Halloween II

Metascore
40

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    Oct 31, 2015
    70
    There's some variety to the crimes, as there is to the characters, and an audience is likely to do more screaming at suspenseful moments than at scary ones. The gore, while very explicit and gruesome, won't make you feel as if you're watching major surgery. The direction and camera work are quite competent, and the actors don't look like amateurs.
  2. Newsweek
    Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Oct 31, 2015
    50
    The plain fact is that Halloween II is quite scary, more than a little silly and immediately forgettable. [16 Nov 1981, p.117]
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 31, 2015
    50
    For the most part, Halloween II is a retread of “Halloween” without that movie's craft, exquisite timing, and thorough understanding of horror.
  4. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by: Jay Scott
    Oct 31, 2015
    50
    When it's good, it's because it's imitating its predecessor (but it suffers from tired spilled blood) and when it's bad, it's because it's imitating its own imitators. [31 Oct 1981]
  5. 50
    Could be the work of any journeyman, give or take a few hundred gratuitous pop-culture references. Let no one accuse Zombie of stinting on the gore, however.
  6. 50
    As slasher movies go, Halloween II is far from the bottom of the barrel, but, given its pedigree, one has a right to expect a higher degree of quality that what is delivered.
  7. 40
    The visual style--the orange-and-blue color scheme, the elegant 'Scope compositions, the graceful tracking shots, and the shrewd use of shallow focus--has been reproduced almost perfectly from John Carpenter's original, yet the wit and intelligence are gone.
  8. Reviewed by: Mike Emery
    Oct 31, 2015
    30
    A bad sequel to a good movie...The main concentration is on gross-out effects and lame chase scenes.
  9. A totally unnecessary and extremely poor sequel to the original "Halloween". Although Dean Cundey's photography goes a long way toward recapturing the look of the first film, director Rick Rosenthal is no Carpenter, and the emphasis here is on graphic blood and gore rather than the skillful manipulation of the audience.
  10. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Rita Kempley
    Oct 31, 2015
    25
    Trash or treat? Halloween II is as dumb as its prequel. The Great Pumpkin isn't going to be pleased with this one. [30 Oct 1981, p.17]
  11. 20
    There are incredibly almost never any really terrific scares in 92 minutes - just multiple shots of violence and gore that are more gruesome than anything else.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 193 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 84
  2. Negative: 30 out of 84
  1. SFN
    Jan 8, 2011
    10
    ok for one people need to start commenting on the right movie, this is the original halloween 2, the sequel to john carpenter's not thatok for one people need to start commenting on the right movie, this is the original halloween 2, the sequel to john carpenter's not that crappy rob zombie bulls**t, second of all this movie is good, alot more killing, alot more story and alot more of everything, this movie is a must have and will be one of the best horror movies of all time Full Review »
  2. Jan 28, 2016
    7
    While i do think that this film should have taken more of the same pacing and direction from the previous film, Halloween II still remains aWhile i do think that this film should have taken more of the same pacing and direction from the previous film, Halloween II still remains a rather good slasher film even if it is taking a more Friday The 13th approach as the film does still have its rather intense sequences and creepy musical score. now some people don't really like how Michael became much more savage and rage filled when he murdered somebody in this film but i personally thought it was a good progression for his character he was tired of running around and chasing after Laurie so in turn his lust for her blood increased which made him extremely intimidating.7/10 Full Review »
  3. DannyV.
    Aug 4, 2007
    10
    Halloween II is an excellent horror film that stands aside from the original Halloween. However, Halloween II really never received the Halloween II is an excellent horror film that stands aside from the original Halloween. However, Halloween II really never received the credit it was due. This is partly because most horror movies attract a young immature audience, and secondly related to the fact that John Carpenter did not direct and reincarnate Halloween. Aside from this, what Halloween II does show us is strong -continuity- from the original with a deeper storyline. This is one of the few sequels overall that nicely stands out on its own. Full Review »