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Halloween II (2009)

R | | Horror | 28 August 2009 (USA)
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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.

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Rob Zombie

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Rob Zombie
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheri Moon Zombie ... Deborah Myers
Chase Wright Vanek 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
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Storyline

Michael Myers is still at large and no less dangerous than ever. After a failed reunion to reach his baby sister at their old home, Laurie Strode is immediately taken to a hospital to be treated by the wounds that had been afflicted by her brother a few hours ago. However, Michael isn't too far off and will continue his murdering 'Halloween' rampage until he gets his sister all to himself. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

They survived the terror...but they can't escape their destiny. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal bloody violence throughout, terror, disturbing graphic images, language, and some crude sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

H2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Conyers, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,349,565, 30 August 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$33,392,973

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,421,467
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the second Halloween film to reference serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, the first time being in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) during the Barry Simms radio talk show. See more »

Goofs

The hospital sequence ends with Laurie being cornered by Michael and about to be killed until she wakes up and realizes it was all a dream, one year later. So then how much of the sequence was a dream? Scenes of Michael escaping and Laurie and Annie being operated on are inter-cut together resulting in the sequence making no sense. See more »

Quotes

Annie Brackett: Look at me. What is going on? Let me just call my dad, okay? We can talk to him.
Laurie Strode: You know what? I have a message for your dad. Tell him that Angel says "fuck you"!
Annie Brackett: Who is Angel? Laurie!
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Crazy Credits

Stills of crime scene photographs of Michael's murders are shown over the credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Director's Cut runs 14 minutes longer (119 minutes). Among the changes:
  • The opening scene with Laurie walking and Loomis being placed into the ambulance is longer.
  • The hospital dream scene has an extra sequence of Laurie attempting to cross over a pile of bodies.
  • An on screen title that said "One Year Later" in the Theatrical Cut now says "Two Years Later."
  • During the breakfast scene, Laurie and Annie now argue about going to the psychiatrist.
  • More dialogue with Laurie and the psychiatrist. Laurie looks at a framed inkblot on a wall and says that it looks like a white horse.
  • Loomis' press conference is expanded. Loomis discusses Michael's Oedipal complex, as well as the idea that Michael perhaps saw Loomis as a father figure.
  • Added sequence where Laurie runs a bath and begins to freak out.
  • Laurie stopping to play with a pig on her way to work is removed. She instead goes to the psychiatrist and tells her about playing with the pig (we see a few seconds of it, now in flashback), and how it triggered a nervous breakdown of sorts. When the shrink denies her more pills, Laurie freaks out and swears.
  • The scene where Annie finds Laurie drinking a beer in her room has been expanded: They have another fight.
  • A non-masked Michael (along with Young Michael and his mother) angrily looks at a billboard that advertises Loomis' book.
  • When Laurie and Maya come home from the party, there is a short added sequence of them making tea in the kitchen prior to going upstairs. There's also an added shot of Michael apparently walking out of the house.
  • Brackett's reaction to finding Annie's body is longer, containing video flashbacks of real-life actress Danielle Harris as a child.
  • The ending is significantly different: After Loomis enters the cabin, Michael throws him through a wall, and the two of them wind up outside. Michael then removes his mask, yells "DIE!", and stabs Loomis. The cops then open fire and kill Michael. Laurie then comes out, takes Michael's knife, and approaches Loomis with it, implying that she may stab him. The cops then open fire on her and seemingly kill her. We then fade to the same hospital footage seen at the end of the theatrical cut as a cover of "Love Hurts" plays on the soundtrack.
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Strike Two....Put a Stick in It
28 August 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Halloween II (2009)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Sequel to Zombie's 2007 remake starts off shortly after the events in that film as Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton) has a hard time getting over the fact that all of her friends are dead. She doesn't have too long to sit around as brother Michael Myers is back, killing and slaughtering by the orders of the ghost of his mother (Sheri Moon Zombie) but Dr. Loomis (Malcolm McDowell) is back as well to try and make up for a damning book he wrote on the earlier events. There's no secret that I didn't care for anything in Zombie's remake and this film here proves that he needs to quit writing screenplays. I think this film, as well as his previous ones, have shown that he can handle the director's chair but as far as writing goes he's starting to become very boring as he doesn't know how to write a story, characters or dialogue. What does someone do when they get scared? Say the "F" word countless times. What does someone do when they're having fun? Say the "F" word countless times. What does someone do when they're sad? Why, of course, say the "F" word countless times. Zombie's screenplays come off like they're written by little children because he can't write dialogue that has anything more than cuss words being thrown around. It's hard to find a single line that doesn't feature some fifth-grade level cussing. Not only that but other logical problems come up like how Michael is able to be deep in the woods on scene but then back in town the next only to appear back in the woods for the next scene. How on Earth does Loomis see the end events on television and yet a second later he's right there? Not to mention a stupid flashback scene where we learn that Michael is going to be seeing his mother's ghost throughout the rest of the movie, which basically is just a stupid way for Zombie to give his wife a part. Even if you take away all the dumb logic you are then treated to countless, graphic and at time vile violence. It's clear Zombie believes that no one should be given pity because even characters we care for get slaughtered. Bad characters die brutal deaths just like the nice people. Taylor-Compton isn't too bad in her role even though it's not written too well. McDowell is one hand to cash a paycheck but Zombie's screenplay mostly has him doing talk shows including one with Weird Al. Brad Dourif comes off the best as Sheriff Brackett and Danielle Harris also gets to come back. As with the first film, this one here features cameos by various people including Caroline Williams (TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2). Now, I would probably say this movie is better than the first due to some nice sequences including one early on where Zombie has a nice scene where a nurse is about to be stabbed but before getting it, we see a close up of her face as it prepares for the blow. This was an effective scene as was one a few minutes later when Laurie is trapped inside a small shack with Myers trying to break through. Once again Zombie's vision is perfectly clear and he moves the film along just fine but with a screenplay so bad there's really no winning in the end. It's clear Zombie has a very good movie in his but it's not going to happen when the only thing he can write is dialogue for white trash, which appears to be the only thing he knows.


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