Halloween: Resurrection

Release Date: July 12, 2002
Moved up from July 19, 2002


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This follow-up to 1998's Halloween: H2O, the film that resurrected the Halloween franchise as if it was its menacing, recurring, evil main character, Michael Myers, brings back the woman who helped resurrect, and also started, the franchise, Jamie Lee Curtis. H2O debuted in the summer of '98, and virtually made back its budget during its opening weekend by grossing over $16 million in what admittedly was a weak summer. Now The Homecoming, armed with an even smaller budget, looks to repeat that success, but faces the daunting task of opening in a very weak time for the box office.

There could be, however, a strong advantage to opening a franchise film during a time of slow box office. The release date gives the film the ability to shine with its advertising and stand out as a genre movie amongst what is normally a time for sub-par quality films.

The biggest openings in September history have come in the last three years; two of the top three were been released in the last week of the month, with the top five being released in the second half of the month. The important thing here is to not discount the potential for Homecoming to break out. With the recent successes of the Scream franchise and H2O, Homecoming cannot be discounted as a box-office lightweight. The movie does face some competition at the box office in the form of Joy Ride, but at this point, the better money is on the established franchise.

It is unlikely, though, that Homecoming will be in the top five September openers of all time, but it is important to note that if it equals its predecessor's opening weekend box office, it would vault into the seventh spot. Expect a strong push with some decent advertising and a solid showing at the box office.

August 8, 2001
Halloween: Homecoming's release date was pushed back two weeks due to some last minute alterations requested by the studio. The trailer for the film will be attached to prints of The Others and some prints of American Pie 2 this weekend. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

August 16, 2001
Dimension has delayed Halloween: Homecoming's release to the 2002 Easter weekend. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

October 23, 2001
The film has been pushed for a more feasible summer open. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

February 15, 2002
Won't someone please put this movie out of its misery and just release it to the box-office death it so clearly deserves? It has been removed from the August schedule and is back in the dreaded "To Be Announced" category. (Kim Hollis/BOP) (Kim Hollis/BOP)

February 22, 2002
As if the agony of tracking this movie's release wasn't enough, the producers have now seen fit to give it a name change to the cunningly original "Halloween: Resurrection." If you want to wager that Michael Myers and Co. will keep this current date, I would love to take your cash. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

May 31, 2002
Just a minor date change, but a date change nonetheless. The latest in a long line of Halloween sequels has now moved up on week from July 19th to July 12th. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for Halloween: Resurrection
Main Cast Busta Rhymes, Bianca Kajlich, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Ryan Merriman, Daisy McCrackin, Katie Sackhoff, Luke Kirby, Billy Kay, Brad Loree
Supporting Cast Jamie Lee Curtis, Sean Patrick Thomas, Tyra Banks, Gus Lynch, Brad Sihvon, Gary J. Tunnicliffe, Dan Joffre, Robert Musnicki
Director Rick Rosenthal
Screenwriter Larry Brand, Sean Hood
Distributor Dimension Films
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Rating R
Running Time 94 minutes
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