I haven't read enough alternate reviews to know if I am in the majority opinion or not, but I have never been a fan of HALLOWEEN 2. I find it to be a slow, generic Slasher sequel that acts against all of the elements that made the original terrifying. Picking up immediately where the first left off, the unstoppable Michael Myers sets off to find the babysitter that narrowly escaped him, as Dr. Loomis discovers that Laurie is actually Michael's sister while tracking down his former patient. While this makes for an interesting plot point, the set-up for the action is anything but engaging. Newcomer director Rick Rosenthal employs all of the cheapest scare tactics for quick jumps, but the film leaves no lasting effect. It is also riddled with tired Slasher conventions, like over the top deaths and annoying side characters that just don't fit the tone of the original. Though it adds a bit of back story, none of the characters necessarily benefit from it and it doesn't expand their roles in any way. The look and mannerisms of Myers have also been changed, and the character under Warlock's lead just carries himself differently, lacking the power and intensity that Nick Castle brought to the role. The hospital setting does set up for several key camera positions with the extended hallway shots and many high and low angles, but they are mostly wasted in place of gratuitous gore. I am quick to criticize the film, but really it is an average Slasher entry that just took a misstep when trying to recapture the strength of the original.
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