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Halloween II (1981)

R | | Horror | 30 October 1981 (USA)
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While Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt for Michael Myers, a traumatized Laurie is rushed to hospital, and the serial killer is not far behind her.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pamela Susan Shoop ...
Hunter von Leer ...
Dick Warlock ...
The Shape / Patrolman #3
Cliff Emmich ...
Nancy Stephens ...


In a continuation of the plot of Halloween, Michael Myers shows off his indestructability by resuming his murder spree despite being gunned down with six bullets in the original movie. Laurie Strode is once more his intended victim, with Dr. Sam Loomis again in hot persuit. Written by Rob Hartill

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Release Date:

30 October 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Halloween II: The Horror Continues  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)


$25,500,000 (USA)

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(MGM Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dick Warlock is the shortest Michael Myers in the entire series. In fact, he wore lifts in order to appear taller. See more »


Other than a patient that Jill responds to, no other patients are ever seen or heard throughout the large hospital, despite the fact that the maternity ward has several newborn babies. See more »


Voice on Radio: Unit calling, identify.
Marion Chambers: Marion Chambers with Dr. Loomis at the clinic - he's here!
Voice on Radio: Ah, ten-four. Unit calling, identify suspect.
Marion Chambers: Michael Myers! Just get your ass over here!
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Crazy Credits

Michael Myers (age 23) is listed in the ending credits. The film takes place in 1978 when Michael Myers is 21 years old, which is also stated by Dr. Loomis in the movie. See more »


Referenced in Slumber Party Massacre II (1987) See more »


Mr. Sandman
Courtesy of Barnaby Records
Written by Pat Ballard (uncredited)
Performed by The Chordettes
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"Too Ridiculous to be scary, too laughable to be shocking"
25 March 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you were to make a list of the worst sequels ever made, Halloween II would be right smack there up at the top of the list somewhere. Halloween had great potential for a sequel, but the writers, director, the actors, and everyone else associated with this mess sure blew it here. I don't know what they were thinking when they made this monstrosity, or maybe they weren't thinking at all is more likely.

Whereas in the original Halloween, John Carpenter built suspense with things we couldn't see, and things that go bump in the night, here we get scenes thrown in just to see how shocked we will be.

*********Possible Plot Giveaways Ahead If You Really Care*********** We pick up this movie exactly where the first one left off.

Donald Pleasance returns in his role as Michael Myers own personal psychiatrist, but plays the role as if he could have used a couple of valium himself. Jamie Lee is back of course, and is carted quickly away to the most unlikely hospital you'd ever want to be cured in. Not only is there hardly anybody working at this hospital,there aren't any patients either, other than Laurie. Imagine, your own private hospital. We do see a kid going into the hospital with a big piece of glass stuck in his mouth,because he ate something out of his Trick or Treat bag before Momma checked it out. The scene is totally pointless, put in simply for some kind of shock value, and probably spooking a lot of parents into not letting their kids go Trick or Treat come Halloween Night.

I have been in hospitals late at night, even small hospitals such as the strange one in this movie and none of them were ever as quiet as this one. There is so little to do in this place, that even the Nurse has time to go down to the whirlpool room to have a quickie with the Ambulance Driver who just happens to be her sleazy boyfriend. Of course, we know as soon as they go in there they've had it and that the whole thing is a setup for Michael Myers to perform another of his horrifying deeds. All the while we've yet to see any other patients, or see their room lights going on so I guess if you're in this place, you fend for yourself.

By the time Lance Guest, slips on a pool of blood, knocking himself out, we're in hysterics....that's laughing hysterically from how ridiculous the whole thing is. Jamie Lee Curtis is given little to do here except lie in her bed looking distraught, then crawl and limp around the hospital looking scared. Fortunately, her career would recover, if not her leg.

This movie was scribbled by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, misdirected by Rick Rosenthal so that John Carpenter wouldn't have to take the blame entirely I suppose. If anything else, this film should have permanently sunk the franchise, but like the famous bunny, it just keeps going and going and going and going......Too bad for us.

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