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H2: Halloween II (2009)

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Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 74
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 59

Zombie shows flashes of vision in the follow-up to his Halloween reboot, but they're smothered by mountains of gore and hackneyed, brutal violence.

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Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 12

Zombie shows flashes of vision in the follow-up to his Halloween reboot, but they're smothered by mountains of gore and hackneyed, brutal violence.

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Filmmaker Rob Zombie returns to Haddonfield for this Dimension Films sequel that finds the murderous psychopath Michael Myers (once again played by Tyler Mane) out on the loose again. The film picks up where the last one left off. Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton) survives an attack by her mental-patient brother, Michael Myers, whom she doesn't know is related to her. On the way to the morgue, the ambulance carrying Michael crashes and, miraculously, the killer survives and heads out into the

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Rob Zombie

Jan 12, 2010

$33.3M

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All Critics (74) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (59) | DVD (3)

Halloween II is full of in jokes and references but nearly devoid of wit.

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
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You didn't think Michael Myers was dead, did you?

September 1, 2009
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[Halloween II] offers up a rush of fiercely imagined nightmare images.

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (6)
New York Post
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Zombie walks the walk, you can't deny it. And he's found the medium where he can let his freak flag fly highest.

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Most of its 101 minutes are filled with routine slasher scenes and flecks of pop-Freudian hokum about why the infamous Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) is such a murderously unhappy guy.

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Zombie has talent to burn, but he's slumming here, and one suspects that he knows it.

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly | Comments (2)
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Relentlessly disturbing though it is, the movie is not particularly frightening.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

The irony, of course, is that in attempting to breathe new life into Michael Myers, Rob Zombie may be the man who's finally killed him. Let us hope that in this case, the bastard stays dead: Halloween II might just be the bullet in his brain.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
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The nadir of both the Halloween series and Rob Zombie's filmography...

March 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

At one point in the film, a character is accused of "profiteering off the miseries of others" and that is exactly what Zombie will do to you if you see this movie.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

We see Myers in silhouette dragging a victim out of a truck and then stabbing them again and again and again, singularly summing up what a numbing experience it all is. No flashes of blood, no hints of character, just shadows killing shadows.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinematical | Comments (2)
Cinematical

A painfully almost sadistically boring sequel...

December 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

By not reaching for empowerment, Halloween II diminishes the horror genre. Nearly every victim is a terrible person.

November 4, 2009 Full Review

Pushing the Halloween series further from its roots, Rob Zombie's first sequel to his remake of the popular John Carpenter slasher, is a muddied mix of symbolism and excessive violence.

October 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

This film might be the most artfully rendered slasher sequel ever made. Alas, Zombie's dark poetry only goes so far without more substantive justification.

October 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Comment (1)
Projection Booth

In a word, ugly. It just pips Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (aka Halloween 6) to the title of worst Halloween film ever.

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comments (4)
Empire Magazine

[A] lumbering mess of a movie, which does no favours for the slasher genre, one that's fast losing any sense of innovation or vitality.

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
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October 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

When Zombie kills a cow with an ambulance in the opening scene the cow dies quietly and doesn't then have to sit through the rest of the movie. And they say he shows no mercy!

September 9, 2009 Full Review Source: CampBlood.org | Comments (6)
CampBlood.org

Rob Zombie makes incoherent films about people killing each other in brutal ways. Here's another one.

September 5, 2009 Full Review | Comments (8)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

OK but not great

September 4, 2009 Full Review Source: ESplatter | Comments (4)
ESplatter

Zombie really doesn't escape the genre conventions.

September 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Comments (3)
Jam! Movies

Brutal and redundant but not without a certain ugly integrity, this gruesome sequel allows Zombie to continue to explore his idea that Michael Myers is a pathetic and tragically irredeemable product of childhood abuse...

September 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Zombie's rowdy redneck phantasmagorias and weird swoons of empathy can't disguise that there's nowhere left for the story to go.

September 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly
Philadelphia Weekly

My open letter to Rob Zombie on his *cough* brilliant execution of Halloween II.

September 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Comments (8)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Wish Michael Myers would have taken his knife to that stupid white horse.

September 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

Audience Reviews for H2: Halloween II

Extremely bizarre, and the strangest Halloween-related film I've ever seen. The film is horribly sloppy, unfocused, and poorly written, but it is to be commended because Zombie came up with a unique and interesting concept, and stuck with it. The problem is that he succeeds in doing something different, but fails to execute that "something different". Some of the characterizations were good, but others, such as the way Loomis is characterized is bad in the context of the plot. The best parts of the movie are the music and the visual style, but that is to be expected considering who the director is. There are some good sequences to be found here, but things are horribly unbalanced. My biggest hope is that Zombie either learns to become a better and less lazy writer (by doing away with all things white trash and fleshing out the story and characters) or that he hires someone else to be the screenwriter for his next project, whatever it happens to be.

The kicker here is that he had planned to make a really psychological film where it was to be revelaed that everything was in Laurie's head and that it was her doing it, and only thinking it was Michael. That would have been cool. Unfortunately, the studio intervened and forced him to keep Michael at the forefront. Also, good god the film is too excessive with the violence. I'm okay with strong violence, but this goes way over the top and becomes more pointless when we don't really care about the victims.
October 24, 2011
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As a die-hard fan of the original Halloween, I felt that the remake was pretty good despite the fact it was different. The sequel to the remake concludes Rob Zombie's take on the Michael Myers saga. The result, I thought were decent at best, but the film lacked something to really make it a good follow-up to the remake. The performances here are good, never anything good, but never bad either, like some of the other remakes, and subsequent sequels. I felt that H2: Halloween II was a fairly decent sequel, but it wasn't as good as the remake. The film had a good, creepy atmosphere, but it also lacked the suspense that the remake had. This one felt like it tried to outdo the previous film, but unfortunately missed the mark. That's not saying that the film is a failure, I'm just saying that it could have been much better. I felt that the end result was a film that could have been better if Rob Zombie would have taken his time with this sequel. I mean, I love Rob Zombie as a filmmaker, and he has made one of the best horror films of the last ten years, The Devil's Rejects. But with H2: Halloween II, this is one of his weaker efforts as a director. The film was entertaining, but as a die-hard fan of the original, I really think they should stop milking the franchise. They've done everything they could with the Michael Myers character. I personally feel that Michael should put his carving knife back in the drawer where he originally found it in 1963 and call it quits.
September 16, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

I liked the first H1 reboot but I can't really say the same for this one. I expected a lot more.
August 6, 2011
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

"Die, you fucking bitch! you fucking bitch! Im gonna fucking kill you! fucking die, you fucking bitch! you fucking cunt! fucking bitch!"

obviously Rob had a bit of writer's block after the Devil's Rejects. he knows that the best thing to do when in the midst of the ol' wriin' block is to direct a remake and sequel to the remake. he just should have known not to write them. there were so many moments watching this where i had to think, "fuck, this looks pretty good. nice cinematography and shit. but do we really need three more truckdriver jokes?" and do we need this much "fuck" and "bitch?" i swear to Rob that is the first time i have ever had a problem with profanity in a film. the movie is going to be a piece of shit for anyone watching it except for the "i like tall spooky men who stalk teens fucking in daddy's room and slice their A-cup boobs off and suck the blood off them and then fantasize about their dead stripper mom and jack himself off with his rusted knife!" and if you do belong to that crowd, then brace yourself for Rob Zombie's THE BLOB.
June 20, 2011
LoughnerWasLucid

Super Reviewer

    1. Annie Brackett: Oh, boo-frickin-hoo for you, Laurie!
    2. Laurie Strode: See? You DON'T f***ing care!
    – Submitted by Andrew G (18 months ago)
    1. Laurie Strode: You better BACK THE F*CK OFF!
    2. Annie Brackett: Or WHAT, Laurie?! You act as if you're only one whose life got F***ing trashed! I'm so not loving the new Laurie!
    3. Laurie Strode: I'm not putting up with your Mommy sh*t. Get the f*ck out of my room! GET THE F*CK OUT OF MY ROOM!!!
    4. Annie Brackett: I'm NOT impressed.
    – Submitted by Andrew G (18 months ago)
    1. Laurie Strode: Barbara... I Know Michael Myers Is Dead. I Shot Him In the fucking head.
    – Submitted by Austin B (2 years ago)
    1. Dr. Samuel Loomis: Michael Myers is fucking dead! Now, do you brain-dead gossip mongers want me to spell it out for you? D-E-A-D!
    – Submitted by Juan S (3 years ago)
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