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Family Is Forever See more »
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Laurie Strode struggles to come to terms with her brother Michael's deadly return to Haddonfield, Illinois; meanwhile, Michael prepares for another reunion with his sister. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Sheri Moon Zombie ... Deborah Myers

Chase Wright Vanek ... Young Michael (as Chase Vanek)

Scout Taylor-Compton ... Laurie Strode

Brad Dourif ... Sheriff Lee Brackett

Caroline Williams ... Dr. Maple

Malcolm McDowell ... Dr. Samuel Loomis

Tyler Mane ... Michael Myers

Dayton Callie ... Coroner Hooks

Richard Brake ... Gary Scott

Octavia Spencer ... Nurse Daniels

Danielle Harris ... Annie Brackett

Richard Riehle ... Buddy the Night Watchman

Margot Kidder ... Barbara Collier

Mary Birdsong ... Nancy McDonald

Brea Grant ... Mya Rockwell

Howard Hesseman ... Uncle Meat

Angela Trimbur ... Harley David

Diane Ayala Goldner ... Jane Salvador

Adam Boyer ... Bruce Cabot

Duane Whitaker ... Sherman Benny

Betsy Rue ... Jazlean Benny

Mark Boone Junior ... Floyd (as Mark Boone Jr.)
Brian Rae ... Earl of Pumpkin / Deputy #9

Michael Deak ... King Jack / Deputy #10 (as Mike Deak)
Mike Kasiske ... Lord Treat / Deputy #11

Jake McKinnon ... Bishop Trick / Deputy #12

Nicky Whelan ... Wendy Snow

Jeff Daniel Phillips ... Howard / Uncle Seymour Coffins

Daniel Roebuck ... Big Lou

Catherine Dyer ... Reporter

Sylvia Jefferies ... Misty Dawn

Silas Weir Mitchell ... Chett Johns

Robert Curtis Brown ... Kyle Van Der Klok

Bill Fagerbakke ... Deputy Webb

Greg Travis ... Deputy Neale

Chris Hardwick ... David Newman

'Weird Al' Yankovic ... Weird Al Yankovic (as Al Yankovic)

Matthew Lintz ... Mark
Graham Marema ... Janet

Jesse Dayton ... Captain Clegg
Mark Lynch ... Teenage Zombie

Matt Bush ... Wolfie

Renae Geerlings ... Deputy Gwynne

Mark Christopher Lawrence ... Deputy Fred King

Sean Whalen ... Becks

Meagen Fay ... Deputy Lyons

Chris Conner ... Sanders

Adam Fristoe ... News Producer

Eric Goins ... Cameraman
Trevor Pettiford ... Sound Guy

Justin Welborn ... Mr. Hyde

Michael Scialabba ... Paramedic
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cesar Aguirre ... Hospital Patient (uncredited)

Bob Bass ... Phantom Jam Partygoer - HumanPork (uncredited)

Jay Burleson ... Phantom Jam Partygoer (uncredited)
Brandi Coleman ... Nurse Paige (uncredited)
Carl Cunningham ... Phantom Jam Cowboy (uncredited)

Eileen Dietz ... Winnie Gilmore (uncredited)

Travis Grant ... Young Reporter (uncredited)
Elizabeth Hammon ... Phantom Jam Partygoer (uncredited)
Barry Hopkins ... Townsperson at Festival (uncredited)

Lane Hughes ... Phantom Jam Partygoer (uncredited)
Bart Hyatt ... Phantom Jam Partygoer (uncredited)

Eric Ian ... Crazy T-Shirt Guy (uncredited)
Ryan Kightlinger ... Phantom Jam Partygoer (uncredited)
Susan Kiskis ... Press (uncredited)

Patterson Lundquist ... Phantom Jam Partygoer (uncredited)

Sean Marquette ... Darren (uncredited)

Lynn McArthur ... Nurse (uncredited)
Debra Moss ... Hotal Guest (uncredited)
John Fitzgerald Page ... Bookstore Patron (uncredited)

Darrell Phillips ... Phantom Jam - Argos T. Fleam (uncredited)

Steve Raulerson ... Firefighter #1 Car fire (uncredited)

Eddie Ray ... Larry Spooky McSpookerton (uncredited)
Christopher C. Romero ... Bartender (uncredited)

Cody Rowlett ... Townsperson (uncredited)
Jakob Sanders ... Trick or Treater #1 (uncredited)
Brian Stretch ... Haddonfield Deputy (uncredited)
Scott M. Yaffee ... Patron in Bookstore (uncredited)
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Directed by
Rob Zombie 
 
Writing credits
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Rob Zombie (written by)

Produced by
Malek Akkad .... producer
Jennifer Booth .... line producer: additional photography, Los Angeles
Mike Elliott .... producer: additional photography, Los Angeles
Andy Gould .... producer
Andrew G. La Marca .... executive producer (as Andy La Marca)
Matthew Stein .... executive producer
Paul Tennis .... associate producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Joseph Zolfo .... line producer: additional photography, Connecticut
Rob Zombie .... producer
 
Original Music by
Tyler Bates 
 
Cinematography by
Brandon Trost 
 
Film Editing by
Glenn Garland 
Joel T. Pashby  (as Joel Pashby)
 
Casting by
Monika Mikkelsen 
 
Production Design by
Garreth Stover 
 
Art Direction by
T.K. Kirkpatrick 
 
Set Decoration by
Lori Mazuer 
 
Costume Design by
Mary E. McLeod  (as Mary McLeod)
 
Makeup Department
Gino Crognale .... effects makeup assistant: additional photography, Connecticut
Gabe Doelger .... special makeup effects artist assistant
Sunday Englis .... makeup assistant: additional photography, Connecticut
Luis García .... key makeup artist (as Luis Garcia)
Lucas Godfrey .... special makeup effects artist
Connie Grayson Criswell .... hair technician (as Connie Grayson)
Bill Johnson .... makeup effects assistant
Louis Kiss .... special makeup effects artist
Natasha Ladek .... wig maker
Don Lanning .... key sculptor
Adrienne Lynn .... makeup artist
Bart Mixon .... makeup effects technician
Michael Moore .... hair department head
Michael Moore .... key hair stylist: additional photography, Connecticut
Douglas Noe .... makeup department head
Arturo Rojas .... key hair stylist
Peggy Schierholz .... hair assistant: additional photography, Connecticut (as Peg Sheirholz)
Matthew Silva .... special makeup effects assistant
Nikoletta Skarlatos .... department head makeup: additional photography, Connecticut (as Nikoletta Scarlatos)
Wayne Toth .... special effects makeup designer
Wayne Toth .... special makeup effects department head
Allen Weisinger .... makeup assistant: additional photography, Connecticut (as Alan Weisinger)
Roy Wooley .... assistant makeup artist
Josh Russell .... prosthetic makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Andrew G. La Marca .... unit production manager (as Andy La Marca)
Leslie Rodier .... post-production supervisor
Matthew Stein .... executive in charge of production
Ed Tapia .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Crotty .... second second assistant director
Alexander H. Gayner .... first assistant director (as Alex Gayner)
Emily McGovern .... second assistant director
Hal Olofsson .... first assistant director: additional photography, Los Angeles
Glen Trotiner .... first assistant director: additional photography, Connecticut
 
Art Department
Christopher Amerson .... painter
Aaron Barnes .... swing gang
Bil Barnes .... set dresser (as Bil 'Horndogger' Barnes)
Kip Bartlett .... assistant property master
Arma Benoit .... art department coordinator
Heather Bowers .... on-set dresser
Kenneth Brown .... construction buyer
John Brunot .... property master
Daniel Coe .... construction coordinator
Todd Hatfield .... scenic gang boss
Daphne Hayes .... buyer
Sammy Ray Hill .... greens foreman
Justin C. Hosp .... set dresser
Chris Hunter .... storyboard artist
Dean F. Janik .... signwriter (as Dean Janek)
Patrick S. Johnson .... set dresser
Steven Kerlagon .... scenic charge
Megan King .... art department assistant
Andree Lago .... scenic foreman
Johnny Lawson .... carpenter
Robert Lucas .... leadman
Robbie Martin .... painter
Ian McMains .... assistant property master
Ash Minnick .... set dresser
Blake Myers .... set dresser
Frank Ponce .... art department production assistant
Taraja Ramsess .... set dresser
Mike Samuels .... greens
John Eric Seay .... general foreman (as John Seay)
Chad Simpson .... scenic foreman
Keith D. Smith .... scenic
Marcus Turchi .... propmaker/gangboss
Jason Wilson .... construction foreman
Nichole Wleklinski .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
James Bailey .... foley artist
Wade Barnett .... adr recordist
Kyle Billingsley .... foley mixer
Barney Cabral .... supervising sound editor
Patrick Cyccone Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Vincent Farrell .... utility sound
John Guentner .... foley mixer
Travis MacKay .... adr mixer
Bill Meadows .... sound recordist
Cynthia Merrill .... foley artist
Trevor Metz .... sound editor
Nick Neutra .... foley supervisor
Thomas O'Neil Younkman .... sound editor
Aynee Osborn .... sound editor
Perry Robertson .... supervising sound editor
Buck Robinson .... production sound mixer
Scott Sanders .... supervising sound designer
Scott Sanders .... supervising sound editor
Mike Sansom .... utility sound
Jack Snyder .... stage engineer
Peter Staubli .... sound designer
Peter Staubli .... sound effects editor
Jay Ticer .... boom operator
Kevin Zimmerman .... first assistant sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Chris Cline .... special effects: additional photography, Los Angeles
Joe Giles .... special effects makeup lab tech
Brian Goehring .... special makeup effects crew: Wayne Toth FX
Jared Guenther .... lab technician
Drew Jiritano .... special effects coordinator: additional photography, Connecticut
Louis Kiss .... special effects makeup
Andrew Mortelliti .... special effects foreman
Brian Rae .... special makeup effects technician
Patrick Tantalo .... special effects technician
Wayne Toth .... special effects makeup designer
Ron Trost .... special effects coordinator
Robert Vazquez .... special effects supervisor
Chris Zega .... lab technician
 
Visual Effects by
Jamie Baxter .... visual effects
Ryan Beadle .... data managment supervisor
Samuel M. Dabbs .... digital compositor
Samuel M. Dabbs .... lead title designer
Mark Dornfeld .... visual effects supervisor
Manny Dubon .... iq artist
Shaina Holmes .... digital artist supervisor
Lindsay M. Hoppe .... digital compositor (as Lindsay Anderson)
Paulina Kuszta .... visual effects coordinator
James Rees .... compositor
 
Stunts
Danny Aiello III .... stunt coordinator: additional photography
Chris Barnes .... stunt player
Kevin Beard .... stunt player
Gregg Brazzel .... stunt player
Alex Brown .... stunt player
Robert Brubaker .... stunt player
Vince Cupone .... stunt coordinator: additional photography
Ashley Cusato .... stunts
Scott Dale .... stunt player
Scott Helgert .... stunt performer
Rawn Hutchinson .... stunt coordinator
Cal Johnson .... stunt player
Oliver Keller .... stunt player
Samantha MacIvor .... stunt player
Dina L. Margolin .... stunt player (as Dina Margolin)
Chris Nielsen .... stunt double: Loomis
Haley Nott .... stunt player
Nicole Randall .... stunt player
Benjamin Rowe .... stunt player (as Ben Rowe)
Ross Morgan Ruben .... stunt player
Brandon Sebek .... stunt double: Bracket
Michelle Sebek .... stunt double: Laurie
Jay Spadaro .... stunt double: Loomis
Tim Sylvia .... stunt double: Michael
Tim Sylvia .... stunt player
Russell Towery .... stunt player
Mark Varner .... stunt player
Caroline Vexler .... stunt double: Laurie
T.J. White .... stunt player
Nicole Randall .... stunt double: Brea Grant (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Birdsong .... best boy grip
Marsha Blackburn .... still photographer
Doug Brantner .... lighting technician
Bob Calandro .... grip
Bethany Carroll .... grip
David Daniel .... camera operator
Joe Abraham Dean .... lighting console programmer
Justin Duval .... gaffer
Amy Ecklund .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
David Ellis .... pre-rig electrician
James J. Ferris .... electrician
David Giesbrecht .... still photographer: Connecticut
Philip Gleason .... video assist operator: additional photography
Brian Hart .... set lighting technician
Thirl Haston .... camera car
Timothy Healy .... gaffer: Connecticut reshoots
Chris Heinrich .... first assistant camera: additional photography
Melissa Hollingsworth .... set lighting technician
Paige Jarvis .... grip
Carl M. Johnson .... lighting technician
Matthew Kistenmacher .... best boy electric
Ed Koza .... grip
Robert Lau .... first assistant: "a" camera: Connecticut (as Rob Lau)
Levi Loy .... rigging key grip
BJ McDonnell .... MK-V AR operator
BJ McDonnell .... Steadicam operator
BJ McDonnell .... camera operator
James McMillan .... key grip
Phil Miller .... key grip
Greg Mitchell .... video assist operator
Denny Mooradian .... rigging gaffer
Ray Myers .... lighting technician
Craig R. Owens .... grip
Michael Sandow .... second assistant camera
Elliott Schackne .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Alex Scott .... second assistant camera: additional photography
Greg Still .... lighting technician
Troy Toebben .... rigging electrician
Kenneth Wales .... lighting technician
David J. White II .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Greg Wimer .... first assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Joe Cappelletti .... adr voice casting
Tara Feldstein .... casting assistant
Craig Fincannon .... additional casting
Lisa Mae Fincannon .... additional casting
Patrick Ingram .... extras casting
John Fitzgerald Page .... extras casting assistant
Aron Siegel .... extras casting assistant
Gene Vassilaros .... casting associate
Nathan Wright .... extras casting assistant
Ali Merhi .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Meredith Coats .... costume production assistant
Casey Delong .... costumer (as Casey De Long)
Meta Issa .... costumer
Nisa Kellner .... costumer
Gertrude Moore .... seamstress
Daniel Grant North .... costume supervisor (as Dan North)
David Paulin .... ager/dyer
Margaret Robbs .... ager/dyer
Hans Georg Struhar .... costumer (as Hans Stuhrar)
J. Brad Watson .... costumer (as Brad Watson)
Amanda Zenil .... key costumer
 
Editorial Department
Karlo Babakhanian .... iq assist
Kristyn DiPane .... dailies project manager
Terry Haggar .... color timer
Skip Kimball .... digital intermediate colorist
Bryan Park .... digital intermediate film editorial
Richie Roefaro .... editorial assistant: Technicolor
Stuart Sperling .... first assistant editor: avid
Amber Taylor .... digital intermediate producer
Luke Dylan Taylor .... post-production assistant (as Luke Taylor)
Adrian Kays .... trailer editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Brian Cachia .... musician
John Carpenter .... composer: theme music
Darrell Hall .... music editor
Sarah Martin .... music coordinator
Justin Meldal-Johnsen .... musician: electric bass effects
Tom Rowland .... music supervisor
Robin Urdang .... music clearances
Nan Vernon .... musician: vocal colorist
Rob Zombie .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Lord Ajmer .... driver
Cesar Angobaldo .... transportation coordinator
Joseph Aroesti .... driver
Ralph Astarita .... driver (as Ralph J. Astarita)
David Bostic .... driver
Gail Bristow .... driver
Steven Wayne Brown .... driver (as Steven Brown)
Jerry Clark .... driver
Kerry Cochran .... driver
Tina Del Castillo .... driver
Jack E. Griffith .... driver (as Jack Griffith)
Barbara Hopkins .... driver
David Little .... transportation captain
James A. Lundin .... base camp generator (as Jim Lundin)
Tara N. Talley-Brown .... transportation assistant (as Tara Miller)
Thomas Van Schaick .... driver
Vanschaick Thomas .... transportation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Charlotte Acker .... production assistant
Samuel Adler .... office production assistant
Atanas Bakalov .... office production assistant
Cassandra Barbour .... clearance
Dawn Barkan .... animal supervisor: Connecticut additional photography
Paul Bednarz .... stand-in
Eric R. Bellamy .... payroll accountant
Stephen Bise .... stand-in: Malcolm McDowell
Justin Bones .... additional set production assistant
Melanie Booth .... stand-in
Bambi Brook .... animal trainer: Connecticut additional photography
Alexander T. Carey .... assistant production coordinator
Sasha Charlemagne .... production coordinator: additional photography
John Charles .... software manager: Sony DAC
Caryn Cheever .... first assistant accountant: additional photography
Ryle Eddings .... production assistant
Vincent Farrell .... production assistant
Tal Fiala .... account executive
John Findley .... location scout
Patrick Fogarty .... production assistant
Chasity Frye .... stand-in
Laurie Garner .... stand-in: Sheri Moon Zombie
Nicholas Giancola .... additional production assistant
Nicholas Giancola .... production assistant
Dave Ginsberg .... assistant location manager: additonal photography
Brian Gonsalves .... production assistant
Adam Hamilton .... stand-in
Wayne Han .... production assistant: re-shoots
Ashley Harvin .... stand-in: Sheri Moon Zombie (as Ashley Ivey)
Scott Helgert .... stand-in
Mariah Breitel Hembree .... post script services (as Mariah Breitel)
Vanessa Hickey .... production assistant
Nicholas Hiles .... production assistant
Elliot Holmes .... production assistant
Greg Holstein .... production supervisor: additional photography
Jeff Hynick .... executive in charge of business and legal affairs
Kent Igleheart .... stand-in: Brad Dourif
Rodney L. James .... stand-in: Tyler Mane
Samuel Jerome Johnson .... assistant location manager
Melody S. Jones .... craft service
Zach Kane .... key craft service
Bahaa Khaddaj .... production assistant
Paula Kramer .... production coordinator
Nichola Lafferty .... production secretary
Kimberly Lambert .... stand-in: Scout Taylor-Compton
Robert Lane .... production accountant
Adam Levy .... set medic
Anthony Lote .... set production assistant: re-shoots
Peter Lowe .... caterer
Kathleen Maatubang .... assistant: Mr. Akkad
Sarah Martin .... assistant: Mr. Gould
Jeff Maynard .... executive in charge of post production
Max McDonough .... assistant: Mr. Zombie
Mike McGuirk .... film runner
Mike McGuirk .... production assistant
Adam Miller .... production assistant
Lauren Minichino .... location scout: additional photography
Sammy Montana .... production executive
Michael Neale .... location manager
Sommer Oliver .... travel coordinator
Sabina Padilla .... assistant: Mr. La Marca
David Paris .... helicopter pilot
Jeremy Platt .... production executive
Sonia Randazzo .... assistant accountant
Anna Rane .... script supervisor
Paul Rathburn .... chef
Marijke Richman .... key set production assistant: additional photography
Bob Riley .... production assistant
Brandon Ripley .... production assistant
Trevor Schliefer .... production assistant
Christopher Scott .... additional set production assistant
Laura Sevier .... clearance
Gene Michael Smith .... additional production assistant
Greg Staley .... key production assistant: reshoots
Rozanne Stark .... set tutor
Hayden Stevens .... photo double/stand in: Chase Wright Vanek
Kai Thorup .... second assistant location manager
Wayne Toth .... puppeteer
Carol Tresan .... animal wrangler
Greg Tresan .... animal wrangler
Jeff Warden .... production assistant
Jacob Wasserman .... production assistant: reshoots
Sharon Watt .... script supervisor: additional photography
Steven Weisberg .... location manager: additional photography
Richard W. Welch .... set production assistant
John Weselcouch .... production assistant
Seth Zimmerman .... key assistant location manager
John Beteag .... puppeteer (uncredited)
Chrissy Chambers .... stand-in (uncredited)
Rachel Ferretti .... post production intern (uncredited)
Marie James .... catering assistant (uncredited)
Greg Savage .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Ethan Russell .... the producers wish to thank
Daryl Sabara .... special thanks
Don Terbush .... the producers wish to thank
 

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Also Known As:
"H2: Halloween II" - USA (promotional title)
"Rob Zombie's Halloween II" - USA (complete title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong brutal bloody violence throughout, terror, disturbing graphic images, language, and some crude sexual content and nudity
Runtime:
105 min | 119 min (unrated director's cut)
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Brazil:18 | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) | France:12 (with warning) | Germany:Not Rated (SPIO/JK) (cut) | Germany:18 (heavily cut) | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) (2010) | Japan:R18+ | Malaysia:(Banned) (re-rating) | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Philippines:R-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #45526)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jeff Daniel Phillips plays two completely different roles in the movie: Howard Boggs and Uncle Seymour Coffins. He is only the third actor to ever play two different roles in the same film in the either Halloween series (the others being Nancy Kyes) and Danielle Harris). Dick Warlock actually plays three different characters, "The Shape" (Michael Myers) and Patrolman #3 (the one that hits the Michael lookalike with his patrol car) in Halloween II (1981) and "Assasin" in Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Michael kills Mya, her glasses are still on her face. When Laurie is running down the stairs she sees Mya and her glasses are hanging off of her face.See more »
Quotes:
Coroner Hooks:Six guys to lift one stiff. That's one for the books.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Kojak" (1973)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Things We Do For LoveSee more »

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169 out of 253 people found the following review useful.
Attack of the Killer Dream-Sequences, 30 August 2009
Author: Helltopay27 from United States

Rob Zombie should have named his latest film "Kill-****ing-Everything," as it would have given audiences a better idea as to what to expect when paying for a ticket. It also would've been a signal not to expect any shred of respectability that Zombie was able to retain in his first film. Unlike the first film, which was at least intriguing if not good, Zombie relies on every horror-cliché imaginable in order to unnecessarily pad the run time and the body count under the misguided belief that greatness is measured in terms of sheer brutality.

Zombie must have decided that audiences needed an even greater reason to hate the main character after he turned her into a typically annoying teenage tramp in the first installment. As a result, Laurie has become a crust-punk vegetarian, no doubt altered by the events that transpired a year earlier. She has continuously suffered from nightmares and delusions since that fateful Halloween, and the audience is reminded of this every five minutes by dream sequences that litter the first half of the film. Meanwhile, Michael Myers has indeed survived the first film and is on a three day trek back to Haddonfield, killing any form of life that he encounters along the way. His arrival is precipitated by numerous red herrings in the form of dream sequences, and this back-and-forth pattern is continued throughout the film until he actually arrives and continues his habit of killing everything in sight.

In order to add another layer to a rather straight-forward plot, an examination of post-traumatic stress is included, as Laurie is shown coping with her life after it had been shattered the year before. This remains the greatest aspect of the film, as Laurie's battle, even with the saturation of unnecessary dream sequences, is a gateway for audience sympathy. Apparently not satisfied with this connection, Zombie also attempts an examination of Michael Myers's psyche, despite the perfect serial-killer development of the first film. This new examination centers on the dream interpretation of a white horse, which Michael constantly envisions alongside his deceased mother. In his visions, he is depicted as a child, and his mother instructs him to unite their family once again (meaning that he has to find Laurie).

In essence, Michael is instructed by his dead mother to kill, a blatant connection with the original Friday the 13th series that would have been impossible to have gone unnoticed by Zombie. These visions of Michael's are also the main contributors as to why the film is a convoluted mess. The constant appearances of the white horse motif are meant as an explanation for Michael's behavior, but they instead become a hindrance to the flow of the film. In addition, his insistence to kill everything he encounters is unexplained by his mother's desire to reunite the family, save for a brief instance in which his mother invites him to "have some fun." Of course, murdering everything in sight is the nature of the Michael Myers character, but as Zombie has focused on mental disease rather than the supernatural in his Halloween series, the new serial killer persona remains an insufficient justification.

By avoiding any supernatural aspect, Zombie also fails to sufficiently explain certain events in the film. It is never mentioned how Myers was able to survive a gunshot to the face without hospitalization, nor is it explained why it takes a year for Michael to return to Haddonfield. It is vaguely mentioned that the police misplaced the body in transport from the crime scene to the morgue (which is depicted in a scene that is dismissed as a dream of Laurie's), but this appears to have occurred in the outskirts of town. The delusions that Michael suffers are also shared by Laurie in the film's climax, which, barring any supernatural connection, simply doesn't make any sense.

Finally, in what may be the most unforgivable aspect of all, Zombie completes his transformation of Dr. Loomis from the beloved, heroic, and selfless figure of the first series to an arrogant, self-centered egotist. Loomis serves no function in Halloween II other than to inform Laurie that she is Michael's sister. Other than this development, he is meant as a spiteful center of rage that the audience is led to hate more than Myers, and as a result, his inclusion in the film is almost useless.

In between scenes of Laurie's breakdown, Michael's visions, and Loomis's asinine ego-trips, Zombie manages to saturate the remaining run time with close-ups of excessively gory wounds, unattractive bodily features, and every squishy sound imaginable. Zombie has never been subtle with his depiction of the macabre and grotesque, but in this film, it is so excessive that it becomes apparent that he isn't interested in any serious, albeit fictional, examination of mental illness. Rather, he seems more focused on making the audience ill. For seedy exploitation films of yesteryear, this is a perfect combination. In mainstream cinema, however, it has become a tired cliché that ran its course in the eighties.

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