Halloween II: Collector's EditionDirector: Rick Rosenthal, Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers
While John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic Halloween irrevocably changed the style of horror cinema with its simple but relentlessly tense story, it triggered more than a decade's worth of uninspired, exploitative knock-offs, and one could easily list Halloween II among these failures. As with its predecessor, this film was written and produced by Carpenter and Debra Hill, but the terse style and unbearable suspense of the first film are missing, replaced by a more simplistic stalk-and-slash scenario. Directorial duties were handed over to Rick Rosenthal, whose lack of expertise is quite evident (though he managed to hit his stride two years later with the prison actioner Bad Boys). The plot picks up exactly where the original left off: Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), shaken and injured from her battle with unkillable psycho Michael Myers, is taken to the Haddonfield Hospital for observation, while Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) continues his desperate search for his monstrous patient. An interesting plot twist has Loomis' investigations revealing Michael's true identity (some of these sequences incorporate footage of young Michael originally shot for the television version of Halloween, which contained scenes hinting at the link between Michael and Laurie). After slashing his way through the town, Myers manages to track Laurie to the hospital, where the remainder of the action takes place. Numerous night-shift employees are slaughtered in a variety of gruesome ways before Loomis catches up with his quarry, leading to an explosive -- and seemingly conclusive -- confrontation. Pleasence is compelling as usual, but Curtis, who made an auspicious debut in the original, is sadly wasted here, her character reduced to shuffling half-drugged through darkened hospital corridors and screaming helplessly. Carpenter's active involvement in the Halloween franchise continued to dwindle steadily from one sequel to the next, getting scarcely a mention by the time producers Hill, Moustapha Akkad and Irwin Yablans revived the series in 1988 for three more sequels.
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- [Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Cast & Crew
|Jamie Lee Curtis||Laurie Strode|
|Donald Pleasence||Sam Loomis|
|Charles Cyphers||Leigh Brackett|
|Hunter Von Leer||Gary Hunt|
|Richard Warlock||The Shape/patrolman #3|
|Gloria E. Gifford||Mrs. Alves|
|Ford Rainey||Dr. Mixter|
|Cliff Emmich||Mr. Garrett|
|Lucille Benson||Mrs. Elrod|
|Howard Culver||Man in pajamas|
|Leigh French||Gary's mother|
|Ty Mitchell||Young Gary|
|Pamela McMyler||Laurie's mother|
|Dennis Holahan||Laurie's father|
|Ken Smolka||Patrolman #1|
|Roger Hampton||Patrolman #2|
|Jack Verbois||Bennett Tramer|
|Tony Moran||Michael Myers (age 23)|
|Adam Gunn||Young Michael Myers|
|William S. Beasley||Asst. Director|
|Barry Bernardi||Associate Producer|
|John Carpenter||Score Composer,Producer,Screenwriter|
|Thomas D. Causey||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Peg Cummings||Set Decoration/Design|
|Dino de Laurentiis||Producer|
|Warren Hamilton||Sound Editor|
|Alan Howarth||Score Composer|
|J. Michael Riva||Production Designer|
|Raymond Stella||Camera Operator|
|Joseph Wolf||Executive Producer|
|Irwin Yablans||Executive Producer|
English Dolby Digital 2.0
Audio Commentary with Director Rick Rosenthal
Audio Commentary with Stunt Co-ordinator/Actor Dick Warlock
The Nightmare Isn''t Over
Horror''s Hallowed Grounds
Play with Commentary From Director Rick Rosenthal
Play With Commentary From Director Rick Rosenthal
Disc #2 -- Halloween II: The Television Version
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For a film that continues after the events of the immortal 1978 classic, Halloween; a triumph of laidback characterization, broody storytelling, and palpable small-town festive atmosphere; this crass, crude, blunt, sleazy, and subtly-deprived sequel feels more like a sequel in the style of 1980's Friday the 13th. 3 years changed a lot for John Carpenter, whose heart clearly wasn't into the scripting of Halloween II. Instead he would battle Hollywood for nearly 2 decades for creative control of his films, while retaining star director status thanks to a deal ensuring his name would be above the title of all of his films. Halloween II suffers from a similar too-many-cooks vibe where it wants to be both cheap and pulpy as well as elegant and arty. It fails almost entirely at the latter (it has a few stylish moments that bleed through). As the former it must be said that, in spite of its almost insultingly poor interpretation of the original film's strengths, it's pretty entertaining. Although in my case, that may just be nostalgia talking. Acting and characterization are downright abysmal but some fantastic music and camerawork make it a worthwhile viewing for historical purposes.
As Laurie recovers from her horrific ordeal at the hospital, Michael's looking for her, having survived being shot by Dr. Loomis and its revealed why Michael is after Laurie in the first place. I liked part 2. It had some really creepy and weird moments. Plot was interesting acting was good as usual by main leads from the first film. Liked the ending, to be honest it fit more as a conclusion. Anyway if you're a fan of the Halloween movies then definitely get part 2, ignore part 3 though. The theme piano tune is still creepy and fits the atmosphere well.
JUST LIKE THE FIRST HALLOWEEN FROM 1978 3 YEARS LATER THE KILLER IS BACK YEAH SCARY I KNOW SECOND HALLOWEEN REAL GOOD HORROR CLASSICE
Many didn't like this one, and I'm amazed. I liked this as much, maybe MORE that the first. I like the fact it picks up DIRECTLY where the first left on.
Halloween II is my favorite Halloween movie so far out of the whole series. Every living minute of it is all full of mystery and suspense that will scare you to death. The thrill will never end throughout the movie, and you will always be on the edge of your seat!
Halloween 2 is creepy, it made me grip the chair that I was sitting in, I saw Halloween 2 when I was 10 years old. It scared me, thrilled me, shocked me, amazed me at how scary a guy in a William Shatner mask can be especially when the killer was once a normal kid just like all the other kids. Go see Halloween 2 if you haven't you will like it I know I did.
This movie I totally didn't like as much but it was okay so I liked it a little but expected more and probably a different perspective of the story instead of just trying not to get kill while being taking care of in the local hospital. Two or three of the characters were dumb and useful and thought that they derserve to get cut off but you wonder why do they want to go quickly with the movies and not just take time on what they have so far and what they should really do to please the fans since the first already pleased many and many people. This okay to the addition but not as good as the original. I was a bit disappointed though, they could have done better if they just actually not went ahead thinking it would please anyone.
First and Foremost, is the fact that this movie is the continuation of the first with very little actual time passing between the two. I believe they were filmed one. So the tension and fear just keep building up through both parts. Having the original cast and locations is key to the continued buildup of terror. An amazing Part 2, which nowadays is hard to say about a sequel.
Okay I liked this movie although this movie was mostly set in a hospital it wasnt very scary,and people died really fast/I give it a 4.
IF ANY MOVIE MARCHED TO THE BEAT OF THE ORIGINAL, IT WOULD BE HALLOWEEN II. CONTINUITY IS THE NAME OF THE GAME HERE. HALLOWEEN BUILDS THE TENSION, WHILE HALLOWEEN II ENDS IT IN FIRE! MAKING THIS MOVIE A CLASSIC IN IT'S OWN RIGHT.
HalloweenII was shot 3 years after the original ''Halloween'', but took off from the end of the original. Just as horrific and scarry as the original, Donald Pleasence, simply put steals this movie with an incredible performance, replaying his role as Dr. Sam Loomis, who is still trying to catch up to the shape,Micael Myers. A must see for all HALLOWEEN fans, and arguably the best horror movie series ever. Buy it, you definately will not regret it!
This movie is a must have if you've enjoyed all the others in the Halloween series. I strongly urge you purchase this movie. You will laugh, scream, and beg for more. It's a great film, and if you loved the other Halloween movies, you'll love this one. Plus, it has Jamie Lee Curtis in it, so why should you miss that? Don't waste your time, buy this movie.
I remeber seeing a version on TV which was different from the VHS version. 1.) When Mr. Garrett (the security guard) knocks over some boxes in the basement, Mike Myers then enters the stairwell down to the basement (to the sound of the piano pound chord theme) and you see the camera shot going down into the basement. Then when Mr. Garrett open the door, he is strangled (instead of the hammer blow) 2.) The other scene eliminated was how the lights in the hospital go dark (in the VHS version, the hospital is lit in one scene and dark in the next?). As I recall, Jamie Lee Curtis is in her hosptial room in bed fighting against the staff who is trying to give her a sedative injection, when all of a sudden the lights go out and you see evidence of Mike Myers damaging the electrical equipment. Are any of these scenes contained in current release versions?
I think it wasn't that bad, they should have stopped at 2. I mean everyone wacthed him burn so keep it that way, now its just ridiculous. But it was cool how they kept up with the nite of not 2 years later but the very same nite. Although i find it kind of werid a hospital is empty and 5 people work there, but it kept my on the edge of my seat. One of the only goof horro sequels out there. SO PLEASE NO MORE HALLOWEEN, FREDDY OR JASON!!! ITS GETTING OLD!!!!!
All I say is this is a awesome sequel!
After watching so many times one would think you could sleep after words. Heck no I still can only watch all the Halloween episodes during the day.
The hospital setting was kind of lame. Where was the staff & other pts? I have worked nights @ a hospital & this wasn't even realistic!
This fun and hip sequel to Halloween has twice the body count, more blood, more gruesome murders, and even adds (unintentional) humor. Rent it and make it a Halloween night.
This movie is one of the best movies that lives up to the original.
This picks up right where Halloween left off. This film is much more bloody than the first, has a much higher body cout, and actually caused a man (appearantly on drugs) in Californa to go out and murder an elderly couple after seeing the film. It takes place mostly in a hospital and even attempts to explain the meaning of Halloween night. This title is still my favorite Halloween sequel to date. The tape transfer to DVD is the clearest version of the film around, even though Universal didn't include any extras here (hence the low price). It would,ve been nice to see some of the deleted television scenes. But the movie has held up very well over time and will be around for many more Halloween's to come. It must be viewed with the first Halloween movie to get the whole picture. The story continues with an interesting connection between Michael Myers and Laurie Strode, excellently written by 'the man' John Carpenter.
Made three years after the original... Halloween picks up right after the original ended. Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence return and provide good performances. The rest of the cast performs pretty well under Rick Rosenthal's direction. Trivia note... Jimmy (Lance Guest) is Jamie Lee's brother in law in real life... Michael Myers continues his mayhem (lots of it this time around... not as focused as the original... more in line of "how many people and ways can we dispatch someone?" Well made... with Dean Cundey's terrific lensing and John Carpenter/Alan Howarth scoring adding to it. The ending (until Michael returns in Part 4) is quite good... "It's time, Michael..."
This is the best halloween yet! This one is the best because it has the most of donald pleasence shooting michael.