Halloween II (1981) - Rotten Tomatoes

Halloween II (1981)



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Shaken and injured from her battle with unkillable psycho Michael Myers, Laurie Strode is taken to the Haddonfield Hospital for observation, while Dr. Sam Loomis continues his desperate search for his monstrous patient. After slashing his way through the town, Myers manages to track Laurie to the hospital. Numerous night-shift employees are slaughtered in a variety of gruesome ways as Myers closes in on his fixation.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror
Directed By: ,
Written By: Debra Hill, John Carpenter
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 22, 1998
Universal Pictures


Jamie Lee Curtis
as Laurie Strode
Charles Cyphers
as Sheriff Leigh Bracke...
Donald Pleasence
as Dr. Sam Loomis
Dick Warlock
as The Shape
Ford Rainey
as Dr. Mixter
Cliff Emmich
as Garrett
John Zenda
as Marshall
Alan Haufrect
as Announcer
Lucille Benson
as Mrs. Elrod
Howard Culver
as Man in pajamas
Leigh French
as Gary's mother
Dana Carvey
as Assistant
Ty Mitchell
as Young Gary
Pamela McMyler
as Laurie's mother
Dennis Holahan
as Laurie's father
Nichole Drucker
as Young Laurie
Ken Smolka
as 1st Patrolman
Adam Gunn
as Young Michael Myers
Roger Hampton
as Patrolman #2
Jack Verbois
as Bennett Tramer
Tony Moran
as Michael Myers (age 2...
Kyle Richards
as Lindsey Wallace
Brian Andrews
as Tommy Doyle
Richard Warlock
as The Shape/patrolman ...
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Critic Reviews for Halloween II

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (6)

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.

Full Review… | August 27, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This uninspired version amounts to lukewarm sloppy seconds in comparison to the original film that made director John Carpenter a hot property.

Full Review… | August 27, 2007
Top Critic

The result won't make any converts, but Jamie Lee Curtis is as good as ever.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's a little sad to witness a fall from greatness, and that's what we get in Halloween II.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Halloween II is good enough to deserve a sequel of its own.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Halloween is a classic and its first sequel is a sloppy afterthought.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Halloween II

A terrible, useless sequel that invests in mindless gore instead of creating any real tension, and it is ridiculous (and disappointing) how it turns Michael Myers into an indestructible monster and leaves the rest of the cast as mere bodies for slaughter.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Contrary to the critics, I actually quite liked this. No it wasn't as good or well done as the first, however it could have been a lot worse. There was still tension and unpredictability, which is good enough for a sequel.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer


I love the Halloween films, but my words can't save a failure movie. I think this movie in particular was pretty funny since NO ONE else seemed to be in the hospital as the mayhem was going on! What kind of realism is that?

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

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