Halloween II (1981)
Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 23
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Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4
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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 74,530
While John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic Halloween irrevocably changed the style of horror cinema with its simple but relentlessly tense story, it triggered more than a decade's worth of uninspired, exploitative knock-offs, and one could easily list Halloween II among these failures. As with its predecessor, this film was written and produced by Carpenter and Debra Hill, but the terse style and unbearable suspense of the first film are missing, replaced by a more simplistic stalk-and-slash
Oct 30, 1981 Wide
Sep 22, 1998
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Jamie Lee Curtis
Pamela Susan Shoop
Hunter von Leer
Man in pajamas
Gloria Gifford Miss
Michael Myers (age 23)
The Shape/patrolman #3
Young Michael Myers
Rick Rosenthal, who directed this 1981 sequel, doesn't have Carpenter's expansive, affectionate way with stereotypical characters, and without it they're empty shells -- bodies waiting for the slaughter.
This uninspired version amounts to lukewarm sloppy seconds in comparison to the original film that made director John Carpenter a hot property.
The result won't make any converts, but Jamie Lee Curtis is as good as ever.
The script is fairly routine and Jamie Lee Curtis has too little to do this time around, but the hospital setting proves to be a sound choice for a locale.
Halloween II isn't a knockout sequel, but it's a solid, if slightly slow, follow-up to the original horror classic.
Halloween II is no masterpiece, and established a framework for some of the hackiest filmmaking in horror history. But at least the world knows now to never run on hospital floors covered in fresh blood.
Does the worst thing any sequel can ever do: it retroactively taints the original and makes it less interesting.
Debra Hill and John Carpenter produced and wrote the screenplay, but this film is still a totally unnecessary and extremely poor sequel to the original.
This kill-happy sequel is a lot bloodier than needed, but it's still pretty frightening nevertheless.
Audience Reviews for Halloween II
- Laurie Strode: Don't let them put me to sleep! Don't let 'em put me to sleep. No... Please don't let them put me to sleep.
- Laurie Strode: Help me!
- Sam Loomis: I'm sorry I left you. Are you all right?
- Laurie Strode: Why won't he die?
- Sam Loomis: It's Time, Michael.
- Marion: Marion Chambers with Dr. Loomis at the clinic he's here. [Voice on radio: Ah, ten-four. Unit calling, identify suspect.] Michael Myers! Just get your ass over here!
- Budd: (singing) Amazing Grace, come sit on my face. Don't make cry. I need your pie.
- Jimmy: Look why don't you just shut up, all right?
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