Busta was a poor decision, it made for some interesting comedy, but that's rarely a good path for a slasher franchise to follow. It's hard for horror movies to recover after getting to silly. I recall my theater laughing so hard at the scene where Busta berates Michael out of killing someone because Busta wanted to be "Michael" and scare some kids. Too silly.
But I don't just blame him for Halloween 8. There were a lot of problems, but at least it didn't kill the franchise.
I feel the final nails in the coffin were the Rob Zombie movies. I know the dude is a huge horror fan, but I feel like he missed the point with his remakes. Namely being that he tried to justify Michael's killing intent by showing us his childhood and giving him a psychopathic background. Blaming a mental illness, where the one thing that should've carried over was the idea that he was just evil. Also. Everyone is always so dirty in his movies. It's like he hates having characters who know what a shower is.
I could not agree with you more , especially when I bought the director's cut and it had the " different " escape scene than in the theater . I was watching it with friends and was a bit embarrassed to tell the truth . That and I understand he loves his wife , but I am not sure she should have leading roles in every movie he does , but of course that is his call .
The 2nd film was a train wreck . His interview talks about how over half of the film's original filming got destroyed when some amateur ran it through and X ray machine at the airport . That may have been some of it , but he also talked about his " white horse " ideas in the film and not only was I totally lost at the concept , but I just flat out though it was dumb and fit no where in to the movie . Maybe in the Black Stallion returns they can have a white horse that takes you to the spirit world , but in Halloween you are suppose to travel via Butcher's Knife .
You hit the nail on the head with the mental illness vs Evil , mental illness makes him just another psychotic , he was evil in pure form , waiting for a time to unleash his rage . How can fans possibly understand so much more then a " fan " who is creating the movie ? I just palmface and move on , a tear in my eye about one of my favorite series . Once again disappointed at what could have been .