of an otherworldly horror, social horror and an iconic horror villain in a very good way. Also parodies not all bad, as seen with the horror/comedy series of films Hatchet. Amazingly one of the last slasher genre's has actually been making a small comeback.  The Child's Play franchise has been able claw it's way back from the pit of self destroying parody it fell into in Seed of Chucky and produced two fairly good, although far from ground breaking sequels, Curse of Chucky and Cult of Chucky.  The franchise also has a remake on the way but interestingly it seems that when the deal was made it was intended that the remake not tread on the toes or nor prevent the possible continuing of the main franchise, from what we've heard the film will be about a killer mechanical doll rather then one possessed by a serial killer. Time will tell how that pans out. The Saw franchise is also still kicking around, 7 years after it's "Final Chapter" entry in 2010, Jigsaw released last year. Unfortunately, much like the slashers befor it, the franchise is stuck in a sequel rut and even after a 7 year break the franchise seems to have yet to claw it's way out as Jigsaw is viewed little better then Final Chapter. It's got a sequel on the way but I don't think it's going to improve much. The film Split is something of a blend of slasher, the cerebral and social horror and was pretty successful while on the flip side the movie attempt at Slender Man pretty much feel flat on it's face.

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    So with horror as it is now, trying to bring back an icon two or possible three generations removed from the present is an uphill battle. Fortuity they did a pretty dame good job in my opinion. Thats not to say the film breaks any new ground, it's a slasher and there are trops it follows for good or ill, but for a sequel and a story reboot it dose a pretty good job.

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    The best way to sum up the films pros and cons is to say that what it dose well it dose very well and when it's not, it's not bad but stereotypical and average. While similur in plot to H20, there's a very different feel to the film. In H20 Michael had been active for 20 years since Halloween II so there was always the very real threat that he could be stalking Laurie in the new film, which for simplicities sake I'll refer to has H40, Michael has been incarnated since that night in 1978. This gives the atmosphere around Michael and Laurie a more festering feel. Their conflict was never settled and is on the verge of not reaching a conclusion in the first act, its the feeling of the fated battle postponed for to long. An old cut that was never allowed to heal but is no longer fresh. The fims atmosphere along with most of it's characters, music and design really carry the plot, a plot that again is very good in some ways and stereotypical in other. The film has a blend of older style horror with the new and this dose work most of the time, however it's comedy is going to be hit or miss for many people and their are times when the film could really have done without it.

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    The character of Laurie in this film is probable the most intreasting and well rounded version of any of the films. Much like H20, this Laurie is clearly traumatized but unlike her younger counterpart H40 is no long just suffering with these issues, she's gotten old with them. Rather then pure terror of Michael, she also has a deep hatred of him. She's developed a survivalist attitude and has spent 40 years planning to fight him when he escapes. This has cost her dearly as she is now alone and viewed as crazy, estranged from her own daughter (who was taken into custody due to how Laurie was rising her) and her granddaughter. Much like her H20 self, H40 appears to be a functioning alcoholic although it's more subtly displayed here. Perhaps the saddest part is that she doesn't just hate Michael, she hates herself. At the beginning of H40 Michael is about to moved to a more secure prison where he has little to no chance of ever escaping, if that happens everything Laurie has done in her life will have been for nothing. Part of the reason she's been able to go on this long was that it would be worth it in the end and the possibility of that not being the cause puts a real strain on her. On the night of Michael transfer, Laurie actually watches him and the combined emotions she feels almost drives her to commit suicide. Once Michael is loose however this side of her evaporates and goes on the hunt for the Shape. Laurie has clearly studied Michael's methods as deeply as possible and her home is an built to counter the slasher. Not only with fences, flood light, bared windows and doors and a lot of guns but also with shutters for every room. This allows Laurie to be able to control and restrict Michael's movements within her home, as well as trap him if possible. That said she doesn't have all her bases covered but we'll come to that.

    Her daughter Karen by contrast wants to live a normal life and forget everything about her younger years with her mother and Michael while her granddaughter Allyson just wants them to be a normal family.

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    Design wise this is easily one of the best masks Michael's had. Heavily based on his original but with an aged and wrinkled look to reflect the age of our killer. Thankfully this film gets the eye holes right as Michael's eyes are vertually invisible. Cloths wise he's waring his good, old fashioned, blue jumpsuit. Michael is seen without his mask a few times in the film although always from a behind or slightly to the side. This Michael is over 60 years old, his hairs mostly grey and his skin is as wrinkled as his mask. The most intreasting detail of all is that his left eye is opaque and partly closed, showing the damage Laurie inflicted when she stabbed him with the hanger all those years ago. A change to occur in the film itself  while attacking Laurie through a door, she is able to fire a shot at him which takes of the ring and little finger of his left hand. 

    Because the film ignores all other sequels Michael gets a pretty big shift in character and powers. He totally lacks any kind of regenerative powers, as seen with his eye, and is far more susceptible to pain and injury then befor, although he still powers through it. In fact thats actually the best way to put it, he seems to ignore all but the most sever pain, He flinch's but keeps going despite being shot in the shoulder when walking away from Laurie at one point but if forced to back off when his hand is shot. He also survives begin hit head on by a speeding care but is rendered unconscious for a time. His strength however is greater the in the original Halloween as, while most of what he dose in the film is pretty in line with the original, at one point he completely crushes someone's skull by stamping on it. His stealth is still fully intact, and we are given a wonderful scene that allows us to follow him as he works his way round several homes, however he doesn't display the ability to seemingly know were people are. Despite this depowering Michael still has that supernatural quality to him, it's  just been scaled back to be more ambiguous as with the original. 

    With his blood connection to Laurie removed in this film, this Michael is the most mysterious portrayal since the characters original appearance, and while weaker he feels more unbound. While Michael has attempted to kill a child in the passed, here he breaks a boys neck with no hesitation and once he returns to Haddonfield rather then going right after Laurie he begins to sneak from home to home killing people seemingly at random, only focusing on Laurie and her family after their first encounter. This reopens the mystery of why is Michael so focused on Laurie, when he's quite happy to simple sneak about in homes and kill other people. Interestingly when Michael and Laurie meet for the first time, Michael doesn't actually engage her but actually seems to retreat, without even trying to kill his intended victim at that moment. Why he dose this is an intreasting question, is he simply leaving because he has lost his primary weapons, stealth and the element of surprise, is he trying to revaluate his strategy or is it even possible that maybe he's shocked or afraid in his own way.  I mention these later ideas because Michael's doctor in the film, when talking about Laurie's state of mind, mentions that such events also have an effect on the perpetrator and wonders how that night in 1978 might have affected Michael.

    Michael method of killing in this film is far more like his original apperances. He enjoys taunting his victims and installing fear in them. This is shown in the gas station rest room scene were he opens all the stalls one by one, stand in front of his victims stall without moving and then dropping his last victims teeth over the door as well as when he hides in the closet and when he only movies towards one of his victims when a porch light times off.  One of his more gruesome tricks involves removing someone's head and  stuffing a torch in it to create a human jack-o-lantern to bait someone. His most actively cunning moment is when he's in Laurie's house. While Laurie is following his blood trail and locking down the house section by section, Michael goes up to the room were she keeps he target practice manakins. He the quickly and quietly assembles them in the room to act as distractions and cover, opens the balcony window and leaves a blood stain on the closet door. While Laurie is checking the room Michael has actually hidden himself in a patch of darkness between the window and the balcony, right behind one of the manikins which allows him to get the drop on her. Michael's sadistic nature dose get him into trouble here though, after knocking Laurie off the balcony he goes after Karren and Allyson, displaying his great strength once again by ripping the kitchen unit from of the floor to reveal the basement stairs but he hangs back aware that the women are armed. Karren seemingly breaks down stating she cannot do it, but as soon as Michael appears it's shown this was a ruse and she takes a shot that hits him right. Laurie then appears and knock him into the basement. After a brief struggle the women reveal the house's secret. The basement was actually a trap, there is a leaver which causes spikes to cover the entrance, and the house is rigged to be flooded with gas and be set ablaze. The last shot of Michael is him standing in the basement looking up as flames erupt around him...

    Yet as Laurie, Karren and Allyson leave the basement is shown to be empty and breathing can be heard over the end credits... for evil never dies.

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    A final character worth talking about is Dr. Ranbir Sartain, a former student of Loomis and Michael's current psychiatrist. While billed as the "new" Loomis, Sartain lacks any of Loomis's fear of Michael. In fact his intreast, while just as obsessive, is one of admiration. He speaks of Michael with an awed tone and is frustrated that he was unable to get him to speak and will be taken from his care. Despite surviving the crash the allowed Michael escape and seeing what he is capable first hand Sartain want him recaptured at all costs, this is the first glimpse that their is something wrong here. It turns out Sartain's obsession with Michael eventually caused him to go insane, the full breadth of his madness is revealed when Michael is run over by a police officer. To prevent Michael from being shot, he stabs the officer to death and states "So thats what it feels like". He then dawns Michael's mask for a short while as he bundles Michael into the back of the police car, along with a horrified Allyson. Sartain was always envious  that he never saw Michael in the "wild" and believes that an encounter with Laurie will provide the breakthrough he so desperately wanted. This also leads one to suspect that Sartain had a hand in Michael's escape, given that he was the only staff member not killed. Sartain is tricked by Allyson who claims that Michael spoke to her once she learns his obsession. When he stops the care Michael awakens and begins to break out, injuring Sartain in the process. Sartain tries one last time to communicate with Michael but indifferent to his words, Michael stamps on his head. While Sartain's character is handled weakly in the film, I feel he's an intreasting inversion of Loomis's character.  

    In summery this is easily one of the best films in the Halloween franchise. While not perfect and it was never going to recapture the magic of the original, this is easily one of the most genuine attempts to continue the franchise since Part 4, with a fairly solid story, great characters and a lot of respect of the character of Michael Myers. I even give the props for deciding to take the more controversial root and cut out everything after the original film which was much to H40's benefit. For me I rate it as the second best of the whole franchise. 

    And with that we come to the end of this examining of Halloween and Michael Myers... for now anyway. With a sequel to H40 in the table, I'll very likely be back here examining the next film when the time comes. Good or bad. 

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  5. 2 hours ago, Matt Bellamy said:

    No, definitely not.

    It's likely Ultraman or other similar shows. Ideon doesn't "grow". And while a weapons function might be similar, Guyver has had gravity based weapons from the start.

    Tora Tan essentially stated the correct information. We can make all the assumptions we want, but those two were mentioned by Takaya himself. The megasmasher specifically has been noted to have been inspired by Godzilla's atomic breath.

    Ah yes Ultraman, I don't know why that didn't register when Kanji pointed that out. Hell it's not just the colour and size changing but also it's another instance of an alien setting up shop in someone's body, all be it with consent in that case. Yes far better then Ideon.

    On the subject of assumption, well thats kind of the point of this thread. Takaya did indeed site those as his main sources but from examining other content, others research and personal experience, development of any concepts is not always that simple. We constantly absorb new information and idea's that we then develop into our own, one way or another. It's all very interesting I feel and applying a little speculative analysis and assumption to Guyver is both interesting and fun. If absolutely nothing else, doing this with other stuff has allowed me to come across other material I was unaware of.

    Edit: It's also a good way to find out your ideas are wrong, case in point.

    On that note the placement of the Control Metal and Zoacrystals is another thing of intreast. The most obvious is the idea of the third eye mythology and spirituality. It's a concept generally linked with greater awareness along with the ability to see chakra/auras/ the supernatural. While not a true facsimile  of these concepts, the Control Metal is the core of the Guyver and the direct link between the host and the armour, providing control, information and protection. Perhaps the closest it gets is with the units ability to connect directly with the Relic ship. The Zoacrystals while not as complex are still the key part of Zoalords power. 

    Guyver is far from the only one as it has been used in a lot of media, for example Mazinger Z  again with the placement of the pildet. For the first piloted mecha, it's control unit is not behind it's eyes or in it's chest, but right in the centre of the forehead. 

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    As well as with it's progenitor Demon Lord Dante, with the human part of the demon (interesting also inspire by Godzilla).

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    Other more overt references to the third eye can be found in a  Japanese's fiction such as Tien from Dragon Ball to as recently as One Piece and the character of Pudding.

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  6. To throw another giant bot in as possible inspiration, I can't help but see the Ideon in Guyver. especially in Gigantic Exceed.

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    Not only in colour scheme but also the fact the Ideon has a "Black Hole Cannon" and the screw you, the ship you flew in on, the fleet you came with you and the planet you called home "Ideon Gun"

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  7. Nothing is created in a vacuum and I felt like exploring what inspired our beloved franchise.

    I'll leave any connections to Kamen Rider to those who have a better understanding of that series.

    Baoh

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    This is one that the vast majority of the forum will already know but it seems only fair at least give it a passing mention. For those new members Baoh (Boah: The Visitor to give it it's full title) was created by Hirohiko Araki, best known for his series Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. The basic plot is about a young man who is infected with a bio-weapon that grants him superhuman abilites which he uses to fight against the evil origination that experimented on him. It comes off a proto-type version of Guyver in many way although aspects of Jojo can also be seen here such a beings with psychic power and the Piller Men, especially Kars seem to be based on Baoh.

    Mazinger Z

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    As strange as it sounds  Mazinger's dna is in Guyver. Although it's not as overt as stuff like Baoh and Kamen Rider.

    While the original show's narrative is very simple  it's basic elements are not to dissimilar and more developed version such as Shin Mazinger have a much stronger comparison. There also Mazinger Z's weapon. The most obvious is the Mega-Smasher being in the exact same location as the Breast Fire.

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    However comparisons could be made with most of them such as the High Fequancy Blade and the Iron Cutter (see above)

    Head Beam - Photon Beam - both are the weakest attacks of each.

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    The Sonic Buster and the Rust Hurricane are a bit of a loose connection however the being Mazinger was based on, Demon Lord Dante, did posses an ultrasonic roar attack.

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    Another connection would be that fact that in both cases, these weapons are horribly overpowered and make short work of most of their opponents. Which tends to force the bad guys to come up with strategies to put the hero at a disadvantage in most confrontations. 

    Another is actually Guyver's own Self-Defence Mode. Upon first piloting, Kouji had no idea what he was doing so Mazinger Z went on a rampage upon activation.UnpleasantPhonyFritillarybutterfly-max-1

    A similur event occur during the Mazinkaiser series, the Mecha's power was so great that Kouji passed out and Mazinkaiser entered it's "Demon Mode" and attacked friend and foe alike.

    Another possible connection is between Great Mazinger and Guyver II. Great Mazinger was built  to be 10x more powerful then Z and it's pilot was built up as a trained specialist. Yet Great Mazinger regularly gets completely trashed in most of it's fight and out performed by Mazinger Z when the two are together.  However the contrast is that Lisker was lumbered with a damaged weapon while Great Mazinger is proof just training and natural talent is no substitute for experience and battle honed skills.

     

     

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  8. Title says it all really, one of the greatest mecha series is finally getting a proper Blue-Ray release in February next year. Only downside is that it seems to be  Region 1 only at the minute which kind of sucks if your outside the US with no multiregional disc player and I ain't buying one just for one series.

    That said the series can be found online but I'm the type who proffers  physical copy's of everything when possible.

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    In other news Super Robot Wars T is on schedule for next years.

     

  9. 2 hours ago, Tora Tan said:

    the g unit is a tool. I think we need to consider if the unit would bond with a species that is not naturally inclined to make use of tools. I mean, the unit configures itself based on the host. in terms of humans, humans are warlike. we often think of ways to defeat our  enemies. that instinct is very likely the source of guyvers weaponry. a t-rex' instinct includes chasing prey, catching it and eating it. in my mind, the only thing a unit would do with a t-rex is make it run faster.

    I do find it interesting that the guyver does not increase mating potential. or maybe that is what the unit retraction is about? maybe that is a mechanism that exist in humans because of the need to mate? maybe if the guyver  bonded to a species that was not sexual, then it would not have a mechanism to be stowed in the boost dimension?

    Here’s the thing, I’m looking at this from both sides. Firstly the G unit was a tool. However when bonded to humans and as Sully pointed out, other life forms created on earth the unit reacts in a way known to the Uranus. 

    Again to go with Sully, if a T.rex has not sense of true self and will there is the real possibility that it will never leave its self defence mode. As seen with Sho, the unit can draw out the Guyvers full potential on its own and even come up with strategies to take down foes. An out of control T.rex would likely be no different. The main weakness is that this is all reactive.

    However looking at it from the angle that it’s a highly advanced predator, who’s primary goal is to diliver a bone crushing bite, its likely it  will completely alter how the Guyver modifies it. For example, while it likely still has gravity power points in its legs, its arms are useless. The armour would likely completely remove them. Instead it would likely place them in its jaws allowing the Rex to bite with a full 100x bite force. A Rex’s bite is estimated to be around 12800 pounds which is about 6 us tons. A Guyver Rex is likely pushing 600.

    For speculation on weapons, T. Rex likely didn’t roar in life. In fact it’s speculated that it used infrasound not unlike elephants and crocodiles. Deep rumbling sound that not only communicates through the air but also the very ground beneath it. The unit could develop this further so rather then destructive blasts of ultrasounds, the Guyver generates burst of powerful infrasound as a weapon. Infrasound has been identified as causing feelings of terror, nausea, awe as well causing people to experience hallucinations.  A weaponised version could fit as it would make a target easier to bite.

    Not unlike the Sonic Terror I resntly came up with for my Prometheus Guyver.

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    On the subject of breeding, as with zoanoids the Guyver seems to priorities combat over everything else. Much like the lungs and a few other internal organs, sex organs are likely seen as a weak point or useless and  get removed. Better the host stay alive to breed normally plus being 100 more powerful then any your rival males is a pretty good way to get the girls.

  10. 3 hours ago, Sully said:

    But the question is how effective would be an Out of Control T-Rex. 

    The Creators planned to use us in a war, Guyvers as we now know them were simply meant to be the controllers of their space ships to bring their armies to war. 

    (take this example with a pinch of salt as it's got more chance of attacking the Creators than the foe)

    So if you dropped an Out of Control T-Rex into a battle zone it wouldn't take long for the enemy to figure out that if they stay 50 KM from the creature (the max range of the head sensors) that the T-Rex would simply stop attacking them. 

     

     

    Oh that a agree with.

    While very powerful and even with its Out of Control State allowing it to use its power and weapons to there full potential, a Guyver T. Rex would be inherently inferior to a human in terms of combat effectiveness as a weapon.

    I’m simply  intreasted in examing and theorising how the unit would react to a host who is both physically and mentally very different from a human.

    I’m thinking of making this consept by next OC project.

  11. 9 hours ago, Sully said:

    Here's an interesting fact. All life on Earth had to be destroyed because the genetic flaw that allowed the Guyver effect was present in all forms of life. 

    But you've to ration that with what Matt said, we know a lot more about how the Guyver Unit works now to 20 years ago (thank you translators!!!!). The question would be how the balance would work.

    it's a known fact that humans are one of the few species that are truly self aware. By that we mean the brain we have has gone beyond just survival mode which most creatures have. E.g. a road cuts through the rain forest. Some animals will never cross that road. They'll never figure it out. You could argue there are other animals on Earth that would over come something like this.

    But the question would be without true self awareness would a Guyver Trex ever be not "Out of Control"?

     

    A very intreasting way to look at it and a very scary prospect.

    As seen with a human host, the Unit alone can be dangerously destructive. Guyver I slaughtered his way through a chunk of the Japan Branch's Zoanoids befor he came to his sense. If you go by the anime even in an "Out of Control" state the unit is able to affectively create and use strategies to take down foes, as we see with the Hyper Zoanoids and Powered Zerbabuth. It's only real flaw in that state is that it's purely reactive.

    If a Guyver T.rex were to be like that, well that would solve a lot of the issues Matt rightly pointed out, as the Unit could potentially bring out it's full power. But it would still be reactive in nature.

  12. 30 minutes ago, Uberchalice said:

     @JCAsher I agree 

    When Sho was fighting Aptom and couldn't call the Guyver during the fight, the Guyver unit engaged right when Sho was about to pass out/die?

    Somebody tell me?

    It's not that strait forward.

    Sho at the time was still subconsciously repressing the Guyver due to it killing his farther in Self-Defence Mode. It activated because Sho had to get passed his hate of the guyver and his own self loathing because he needed it's power to save Mizuki.

  13. So according to the latest research, T. Rex had little to no feathers.

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    Some are overjoyed at having their childhood depiction back (after a fashion), others saddened at the loss  of their fluffy rex. For me, while I'll always have my childhood love of dinosaurs as they were depicted in Jurassic Park, we have to go with what the facts tell us. Scales, feathers or whatever, Dinosaurs are awesome.

  14. Chapter 9 - Halloween II (2009)

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    For clarification the version of this film I watched was the original cut, although I have some memory of the uncut version for comparison.

    Plot Synopsis at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween_II_(2009_film)

    Were to begin here... Well like last time I understand what Zombie was going for here. It's an attempt to explore Michael psychology, as well as concepts of family, trauma and coping mechanisms. The problem is that he dose so in a way that confuses the audience. What I mean is that while you can see the points if you try to analyse the film for a bit, if you just watch it's too vague for it to really shine through and this combined with the movies problems just stops it being good or as intelligent as it might have been.

    Having a good chunk of the films first act be a long dream sequence can work, the problem is that nothings done with it. It plays out as any other time Michael's on the clock and it's only point seems to be telling us Laurie was traumatised by what happened... well no duh! Given what we see of the character later, we can tell she's got issues because the films about as subtle as a jackhammer on the subject, so why are we wasting our time on this. It doesn't even tie into the psychic connection Laurie starts to have with Michael later in the film, which itself comes out of left field. Also on the subject of the first act, while I know Zombie has no problems with using profanity and rather twisted themes in his films, I can honestly say that having constant childish profanity as well as a truly tasteless and utterly pointless discussion revolving around the subject of necrophilia at the beginning of your film is a shore fire way to put all but the most degenerate members of your audience in a very negative mindset.

    The problems most of the caste suffered from are unfortunately exacerbated in this film, making vertually everyone apart from the Sheriff and his Daughter totally unlikable.

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    Oh poor Laurie, this film did you no favours. Remake Laurie as I stated befor just didn't feel like Laurie at times, due to her acting more like the stereotypical teens around her. While I understand perfectly that traumatic events can change us for the worst, the way this films goes about it only distances Remake Laurie from likability. In both cuts of the film Laurie is now an edgelord who hangs round with people even less likable their her previous friends. Past this, we have an odd case were the original cut is superior in my opinion, for while we can see that Laurie is in a dark place she still exabits some of her old self underneath the pain and rage, while in the uncut version she's a vile, foulmouthed person who flies into fits of venomous, verbal abuse at the slightest provocation and sometimes with none at all. This is made about 100 times worse by the fact that the person who is often on the receiving end of  her spiteful tongue is her friend Annie, the one who was brutalised by Michael and saw her boyfriend stabbed to death. Not only has Annie been though a similur ordeal to Laurie, and thus is the one of the few people who can truly sympathise with her, but she and her dad welcomed Laurie into their home after her parents deaths. While I'm not saying this is impossible, some people really do become like this after traumatic events, it still makes her totally unsympathetic. On a different note, much like Jamie from the Thorn timeline, Laurie develops a psychic connection with Michael in this film, the main difference is that she can not only see what he dose but also begins to share the same in his madness. While this could have been very intreasting, much like the last psychic connection it's coming strait out of left field.

    As for the Loomis, well he's turned into a snobbish asshole who sinks so low as to publish a book that contains all the details on Laurie's relationship with Michael. This is a multi-fold betrayal, firstly Laurie had no idea of her past so this very damaged girl's pain is made infinitely worse, while never explored in the film it also could have a very negative affect on her socially since she is related to remorseless serial killer and it's a betrayal of the Sheriff, who knew who Laurie was but had kept silent for her benefit, only breaking his vow after learning what Michael's objective may have been from Loomis. This in turn drives a wedge between Laurie and her new family. Fortunately this Loomis gets his very disserved comeuppance.

    Also I find it very unlikely that in the resulting media storm that would have kicked off after Michael's killing spree, none of the details about Laurie and Michael kinship came to light sooner.

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    What can I say that these images don't convey!? Homeless Michael here is easily the worst the character has ever looked!

    Overlooking his latest in hobo fashion dress sense, what they have done with his mask and face in this film is a travesty. As I stated befor what Michael looks like under the mask should not be something of intreast or really shown because it's superfluous to the character. Things were already taken a bit to far in Zombie's remake but here practically everything about Michael's design that makes him iconic has been removed or disfigured. It's akin to the awful costume redesigns many comic book heroes suffered through in the 90s. On a continuity issue, his mask shows no sign of were Laurie shot him at point blank range!

    Its all made even worse by the fact there is a far better look design of the character in the film' dream sequance!

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    Character wise Michael is even more pointlessly brutal here, far from the efficient killer he once was. The prime example of this is the fact he stabs people excessively, in fact almost to the point of parody.

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    Power wise he now has super healing suggested by the lack of a even a scare on his head were he was shot. That said he dies from being shot twice, impaled and stabbed repeatedly. He also get's a pretty impressive strength feat here, as he flips a car over, with the occupant inside, by himself.

    So what Michael's been up to for all this time. If his look didn't suggest it already, he been ruffing it in the woods outside of Haddonfield. Why hasn't he gone after Laurie all this time. Well according to his visions he is waiting for the right time, which just so happens to be on Halloween. The fact that Michael only comes out to play on Halloween has always been odd, despite it being intrinsic to his character. Most films don't try to explain it, even in the original its left to vague speculation as to why Michael suddenly decided to kick off after 15 years, and those that did at least made some sense, even the convoluted Curse of Thorn makes some sense in it's own context. This however has got to be weakest reason ever given.

    The symbolism of the white horse and his mother work with the Michael Zombie envisioned. He entire character revolves around his twisted childhood and it's evolved further here. Befor he still loved his sister and mother despite the darkness within himself, only turning on Laurie when she rejected him. Here Michael's opposing desires seem to have blended into a dark fantasy to reunite his family, in death through the medium of his rage. Laurie, due to their connection, is also dragged into this fantasy and if the ending of the movie is any indication, may take Michael's place.

    Perhaps the worse thing this film did was have Michael talk, with his first and only word since the evil within fully claimed him is "Die". Had this been classic Michael I'd hate this more then I do.

    Overall this is easily one of the weakest films in the franchise, which is a shame given how much I ended up liking Halloween (2007). Ranking it, well despite how much it dose wrong it never sinks to the levels of disrespect Resurrection did. This film and Halloween 5 have similur problems, hell they even have plot points and events. Of the two I'm going to have to say I like 5 more, for while it is not great and Halloween II gave me more to talk about, 5's missteps just don't feel as aggreges on comparison. 

  15. Found a very odd piece that seems right up my street.

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    Part of a trilogy of series that, that are linked by theme and nothing else, this series is a combination of animation and live action suit work that plays out like a cross between Ultraman, Atragon, Mazinger Z and the Wonder Twins with Dinosaurs!

    The first series, Dinosaur Expedition Born Free was a series about people exploring a dinosaur world that involved a combination of 70's tv anime and live action dinosaur puppets, models and backgrounds. Which all makes for a very unusual viewing from the little I've seen. A film version was created by cutting up 4 episodes and was released as "Return of the Dinosaurs" un America.

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    Izenborg was the second and currently the only one with an English sub I could find. However it to got the cut and paste movie treatment and became "Attack of the Super Monsters".

    Basic premise is that Dinosaurs, lead by Dinosaur King Ururu, have been living underground and now rise to the surface to retake the world. The heroes of the story are D-Force, with the main characters being Ai and Zen. These twins suffered a near fatal accident testing out the tank that was a proto-type for the series main ship, the Izenborg, and get rebuilt as cyborgs. The pair's original ability was to perform a combination/power exchange ability, were Zen would get all the human parts and pilot the ship, Izenborg Man,  while Ai would gain all the machine parts and become the ships main computer system. The main villain Ururu's suit is the Tyrannosaur suit from The Last Dinosaur with a few modifications.

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    While I've tried not to spoil to much until I see this proper, apparently the twins gain an Ultraman like form but it's not till about 20 episodes in.

    The final of the trilogy was Dinosaur Squadron Koseidon, which involved going back in time to fight dinosaurs. Unlike the other two, this was all live action. The Last Dinosaur T. rex was back again here but without the red eyes and now sporting white markings on his head.

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    Apparently China was working on a full movie remake of this series last year but apart from some promotional art I was unable to find any info.

    On a side not these series seem to have a reputation for going the extra mile on the violence.

     

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  16. Chapter 8 - Halloween (2007)

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    "His eyes will deceive you; they will destroy you. They will take from you your innocence, your pride, and eventually your soul. These eyes do not see what you and I see. Behind these eyes one finds only blackness, the absence of light. These are the eyes of a psychopath." - Dr. Loomis

    Remakes and reworkings are nothing new. For a prime example look no further the Dracula, which off the top of my head has more than 6 versions of the original novel translated film. However there are two types of remakes, those that are a genuine attempt to do the story better or to put a new spin on it or there are those that are just remakes for moneys sake. Unfortunately many of the remakes of 80's slashers from 2006 onward fell into the later category. Quite a few were produced by Platinum Dunes, while the main idea was to give upcoming directors a shot at the big time, this was often done by propping them up on the reputations of much beloved horror films to insure that they made money no matter what.

    Now none of the these films ever surpassed the original but I will say that not all of them were bad.

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    Of all of them, The Hills Have Eye's remake and it's sequel were probably the most successful, both the original and the remake actually have identical scores on imdb. This is likely due to the fact that while the new films stay faithful to iconic scenes and some of the themes from the original but dose enough of it's own thing to keep intreasting. These are the only two of all the remakes that can stand on their own two feet in my opinion.

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    Another successful but less good remake was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and it's own sequel. The good point's about these films are its cinematography, the sets, the way it's shot and the always wonderful  R. Lee Ermey. What let's the film down it the lack of atmosphere the original had, the more generic character, the fact that Leatherface's family is more normal, Leatherface himself has less character and the film tends to play by genre trops the original didn't which makes it feel a little less original. The sequel was an unnecessary but surprising ok film that was better then the first as it was not tied to the story of the original and could do it's own thing, although it still suffered from many of the same problems as the remake. 

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    Unfortunately thats about as good as it got as many others were average at best and awful at worse. Friday the 13th was a generic film that practically did nothing new. A Nightmare on Elmstreet had the same problem but the wasted potential of Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy made it worse. The Amityville Horror was a waste of time and made almost funny by the fact that since the original was released, the events the movie was based on have been debunked. Black Christmas is just disgusting, not just in its pointless gore but also in it's narrative which includes underage incest rape. As for House of Wax, while I give it credit for trying something different, it's just made so badly. The only thing anyone ever seems to like about the film is that Paris Hilton gets killed in it.

    There are other but I have yet to watch them.

    Plot from the Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween_(2007_film)

    For clarity the version I saw was the Director's Cut.

    Lets get this out of the way, I don't hate this film. There's a lot to like here and I get Rob Zombie's vision for it and the character of Michael Myers. What I think the problem is, is that Zombie either didn't understand Halloween or became to caught up with his ideas. The entire first act that depicts Michael's life as a child and how it contributed to the birth of a killer is very good, the problem is that it doesn't fit the original idea of Michael as The Shape. As I've stated for this whole thread, what makes Michael great is the mystery around him in the first film. While I think this is far better then suddenly having him act emotionally with no prior build up, it is humanising him. Another issue is the fact that pretty much all characters are unlikable or have some noticable unlikeable traits. The best example are our three primary character Laurie, Loomis and Michael's Mother. All well acted but Laurie is a far cry from the bookish, strong teen from the original as she often acts like her fellows rather then standing a little apart. Loomis has the intreasting development of going from a hip and trendy psychiatrist to a man deeply disturbed by this patient who defies everything he knows, yet he's also the kind of asshole who sells out and makes money off of sensationalising a former patient and his victims. Michael's Mother comes off as well meaning but clearly too naïve in regards to her son both when he's killing of animels is reported and especially after he murdered members of his family. The film also turns up the violence to 11, which is fitting for the tone of the film but in strong contrast to anything that came befor. As for it's recreation of moments from the original, it's mixed. Some scenes are done really well such as Michael's stalking of Laurie while others like Loomis's confrontation and shooting of Michael feels overly dramatized.This film is not only trying to fit in the backstory of Michael but also concept that Laurie is his sister. This means that it leaves no time for really building suspense and can feel rushed at times.

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    Michael's design, as you've all seen through this thread, has never really changed much. A slightly different mask is about the most he's ever really gotten befor. This time however there's been quite a bit changed. While he did get a little bit taller in some of the other films due to the actors portraying him, here Michael is now an impressive 6'8 feet tall. Compare that to the original actor who was only 5'10.

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    Design wise he's seen with a variety of different masks in this film, both as a  child and adult, ranging from a clown mask  inspire by the original, to a variety of cardboard and paper masha ones he created while incarcerated with the one standing out the most being the orange, pumpkin like one he wore during his escape and finally to this films version of the classic mask.

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    This mask is just great, looking very much like original, it appears in it's undamaged state at the start of the film. Michael hides the mask after murdering his family and retrieves it upon his return home 15 years later. Overlooking the fact that a latex mask couldn't last that long in the elements, the mask has a wonderful aged look. The latex looks decaying with the mask having a mottled, almost diseased apperances. The many cracks, splits and bits missing add to the affect. The hair is messy but swept back and the eye holes a perfect, obscuring the eyes most of the time although they can been glimpsed now and then depending on the lighting. It's one of my faviorts.

    Clothes' wise Michael as an adult is seen in hospital cloths with a gown, which combined with his pumpkin mask give him a very unique and disturbing look all it's own.  His primary attire is again overalls although these are some of the most dirty and grubby he's ever worn, which really compliment his new mask. 

    If I could sum up this version of Michael in one word t would be rage. While described as being filled with rage in prior films, it's here were at it's most outwardly displayed. This is mostly shown through the sheer excess of violence he can and dose apply. From repeatedly beating someone with a stick, stabbing his sister 16 times, knocking people heads against walls over and over, as you can see ol Joe Grizzly go that treatment with his hand and ripping a women's throat out. The security guard who was kind to Michael gets it pretty bad, being bashed against numerous walls, drowned in a sink and then getting his head crushed with TV. Power wise, this Michael is a blend of the original film and it's more grounded sequels. Most of what he dose to others doesn't hint at to much overtly supernatural however the man suffers a deep stab wound and is shot multiple times yet continues to function normally, only stopping after being shot in the head. Stealth wise it's same old same old and thankfully while he is more volante then befor, he hasn't lost his intelligence. There also a display of that way of toying with his victims here to, and not just in remade scenes such as when he dresses up as a ghost. Befor he attacks the security guard he makes as if he's going to give up and later sets up a corpse with a jack o lantern on it's head so it will be the first thing Laurie sees when she walks through a door. One odd bit here is that instead of killing one of Laurie's friends he simple seems to brutalise her a bit then leaves her laying in the doorway by the strung up boyfriend. This is unusually risk taking for the character and I'm not sure if this was some new way of taunting his victims or a strange act of mercy. There is also a great moment here were Michael, who was hiding behind the door when Laurie came on, walks behind Laurie (who's calling the police), passed her injured friend (who is contuse) and seemingly stops to examine his handiwork with the boyfriend's body. It's one of the simple little moments that give silent charactesr more depth and I wish the film had done more thinks like that.

    Again if we just role with Zombie's depiction, young Michael shows a lot of signs of being deeply disturbed. The torturing and killing animels is a fairly common early warning sign but there's also his seeming disconnect with the people around him, the fact then when he dose get emotional they are extreme and his over fascination with masks is already apparent. When he dose start to kill there also a clear sadistic side to his actions as seen with his first victim, he stops to observe his handiwork, and when he kills his stepfather, Michael deliberately looks into his eyes as he dies. A very intreasting hint of other issues Michael may have is seen just befor he kills his sister. Michael doesn't attack her instead he, for lack of a better way to put it, starts feeling her up. Stroking her legs in an almost gentle fashion, which she doesn't take notice off at first, thinking it's her boyfriend. Now one could look at this as Michael simple toying with her like his other victims, past and future, but he doesn't attack her right away when she dose notice him. He only dose so after being hit and shouted at by her. What this "could" imply is possible sexual feelings towards her. I mention this solely because nothing quit like it happens again in the film although it dose harken back to the 1978 versions original script that had Michael gain some form of sexual gratification from his actions as an adult.

    After being taken to Smith's Grove, Michael at first seems to disconnect himself from the events of what happened. However as time passes and after hearing what was ment to be well meaning advice from a security guard about "learning to see through the walls" and "living inside your own head", Michael starts making masks to, as he put's it, hide his ugliness. Wither this was a sign that Michael is coming to terms with what he did is unknown, but he also started to act abnormally. He would become silent and unresponsive for long periods, with his "normal moments"  becoming fewer and shorter. Even his own mother struggled with him at these times as Michael wouldn't talk much and while he initially acquiesced to her requests to take of his masks, he later would refuse to do anything unless the mask was put back on. Possibly Michael's acceptance of his actions had unfortunately lead to the desaturase affect of him accepting and give into the darkness within him as well. Eventually his condition becomes premiant and he starts to become truly dangerous once more, he stabs a nurse in the eye due to a simple slight and when his mask is take off he goes ballistic. 

    After that day Michael seems to become unresponsive once more and spends his days simply making his masks. He doesn't even react when two security guards decide to rape a new female inmate in his room. He only attacks them after they start messing with his masks. However once he's killed them, he then escapes. One minor problem I have with this is that Michael is later depicted as acting with the intent of finding his sister and possible waiting for Halloween to do so, but it never felt like that during this point. Michael doesn't seem to act on any form of signal or plan, he just kills the guards and then realises "Oh I can escape now".

    His murdering of the security guard who has taken care of him for 15 years is both heart-breaking and very true to the spirit of the character. The Shape is ment to lack any humanity and dose not form bonds with others. Even Loomis, who he has spent just as much time with him, is given no mercy and almost get's his skull crushed. What is intreasting for this version is the fascination with his little sister. The one item he has kept with him all these years is a photo of her as a baby. After finding her Michael proceeds to kill anyone she has a connection to, both adopted family and friends, and after catching her, take her to their old home were he has created a shine in the basement with his sister's grave stone, a jack o lantern and one of Laure's friend's bodes. He then takes of his mask and shows her the picture, trying to inform her in his way they are related but she has no idea what he wants. What that is is never stated but Laurie was the only person he didn't kill that night 15 years ago, she's the only one he cared for genuinely besides his mother and now Laurie is all he's got left. Maybe he just wants them to be a family again. But after she stabs him, he seem to loose that last bit of humanity he had left and instead sets his mind on killing her.

    Another intreasting note here is that there is a scene were Michael simple stands behind a child who's watching TV and dose nothing to her. Again it's one of the good character moments and it brings up a point. Michael in the original two films never hurt a child. In the Thorn Trilogy while he is trying to kill his family members who are young, the only child outside them he ever hurt the one with Jamie who he  hit with his car. In the H20 timeline he doesn't hurt children wither. While it doesn't seem to be an iron clade rule, it's an intreasting little quirk.

    There's a very clear line that you can draw between the original Michael and Zombie's one. One is a unknowable force of evil, the other a boy who became a monster. I personally think this film would have been better if it had not been a Halloween remake. That said it's a lot better then many of the other remakes out there and I rank it alongside the Hills and Chainsaw as one I will chose to watch.

  17. Chapter 7 - Halloween Resurrection

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    Plot from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween:_Resurrection

    Ok peeps, what do you get when take a much beloved horror franchise, give it to people who don't care, hire two writers who clearly have not talent, pick then trendy teens actors and a rapper to act in it and then fill it with ideas ripped off from modern horror films to appeal only to teens. 

    You get this sorry excuse for a film.

    I really cannot fully get across how bad this is. From the BS way they have Michael survive H20, that spites on that whole far superior film, unceremoniously killing of Laurie in the films introduction, to the plot, the awful editing and live camera scenes, the acting..... this is just saw god dame awful I just.....

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    This film has not an original bone in it's body as it tries to rip-off Scream, Urban Legend and the Blair Witch Project. Almost all it's kills are likewise stolen from other film or have been done better in this very franchise. 

    That said the only time I was having anything close to enjoyment watching this thing was when these annoying morons got killed.

    And do you know what I could have forgiven it all if this film didn't do what it did to Michael.

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    Michael look in the film is actually ok, the mask eye holes are still a little to big but are small enough to obscure his eye in some shots. For some reason it has make-up on?! Michael seems a bit stronger in this film as he's able to cut someone's head clean off in one swing and knock someone across the room. He's as stealthy as ever but unfortunately he's handed the plot connivant, idiot ball quit a few times in the film and it seems even worse given the IQ of the people he's dealing with. He's made to look stupide or uncoordinated in a number of situations, foe example when get's stuck in Laurie's trap or has someone jump on his back, he starts swinging around like a loon rather then just stabbing them. While most of the stuff in the Myers home had been placed, these an underground space that Michael has been livening in. Here we see a doll with needles in it's eyes and other stuff that seem to hint that Michael is like Jason or Leatherface i.e. he's child like, which pretty much flies in the face of what we know of the character. More bad attempts at ripping off other films. There's also some half eater, still alive and very fake looking rats Michael's been munching on but considering he ate a dog in the first film I can let that slide.

    But it's at it's worst whenever Buster Rhymes is ever on screen.

     

    Seriously the man makes an already bad film worse and the idea he can beat up Michael by using moves he learned just from watching kung fu movies is easily one of the films lowest points.

    And if the film couldn't sink any lower Michael is beaten by getting electric cables rammed into his genitals, which actually causes him to make some haunted house style ghost scream, then falls on to some other cables and get electrocuted while his home burns down. Fortunately he survives, however the series didn't. 5 & 6 may have been bad and even caused the franchise to go on hold for a few years but this movie truly killed it. While the franchise would get it's remakes along side it's fellows a few years later, it would be 15 years befor another true entry in the Halloween franchise would be made.

    So in summery I really, really hated this film, hated it so much I really struggled to type anything about it.

    On a side note, I remembered that this was the first Halloween movie I ever watched. No wonder I had a low opinion of these films, this abomination poisoned my mind against the franchise!

     

  18. Chapter 6 - Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

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    So for the 20th anniversary of franchise it was decided to give Halloween a more faithful and respectful continuation of the franchise that ignored the 4th, 5th and 6th instalments.

    Plot from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween_H20:_20_Years_Later

    Well thank goodness, after sitting through two "less the great" movies it's a real breath of fresh air to see H20. Whats great about the film is that it respects and understands both the source material and the fans. The entire intro is probable one of the greatest a sequel could have, with the events at Marion Chambers's home faithfully recreating the style of horror from the first two films for new and old fans as well as good way to set up intrigue in were the story is going. The really good part is the sequence which shows us Loomis collection of Michael Myers intel with voice over based on his original dialog from the first film. What makes the film good is it's attempts to remain faithful to the original Halloween style although it dose try to do something a bit different. What I mean by this is that it's a suspenseful slasher that takes it's time but instead of Michael lurking in the background as with the first two, H20 simple lets his presence haunt the film, at least during the first half. There are long sequences where Michael remains completely unseen, with just the threat he could be near by handing in the air. All of the character are far better then the last two films as I can either empathise with them or at worse find them ok and not annoying. It's ending confrontation is easily one of the best of any slasher and I give it major props for subverting the tired slasher ending trop.

    The films real weakness is that while it dose do some of it's own stuff, it's more often then not too faithful. There's a lot of dialog and scenes that seem ripped right out of the previous films and this over abundance of homages can lead to some parts feeling staler then they would should when your familiar with the franchise. Also while the writing is mostly good it dose stumble a bit here and there, with some scenes just feeling like pointless padding. LL Cool J's character and his scenes suffer the brunt of this.

    Jamie Lee Curtis returns to the franchise after 17 years and is easily the best part of the film. Laurie, now going by Keri Tate after faking her own death, is a far cry from the pure and reliable teen she had been 20 years ago. She has never really gotten over the horror of that night, which has driven her to become a paranoid, pill popping, functional alcoholic who regularly suffer night terrors and hallucinations. Her issues also put a strain on her relationship with her son John as she constantly put pressure on home out of the fear that Michael will find them. These issue may have also been what lead Laurie into a relationship with John's farther, who was an abusive drug addict. In the film there is a scene dedicated to discussing the original Frankenstein novel and it's themes of facing your monsters and destiny, both acting as a call back to lesson on destiny Laurie had in the original film and foreshadowing of what she must do to make the nightmare end. 

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    Fun fact: Jamie Lee Curtis's mother, Janet Leigh, who played Marion Crane in Psycho, appears in the film alongside the very car she drove in that film. 

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    Design wise, the mask in this film is probably the most faithful to the original since Halloween 2. While Curse's mask did look better then it's predecessors the material and the texture wasn't quite right. However this mask dose have it's own issues. Firstly it's eye holes are far to big, making his eye's more visible and decreasing it's scare factor somewhat. Another issue is that due to a production problems one of the masks had be re redone digitally (the one on the left of the image above) which sticks out really badly. I didn't even realise it was digital at first and even then something looked off about it.

    Power wise Michael has been reset to his Halloween II levels. As a result he's a bit more susceptible to physical attacks then in the Thorn Timeline and can be knocked over without needing to be affected by tranquilisers or hit from behind. He's still not easy to put down however as he survives being hit with a fire axe, impaled with a flag pole, being stabbed multiple times, being run over by a van, then falling down a hill with and being pinned by said van. Strength wise he's can still lift another person with just one arm, even with a knife lodged in their spine as in Halloween II and can break doors to pieces with his fists.

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    On the note of kills, this is probable one of the bloodier entries, if not the most up until this point.

    As stated above he has less of an onscreen apperances then in other films, with only the threat of his presence providing the tension in many scenes. This combined with Laurie's nightmares and hallucinations helps to give him an almost spectral like presence for most of the film, until the final act. Michael is also back to tormenting his victims here, although not quite as often as the original film. The best example being when he flits between Marion Chambers and her neighbour's house, killing them in their home, then going back to her's just to scare her into running next door so she can see the bodies befor he strikes. However there are times he chooses not to kill people such as a mother and daughter at a rest stop or the school's security guard, the later being very odd given he's eliminated such potential threats befor.

    It's unknown were Michael has been for the last 20 years, he seems to have disappeared from the face of the earth until the events of the film. It's also revealed, although never shown due to Pleasance's passing, the Loomis survived the explosion at the hospital in this continuity as well and spent years studying and trying to find Michael, never believing he was gone for good. Michael's intelligence is once again on display here as he is able to tracks down Marion Chambers, find the file on Laurie and use it to get her location. However later in the film he falls for a rather simple trick were Laurie leaves a blood stain by a door and once Michael's preoccupied, she smacks him over the head with a fire extinguisher from behind. As for why he's come back after 20 years, Laurie comes to believe that it's because her son is 17, the same age she was during that night in 1978.

    There's a character moment in this film that I've got mixed feelings on, at the very end of it all, when he's pinned by the van and trapped, Michael appears confused and almost vulnerable. He then reaches out for Laurie and she reaches out in turn, but stops just befor they make skin contact. It's an oddly human moment for Michael. You could argue it's a trick but even when she's close enough that even in his position he could try to grab her, he doesn't. I said that I hated the humanising of Michael in 5 and I don't like it so much here ether but I have to admit this scene is the superior of the two.

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    Michael's death in this film is the first one that is truly unambiguous, with Laurie taking Michael's head clean off with an axe. This was intended to be a true death for Michael.

    Halloween H20This was a pretty good film over all although I'd have a tough time saying which I like more, 4 or H20.

    H20 has an odd place in continuity. It's the first film to break the chain and create a new timeline. It was intended to also be the end film in that timeline but Dimension Films would create a direct sequel that undermined this ending. But that's not all, Chaos Comic published a three part miniseries that attempted to combine the Thorn and H20 timelines in 2000, prior to the films cinematic sequel.

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    Then in 2008 Halloweencomic.com and Devil's Due Publishing produced a number of short stories connected to the H20 timeline. These were side stories about events from around the Halloween universe but would not always be directly about or even have anything to do with Michael. since I'm not currently connected with any Halloween fandom, the info I have on this material is limited currently to the wiki, which is not much, and my own little bit of research and surmises. This material was produced in comic and short story format and I believe that these two companies worked with eachother, possible for the print copies of the comics. However the only evidence I have for this is that one of Halloweencomic.com's short stores was made available in one of Devil's Due's printed comics, at least according to the wiki. See the problem is Halloweencomic.com is a dead website, I've gone there and it's main page is plain, no artwork or stylising, and all of the links don't work. That means that any of the on site material cannot be accessed from there anymore. However I did find another site that provided links to two of the short stores, Sam and White Ghost, but these were in review threads. To make matters worse, Devil's Due has no reference to any of these comics on it's site. It also seems that a number of stories and comic were never finished or even published. From what I can tell, this whole thing started up in 2008, likely off the back of Halloween's 30th anniversary and Rob Zombie's movies but befor 2009 something happened and the whole thing was cancelled. Wither this is linked to Halloweencomic.com website now being dead I don't know. Also in 2009 Devil's Due was in trouble for not paying some of it's employees, but this could be unrelated. 

    As it stands:

    The Sam and White Ghost short stories can only be read online via links on an online forum

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    Halloween: 30 Years of Terror and Halloween: Nightdance now seem to only exist in a limited physical form. They are not graphic novels but apparently giant sized normal issues. They can be found on Amazon and eBay but due to their rarity, they can be between 70 to over 100 dollars in price.

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    The miniseries Halloween: The First Death of Laurie Strode is incomplete as the last of the three issues was never published. Issues 1 & 2 have physical copies you could buy but they can also be found online for free.

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    The wiki also makes reference to a number other stores that were going to be made, but given what I've see this line of stories and comics is long dead. I'd even go so far to say it's a risk of becoming lost material given it's very limited availability.

    I intend to track down all this material and maybe once I've completed looking at all the films I'll do an extra chapter on the comics.

  19. Chapter 5 - Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

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    "A long, long time ago, it was a night of great power. When the days grew short, the spirits of the dead, returned to their homes to warm themselves by the fire's side. All across the land, huge bonfires were lit. Ohhh, there was a marvellous celebration. People danced, and they played games, and they dressed up in costumes, hoping to ward off the evil spirits. Especially the boogeymen."

    So after the disaster that was Halloween 5, the franchise was put on ice again for 6 years. The 90's was a unkind era to try and bring back a classic slasher. Freddy and Jason had finally burned out in the first few years of the decade, both final films pretty leaving a bitter taste for most fans. Chucky was fallowing in their footsteps at break neck speed, while the Alien and Predator series found themselves pretty much grinding to a halt, with Alien 3 haveing a very troubled production, Predator 2 not living up to expectations and the disaster that was Alien Resurrection finally putting a hold on the film side of the franchise for years.

    The 90's was an era were darker and more sophisticated horror movies took the lime light, something Hellraiser had started during the late 80's, with the like of Jacob's Ladder, The Silence of the Lambs, more novel accurate versions of Dracula and Frankenstein, The Blair Witch Project and The Event Horizon. While new gritty horrors, slashers and monster movies were still around, these were often never reached the heights of befor. Some using the tied old formula such as I Know What You Did Last Summer while other like Evil Dead and Tremors included more action and comedy. Two new horror icon seems to find a good balance between the new and the old during this time, the first being Candyman, although the franchise didn't last long thanks to a rather drastic dip in quality for it's sequels. The other was Scream, which was a deconstruction of the Slasher genre.

    The Curse of Michael Myers came out right in the middle of this era, 1995.

    Plot synopsis from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween:_The_Curse_of_Michael_Myers

    For clarification the version I watched is the original cut, not the producer's cut. 

    To start off with something good the production values of this film are far superior to 5. It actually feels like competent film and not lazy like the last one. The issue with this film is it's script. We already touched on the rather whiplash inducing changed made from 4 to 5, and how they didn't follow on with what the first film in this little trilogy set up. The same thing happens here as rather then going down the intended path for what was set up, this film again rewrites everything to try and fit it's new narrative while trying to connect the dots of all three films. Three films that have with each version tired to go in a different direction than it's sequels did. The story also suffers from having to many ideas and little streamlining, this results in it being overcomplicated, contradicting and plodding at times. I've also heard that this one had parts of it being written while shooting and had several post-production reshoots. Also given the films feel and the fact it's the only one with a true Cut version, this film feels like it also suffered from studio interference. While none of the cast are bad per say, all the characters bar Loomis lack any real... well character. While only 1 or 2 are annoying, most lack any real life in their performance.

    This was Donald Pleasance's last performance as he died during production. This of course ment that the franchise had now lost the second of it's three iconic characters from the first film. Donald as always provided a great performance as Looms although his age and health seem to be getting to him. As a fun bit of trivia, when asked how many more Halloween films he was planning to make, he replied "I stop at twenty-two!". The man clearly enjoyed the part of Sam Loomis and never gave it up, even as the series fell into decline.

    One rather glaring change here is to the Man in Black. In 5 the character was ment to be "his alter ego. Like his twin brother. The thing about when they do the incantation … the Thorn. They get that split personality. Through the druids, they get eternal life.” Instead in this film he's turned into a cult leader and college of Loomis who wants to control Michael and the Curse of Thorn. However this is poorly explained in this version of the film, which had 45 minutes cut, so how they planned to benefit or use this was down to interpretation. Hell it's never even explained why they needed Jamie to give birth to a baby for Michael to kill as a "Final Sacrifice" when Jamie could logically have fit the bill on her own. It also leaves how the man single handily slaughter a police station, apparently used magic to free Michael (which he never displays again apart from appearing in a vision early in this film) and how he kidnapped Michael of all people completely unanswered. 

    Why they felt the need to re introduce the Strode family I don't know. Their relatives simple adopted Laurie, and none the members we see have ever encountered Michael in any way. They are really just here to give Michael someone to kill and add another contradictory element to the film which I'll get into more.

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    This films mask is a far more faithful reproduction of the original then the last two although the features are a little different. Other then this theres not much to day about his design this time. Interestingly a possible reason for 4 &5's less faithful masks may have been due to a law suit going on at the time. However I've yet to see any solid details on that.

    Perhaps the best thing about this film was its clear disregard for the humanising of Michael in 5. Michael is back to his old self, made very clear by his killing of Jamie. He tracks he down to an old barn and impales her on one of the machines stored there. When she tries to reach out to him, he reaches out in turn and shoves her further onto the drills. Then just for spites sake, he walks over to the machines control panel and turns the drills on, insuring that an already painful death is going to be much more so. Unfortunately while back to his pure evil ways, he's not as proactive as he once was, at least in regard to what his main goal is ment to be. He instead gets side tracked killing people who have little to no connection to his desire to kill his kin. Thanks to the better budget Michael is able to display some super strength in this film by snapping a guys neck and punching through a door. The real highlight on the power front is when he stabs a guy, lifts him off the  ground with one hand, walks to the house's junction box and then stabs that. His victim is the electrified while Michael, who is still holding the knife, shows no sign of being affected. His defeat this time pretty much rips of the last film unfortunately, he injected with tranquilizers and beaten over the head with a pipe. To be fair it's done in a far less comedic fashion here.

    The main crucks of the film is trying to explain why Michael is the way he is, why he kills his family members and why is he so powerful. The Curse of Thorn.

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    Befor talking about the curse I first have to talk about what likely inspired it. In the original screen play and novel of Halloween it is stated that Michael is being influence by an evil spirit. A Celtic man had murdered a couple out of jealousy and his spirit was cursed to never pass on. The spirit would speak to a person in each generation and drive them to act out his original murder. This happened to Michael's grandfather and is hinted to be what happened Charlie Bowles, the man mentioned by the graveyard attendant in the first film. This was dropped from the final film and I'll come back to this in a bit.

    The Curse of Thorn is a supernatural phenomenon that would afflict a person and drive them to kill their family on the night of Samhain as a sacrifice to spare the community from ill fortune during winter. The symbol of Thorn is apparently based on a constellation that only appears on Halloween. Upon doing some research (because I'll be dammed if I could guess half of this), what the cult are trying to do in the film is to better control the curse. Why? I don't know. You'd think that simply just going out and laying the curse on someone would do the job. Why they are studying it on a genetic level and trying to create a biological way of passing it on seems to be a waste of time to me. I could understand if they wanted to replicate the curse's powers for some other purpose but no they just want a production line of curse individuals just so they can keep doing what they already were doing.  In other words, it's pointless. It's made even more pointless when you see that they were trying to put the curse on Danny Strode. Why are they making their job 10x  more complicated by studying Michael, getting Jamie to have a kid who apparently is Michael's (I'll get to that) for Michael to kill to end his time as the barer of the curse, when killing Jamie would have done that, which they also plan to study for there agenda while simultaneously just doing what the cult would go about doing normally anyway! After looking up the Cut versions story this still makes no sense as they simple want Danny to take Michael's place after he kills the baby and then sacrifice his own mother, thus completing the curse's cycle. Then why not just let Michael kill Jamie!

    Fortunately Michael dose us all a favour and puts an end to this ****ing paradox of stupidity why murdering all the cultists. 

    Now here why this whole Curse thing doesn't work. Michael has never played by the rules set up for the curse, not the original and not Thorn. In the original version he is ment to commit the same murder the spirit did but he doesn't, he only stabbed his sister to death and just let her boyfriend go. That also should have been the end of it, given what is said to have happened befor, but Michael keeps on killing people even when they don't match up with the spirit's scenario. Interestingly nor did the murders Charlie Bowles committed. Despite their attempts to try and make the Curse of Thorn fit, it to has the same problem. Michael is supposed to be driven to kill his family, yet he spared his mother and farther that night, instead of murdering Laurie as soon as he go the chance he instead murdered he friends despite having ample opportunity to get at her and in Halloween 2, 5 and The Curse he kills multiple people unconnected with his main objective. Loomis states that the Strodes are in danger because they are living in Michael's home but shorly he wouldn't care given what the curse is ment to make him do. Why is he wasting his time on these people and not hunting for his nephew/son.

    Speaking of that, god that feels like poor 90's edge writing at it's finest. It's bad enough that in the version I watched the cult force Jamie to have a baby with her uncle via artificial insemination but apparently in the Cut version the Cult force Michael to rape her. Classie.

    On a side not at least the Myers house actually is a reasonable replacement for the one in the first film, unlike the gothic mansion it turned into in 5.

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    So while better made then the last one, this film nonsensical plot not only put the franchise on hold again but also killed this timeline. Thats right, future instalments would pretty much ignore all three if these films and only include 1 & 2 in there continuity. 

    This is the conclusion of what I call The Thorn Timeline.

  20. Chapter 4 - Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

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    "I prayed that he would burn in hell. But in my heart, I knew that hell would not have him." - Dr. Sam Loomis

    Plot Synopsis at Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween_5:_The_Revenge_of_Michael_Myers

    Well this went down hill fast and why the hell was it that so many entries in many horror film series were really bad in the year I was born!!!!

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    The only good horror films of that year seem to be Pet Semetery and Puppet Master!

    So were to begin? The films real big problem is that it's a buy numbers slasher made worse by the fact the film's plot can be inconsistent at times. What we have is 4 of the main caste returning, all of whom were well acted, likable and trop subverting to a greater or lesser digree, while Loomis and Jamie remain intact for the most part, the other two, Rachael and the Sheriff, are turned into morons. It's only been a year to the day that a supernatural killer brought the whole town to it's knees, one they all know has come back befor, yet these characters seem to have learned nothing. Racheal fails to heed both the warnings and signs that Michael is back and gets killed during the first act while the Sheriff, who add gone along with Loomis last time, now is slower to act, fails to recognise a blatant distraction and calls all his men away from an ambush for Michael. To rub salt into that wound they are replaced with stereotypical, mostly unlikable teens and bumbling cops. This has been the first film so far that I have fast forwarded through any part of it. It collectively feels like a cheap rush job.

    There is some good here, Loomis is great as always, even if his dialog and actions are not as well written. He's clearly standing on the edge of insanity himself. Jamie's part in the film is clearly the result of the creators not being willing to let go of Michael, that said the young actress dose a better job then many of here adult counterparts. They bring back Michael's point of view moments but there less well done and some scenes are shot well.

    Michael himself really suffers in this one...

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    Just look at this abominable mask! While haveing somewhat more definition then 4's did, it somehow looks even cheaper. The thing looks almost too thin for the actor head and it fit's so poorly that the neck is splayed out over the collar. This ill fitting look is only exacerbated by the elongated neck piece, thin and scrunched up face, almost bulging eyes,  the long nose and hair. Much like the film, it looks like a rushed job. Other than that his look remains the same apart from a change to the effects used for his burn scare and a strange tattoo on his right wrist...

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    Power wise there's no big change but since the film can't afford better effects Michael dose not display his enhanced strength as much here, worse some kills are cutaways to save money. His durability is now shown to be greater as he survived being shot by multiple people at once, who were armed with shotguns and rifles. However he's shown to have limits as seen in his capture by Loomis where he is trapped in a chain net, shot with tranquilizers and then beaten over the head with a wooden beam until he's unconscious. The later of which goes on for to long and starts to become almost funny in a bad way.

    There's also further connecting Michael with the date of Halloween as he becomes completely dormant for a full year after 4, and only awakens again on the next years Halloween. As for his killing, well Michael's acting more like he did in the first two films but with some of the smarts he had in 4. He's more into stalking  and toying with his victims this time around, he tracks the main teens of the film and even goes so far as to kill one of them, steal his car and wear his Halloween mask to mess with his date for the night. This mask is so bad it almost made me laugh out loud, which I find very disheartening, yet is looks better made then his actual mask.

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    But this brings me to one of the other issues of the film. Why is Michael wasting his time with this bunch? If he's looking to torment Jamie, only one of them has any connection with her and she'd rather go partying. If it's to make shore they don't interfere like befor, they were all going to be out of the way anyway. While it could be explained somewhat, it feels simply like padding for the movie and Michael comes of less intelligent because of it. On a more positive note Michael dose other stuff more in character such as stealing a coffin for a girl Jamie's age and building a twisted gallery around it including the bodies her step-sister Rachael and her dog Max. He has some intelligent moments like creating a distraction to draw the police away from their stakeout but then as stated the police in this film are shockingly incompetent. There's also the brutal killing of the hermit who had tended to his body during his dormancy which further displays the heartless evil of The Shape. Also he finally puts his driving skills to work and tried to simple run down some of his targets. Another note worthy kill is hanging a police officer with his own escape ladder of all things.

    Then we get to what may be the biggest sore spot for me. The film, during it's later half, goes out of its way to try and make Michael sympathetic. Loomis begins to suspect that Michael is after Jamie because she can end his rage. How he came to that idea I don't know, it's not the first bit of contradicting or out of left field ideas the films has. The idea here is that Michael, who as been portrayed as pure evil without humanity, is actually human after all and is simple the slave of an evil force. You see the problem here, this pretty much spites in the face of everything that had come befor. I've said befor that giving Michael a solid motive at all somewhat took away from him but this just takes away what make him unique, his inhumanity. Not only of body but of spirit. It's what set him apart from the revenge fuelled Jason or the abused and manipulated Leatherface. Much like the film itself, Michael is being made more generic. 

    The only good thing about these "human" scenes is that we see under the mask and that Michael's face is normal. In a good film this would be used to show what this means for him. To make another comparison, Jason's mask is to hide his deformed face because he's ashamed of it, Leatherface's were originally a way to express himself since he couldn't do so normally, but later re adapted to be also hide deformities but Michael is different. It doesn't matter what he looks like under the mask, for the mask is the reflection of who he truly is inside. 

    To move onto another topic about the film, while the sub-plot of the Man in Black provided this film with more intrigue then any of the others in the film, even the main one, the problem is that the film is setting up Michael as a person under the control of something evil which I find harmful to the character and thus I'm less interested in were its going to go. 

    So in summery this film was pretty bad. I'm sorry this has been pretty negative and relatively short.

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