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      08.10.2012 14:53
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      Solid enough, but inevitably pointless follow up to a classic.

      Halloween II continues directly where John Carpenter's original classic left off. (Even though they filmed this movie three years after the first one). Its well shot by cinematographer Dean Cundy and follows on well from the 1978 film.
      Donlad Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis return to their roles with aplomb, but its a great shame that Curtis has very few lines. Her character, Laurie, often left to wander aimlessly around the surprisingly near empty Haddonfield Memorial Hospital.
      Tension is present, though not as skillfully built up as before, sadly sacrificing much more gore than before for that overall.
      There is also a massive script reveal that has had a big influence on some of the further sequels that followed this one. If you're looking for a classic, you're in the wrong place, but if you're looking for a solid sequel to a beloved classic, this will likely suffice, even if its really just a needless cash in.

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      a masked psycopath goes after the lone survivor

      Halloween 2 (1981)

      Genre: horror/thriller

      Writer: John Carpenter & Debra Hill
      Dir.: Rick Rosenthal

      Cast:
      Jamie Lee Curtis - Laurie Strode
      Donald Pleasence - Dr. Sam Loomis
      Charles Cyphers - Sheriff Leigh Brackett
      Dick Warlock - The Shape
      Jeffrey Kramer - Graham
      Lance Guest - Jimmy
      Pamela

      Plot:
      Laurie, the only victim to escape from psychopath Michael Myers is taken to the hospital and treated for a stab wound and minor injuries. She is admitted and is forced to spend the night.
      Michael follows Laurie to the hospital to finish her off. He kills a doctor, a paramedic and several nurses enroute to finding Laurie.
      Dr. Loomis tracks Michael to the hospital. He shoots Michael, but he won't die. He and Laurie lock themselves in a storage room.
      When Michael breaks into the room Laurie shoots him in the eyes, but he still won't stop coming.
      While Michael is staggering around blind, Laurie and Loomis open up several oxygen tanks and blow up the room.
      Is Michael finally dead, or are they still in grave danger?

      My thoughts:
      This is a decent movie. It's a sequel to the 1978 movie 'Halloween', and it picks up right where the first one left off, on the same night and immediately following the events of the first film.
      It's definitely not as good as the original (sequels rarely are), but it's not terrible; it has its moments that make you cringe or flinch; it's just okay. But, it does include much more violence and gore than its predecessor.
      The movie is pretty well written by the same writers of the first film and pretty well directed by Rick Rosenthal, who took over directing duties from John Carpenter, who directed the first film.
      The cast is very good and Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence and Charles Cyphers reprise their roles from the first film. Michael Myers was once again played by more than one person; Nick Castle, who also portrayed him in the first film, and Dick Warlock.
      Although generally given unfavorable marks by critics, this movie, like the first one, was a success at the box office.
      This was supposed to be the last movie that involved Michael Myers, but after Halloween 3, which did not include Myers, was a flop he was brought back in Halloween 4.
      This movie caused controversy in California when one year after its release Richard Boyer attempted to use it in his murder defense. Boyer was arrested and later convicted of murdering an elderly couple, a crime which he claims he committed due to hallucinations brought on by this film. His defense was rejected and he was ultimately sentenced to death.
      Overall, if you liked the first one, or if you're a fan of the genre, you'll most likely enjoy this one as well. I would recommend this one.

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        24.01.2010 03:33
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        worth watching, should give you an entertaining hour and a half

        The Shape is back to try and kill his sister! This time it's at the nearby hospital where she was taken because of the events from the first film.

        This film contains MUCH more blood and gore than the original and it was starting to settle into that typical pattern of heavy gore started by Friday 13th in 1980.

        The bodycount is also a lot higher (Myers goes through an entire hospital) but not too far behind is his psychiatrist, Dr. Loomis to re-attempt to capture Myers.

        As a sequel, I'd rate it among the best of the series, up there with Halloween 4.

        The cinematography is quite dark which is an obvious attempt at trying to copy the cinematography from the original.

        All the performances are really good, Pleasence, again, steals the movie with his acting.

        Stuntman Dick Warlock plays Myers this time around and he's my personal favourite to play the mad killer. His creepy slow walk and moves were more scary to me than the original, Nick Castle, who was a bit too casual for my liking.

        It wasn't exactly a necessary sequel at all but like any other famous horror film that makes money, a sequel is bound to happen.

        If you want, watch this one as the ending is kind of final for the Halloween series if you don't end up watching Halloween 4.

        Worthy of watching if you are not offended by a sequel to a classic.

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        06.11.2009 09:33
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        Watch the first one before this.

        After being shot 6 times you wouldn't think that any man would be able to get up and run away, yet that's just what crazed Michael Myers did on Halloween of 1978, after trying to kill teenager Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) he seemingly met his end after being shot by his doctor (Donald Pleasance).

        However when Michael is nowhere to be seen it would seem that Halloween is far from over for Laurie and Doctor Loomis. Laurie is rushed to hospital after her ordeal with Michael whilst Doctor Loomis continues on in his hunt for Michael before more people are made to suffer at his hands, but when Michael discovers where Laurie is he makes a beeline for her at the hospital...

        Halloween II is a direct sequel to 1978's Halloween. Halloween II was released in 1981 but was set on the same night back in 1978 straight after Michael is shot. You'd think that three years on there might be some continuity issues but it seemed to me as though Rick Rosenthal had got everything right in this film, even it's star Jamie Lee Curtis didn't look as though she'd aged more than a day. If you're planning on watching Halloween II then it would probably be a good idea if you viewed the first film prior to watching this as it is an exact continuation however if for whatever you haven't seen the first film it wouldn't be the end of the world. You are still able to enjoy this film and at the very beginning it even gives a replay of what happened at the end of the previous film, this doesn't look cheesy though as it runs parallel with the second part.

        The first film cleverly avoided being overly gory however it retained it's 18 certificate through the use of an incredibly eerie atmosphere making it impossible for you to look away even for a second. Halloween II doesn't quite manage to recapture the brilliance that the first film possesses, instead it becomes more of a modern horror, opting more for gore than actual tension and I feel that this is the main downfall of the film. I enjoyed the first film immensely, mainly because being only 20 I've grown up with modern horrors that make use of all the genius special effects and I had never seen an 18 rated horror that had minimal bloodshed, instead utilising the atmosphere and people's sense of paranoia to it's advantage. Halloween II, knowingly or unknowingly squanders that chilling atmosphere from the first film and instead it chooses to focus on scaring people with the gore factor a little bit too much. This may excite more modern horror fans more than the first one but I was quite disappointed.

        Unlike the first film, Michael Myer's presence is felt much more throughout the duration of the film, in the first film he was barely seen, choosing to hide in the shadows and we would see glimpses of him lurking behind his future victims but apart from that we didn't really see him. In this film we see him on a regular basis, we see him walking up and down the street and lurking in the strangest places. In the first film Michael would kill his victims in very generic ways, in this film he seems to find more elaborate ways of killing people, utilising objects in and around the hospital in particular. There's one scene in the hospital where a boiling hot jacuzzi comes into play, why this is in a hospital I have no idea but this scene alone is very gory compared to the entire first film alone. Another noticeable thing about Halloween II compared with it's predecessor is the nudity and language differences, it seems that Halloween II is more about shocking people, therefore they've given us a lot of strong language and some nudity to crank up the volume, not that it helps much because this film was already a disappointment, even giving guys a fake pair of boobs to look at wouldn't do this film any favours.

        This film seems very jerky, one minute there'll be something happening and just when you think something exciting is going to happen it will cut to a scene of Laurie in the hospital being harassed by an annoying EMS guy, who tells Laurie who her attacker was and in turn spoon feeds us with useless information. Not much goes on in the first half of the hospital scenes, it's filled with meaningless dialogue between Jimmy and a semi conscious Laurie.

        Another disadvantage when it comes to this film is the way that Michael's psychotic nature is explained in a way, the fact that in the first film it seems that Michael has simply returned to his old neighbourhood to kill anyone around makes his character seem a lot more harrowing simply down to the fact that it's a lot more frightening if there is no motive. Halloween II attempts to give Michael a motive, further humanising him. Michael was great in the first film when he was just pegged as pure evil with no human emotion but this film tries to give him aspects of humanity which makes him less fearsome.

        Jamie Lee Curtis is again on good form playing the tortured teenager now in hospital, however she doesn't really have a lot to do until it comes to the ending of the film where she's chased. Again she does seem genuinely horrified about what's happening to her though and it's no surprise that she's become synonymous with this role. Donald Pleasance is again on top form as Doctor Loomis, he again likes to emphasise to the characters and ultimately the audience just how evil Michael is and is believable while doing it.

        The eerie music played throughout the first film fortunately is still there and notifies us when Michael is around, unfortunately they seem to have changed the music slightly which in turn has ruined one of the best parts from the first film for me. Out of everything I don't see why they felt the need to alter the music.

        The film still works on some levels, it's a scary film to an extent but it doesn't strike the sheer terror into you that Halloween managed to with it's simplistic narrative. As with all sequels, things need to be tweaked a little so not to regurgitate it's predecessor too much however I feel that too much is changed in this film, a lot of it's credibility is therefore lost in an attempt to make this a more elaborate film. I feel that when you have a good thing going, you shouldn't try to change it and that's what the director of Halloween II (Rick Rosenthal) has sadly done. This is a watchable sequel but unfortunately it doesn't manage to recapture the atmosphere or the eerie tension that the first film portrayed beautifully.

        The DVD is currently available from play.com for £9.99.

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          02.09.2008 02:50
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          Micheal Myers becomes a magical unkillable figure

          Following on from where the original finished is where Halloween 2 starts off, Laurie Strode injured, Micheal Myers (I'll be calling him MM from now on) escaped even though he was badly injured & Dr Loomis still in pursuit. In case you'd forgotten the ending of Halloween there is a brief reprise here from when Laurie sends the 2 kids to call the police onwards.

          MM should have been caught as he was watching Loomis talk to the cop, there were a load of children walking down the alley and in the amount of time he was watching Loomis they would have reached where he was standing. I've debunked the film in the opening 10 minutes.

          The 2nd pretty HUGE goof is the guy they've got playing "The Shape" AKA MM, he is no-where near as big as the guy in the previous movie, he's too short and way too slim built to be Myers.

          If he's going to be lifting anyone up and throwing them around like the original it won't be believable at all. The story of the murders and the killers escape makes the TV & Radio news FAR TOO QUICKLY! This type of story back then would have taken days to be released, for fear of causing a local panic. The fake scare with the cat was very predictable (outside the hospital). It is amazing that none of the mob outside the Myers house tried to burn the place down (you'd think at least 1 person would try!).

          Now we only find out Laurie & Micheal are related in Laurie's dream sequence so that could have been a whole red herring. It's also obvious that both the nurse and orderly are going to die as they've had sex. Would anyone like to explain how Laurie went from unconscious and catatonic to escaping down a corridor in mere minutes? And MM would NOT be able to lift that nurse up on a tiny scalpel the way he does, the blade or handle would snap!

          Loomis put 5 rounds into Myers in the foyer (so he's now been shot 11 times), I assume the empty 9mm he points at MM before he gets stabbed was a gun he took off the Marshal in the car. Laurie manages to fire 2 shots from a revolver that only had 1 round left in it hitting MM in both eyes (a shot that even a marksman would struggle to make at close range in the dark and she was firing with a bad shoulder!).

          Our final look at Myers sees him face down on fire (having somehow survived a gas explosion but he was already blind anyway) and almost certainly dead and Laurie Strode being taken to an unknown destination.

          Weak ending and awful sequel, especially the idea of Laurie being MM's sister which isn't overly popular with fans.

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          28.05.2008 18:30
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          This is a cool horror film that makes you feel uneasy

          Horror movies in general are scary and gorey and although i'm not the Genres biggest fan, I often find myself watching them when there is nothing else on. The last one I seen was Halloween 2, I hadn't seen this in years and didn't say no.

          This was set prety much exactly where the original left off, after Myers had his way with Jamie Lee Curtis, she was taken to hospital to get treated for all her horrendous injuries. However the twist obviously is that Myers isn't really dead and comes after her at the hospital to finish her off. Of course he tears through and murders everyone in his way too.

          Halloween took a slightly different take on horror for me as instead of going for the jump out and scare you stuff, they stuck to the creepy eerie feeling of danger which you never get the big fright but just feel constantly in fear that something might jump out at you.

          The acting in the movie is really good and it's well directed too so if you are into horror movies or you're just a fan of Jamie Lee Curtis then Halloween 2 is definitley worth a look. It's possible to get this real cheap online or in Fopp or that. Thumbs up before severed!

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            14.10.2007 19:51
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            Its Halloween 1978... Michael Myers comes home for his sister

            When the runaway success of Halloween shocked everybody, including the distributors, in 1978, it seemed apt that they should attempt to rekindle that in some way with a sequel. On the plus side, the first film ended in such a way that a sequel wasn't hard to justify. However, on the downside, there was very little place to go, considering most of the characters from the first film were slaughtered and the film was virtually plotless anyway. So it was left in the deft hands of original creator John Carpenter to come up with a hook to hang the film upon.

            Opening where the first film ended, Laurie Strode is being transferred to Haddonfield Memorial Hospital. Sedated and virtually out of it, it isn't long before Michael is hot on her trail. This time though, he has upped the carnage and set about slaughtering everybody who gets in his way without much of a reason or explanation. That it takes Dr Loomis so long to actually track Michael down, when its fairly obvious he is heading after Laurie, is just one plot point that grates from early on. That Laurie is also a complete wimpering mess is once again testimony to a great character being watered down when the writers dont actually have anything for them to do. However, Laurie comes through in a tense final battle that should put Michael out of action forever. The additional plot point of Laurie being Michael's sister adds a certain merit to the slaughter, but doesn't really feel that organic.

            Carpenter does his best with a workmanlike script, and a plethera of disposable characters who ham it up to make the most of their 10 minute appearances. There is virtually no character development, and the characters who were carried over from the original lose any appeal they once had. However, in its favour, Halloween 2 delivers a nice line in horror, whilst uping the gore and tension. Carpenters original eerie soundtrack gets a bit of a twiddle on the remix knobs, sounding more electro this time round, but not losing much of the atmosphere it creates onscreen.

            As for the cast, it really isn't any of their faults that they have little to do. Donald Pleasance is on reliable form, and is really the only person who gets to do anything. But his glassy-eyed turn is slightly lost in the mayhem. Jamie Lee Curtis is completely wasted, her teenage survivor now nothing more than a quivering wreck. Both actors are capable of better as proven in better sequels and of course the original. Neither is it the writer's fault. I'm sure John Carpenter didn't really know where to steer this vehicle. The one person involved who should answer the charges though is Rick Rosenthal (a man who would once again virtually kill off the Halloween franchise 20 years later). He just doesn't know where to place the action on his screen. His attempts to recreate Carpenters tension is admirable, but having Michael Myers popping out of open area's at every turn means that where he was once menacing, he is now a clown and circus act performing for the camera. He may still get a few jolts, but only just.

            This film is a somewhat effective scarefest, but it is nowhere near its potential, and any added plot points are fairly unremarkable. What is remarkable though is that this mayhem would find itself getting a further 6 sequels (2 of which Jamie Lee Curtis returned for) and a recent remake of the original, most of which to mixed results.

            The DVD is as disappointing as the film, with virtually no extra's, not even a decent commentary. It really is a lazy release without even so much as a remastering to make the film look good.

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              10.02.2006 00:25
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              Horror what esle do i need to say... Its the horror buff here lol

              The Scream Queen as I like to call her Jamie Lee Cutis is back for another scream…

              Another of John Carpenter's classics. Written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, Directed by Rick Rosenthal, Produced by Debra and John Carpenter, with executive producers Irwin Yablans and Joseph Wolf. The Production year was 1981 for Halloween 2.

              Yes the great mind of John come back for one more Halloween scare..

              Halloween 2, unlike most other horror movies continues where the film left off. Michael Myers is still on the lose, but in this Halloween we find out why his after Laurie (Jamie lee). I'm not going to say why; you'll just have to watch it to find out!!

              Again with this great story/script. I was there with my pop and chocolate shouting at the screen. (I don't shout out at the pictures though, your safe there hehe) I really enjoyed this Halloween, as i did with the first, and was a great Sequel. A film that i could never get bored watching!

              So let me tell you abit about the film. I don't want to tell you too much I don't want to spoil all the action for you. As this film is best watched.

              It's still Halloween night Laurie has been taken into the local hospital, but once again Michael Myers the unstoppable killer that he is, is still after Laurie. With Doctor Loomis still looking for Michael, hoping to get to him before he kills again. Michael knows that Laurie has been taken into hospital. So on the way he cant help but to kill a few loved up couples, guards and just a few nurse on this path of destruction. The killing in this Halloween, are wilder, bloodier and lots more gore than the firsts Halloween. With Michael's killing tools axe's, Medical syringes, and not forgetting Myers favourite bread knife. This movie is not short on action, suspense, and gore.

              As you know I never like giving to much away, so if you haven't watch Halloween 2. Its got to be dotted down on your "things to do list" !!

              So does Michael finally get what he wanted? Do we see Dr Loomis come back, to help and save the day? Does Laurie even stand a chance this time round? Watch and see…

              A pure horror classic, a must for all horror fans

              Halloween 2 sadly doesn't come with any DVD special features, though this DVD is still great value for money.

              Certificate 18, 4:3, Region 2, Pal, Running time of 115minutes, and its in colour duh!

              Standard DVD box, only 1 DVD an all black disc with Halloween 2 written in silver and Michael holding a knife above the DVD. (Looks neat really)


              Hoped you enjoyed reading xXVampirePrincessXx

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                After the box office success and the ever so open ended finale of the original a sequel to Halloween was always on the cards and three years later, in 1981, Myers returned to our screens. However this time John Carpenter would not be directing the film, instead he and Debra Hill only share writing and producing credits for the film while Rick Rosenthal (who also directed Halloween: Resurrection) takes over at the helm.

                Halloween II takes place on the same night as Halloween with Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) rushed to hospital after her ordeal from Myers. Dr Loomis (Donald Pleasence) and Sheriff Brackett (Charles Cyphers) are in a race against time to try and track down Myers before he turns Halloween night of 1978 into a total bloodbath as opposed to just a minor one. However Myers’ interest in Laurie seems unabated and it is not long before he is at the hospital to track her down and finish the job he failed to do earlier.

                With it starting straight after the original it wouldn’t be the craziest thing to watch Halloween first before you view the sequel. Although you can view it without prior knowledge to the original it is best to do so as you will know the events of what happened beforehand, some of which are mentioned in the film. As said it starts straight after the original (and also starts with a continuity goof involving the number of bullets coming from Loomis’ gun) Michael is nowhere to be seen after falling from the balcony and Laurie is rushed to a very understaffed hospital while Loomis tries to track Myers again. The film basically alternates between the two, Laurie in the hospital in a drugged up state and Loomis and the Sheriff looking for Myers. This leads up to the climatic battle between Loomis and Myers in the hospital.

                With Laurie being bedridden and dazed and confused there is little room for dialogue and the only real conversations come from a budding romance between herself and a male nurse that knows her (but this is a horror film so that wont last). The scenes with Loomis and the Sheriff build up the story slightly more and even offers an ‘explanation’ as to why Myers is out to get Laurie. For spoiler reasons I wont say why in this opinion but if you’ve read others and seen Halloween H20 you’ll know why. The revelation (hinted at in the TV version of Halloween) does take away some power from the first film as Myers was perceived to have no motive to stalk and terrorise young Laurie and that was the raw terror. Myers had no personality, no reason he belonged as a myth and as the proverbial ‘Bogeyman’ he was referred to as being. Presenting Myers with a motive means he has a ‘point’ as to why he chooses to kill people as opposed to being so evil that he would go on a senseless rampage.

                Unlike Carpenter, Rosenthal isn’t exactly subtle with his directing. The death scene’s, like Randy says in the rules of a sequel in Scream 2, are much more elaborate. While Halloween had a significantly low body count and quite low on-screen violence, Halloween II is ten times gorier. Myers doesn’t always use a knife either for killing people and he comes up with all sorts of imaginative ways of killing helpless victims, an injection through the eye and a hot tub burning are the obvious candidates. Also while Myers was very much a man of the shadows in the first film as he peers menacingly from behind a tree or a dark corner he can be seen quite clearly many times during the film and sometimes doesn’t even attempt to hide. To me these are two distinct disadvantages to the film, the later more so. The kills seem to try too hard to be different and violent and this was probably due to the upsurge of imitations, including Friday the 13th that came out around the time of release. After the subtle killings of the original to see such graphic and blatant acts of violence to the sequel is a shock. Also after the low body count of Halloween (5), Halloween II has eleven new corpses to add to the morgue. Luckily, although the deaths are more violent and there are more of them, it doesn’t take over the film. The fact that Myers can be seen throughout the bulk of the film also dissipates any tension that you may have felt when he was hiding in the shadows of the original, he seemed like the true ‘Bogeyman’ then, now with him being out in the open you still get that chill, the mask is still as terrifying as ever, but the tension decreases.

                Performances are good where it matters. The main characters such as the Sheriff, Loomis and Laurie are once again very commendable. Although Jamie Lee Curtis wasn’t exactly stretched for her role as Laurie in this film she does a good job managing to combine the helpless victim and determined fighter well. Once again Pleasence is excellent at playing Loomis and plays the role with such determinism and realism it adds to the film immensely. Little development is served to the characters, although the Sheriff is more determined to track Myers down due to the death of his daughter, however this doesn’t really matter as the development that got built up on the first film still applies. As for the other characters such as the hospital night staff et al they all pass well enough though really they just serve as bodies to get knifed, burnt etc with little real development or sterling dialogue between them.

                The musical score, so prominent in the first film to building up the tension, is also credible here. The original theme has a more gothic feel to it with an organ taking the place of the piano. While it doesn’t sound quite as good as the original piece it still remains a classic piece of music. Music is used effectively throughout the film and once again serves to create a sense of foreboding and terror. The inclusion of the Mr. Sandman song is interesting and not a song you would associate with a film like this. However it works well. Using it as a song to mimic Laurie’s situation (sleeping a lot) the once innocent sounding lyrics seem threatening in a horror film.

                Despite its shortcomings, which were bound to happen as no film can measure up to the original Halloween, Halloween II remains a very worthy sequel and probably the best out of the Halloween bunch with H20 coming soon after. A touch of Carpenter can still be seen in the dialogue with Loomis and the Sheriff but the feel of the film as a whole has changed due to the direction of Roshenthal and, while not an overly good step in another direction, it is merely a reflection of what was going on at the time of release. Halloween II is bloodier and also verges on the slightly silly but the narrative is still there (even if it does have to stoop into a ‘Luke, I am your father’ skit) and it doesn’t dissolve into another brainless slasher.

                If you liked Halloween then be sure to watch this sequel and if not then watch Halloween and then this sequel. You will have fun watching this and it still manages to be creepy enough to work as a horror film. It doesn’t come matching the original but it still has its essence and, as sequels go, this is a great one.


                HALLOWEEN II IS

                A good sequel
                Still unnerving
                Bloodier

                HALLOWEEN II IS NOT

                As subtle
                Brainless
                As good as Halloween (obviously)

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                  John Carpenter's Halloween was an unprecedented success with the world cinema audience when it was released in 1981 and has remained a classic of the horror genre ever since. Despite being produced on a tiny budget it went on to gross millions of dollars and has continued to do so ever since. Of course, in light of this success a sequel was inevitable and a few years ater along came Halloween 2. Halloween 2 was never going to be as good as the original for a few reasons. Firstly John Carpenter, who then had a modicum of talent, wasn't at the helm of it, the director's chair being filled by a certain Mr. Rick Rosenthal instead. secondly, due to its success the Halloween movie suffered the fate of every other horror movie which is in the slightest bit different - its idea was cannibalised by a million of others who substituted the originality of the first with ever increasing levels of gore and nudity. Halloween was followed by such movies as Friday the 13th, Prom Night and so on, each more shockingly violent and gory than the last - Halloween's suspenseful approach would no longer have sat well with cinema audiences...maybe. Inevitably then Halloween 2 had to follow in the vein of those which had followed it...leading to a far more mediocre movie. Thirdly of course, the impact is watered down when you have seen the same thing over and over - Halloween succeeded because it was original - the first of its kind, and arguably still the best. Halloween 2 is just another amongst the enormous crowd of imitators... As always there isn't much in the way of plot here. The movie begins as the last ended, Donald Pleasance emptying a pistol into psychopath Michael Myers on the balcony. However, investigation finds the body to be missing. Laurie Strode, Myers sister is taken to a nearby hospital to recover from the night's incidents but Michael finds her there and the murdering continues. It shouldn't have been too hard to hav
                  e carried on where Carpenter left off with Halloween, but Rosenthal simply isn't a talented enough director to be able to pull it off. Carpenter turned a quiet suburban street into a living nightmare, a place wich looked normal on the surface and yet something dark and evil lurked in the shadows. It was the kind of street that we could have all related to and the fear was that this could happen to us amongst other things. Carpenter had his killer fading into the shadows, looming out of the darkness etc. There may have been little blood and gore, or inventiveness in the killings but the strength of the movie laid not here but in the suspense and tension it managed to build. Rosenthal simply does not have the talent to do the same. He has replaced these elements with a bunch of killing without the suspense of tension which makes it scary. Some stupid plot enhancements lessen Michael's impact as well - we psychoanalyse him and give reasons for his actions but he was better when we had no clue of the who, what or why, then we knew that we could be the victim - now we know he is only really after his sister. The boogeyman suddenly becomes a guy with issues...and he was better as the boogeyman. Another thing which the original had which most slashers do not is people who can actually act. Somehow Rosental manages to take these actors and turn them into people who look like they can not. Pleasance is still superb but Jamie lee Curtis is abysmal, although she is meant to be drugged up...she certainly acts like it. The rest are pretty much just food for the knife, but there is little excuse for them being this bad. Rather than being a sequel to the superb Halloween, Halloween 2 plays like a sequel to all the other bad slasher movies which tried to emulate that movie. As such, were it not for the name "Halloween 2" this movie would have been just another grain of sand on the beach, indistinguishable from the millions of others there. It is a shame b
                  ut its still better than the third movie, but not really one to recommend.

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                    01.07.2001 08:25
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                    Of all the horror films sequels I have seen (and trust me I have seen my fair share of them), this is by far the very best one. HALLOWEEN was the independant horror film that made history. The masterpiece horror was made for an ultra low budget of 300,000 dollars and grossed more than 50 million at the box office. It spawned a relentless onslaught of inferior horror films that were despised by the critics but loved by the public. Soon these horror films it had spawned developed the 'sequel theory'. The sequel theory is when they (the scripters) find an excuse for the killer to live and dispatch a new group of hormonal teenagers. HALLOWEEN soon decided to get in the horror film sequel fad of the 80's. By 1981 Universal Pictures (which owned the HALLOWEEN franchaise) held out no more, they created HALLOWEEN II. HALLOWEEN II was bashed by the critics and film buffs alike at the time of its release; but surprisingly has gained popularity over the years. It has now got the name of a respectable sequel and the only good one at that (to the HALLOWEEN series). As for the film's plot? It picks up directly where the first films left off-with the boogey man on the prowland Jamie Lee Curtis running for her life. After her 'final' show down with Michael, she is rescued by an ambulance and taken to Haddonfield Hospital-but that will not stop madman Michael Myers. As Michael picks off Laurie's protection in the hospital one by one (ranging from a hammering to medical equipment attacks), Laurie becomes increasingly aware of his presence and flees her hospital room hoping for safety...However, every car in the parking lot has a flat tire and the phones are all dead-there is no escape for young Laurie...She must go up against fate, face to face once again... The outcome of the film will leave very little to be thought about but, nonetheless, this is a stylish, snappy, pop culture sequel. Producer John Carpenter, I a
                    m sure, got rid of all major kinx in the film and has fixed it to be enjoyed by all. Watch out for messy details on set and a sometimes boring plot. Pleasence is, again, in top form. Letter Grade: B

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                      30.05.2001 03:51

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                      This film starts exactly where Halloween 1 finished, and follows the events after Michael Myers gets shot six times by Dr Loomis. Laurie Strode is taken to the hospital, where naturally Michael goes to hunt her down. Still being pursued by Dr Loomis to try and stop this evil for good. This film has much of the same tension and shocks as the first Halloween, although in my opinion its not quite got the edge that the first one had. The music is still as chilling as in the original, although it’s slightly different its still as effective, and adds a lot of the scariness to the film. The film features a lot more gore than the first halloween did though, this sometimes is needless as a lot of shocks can just be created by sheer suspense and surprise. This is a good film, a pretty good sequel, but not quite as good as the original, I still recommend it to anyone who liked the first Halloween though.

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                      Being a fan of the Hallowen series, I snapped this one up on DVD as soon as I could. The film is a follow-on to Halloween 1, which sees Michael Myers continuing his killing spree and pursuit for Laurie Strode. Its a good film, but not as good as the original classic. The DVD itself has no extras at all which is a shame as this film deserves at least a few extras. The picture quality for a DVD is below average and looks a little grainy. Overall, I would recommend the film, but not the DVD. My advice would be to import the Region 1 version from America, or better still, wait for the special edition version which is being lined up by Universal later in the year, with added extras including deleted scenes!

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                        Laurie strode(curtis)is taken to haddonfield hospital after the events of the original only to once again be stalked by the masked maniac michael myers played this time by stuntman /actor dick warlock who also stars as a cop in this movie and an assassin in the following sequel. A much higher body count and more gruesome deaths raises this above the incresingly ridiculous follow ups but doesnt equal the first outing in the scare department.Cowritten by carpenter this much more action packed entry reveals michaels background , motivations and connection to laurie donald pleasence reprises his role as dr loomis who at least in this outing doesnt seen as insane as he would later on in the series. Special effects are provided by lawrence (mission impossible 2)cavanagh who died at the end of last year. region 2 dvd available

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                        The film starts where the first ended, Dr Loomis (Pleasance) shoots Myers off the balcony six times (seven really but they change it in this one) but he isnt there when they look over the balcony. So its off to hospital with Laurie Strode (Curtis) to check her health, see meets a young clinic worker Jimmy. The police and Loomis continue to search for Myers and then when Myers hears where Laurie is he makes his way to the hospital. Myer then continues to hack and slash his way through some of the hospital staff trying to find Laurie. When he does he gets a face off with Dr. Loomis. Carpenter wrote the script buts thats it, they bought in someone else to direct and he does his best Carpenter immpression but its not good enough in the end. While Halloween had good shocks and hardly any blood, this one tends to use gory and easy shocks to make the film. Its still a pretty good film all in all but then I think the Halloween series is a better series than both the Nightmare on Elm Street and the Fridays. Waynes World's Dana Carvey made his movie debut in Halloween II playing an assistant. He can be seen receiving instructions from a blond reporter in front of the Doyle house. In the TV version of the film Jimmy actually survives and gets in the ambulance with Laurie. The enxt Halloween went on to completely ignore Michael Myers and is a fairly good film in its own right.

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                      "You can't kill the boogeyman", explained John Carpenter in the original, and to prove it Michael Myers returns in the handsome but grisly sequel Halloween 2. Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode but spends most of her time cowering in a hospital gown, and Donald Pleasance runs around like a maniac as the panicky doctor desperate to hunt down Myers before he kills again. Carpenter writes and produces with partner Debra Hill and together they replace the mystery and uncertainty of the original with an exponentially bigger body count, some strange tales about the Druids and Pagan ceremonies, and the now-familiar family ties between Michael and Laurie. First-time director Rick Rosenthal (Bad Boys) paces the film at a brisk jog and directs it with a clean, crisp style, taking the murders out of the dark to display them in all their nasty detail. --Sean Axmaker