Halloween II

1981

Halloween II (1981)

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Critic Consensus: Halloween II picks up where its predecessor left off - and quickly wanders into a dead end that the franchise would spend decades struggling to find its way out of.

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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.

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Cast

Jamie Lee Curtis
as Laurie Strode
Charles Cyphers
as Sheriff Leigh Brackett
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
Leigh French
as Gary's mother
Howard Culver
as Man in pajamas
Ty Mitchell
as Young Gary
Dana Carvey
as Assistant
Nancy Kyes
as Annie Brackett
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 23)
Kyle Richards
as Lindsey Wallace
Brian Andrews
as Tommy Doyle
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Critic Reviews for Halloween II

All Critics (37) | 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.

Aug 27, 2007 | Full Review…

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

Aug 27, 2007 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

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

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

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

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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

Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5

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

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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 to be mere bodies for slaughter.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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
Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer

½

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

½

Of course, 'Halloween' is the forefather of the 70's and 80's slasher genre only because of its inexplicable popularity. To me, it's dull, reductive and hardly worthy of being nominated as innovative (the stalking POV was implemented before and in a superlative manner in the predated masterpiece 'Black Christmas'). The posthaste sequel is immeasurably more claustrophobic mostly due to the hospital environment with its narrow, alabaster hallways and spotless surfaces. Pleasance is more inexorable and obsessive as Loomis who inadvertently causes the death of a trick-or-treater and doesn't hesitate at his task to vanquish Michael once and for all. His monologue about Michael being the "ideal patient" expands on the notion that Michael is completely alien to soulfulness. Unfortunately, the follow-up is still a plodding, slothful mess of gratuitous nudity from a female nurse and wrongheaded creativity in the murders (Michael shouldn't be premeditated in the various ways to kill people via scolding water, scalpels, etc.). The denouement nicely ramps the consternation as Michael thoughtlessly collides through a glass door and Loomis sacrifices himself with flammable oxygen tanks to finally eradicate Michael. Otherwise, this is an altogether superfluous extension of the mythology, but it contains instances of unnerving tension.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

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