Thursday, October 2, 2014

Movie Review: "Halloween II" (1981)

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Movie"Halloween II"
Director: Rick Rosenthal
Year: 1981
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 32 minutes

Michael Myers, who survived being shot multiple times by Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence), continues his murderous rampage through the town of Haddonfield later that same Halloween night. He is searching for Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), who escaped Myers earlier and has been transported to the local hospital. Myers is relentless in his pursuit and is strangely obsessed with killing her as they appear to have some strange connection. 

Michael Myers is the ultimate creeper. In fact, years after seeing the original film, he's still just as creepy now as he was then. It is the simple design of a tall man in coveralls with a blank white mask that gives him a lifeless, emotionless look and can drive shivers up your spine. He is never in a rush, never flustered, and though he saunters everywhere, you just can't seem to get away from him. He will follow you, he will pursue you, and he will kill you. He is an evil entity with one thing on his mind: kill, kill, kill.

If you were wondering what's the difference between "Halloween I" & "Halloween II," the answer is not very much. It has the same characters and it set in the same town. Dr. Loomis is still trying to track Myers down, and Myers, just like before, is killing almost everyone he gets alone, though he finds some new methods to do so. It's pretty cool and gruesome to watch someone get their face burned off by scalding hot water, or to see the aftermath of someone's blood being drained by an IV. The main difference is that the majority of this film takes place in a hospital instead of a house, and filmmakers delve a little deeper into Myers and Laurie's past to explain his obsession with killing her. We're not sure if that is necessarily a good thing to actually put a reason behind his killing spree. It may have been creepier to keep him an indiscriminate killing machine rather than a man with a main focus towards a single person.

Overall, the similarities between this movie and the first film get rehashed and makes this movie a bit pointless, but it was still fresh enough of a series to find new and unique ways to kill people off without being redundant. Also, with this installment, filmmakers seemed to be ready to have Michael Myers as a character be clinched and ended, his story closed and resolved. Wait until our next review to find what went wrong from here...

My Rating: 7/10
BigJ's Rating: 7/10
IMDB's Rating: 6.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 29%
Do we recommend this movie: Sure, why not?
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