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Halloween II (1981)

R | | Horror | 30 October 1981 (USA)
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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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 pursuit. Written by Rob Hartill

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The sensational follow-up to the worldwide phenomenon. More terror, even more terrifying. See more »




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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)

Opening Weekend:

$7,676,836 (USA) (1 November 1981)


$25,533,818 (USA)

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(MGM Color)

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2.35 : 1
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Final appearance of Lucille Benson in a theatrically-released film. See more »


(at around 15 mins) The flashing lights on the front of Bud and Jimmy's ambulance change places as they pull into the hospital driveway. They go from either side of the hood to the front of the bumper. See more »


Mrs. Alves: I'm trying to reach Mr. or Mrs. Morgan Strode. They've left? Could you give me another number? All right. Thank you. You should've called them right away. Now I can't find them.
Janet: I didn't know.
Mrs. Alves: Right away.
Janet: I'm sorry, Mrs. Alves.
Jimmy: I'll be with Laurie. Cover for me.
Mrs. Alves: I heard that. Two minutes. That's it.
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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 The Initiation (1984) See more »


Mr. Sandman
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Written by Pat Ballard (uncredited)
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Scary for all the wrong reasons and a film that does not hold up by todays or probably even yesteryear's standards.
6 November 2007 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

If the first Halloween film was a clever, unnerving and dare I say unpredictable film then what is Halloween II? Halloween II feels like a dumbed-down version of Carpenter's earlier effort Assault on Precinct 13 which in itself was mediocre. This time the action is set in Haddonfield's local hospital as Laurie Strode (Lee Curtis) recovers from actions that wounded her a mere few filmic hours ago. I will agree that Halloween II feels bigger and more expansive with the film making use of its setting's long, bleak corridors and different rooms inside the hospital but everything else it does is either a copy of the first film or just isn't that good.

There are times in Halloween II that make you just chuckle in disbelief; there are other times when you look away and there are other times where you just find yourself screaming at the characters on screen. Dr. Loomis (Pleasence) does exactly what he did in the first film, ie; he runs around a lot, bickers with the local authorities and seems himself a little mental at times in trying to capture Myers – he even shoots at a 17 year old kid dressed like Myers only to have him run in front of a car and get impaled on a van: what was funny here is that at the mortuary, nobody sheds a tear for the dead kid; they just resume worrying where Myers is. That is Halloween II in a nut shell: no heart, no soul.

I mentioned the hospital making a good location, well it does. However; the rest of the staff must've been away trick or treating because the people that are there are not doing much apart from maybe attempting to lure one of the opposite sex members into a hospital bed; you can guess that they meet for grizzly ends because the instant you become sexually active in a horror film, a nasty fate awaits you. Halloween II by this point, though, has detached itself from the original completely in terms of camera work and use of space within the frame. In this edition, someone dies within the first five minutes and yet it took a whole forty odd minutes in the first one; instead of using brains like the first film, Halloween II would perhaps prefer to show us brains by the time it has dissolved into a messy montage showing us all the ways you can kill a person using a melee weapon: a hammer, a scalpel and a particularly nasty one involving a syringe – what a surprise, all the weapons he uses are items you can find in a hospital.

The problem here is that Laurie remains the only character in the film that worth caring for. Loomis spends most of the time away from anything going on, like I said and even then; Laurie spends most of her time on her back in a hospital bed. Everyone else are not characters but mere puppets used in a freak show of violence, murder and nasty scolding so bad that I can't remember most of the character's names. There is a nasty irony behind the deaths: the guy in charge of the hospital probably has a say in which patient gets what amount from syringed drugs and he dies via syringe; the night watchmen-come-handyman gets it with the hammer and the sexually active nurse who states that 'she's hot' or something like that gets burnt up pretty bad.

So after we've been presented with these murders of people Myers didn't have to kill with fantasies he could've fulfilled anywhere else, we get the final third involving Laurie and Myers. Myers is a guy who lumbers around as if he's the Michelin man gone without sleep for several days and yet off screen, he can cover the vast corridors of the hospital and catch up with Laurie in an instant. Myers can run but can't hide, Laurie is the opposite: she can hide but can't run and would rather hang around the car park than run away from the establishment come the end. Halloween II is a film that will not amaze you, it will not scare you and yet it will probably entertain you. Feeling more like a video nasty than a proper sequel to a proper film, more recent audiences may want to pop in a Saw instalment, a Hostel film or perhaps Carpenter's Assault on Prescient 13 as Halloween II is 1980s torture porn mixed in with that 'last stand' atmosphere and made to look like a video nasty.

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