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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Michael Myers wasn't in the whole movie. He was there during the opening scene where he killed Laurie but the rest of the movie involved the serial killer fanatic that Myers encountered in the opening movie took his place, while the real Myers is just hiding somewhere. After he killed Laurie him passing the knife to that fanatic could be seen as his way of saying "I'm retired".
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  • Ass Pull: The whole "Michael replaced an ambulance worker for himself at the end of H20" revelation at the start. It wasn't exactly a true Ass Pull, since producer Moustapha Akkad had planned the idea to get out of H20's ending ever since they shot it, but even hardcore fans didn't buy it. It was originally worse; the Michael Myers in H20 wasn't actually Michael, it was an obsessive fan. It may have made more sense, but it would've been a very hard twist to defend. Par for the course for Akkad, who signed off on the ending of 4 with Jamie taking over as the killer in the series, but had no intention of following up on it.
  • Awesome Music: One good thing many fans like about this mostly reviled entry is its rendition of the main theme, a slowed down version of the classic song that is able to be both hauntingly beautiful and chilling at the same time.
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  • Base-Breaking Character: Freddie is either loathed for removing all the menace from Michael Myers and mostly existing to stroke Busta Rhymes' ego, or loved for bringing some life and humour to an otherwise dull film and supplying most of the films' Funny Moments.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The opening scene of the film, with Laurie Strode's narration about "the tunnel" and "a door to Heaven or Hell," really has no bearing on the plot.
  • Complete Monster: Michael Myers. See here.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Jim tends to be fairly well liked, primarily due to his funny one-liners and style
    • Brad Loree as Michael Myers is also praised by many fans, claiming how he harkened back to Nick Castle from the original film with his performance.
    • While her performance isn't the best, Tyra Banks' character Nora has grown in popularity over the years, mostly because she seems to be having fun and doesn't seem either lifeless like Sara or Donna or Too Dumb to Live like Jen. This has caused many to wish she had been the Final Girl.
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  • Fanon Discontinuity: Many fans prefer to regard H20 as the ending to the original series. They aren't alone either, as Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter don't have a high opinion of the movie either. In the formers cawe, Jamie Lee Curtis sees the movie as a joke; and in the latters, John Carptenter tends to ignore movies that go past the first movie.
  • Ham and Cheese: Busta Rhymes is clearly having a good time with his role. He's easily the best part of the movie.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Jamie Lee Curtis having Laurie killed in the opening sequence in order to not do any more films in the series is particularly funny now that she's coming back for a new sequel to be released on the original film's 40th anniversary.
    • Katee Sackhoff as one of the victims, considering she'd eventually get typecast as Action Girls.
  • Memetic Badass: Inverted to the point of Informed Attribute. Part of Freddie's Scarppy status includes mention that he was beating Michael using martial arts. In the actual fight, Michael had the upper hand up until Freddie electrocutes him.
  • Narm: It's all over the place in this movie.
    • The blatant Character Shilling at the beginning where Sara simply whispers the answer to a question in class, and her professor inexplicably hears her and goes on praising her with zero authenticity.
    • Something falls and breaks behind Sara, and her startled scream is so loud that she shatters glass. What's more is Bianca Kajlich couldn't scream and so had to be dubbed.
    • Nearly all of Michael's kills are slightly hilarious. Impaling a guy with the camera tripod, or decapitating a girl with one stroke of a butcher's knife, for instance. Earlier than that, he bursts through a mirror (and presumably the wall it hung from) to stab a guy to death, whose dying screams of terror no one hears in the small house.
    • Michael dramatically recoils when Rudy throws a handful of black pepper into his eyes. Michael, who has been shot dozens of times over the years, including in the eyes.
    • How does Freddie end up defeating Michael, one of the most famous movie villains ever? By jamming a sparky electrical cord into his crotch, comically electrocuting him.
    • When Michael pulls his Not Quite Dead routine at the end, there's an abrupt wolf howl for no reason.
  • Narm Charm: Busta Rhymes' entire performance as Freddie. It's completely out of place in a Halloween movie, yet he's the only one bringing any heart to the film besides the actor playing Michael Myers.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Donna's death is actually pretty horrifying. After discovering a half-eaten rat below the house, she gets chased to an old gate with a sharp railing sticking out. She tries to climb through it, but Michael gets there and just calmly forces her back-first through the spike.
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  • The Scrappy: Sarah, primarily due to her boring character and Bianca Kajlich's lifeless performance.
  • Sequelitis: This is an almost unanimously reviled film, often ranked as the worst in the series. It's also seen as completely unnecessary, given that the ending to H20 neatly wrapped things up and the writers had to go to extreme measures to retcon Michael's death. Some even find the film to be of Direct-to-Video quality.
  • Signature Scene: "Trick 'r' treat, muthafucka." Also, the unforgettable "Two Michaels" scene.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Resurrection is the goofiest Halloween to date, what with the silly retcon at the start, Busta Rhymes using martial arts he 'learned' from watching old kung-fu flicks to beat up Michael Myers, "Trick or Treat, mothafucka!", and so on.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Some felt that Donna had potential to be an interesting character, and her actress was somewhat trying. But she's the second one killed off.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • The cancelled continuation of this film would've been Laurie's son seeking revenge against Michael for killing his mother. One has to wonder why that idea wasn't this movie in the first place.
    • The prologue with Laurie lying in wait in the mental hospital for Michael is also interesting enough and could have made for a feature-length film on its own. The 2018 sequel would use some of those very ideas.
    • The very concept of people getting trapped inside the infamous Myers house with Michael himself stalking and killing them is an idea that honestly has promising potential to be genuinely terrifying and a neat way of revisiting familiar franchise territory after H20's change of scenery.
    • The fact that absolutely nobody in Haddonfield seems to be up in arms or protesting about Freddie Harris using the infamous Myers House as a setting for his television show for profit, essentially capitalizing on the murderous reputation surrounding the house. Keep in mind that a majority of Michael's body count includes various residents of Haddonfield itself. It's a massive wasted opportunity to showcase how deeply affected the town still is from the murders.
      • Hell, the fact that Haddonfield itself doesn't have a particularly significant role in the story at all is disappointing considering it'd be rather interesting seeing how it's changed within this separate continuity from the Thorn trilogy.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously:
    • As stated above, Brad Loree's performance as Michael Myers is considered by a large amount of fans to be the sole good thing in what is universally agreed on to be the worst entry in the franchise. To this day, some fans still hope that he gets a second chance to play the character in a much better Halloween film.
    • Going by their in-depth on-set interviews, most of the actors don't seem to be aware of just how ridiculous of a movie they're in... except for Luke Kirby (Jim), who confessed in his interview that since he was in a "campy" film, he didn't have to worry too much about his performance. Busta Rhymes also appears to be playing up the ridiculousness of his role.
    • One review noted that Daisy McCrackin was really trying to make her character interesting but didn't get enough screen time to quite get there.


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