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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 ...
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The Shape / Patrolman #3
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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 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?


Lance Guest (Jimmy), who was relatively unknown when he made this movie, went on to star with Dan O'Herlihy who plays Cochran in Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) in the movie The Last Starfighter (1984) in 1984. Which was directed by Nick Castle who played the Shape in Halloween. See more »


Multiple times throughout the movie, Dr. Loomis says that he fired 6 shots at Michael Myers. However, 7 shots are clearly heard at the beginning of the movie when he shoots Michael. 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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Mr. Sandman
Courtesy of Barnaby Records
Written by Pat Ballard (uncredited)
Performed by The Chordettes
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Gory follow-up full of flaws
27 June 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

From the director of The Witches of Eastwick (1992), The Birds II: Land's End (1994) & the underrated Halloween Resurrection (2002).

Halloween II continues exactly where the original left off. Dr Loomis (Donald Pleasence) has shot Michael Myres 6 times & Laurie Strode (Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis) is going to hospital. But, Michael has left the spot where he landed after the shooting & is loose on the streets of Haddonfield-again. While Myres is on his way to the hospital to get to Jamie, Loomis & friends are failing to capture the shape.

Nothing much or original going on in the plot. Just a continuation of the first.

Still, the movie is really tense-especially how the film is set up. There are really suspenseful chase scenes unlike the original Halloween (1978) which was a really good horror film but just isn't scary or suspenseful. Just well-made.

Halloween II however, manages to do what the first part couldn't. It is full of suspense. But unlike number 1, there is no time for character development so none of the characters are likable enough to root for. The once likable Laurie Strode is now a weak Jason Voorhees victim who just won't talk. Speaking of Jason aka villain in Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981), Halloween II (1981) is better in many ways but there is no time to get into that.

This flick is clichéd & predictable as hell.(:) a combo which ruins any horror movie. Also this pic gives Michael Myres backstory which ruined the mystery & horror of the character. It also ruined Laurie Strodes character & the development of the plot in the first movie. I mean the rampage in the original was obviously random.

But what this film does have is descent acting, a good score & good direction by first time director Rick Rosenthal. The Halloween song is fractured kind of but i like the original better. Another thing is that this movie introduced the Mr.Sandman song into the series. That song goes with the film very well despite the fact that one doesn't relate to the other. But those things don't save me giving this movie 2 out of 5 stars.

At least we get some effective death scenes & some good gore. Unlike the first, Halloween II has a gallons of gore. The gore in the original is underrated. The gore in this one is overrated. Memorable death scene involves a bath tub.

Bad slasher sequel which is awful compared the classic original.

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