Halloween II (1981) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Halloween II (1981)

Halloween II (1981)

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  • Release Date:  1981
  • Genre:  Slasher
  • Director:  Rick Rosenthal
  • Screenwriter:  Debra Hill, John Carpenter
  • Cast & Crew: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers, Jeffrey Kramer, Lance Guest, Pamela Susan Shoop, Hunter von Leer, Dick Warlock, Leo Rossi, Gloria Gifford, Ford Rainey and Nancy Stephens.

Halloween II (1981) Rating:

  • Dylan = 8.5 / 10;
  • Eloise = 6 / 10;
  • Raoul = 6.5 / 10;
  • Andrew = 8 /10;
  • IMDB = 6.6/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 6.3/10.

Halloween II (1981) Synopsis:

The story continues immediately where the first Halloween left it. Laurie is brought to the hospital while Dr. Loomis keeps looking for Michael Myers. Obviously, Myers is not dead and will continue to chase Laurie.

Halloween II (1981) Review:

A sequel is always something difficult to judge because the novelty is gone and I thought it would be hard to make a Halloween sequel without being utterly repetitive. This second episode is, however, a surprisingly good one: the storyline adds some good elements to the first movie and unravels a few mysteries. The tense atmosphere, so characteristic of the Halloween saga, is intact here and some of the kills (i.e. the bathtub) are really epic.

Shaken and injured from her battle with unkillable psycho Michael Myers, Laurie Strode is taken to the Haddonfield Hospital for observation, while Dr. Sam Loomis continues his desperate search for his monstrous patient. After slashing his way through the town, Myers manages to track Laurie to the hospital. Numerous night-shift employees are slaughtered in a variety of gruesome ways as Myers closes in on his fixation.

Unfortunately, a lot of scenes are poorly realized or just a bit awkward (i.e. the elevator scene is so funny…in a bad way). With a bit more work and a larger budget, it could have a better movie, but it still a very good sequel.

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