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'Halloween II': Studio says 'boo' to critics

Robert W. Butler
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HALLOWEEN II

Rated R

Time: 1:41

What is it? Mental patient/boogeyman Michael Myers is back, cutting up teens and tracking down his little sister. It's a remake of the 1981 sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 horror hit "Halloween."

Why didn't Dimension Films show it to the press? "We are not screening the film for critics or promotionally," the studio said in a statement. "Not unlike some other blockbusters this summer, we are holding the suspense for opening."

Ooooh ... can't you feel the suspense building?

Why we'd see it: Musician-turned-filmmaker Rob Zombie has real talent (see his "Halloween" remake and, even better, "The Devil's Rejects").

Why we wouldn't: We're burned out on the franchise. Aren't nine "Halloween" movies enough, already?

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