Halloween II

Debra Hill and John Carpenter produced and wrote the screenplay, but this film is still a totally unnecessary and extremely poor sequel to the original HALLOWEEN. Although Dean Cundey's photography goes a long way toward recapturing the look of the first film, director Rick Rosenthal is no Carpenter, and the emphasis here is on graphic blood and gore rather...read more

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Debra Hill and John Carpenter produced and wrote the screenplay, but this film is still a totally unnecessary and extremely poor sequel to the original HALLOWEEN. Although Dean Cundey's photography goes a long way toward recapturing the look of the first film, director Rick Rosenthal is

no Carpenter, and the emphasis here is on graphic blood and gore rather than the skillful manipulation of the audience. Picking up minutes after the last film left off, HALLOWEEN II finds the lone survivor, Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis), being taken to a local hospital to recover from shock. The

killer, Michael Myers, eludes police and hunts her down, slaughtering a bevy of nurses and doctors before Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) catches up to him for an apocalyptic showdown. Rosenthal later claimed that Carpenter came in at the end of the shooting and personally directed some gore

sequences, though crew members say this was done to salvage the mess Rosenthal had created. Carpenter himself kept entirely mum on the subject until recently, claiming that he had always resisted the efforts of partners Hill, Moustapha Akkad, and Irwin Yablans to involve him in the sequels but

that he was always "suckered in at the last minute" (Fangoria, No. 78). Ironically, by the time he did manage to fend them off successfully for HALLOWEEN IV, that film turned out to be the best sequel of the entire series.

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