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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Laurie Strode
Donald Pleasence ... Sam Loomis
Charles Cyphers ... Leigh Brackett
Jeffrey Kramer ... Graham
Lance Guest ... Jimmy
Pamela Susan Shoop ... Karen
Hunter von Leer ... Gary Hunt
Dick Warlock ... The Shape / Patrolman #3
Leo Rossi ... Budd
Gloria Gifford ... Mrs. Alves
Tawny Moyer ... Jill
Ana Alicia ... Janet
Ford Rainey ... Dr. Mixter
Cliff Emmich ... Mr. Garrett
Nancy Stephens ... Marion
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Storyline

After Doctor Samuel Loomis shoot's Michael Myer's Six Times and falls off a Balcony. Michael escapes and continues his massacre in Haddonfield, Laurie is also sent to the Hospital and Dr Loomis gathers a Group of Police Officers to hunt Down Michael and put an end to his Murderous Rampage. Written by ahmetkozan

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Halloween II: The Horror Continues See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,676,836, 1 November 1981

Gross USA:

$25,533,818

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,533,818, 30 October 1981
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (MGM Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is one of the only slasher films in 1981 to remain uncut, like others that have been heavily cut by the MPAA, such as Friday the 13th part 2 (1981) and My Bloody Valentine (1981) See more »

Goofs

Although Laurie had positioned her pillows in the hospital bed to look like a body before secretly leaving the room, they both change position (with the bedsheet) to the very bottom between the brief time Michael exits and Nurse Jill enters. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Garrett: I think somebody broke into the store room.
[the walkie talkie that Janet is holding has static, making Mr. Garrett's voice sound inaudible]
Janet: Mr. Garrett? I can't hear you.
Mr. Garrett: One of you had better drive down to the sheriff's station right away.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The gruesome shot where a nurse gets a syringe in her temple was toned down in the German version. This however didn't stop the censors from banning the film. See more »

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References Eraserhead (1977) See more »

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Still He Kills (Murder Montage)
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Written and Performed by John Carpenter
Produced by Alan Howarth
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Fails to Recapture the Spirit of the First
1 November 2017 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

The first Halloween is one of the best Horror films of all time, and easily the best film centered around the holiday of Halloween. Halloween II, taking place on the same night, attempts to essentially recreate the magic of the original, but without the focus or sharp execution.

Picking up directly after Michael Myers falls out of the window and to "his death", the divisive sequel is in large part the same plot as the 1978 original. Myers is on the loose, seemingly won't die, and is on a killing rampage for no good reason. Interestingly enough, there's even less method to his madness this time around, which is typically where the film fails. There was something about watching Myers go around killing sex-obsessed teenagers, and specifically Laurie Strode's friends, that made the first film so intense and more personal. But with Laurie spending most of the film in a hospital bed, there's a lack of emotional connection.

That's not to say Myers doesn't have his frightening moments. In fact, the new ways Myers chooses to kill his victims was pretty creative, and luckily just gruesome enough to send chills up and down your spine (but not too gruesome where you feel like turning the movie off). We still have the first person camera movement and well edited cuts to legitimize the kills and keep a sense of reality to the situation. It's in these moments that I feel the film solidifies itself even if it doesn't nearly have the impact the first did.

There is one particular third act twist/reveal that I'm sure ticked off fans of the franchise at the time, and I found it to be quite a reach as well. There's always a way to build mythology without overdoing the reasoning behind Myers' crimes and exploiting them. To me, Halloween II is a worthy horror film, but not nearly satisfying enough as a sequel to feature the main two characters from the original. Why not use Jamie Lee Curtis a little more?

6.8/10


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