Halloween II

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  • Summary: Picking up precisely where its predecessor left off, Halloween II follows the same ill-fated characters as they encounter the knife-wielding maniac they left for dead in the first Halloween. It seems the inhuman Michael Myers is still very much alive and out for more revenge as he stalks thePicking up precisely where its predecessor left off, Halloween II follows the same ill-fated characters as they encounter the knife-wielding maniac they left for dead in the first Halloween. It seems the inhuman Michael Myers is still very much alive and out for more revenge as he stalks the deserted halls of the hospital where his sister lays waiting. As he gets closer and closer to his terrified target, Dr. Loomis discovers the chilling mystery behind the crazed psychopath's savage actions. [Universal] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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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 Expand
  2. JeremyW
    Aug 28, 2009
    10
    I am not at all a fan of Zombies directorial take on this iconic charecter and story. However, he sets out to do what all directors fail to I am not at all a fan of Zombies directorial take on this iconic charecter and story. However, he sets out to do what all directors fail to do when doing a remake. Remakes are a reimagination of a classic storyline. We as audience members hate the idea of remakes because ultimatly it turns to be corny because they bite off of past films using iconic quotes etc. What Zombie does is he changes the format here, he pushes the envelope and creates a whole new list of stakes for all the charecters and his reimagination completly takes over, this agravates a lot of people. Zombie's aartistry in regards to brining gore back to the screen is rather refreshing and orginal... again i do not like his vision of this story and charecters but he pushes buttons and gets people talking and well isnt that what theater and film is all about ... leaving the space talking? Kudos to Zombie for a job well done ... very original and cutting edge! Expand
  3. Oct 31, 2012
    8
    1 - People are idiots. This is John Carpenter's version, not Rob Zombie's, I plan on contacting Metacritic and asking them remove the reviews1 - People are idiots. This is John Carpenter's version, not Rob Zombie's, I plan on contacting Metacritic and asking them remove the reviews that are based on Zombie's film and not Carpenter's. As for my take on the film - It was suprisingly a rather good horror movie that actually lives up to the first film in everyway. Expand
  4. bobh
    Dec 13, 2008
    6
    I thought this movie was not as bad as everyone says it is. Of course it isn't as good as the original because the original is one of I thought this movie was not as bad as everyone says it is. Of course it isn't as good as the original because the original is one of the greatest horror movies out there. This acting is ok but the music is foreboding and creepy. It's campy fun. Expand
  5. GinoF
    Sep 11, 2009
    4
    This movie was definitely a major letdown after his Halloween remake. He seems intent on making a statement about modern society (psychiatry, This movie was definitely a major letdown after his Halloween remake. He seems intent on making a statement about modern society (psychiatry, the media, family, etc.) which in and of itself is laudable for a horror movie. The problem is that the "horror" aspect is somehow lost in this maze of psuedo-morals which are made laughable by his excessive depictions of gore. One almost wonders if Zombie laughs in disdain at his audience and views them with as much respect as he does pop psychiatrists who profit from others' pain, much like the Loomis he portrays in the film. I truly hope that this film was simply a bump in the road for someone who appeared to love and respect the horror genre. Perhaps it's time for Rob to stop emulating (trashy B horror, Italian Horror films of the 70's, slasher films, etc.) and begin creating a vision completely his own. His last film in the Halloween franchise should be a step in that direction...but only time and his next film will tell. Expand
  6. Sep 27, 2011
    1
    Acting: Not that great. The character of Dr. Loomis got very annoying. But, he seemed to annoy all of the other characters as well so maybeActing: Not that great. The character of Dr. Loomis got very annoying. But, he seemed to annoy all of the other characters as well so maybe that was intentional. I doubt it though. Michael Meyers is, well, Michael Meyers. he's a silent big dumb lumbering character. Laurie Strode is in the movie for a whole 15 minutes total at best. all Jamie Leigh Curtis (speaking of her, Tony Curtis died today or yesterday I'm not sure which. But RIP Mr. Curtis. and Gloria Stewart.) had to do was scream and run. Just like the last one to be honest. That's all that any characters had to do. It was just weak or annoying performances all around. 2/10

    Plot: Actually, brace yourself: There was no plot. It was simply 90 minutes of Michael Meyers walking around killing people. The first one had intrigue, it had stakes. You actually cared what was going on and why these things were happening. With this, there's none of that. It is 90 minutes of solid killing. No stakes, no plot devices no deviation form that plot. Nothing. It was an empty plot. 0/10

    Screenplay: There was no screenplay either for 60%-80% of the movie. It was again, just Michael Meyers killing. 50% of the lines that were there were just "we have to find and kill Michael Meyers. He isn't human" or a variation of that. The rest of the lines were dull and unimaginative. 0/10

    Likableness: well, despite everything else, I liked the kills. There were some interesting kills in the movie. Some were ridiculous but others were interesting and well done. There is nothing else to like in the movie. 3/10

    Final Score: 5/40 12% (S)
    Also, I will say this. This movie is unfortunate because THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THE LAST ONE!!!!

    TRIVIA TIME: 1. Believing Rick Rosenthal's version of the film to be too tame, John Carpenter shot a few gory scenes that were added into the film despite Rosenthal's objections.

    2. In the scene where Michael tries to attack Laurie as she's climbing through the window the scalpel that he's holding was actually just an eraser on a stick.

    3. To get the role of Michael Myers, Dick Warlock revealed that as he passed by a room, the Michael Myers mask was on a table. He put the mask on and walked into Rick Rosenthal's office and stood there. After Rosenthal continuously asked him who he was and he didn't reply, he took off the mask and asked if he could play Michael Myers.
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  7. RibopR.
    Feb 6, 2006
    0
    I didn't like it too much!!! But ha they say they might have a part 9 hopefully we'll enjoy it!!

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