Halloween II (1981)

Director: Rick Rosenthal

Writers: John Carpenter (writer)

Debra Hill (writer)

Tagline: More Of The Night He Came Home

Plot: Laurie Strode is rushed to the hospital, while Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt the streets for Michael Myers, who has found Laurie at the Haddonfield Hospital.

Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis – Laurie Strode

Donald Pleasence – Dr. Sam Loomis

Charles Cyphers – Sheriff Leigh Brackett

Jeffrey Kramer – Graham

Lance Guest – Jimmy

Review (spoilers):

I reviewed the original Halloween some time ago so I think now is the perfect time for the sequel. A sequel to Halloween was a very expected thing to do because the original one was unfinished and people surely wanted to know what happens next. So Halloween 2 starts where the first ended. It’s still the same night, Michael is still trying to find & kill Laurie and Dr. Sam Loomis is still chasing him. As you can see in the short plot synopsis, almost everything is happening at the local Haddonfiield hospital. Unfortunately, Carpenter wasn’t directing this one, but he, however, did write the script, luckily for us.

Anyways, the beginning of the movie was pretty good, it felt like something that came directly from the first Halloween. It had that creepy stalking atmosphere and once again you look at the world through Michael’s eyes. But yet I somehow felt a little strange while watching it because the first murder in the movie happens a little too soon and it’s not your typical Michael. The murders in the sequel are much more violent and gory, they lost their simple but effective touch from the first movie. I’m not a die hard fan of gory scenes in slashers so I liked murders from the original Halloween more. But I have to say that the murders were far from bad, some where even pretty good but still light years away from Carpenter’s Halloween.

So…Carpenter wrote the script for this one so I had no problems with it, all in all it was pretty nice. Al though I somehow feel that the realization of that script could have been much better if someone else directed it. Despite all that, the best thing in the film was Dr. Loomi’s change of character. You can clearly see his transformation from a normal man to a desperate mad man who would even threaten a police officer to get what he wants. I would dare to say that his character even outshined Laure Strode, she was much more exposed in the original Halloween. In this one her existence felt just like a bait for Michael, nothing more.  But Jamie Lee Curtis still played her role perfectly.

The movie’s twist is a very interesting one and somehow still shocking. I wish to time travel back to the eighties to watch Halloween II in a local cinema just to have that feeling when you first time find out that Laure Strode is Michael’s sister. That should have been intriguing. Al thought it is a very interesting twist, I still think it could have been made a little better, I mean the realization of that was done too simply – just a plain dialogue (which followed a very short Laurie’s flashback).

Al though the twist is very good and the kills are also ok, Halloween II just couldn’t entertain me much. It has too much boring and slow parts and even some plot holes which made me giggle a little but it’s still worth watching. I also liked the ending in which we see Michael die….just to be revived in further sequels.

My Rating: 6/10… Surely watch it if you are a fan of Carpenter’s Halloween but don’t expect something special.

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