Halloween 2 (1981)

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.

Rating: 7/10.
Gore: 6/10.
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  1. The movie has it's pros and cons. One of the biggest cons, in retrospect, is making Laurie and Michael related. Imagine if he had NEVER been given a reason for his rampage?

  2. See, THAT is what should have been done with the remake. If you want to do something original and different, throw out the pieces that put the original series on the wrong track and go for a unique new angle, I think that would have made for a much more interesting reimagining.

  3. I have a definite soft spot for Halloween 2. It's really hard for me to back away from it. Halloween has been my favorite movie since I was 12 or 13. I watched H2 pretty close to the same time as the first one, so I was young and transfixed by everything Halloween.

    I will admit, it's not nearly as scary as anything Carpenter accomplished and there are lots of silly moments. It may employ the tricks of every other slasher, but I think it still executes them far better than most. The chase scene around the elevator was great and I think Zombie borrowed a lot from that sequence for the similar scene in his H2.

  4. Your website ate my long comment for HALLOWEEN (1978). So I will say it's my favorite movie of all time and I agree with what you wrote. If you want to know how I feel about it in depth, it's on my site. All the HALLOWEEN films have been reviewed actually, so check those out.

    As for HALLOWEEN II, yeah it's not as good as the original. But I still love this sequel. Maybe it's because I saw it when I was 6 and it scared me away from hospitals. But I always found this film to be pretty creepy, even if it is a bit slow paced.

    I'm not a fan of the whole sibling explanation because it just ruined the franchise after that [even though HALLOWEEN wasn't intended to go beyond this film with Michael Myers but we all know what happened there]. I wish the remake would have gotten rid of it because it just made things more complicated. The guy should just be evil. He doesn't need a motive.

    Nice review. I would give it an 8.5 or 9, but that's just me. I mean, did you see those nurse's boobs? Good God...

  5. I dont know why I have such a strong opposition to this film, but I just cant break away from it. To me, it feels all sorts of like F13th 3, just a hokey and expected Slasher.