Review: ‘Halloween II’

This uninspired version amounts to lukewarm sloppy seconds in comparison to the original film that made director John Carpenter a hot property.

This uninspired version amounts to lukewarm sloppy seconds in comparison to the original film that made director John Carpenter a hot property.

There are incredibly almost never any really terrific scares in 92 minutes – just multiple shots of violence and gore that are more gruesome than anything else.

Script commences with the finale from the original where concerned doctor Donald Pleasence shoots Jamie Lee Curtis’ demented predator six times only to have him walk away and continue his killing spree. Young Curtis is rushed to the hospital for care where a whole set of young, nubile hospital staffers are primed as the next victims.

Meanwhile the zombie-like masked killer makes his way through the town, wandering in and out of houses slashing unsuspecting residents. So many people wander through the proceedings that it becomes difficult to care who is geting sliced or why.

Halloween II

Production

De Laurentiis. Dir Rick Rosenthal; Producer Debra Hill, John Carpenter; Screenplay John Carpenter, Debra Hill; Camera Dean Cundy; Editor Mark Goldblatt; Music John Carpenter, Alan Howarth Art Dir J. Michael Riva

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1981. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Jamie Lee Curtis Donald Pleasence Charles Cyphers Dick Warlock Lance Guest Jeffrey Kramer

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