Halloween II: Collector's Edition

Halloween II: Collector's Edition

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Director: Rick Rosenthal

Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers

     
 

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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 bySee more details below

Overview

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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Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2012
UPC:
0826663135206
Original Release:
1981
Source:
Shout Factory
Region Code:
A1
Presentation:
[Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
27,327

Special Features

Audio Commentary with Director Rick Rosenthal and Actor Leo Rossi (Theatrical Version); Audio Commentary with Actor/Stunt Coordinator Dick Warlock (Theatrical Version); The Nightmare Isn't Over!: The Making of Halloween II - Featuring Interviews with Director Rick Rosenthal, Actor/Stunt Coordinator Dick Warlock, Actors Lance Guest, Leo Rossi, Nancy Stephens, Executive Producer Irwin Yablans, Director Of Photography Dean Cundey, Co-Composer Alan Howarth; ; Horror's Hallowed Grounds: The Locations of Halloween ll - Host Sean Clark Revisits the original shooting locations of the film; ; Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary with Director Rick Rosenthal; Alternate Ending with Optional Audio Commentary with Director Rick Rosenthal; Theatrical Trailer; TV & Radio Spots; Still Gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jamie Lee Curtis Laurie Strode
Donald Pleasence Sam Loomis
Charles Cyphers Leigh Brackett
Jeffrey Kramer Graham
Lance Guest Jimmy
Pamela Shoop Karen
Hunter Von Leer Gary Hunt
Leo Rossi Budd
Jonathan Prince Randy
Richard Warlock The Shape/patrolman #3
Gloria E. Gifford Mrs. Alves
Tawny Moyer Jill
Ana Alicia Janet
Ford Rainey Dr. Mixter
Cliff Emmich Mr. Garrett
Nancy Stephens Marion
John Zenda Marshall
Alan Haufrect Announcer
Lucille Benson Mrs. Elrod
Howard Culver Man in pajamas
Dana Carvey Assistant
Billy Warlock Craig
Leigh French Gary's mother
Ty Mitchell Young Gary
Nancy Loomis Annie
Pamela McMyler Laurie's mother
Dennis Holahan Laurie's father
Ken Smolka Patrolman #1
Roger Hampton Patrolman #2
Robin Coleman Medic
Jack Verbois Bennett Tramer
Tony Moran Michael Myers (age 23)
Kyle Richards Lindsey
Brian Andrews Tommy
Adam Gunn Young Michael Myers

Technical Credits
Rick Rosenthal Director
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
Dean Cundey Cinematographer
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Mark Goldblatt Editor
Warren Hamilton Sound Editor
Debra Hill Producer,Screenwriter
Alan Howarth Score Composer
J. Michael Riva Production Designer
Skip Schoolnik Editor
Raymond Stella Camera Operator
Jesse Wayne Stunts
Joseph Wolf Executive Producer
Irwin Yablans Executive Producer

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