The Best Horror Movie I have Ever Seen. (by legendaryunderdog)
I would give this movie a 20 out of 10 if I could but it wouldn't make sense . My point by typing that is that this movie exceeds sequel expectations and thensome. The original Halloween scared millions into submission back in 1978, three years later in 1981 director Rick Rosenthal teamed up with John Carpenter and Debra Hill Director/Writer of the original to write a script for the next movie 'Halloween 2'. What impressed me was Rosenthals attention to detail, meaning he re-captured the entire ending of the first movie and played it back again into his new movie and somehow <more>
tied the end of the first movie and the beginning of his movie together and went from there, absolute genius is what I call that. What follows is an hour and a half of suspense, chills, trauma, gore, you name it, it's in here. Donald Pleasance joins the team to reprise his role of Dr. Sam Loomis, Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode, Charles Cyphers a Carpenter movie regular reprises his role as Sheriff Lee Brackett, Nancy Loomis makes a short cameo as Lee Brackett's daughter Annie whom Michael got in the first film . This installment is just plain awesome to me, the old characters are back, the theme music is updated but is still just as creepy with now a synthesizer effect added to it. The ending could be considered questionable but I guess that depends if you've seen the TV version or the regular movie version. I'll let you make your own assessment as to how you feel the ending or entire movie was handled in general. A cinematic masterpiece, bossa nova. one million out of ten stars.
A very good sequel, or a continuation if you prefer (by brenleyman)
I think this is the best sequel and has a lot of merit. We are of course introduced to many secrets, such as why Michael Myers is so interested in killing Laurie Strode. It picks up right where the other one left off, with Loomis chasing after Myers, and Laurie being taken to the hospital. Michael finds her soon after, and stalks her through the hospital. My favorite part was when Michael was walking through the parking lot, and the trademark music is playing. The end was fabulous, with Loomis blowing up the anesthetic room, and severely wounding Michael. This film is definitely worth seeing, <more>
and I recommend it to anyone who wants a good scare.
Though the original "Halloween" is often said to be the best and most influential horror film ever made, "Halloween II" is just as influential in it's own right. It set the standard for what a slasher sequel would become: more blood, more gore, and a higher body count. Where as the original took a more psychological, suspensful approach, part 2 dives more into the slasher/shock territory. "Halloween 2" picks up exactly where the first one left off. Laurie Strode is taken to a hospital for her wounds. Michael Myers follows and wreaks murderous havoc on the <more>
unsuspecting crew of the hospital. I like the approach that "Halloween 2" takes. It makes it a much more enjoyable film to watch and I don't believe that it could have been done any better. It definitely set the standard for the need for slasher films to have sequels, even if they were pointless and could not live up to the original. I mean before "Halloween 2" very, very few horror films even had sequels...."The Exorcist" being the only one I can think of, and we all know how disastrous that was!! I think is very safe to say that "Halloween 2" created to "horror movie franchise" craze that has become so popular, even today. And with good reason, it is not a bad film by any means. Nothing was going to compare to the original, but the isolated hospital setting and inspired performances from all involved make this a worthy companion to the first film, and more of an inspiration to slasher films of the 80's than it is given credit for.
As sequels go, this isn't a better movie than the original, but what it is and what it does well, it does really well. I have to say right away here that I was scared in this movie. There are some truly ingenious and horrific shots in this film. There are times when you really aren't expecting what's about to transpire, and when it does, it sends chills through you.I first saw this film in my " horror " days in the mid 80's. I was 12 years old then. So I just recently watched it again to see if it would have the same affect on me now. I sat in my basement and turned <more>
off all the lights and you know what, I was spooked. Right from the opening number of Carpenter's ominous music and the pumpkin slowly transforming into Michael's angry face, I knew right there that I was in for a night of fear. And I was.The story starts the same night as Halloween ended on. Laurie is being taken to the hospital and there is a massive manhunt to find Myers. Laurie eventually gets settled into the hospital and it becomes only a matter of time until Michael can find out where she is. He finally comes to get her and then all hell breaks loose.One of the major players in this film is the locale. The hospital is dark and quiet and rather empty. And that adds to the atmosphere of the film. It gives us lots of long hallways so we can have a few shots of Michael hunting his prey. What we also get is an array of rooms to 86 his victims in and a slew of weapons to do it with.Rick Rosenthal directed this film and I am amazed that he really didn't go on to do much because he almost copies Carpenter's style to the tee here. Brilliant in particular are two shots. One is where Michael appears out of the darkness in one room to attack his victim. The lighting is solely responsible for the affectiveness of this shot and it works so well that it still gives me the shivers when I watch it. The second is when Micael attacks one of the nurses while Laurie watched helplessly from a distance.Not only is this a good horror movie, it is a good film and if the first rates a 10/10, this is certainly of a 9. It is that good. And if you don't agree with me, watch it again---by yourself and then answer that question.
Halloween 2 seems to get mixed reactions but no one can deny that it stands alone as a great slasher film. Of course it's hard to take Halloween 2 as its "own" film compared to the greatness that is the original Halloween, but most should be able to overlook that and enjoy it for what it is. Halloween 2 uses the suspense of Halloween but adds more gore and a faster pace to the mix. I found it thoroughly entertaining, with some great death scenes and genuinely suspenseful moments Jamie-Lee escaping through the ventilation grill . The only minor points spoiling Halloween 2 are <more>
that sometimes it gets a bit far-fetched. For example, Jamie-Lee is escaping through the ventilation grill and Michael Myers takes an eternity to simply walk over and pull her back down. There were also a few moments of very bad acting. Overall though it's thoroughly entertaining and I would recommend it to all horror fans. It doesn't ruin the integrity of the original film like most sequels do.
Good but the first one is better (by randyfromscream)
Pretty much that this film is enjoyable, the deaths are creative but the story feels a bit off. The story kind of lack from the first like they could of fix it. At least it's better than that piece of crap Halloween III Season Of The Which that movie is stupid . Overall I like this film.
A good continuation (by lee_eisenberg)
Picking up exactly where the original left off, "Halloween II" has Laurie Strode Jamie Lee Curtis getting transferred to the hospital, while Dr. Sam Loomis Donald Pleasance continues looking for Michael Myers. In the process of everything, we learn some things about the characters like a little something about Laurie that would play a part in the later movies . Of course, in the process, Michael himself goes around killing people. A particularly interesting scene is how he kills a woman in the hospital. Oh, and by the way, this is Dana Carvey's film debut interestingly, he <more>
later co-starred with Mike Myers, whose name sounds like the killer here . A worthy sequel it is. Numbers 4, 5, and 6 were pathetic and #8 apparently was , #7 was really cool, while #3 wasn't even really part of the series.
On the same night in 1978, Dr. Loomis Donald Pleasence thought he killed Micheal Myers but he has escaped. Laurie Strode Jamie Lee Curtis has survived from being killed and now she's taken to the hospital. Micheal is following Laurie and He stalks the hospital employees one by one to get Laurie. But there is a dark secret between Laurie and Micheal that we will know on Halloween night.Directed by Rick Rosenthal American Dreamer, Bad Boys, Distant Thunder made a terrific sequel, which is entertaining but this sequel doesn't quite have the same suspense as the first film. But it <more>
has a different look and the setting in the hospital could be a scary place.DVD from Goodtimes Home Video has an above average non-anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1 transfer and an fine Dolby Surround 2.0 Sound. The DVD only extra is Production Notes and a Hidden Feature.DVD from Universal has an good anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1 transfer and an fine Dolby Surround 2.0 Sound. DVD extras are Theatrical Trailer and Production Notes. Although the Universal DVD was supposed to be a Special Edition with Commentaries, Documentary and Deleted Scenes but it didn't happen. Produced & Written by John Carpenter and the late Debra Hill. Panavision. ****/***** .
Great sequel. That's all I can say! Michael Myers looks even more brutal than in the original. Halloween 1978 is my favorite horror movie of all time and it's great to see how they come up with this sequel. The acting is brilliant: Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasant are some of the best actors ever. The score is again composed by John Carpenter. The thing that really made me think a lot is that Rick Rosenthal directed the best and the worst Halloween sequel: Halloween II and Halloween Resurrection. Weird. Maybe Carpenter had a lot to do in this movie.I also liked the other <more>
sequels, this is by far the best of all. Period. 10/10