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This movie fails in many ways. It has "let's make a sequel but forget the plot" all over it. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Michael Meyer's much sought after victim. In a way, she is the film's main drawcard. Check out the wig she wears in this film (apparently her hair was too short compared to the first film, but needed to be rectified because the sequel took place the same night). Ok, can live with that, but how many people go to an empty hospital? Well in this movie, it seems like Jamie Lee Curtis is the only patient there. Halloween 2 does have some scary moments, but it also has a few continuity problems. For example, there is a scene where a nurse is heading to the hospital to work nightshift after being out with a friend, but has to take the friend home first. When they leave the parking spot, Michael is in the carpark and can then be seen walking up the street. But when the nurse arrives at the hospital after dropping her friend off, Michael is in the back seat! Impossible ! The film's score is a remixed version of the original Halloween theme and it spoils it in a way. The original score was indeed better. John Carpenter did not direct this film, he produced it (he directed the first film). It is rumoured that he saw problems with this film early on, but was unable to fix it in his capacity. Halloween 2 is only worth owning if you wish to complete the series. DVD SUMMARY: Ok, there are various versions of the DVD floating around. The one I have is pretty bad. It is taken from a dirty film print, and you even get the reel change marks thrown in. The print is non-anamorphic and lacks any sharpness. The audio mix is mono surround. The extras include production notes and a trailer. A Special Edition of this movie may occur one day, but essentially it's a bad film - so unlikely to get it.
The picture quality on Universal's re-release of Halloween 2 is excellent. Like the Goodtimes release, H2 is presented in its original aspect ratio of 2:35.1, and it looks great. What I like about H2 is it takes place directly after the events of H1---Michael Myers, the deranged serial killer who escapes from a psychiatric hospital 15 years after he brutally murdered his sister at the age of 6, is shot off the balcony of the Strode house by his doctor, Sam Loomis. After killing three of teenage girl Laurie Strode's friends, during the earlier hours of the night, and stalking Laurie for the day & attacking her at night, Laurie is injured and shocked and taken to Haddonfield Memorial Hospital. The hunt continues for Michael, with Sam Loomis and Sheriff Brackett hot on his trail. Whereas in this film's predecessor, the authorities were oblivious to Sam's warnings, now they are in full alert, a town experiencing its first panic in years, and Brackett's daughter, having been murdered by Michael in Halloween 1, is found in this film. The main gripe about this DVD is the audio. The sound quality is horrible. Presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 (Dolby Pro Logic) the sound is very bad, compared to other DVDs. The original commentary, promised by Rick Rosenthal, and the deleted scenes were scrapped off the disc at the last minute before H2 was rereleased. Now it only has Production Notes and a Theatrical Trailer. Not worth buying, but worth a rent to see a great horror sequel.
After the surprise success of the original (and best) Halloween, a sequel was naturally churned out, and, as expected didn't hold a candle to the original. Halloween 2 picks up where the first left off, with Michael Myers still on the loose and Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) on his trail. Survivor Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) is nearly catatonic and is being taken care of at a hospital, but we soon find out that Michael is on her trail as well. John Carpenter wrote the script but opted not to direct this second installment (although it is said that he re-shot some scenes here and there) which is a big drawback of the film. Director Rick Rosenthal (who directed the latest Halloween: Resurrection) decided to go without most of the cat & mouse-esque Carpenter style suspense of the first film, opting instead to make the film much more graphic than the original. This adds nothing to the film, and the momentary lapses of logic are almost mind numbing. However, this is an important chapter in the Halloween saga, as we learn more about Michael's background including why he is so hell bent on killing Laurie. All in all, Halloween 2 certainly isn't the worst of the series, but don't go into it expecting something as great as the original.
Halloween 2 is a disappointment from the first Halloween which is a classic horror masterpiece. Sure Halloween 2 leaves off from the original and it should because its a sequel,but that is the only decent thing going for this movie. It's not scary like the original and I feel Halloween 2 is trying to hard to throw in gore since Friday The 13th was released in 1980 and Halloween 2 in 1981 ,it seems like this movie is trying to hard to compete in gore. Also I hate the fact the entire movie is basically in a hospital that is empty(well besides 5 or 6 people) and Jamie Lee Curtis has 4 or 5 lines in the movie and the rest actors besides Donald Pleasence of course can't act worth a darn. I was hoping this would be as good or maybe better than the original but I was proven to be wrong. BOTTOM LINE:NOT SCARY,BORING HOSPITAL ATMOSPHERE,DEATH SCENES ARE STUPID(A PEN THE EYE,LOL),TERRIBLE DVD IN 2.O MONO SOUNDTRACK,NO EXTRAS,OK PICTURE(HALLOWEEN 1 WAS REMASTERED IN THX PICTURE AND SOUND W/ A 5.1 MIX)I WOULD SKIP THIS AND FIND ANOTHER HORROR MOVIE INSTEAD! SHAME ON GOODTIMES VIDEO,I WISH ANCHOR BAY WOULD HAVE HANDLED THIS DVD LIKE THEY DID HALLOWEEN 1
"Halloween II" picks up right where part 1 left off. Michael Myers continues his directionless killing spree, except now it seems there may be method to his madness. (WARNING, SPOILERS AHEAD) My main complaint is how did Michael know that he had a sister, let alone know that Laurie Stroad (Jamie Lee Curtis) is said sister. This is where the story line startes to go down hill. Also Donald Pleasents' rantings are starting to get annoying now. When charactors got killed in a wierd place in part one, there was a good reason for them to be there; in part two there just there to get killed in an interesting way (ie, the whirl pool, but to it's credit, that one was the most disgusting murder). This movie really needed John Carpenter at the healm, because the potential is there for a good movie. Curtis was a trooper for going through this crap. It is ok, though. It's still pretty cool, in a chessy, nothing else on late night cable kind of way.
Halloween II left off exactly where the first one ended, and that is pretty much it. While the first one is a stunningly well crafted SCAREFEST, the sequel degenerated into a typical gorefest. Instead of carrying on the tradition set by the first one, Halloween II only succeeded in doing what countless Halloween clones have done: In lieu of skillful filmmaking to create a sense of terror, it instead relied on grossing out the audience. We have Michael Myers stalking the halls of a hopsital in which it seems that Laurie Strode is the ONLY patient. Fine. Some people like gore. But I'd much rather like a well crafted movie. And like Friday the 13th and the Nightmare on Elm Street films, Halloween started out as a good movie which eventually turned into an endless series of inferior rehashes which ultimately parodies itself. As far as I am concern, Halloween II should have been the last of the series. Okay, maybe Halloween H20 should be the last.
When Halloween came out in theaters, it became one of the highest-grossing films ever. It started a trend of so-called "slasher" films that dominated the film industry for most of the '80s. With everyone and their second cousin making a slasher for 5 cents and making back fifty million dollars, it was only a matter of time before they brought Michael Myers back. Unfortunately, Halloween II isn't very good. It begins with the end of the first movie, with Doctor Loomis shooting Michael seven times (ironically, later in the movie he runs around yelling "I shot him six times!" over and over - did this guy drop out of kindergarten or what?) and Michael escaping. In fact, one of the only highlights of the film is Loomis' one liners. "He's not a man - he's evil!" After this recounting, the film shifts seamlessly into a continuation of the night He came home. The movie is slasher by-the-numbers - a couple of teens, lots of gore, and people doing incredibly stupid things. There's no suspense anymore, and Michael isn't menacing in the least. Rumor has it that director Rick Rosenthal wanted to keep imitate the first film by keeping the murders and Michael in the dark, but John Carpenter thought that the film would be deemed too tame by the slasher audience and reshot the scenes with gore. One might get an impression from this review that I dislike slasher films. This isn't true - I like good slasher movies, such as Friday the 13th. I don't dislike Halloween II because it's a slasher movie - I dislike it because it just isn't a very good slasher movie.
I'm really surprised to see this sequel rated so highly. Although Carpenter penned the screenplay, it was very much lacking from his suspenseful direction. Suffers from not enough Jamie Lee Curtis, a different guy playing Michael Meyers wiht a different style and a mish-mash story that barely plods along. All of the killings happen without any of the buildup of suspense that made the first movie such a classic. Fans of the first will probably want to see this but it's strictly uninspired B-movie material all the way around. I think Esacape from L.A. was a more worthy sequel, and that's not sayin' much...