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H2: Halloween II (2009)


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

Critics Consensus: 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.

Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 16
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 12

Critics Consensus: 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.


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 384,790


Movie Info

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 … More

R (for strong brutal bloody violence throughout, terror, disturbing graphic images, language, and some crude sexual content and nudity)
Directed By:
Written By:
Rob Zombie
In Theaters:
Jan 12, 2010
Box Office:
The Weinstein Company - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for H2: Halloween II

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.

Full Review… | September 1, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

You didn't think Michael Myers was dead, did you?

September 1, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

[Halloween II] offers up a rush of fiercely imagined nightmare images.

Full Review… | September 1, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

Zombie walks the walk, you can't deny it. And he's found the medium where he can let his freak flag fly highest.

Full Review… | September 1, 2009
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 1, 2009
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Zombie has talent to burn, but he's slumming here, and one suspects that he knows it.

Full Review… | September 1, 2009
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Relentlessly disturbing though it is, the movie is not particularly frightening.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013

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.

Full Review… | September 29, 2012

The nadir of both the Halloween series and Rob Zombie's filmography...

Full Review… | March 5, 2011
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.

Full Review… | August 13, 2010

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.

Full Review… | December 17, 2009

A painfully almost sadistically boring sequel...

Full Review… | December 10, 2009
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review… | November 4, 2009

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.

Full Review… | October 31, 2009
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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2009
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.

Full Review… | October 16, 2009
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.

Full Review… | October 16, 2009
Digital Spy

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Full Review… | October 13, 2009
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!

Full Review… | September 9, 2009

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

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

OK but not great

Full Review… | September 4, 2009

Zombie really doesn't escape the genre conventions.

Full Review… | September 4, 2009
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...

Full Review… | September 4, 2009
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.

Full Review… | September 3, 2009
Philadelphia Weekly

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

Full Review… | September 3, 2009
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

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

Full Review… | September 3, 2009

Audience Reviews for H2: Halloween II

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Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

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.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


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.

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.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

H2: Halloween II Quotes

Annie Brackett:
Oh, boo-frickin-hoo for you, Laurie!
Laurie Strode:
See? You DON'T f***ing care!
– Submitted by Andrew G (20 months ago)
Laurie Strode:
You better BACK THE F*CK OFF!
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!
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!!!
Annie Brackett:
I'm NOT impressed.
– Submitted by Andrew G (20 months ago)
Laurie Strode:
Barbara... I Know Michael Myers Is Dead. I Shot Him In the fucking head.
– Submitted by Austin B (2 years ago)
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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