Premiered October 30, 1981.
Doyle's Neighbor:Is this some kind of joke? I've been trick-or-treated to death tonight!
Dr. Sam Loomis:You don't know what death is!
We pick up where we left off at the end of Halloween.
Michael Myers (Dick Warlock) is trying to kill Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis). But he is shot six times by Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence), he falls out the window to his apparent death...but his body shows signs of life! Myers gets up and escapes through the alleys of Haddonfield. He overhears police talking about him and the murders he committed.
|Michael sees Mrs. Elrod (Lucille Benson) using a knife & decides to steal it.|
Laurie has been taken to Haddonfield Memorial Hospital. Her mind is somewhat eased by the presence of Jimmy (Lance Guest), one of the ambulance drivers, who recognizes her. Most of the hospital staff is lackadaisical. The ER doctor is drunk, one of the nurses is late and takes time during her shift to mess around with her ambulance driver boyfriend. One nurse, Mrs. Alves (Gloria Gifford), is on task and assures Laurie that she will be okay.
While she sleeps, Laurie dreams of a young girl asking her mother why she never tells her anything. The mother replies "I'm not your mother". We see the same girl visiting a boy who seems to be catatonic. Is this a dream? Or a flashback to a repressed memory?
|Michael Myers pursues Laurie at the hospital.|
|An unfortunate security guard gets "hammered" by Myers.|
Then Loomis notices the word "Samhain" written on the blackboard. Loomis explains that it means "Lord Of The Dead" and is related to the Celtic origins of Halloween.
Laurie wakes up, somewhat disoriented and still in pain. She watches Myers kill a nurse. Michael chases her throughout the hospital, nearly stabbing her in an elevator. Laurie takes refuge by hiding in a car.
|A nurse gets a scalpel in the back, as Laurie watches.|
|Laurie looks back at Michael as he moves in for the kill.|
J.A. Morris says:
I realize my review last year didn't paint a wonderful opinion of the first Halloween film. But Halloween II makes it look much better by comparison. I was disappointed the first time I saw this 30+ years ago (when I was at the height of my slasher movie mania) and it hasn't improved with age. So some of this review represents decades of pent-up rage (sorry, it's not like I had a blog when I saw this in 1982!).
|Mrs. Alves assures Laurie she'll be okay (dig the Halloween decorations in the background!)|
|A Michael Myers lookalike causes a collision|
When the opening credits roll, we get a new recording of John Carpenter's fantastic Halloween theme music. But it's an inferior version, to my ears it sounds like it was played on one of those 1980s Casio keyboards. This robs a great piece of music of its power.
Halloween took place in a "typical 1970s suburban neighborhood". This time most of the action takes place in a hospital. Not nearly as interesting. Michael Myers is a lot more menacing while stalking Laurie & friends in their own back yard. This setting seems to have been changed so that Myers can use medical instruments to kill people. This means that Halloween II has more in common with other 80s slasher movies, than with its predecessor.
|Loomis takes a shot at Michael Myers.|
When they see the word "Samhain" written on the blackboard, Loomis pronounces it "Sam Hayne". Really? Would it have been too much for Carpenter to call some friends at USC and consult with the Classical Studies department? Or he could've just looked it up in an encyclopedia (they had those in the early 80s). I'm not sure why Samhain was brought up in the movie. Are we supposed to believe that Myers is Samhain, or think he's some sort of Celtic god? The subject is not elaborated upon.
|Laurie hides out in a car.|
|Michael walks through a locked glass door.|
|Myers gets shot in the eyes, keeps coming after Loomis & Laurie.|
|Michael emerges from a fiery explosion.|
J.A. Morris' rating:
Our first ever Rotten Pumpkin.