Halloween II Reviews
"More Of The Night He Came Home"
Halloween 2, the first of many sequels of the horror classic. I really like this sequel. It has a really good and cool idea to follow up with another movie that occurs the same night of the first. I'm so used to sequels that start with a timecard that says 5 years later or something like that. This one doesn't jump into the future. It continues the same story and shows the after effects of the first movie. Michael wasn't done that night.
Although Carpenter did hand the directing over to Rick Rosenthal, he's still very much involved. He wrote and produced this and while it's no where near the brilliance of the first; it's still a quality horror film in its own rights. We learn a lot more about Michael and why he's doing what he's doing. It's also reenforced that he's basically indestructible.
No this isn't a masterpiece or a classic, but it is a fun continuation. Who after seeing Halloween didn't want more? It didn't need to be as good; it just needed to be respectable and an overall entertaining slasher. That this is. It's better than most slashers out there and way better than most slasher sequels. Fuck Jason I'll take this series over Friday the 13th any day.
the earliest movie image i can recall that kept me awake at night is Michael with fresh blood running from his eyes and him stabbing directionless at the air. i remember thinking, "who the hell doesn't even scream or take off their mask or nothing after that? not even a grunt?" im sure thats not a big deal when in 2011 we can google "Bud Dwyer suicide video" but when you are eleven, it... you just can't go back to Rugrats after that, im sorry.
P.S. If you want to kill Michael Myers, do you aim for the head? Bullets through his vital organs don't seem to keep him down. Isn't the head important? I mean, hard to imagine a decapitated Michael Myers stalking Laurie Strode through the streets of Haddonfield... Maybe better to just explode the whole body though.
Not as good as the first, but if you are working your way through the series ? then stick with it.
What makes "Halloween 2" so good is the performance that Jamie Lee Curtis puts on. "Halloween 2" goes along at a steady pace until it gets to the last 30 minutes. Once it gets to the last 30 minutes, the action and suspense pick up dramatically to make this a great movie. The main action in the movie takes place at a hospital that Jamie Lee Curtis is staying at. The movie also has one of the best storylines of any of the "Halloween" movies, and the effects aren't bad either.
If you like the "Halloween" series, I recommend getting "Halloween 2." If you haven't ever seen any of the "Halloween" movies, I would recommend seeing the original before you see this one. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2000. Can't say I remember much at all from this movie, so it can't be a favorite, but oh well, still good.
Taking over for director John Carpenter, Rick Rosenthal (who would return to the franchise more than 20 years later with "Halloween: Resurrection") lacks the style that made the original "Halloween" so memorable. Nevertheless there are some scary and gruesome incidents as Michael dispatches of the hospital staff in his search for Laurie. In fact, the sequel is a bit gorier than its predecessor, adding more to the shock value quotient. Rosenthal's use of POV shots are nearly as effective as Carpenter's in the original adding to the illusion that we're seeing events through Myers' eyes. Rosenthal also knows how to use shadows and darkness, making things seem scarier than they are. Must mention the "Camera Angels" are once again CLASSIC.
The script by John Carpenter and Debra Hill essentially gives us more of the same. The setting is changed to a hospital, and it's revealed that Laurie is Michael's sister, but little else is added to the night Myers came home. As for the concept that Michael Myers is possessed by the Celtic Lord of the Dead - that innovative concept is mentioned, but never really explored. Which is kind of for the best.
Jaime Lee Curtis is back as Laurie Strode , the 1st film she was front and center this time it's Donald Pleasence, as Dr. Loomis, who is more of the films focus Pleasence has the right blend of desperation, single-mindedness and fear that makes him the centerpiece player in not only this film but the whole franchise. You can even feel his commanding presence even when Loomis is off screen.
The second "Halloween" film, while not quite as good as the first, It comes pretty close, and is still a very entertaining entry. More importantly, it sets up ideas that come into play in future sequels. Overall, "Halloween 2" is a scary and effective treat, and the final classic of the "Halloween Franchise".