The most realistic horror film in a long time. This film is so psychological that it's no wonder it wasn't well received....because people didn't understand it. Rob Zombie continued his excellent retelling revival of a dried up story, grounding this one and continuing the only logical paths for everyone affected by Michael, including himself, to take. Of course Michael is on the verge of mental collapse, I mean, he was already crazy in the first, almost from the beginning, and now with surviving a bullet to the head? Yeah, of course he is having visions of himself when he was innocent as well as his dead mother, the only person (besides Boo) whom he loved. All of the other characters also take on the roles that this event builds around their lives. Annie is also a mess but she has taken on the Mother role to Laurie who is an all-out mess, to her father by watching out for him and making sure he is always healthy. Loomis, realizing the successful goldmine he stumbled over in the first, is going to want to wet his whistle after already getting a taste of fame. Everyone in this film is a wreck, there is little to no hope and struggling adjustments, surviving with each other. If you ask anyone who survived an ordeal like this, such as yours truly (not anywhere near this caliber), they're going to tell you that it is a struggle to adjust with everything physically and mentally to the point where your mind is being torn apart, which is EXACTLY the case with Laurie. This film is brutal, bloody, but terrific. Zombie does it again and structures a terrific story with amazing characters and a unique vision. I recommend that if you do see this film PLEASE PLEASE watch the DIRECTOR'S CUT. His film was significantly decreased and skewed for its theatrical release. You'll see his brilliance with his vision.