Excerpt: I discussed Universal’s Halloween II Blu-ray last year, so check out that review for my thoughts on the movie itself. The Scream Factory release corrects the mistakes of Universal’s disc, including the altered “Moustapha Akkad Presents” credit.
Summary: Although not quite the equal of its predecessor, 'Halloween II' still offers an entertaining follow-up for a fun, spooky night. Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasance return for more of the night HE came home, picking up a few moments after the conclusion of the first movie.
Summary: Halloween II is a better film than Zombie’s first attempt at reimaging the Michael Myers mythos but it’s still got some pretty serious problems. It improves on the first film in certain ways, but doesn’t really correct enough to save it.
Excerpt: Laurie Strode put a bullet in Michael Myers’ head and is found wandering the streets in complete shock by sheriff Brackett who gets her and the remaining survivors (including Dr. Loomis and Brackett’s daughter Annie) to the hospital.
Excerpt: HALOWEEN II has always been regarded by many fans with some suspicion. It was a troubled production - director Rick Rosenthal claimed that his original cut was an almost elegant suspense film sabotaged by studio tinkering.
Summary: Rob Zombie's 'Halloween II' is infused with some of his signature style, but that still doesn't wash away the awfulness. The movie isn't scary, is far too long, and tediously meanders all over the place.
Excerpt: The opening to Halloween II is a typical slasher movie chase. After a brief reminder of previous events, we are back in Haddonfield where Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton) is being rundown by Michael Myers. Shockingly, or maybe not, he didn’t die in the first movie per genre rules.
Conclusion: Writer/Director Rob Zombie's Halloween II is a tale of two films; on one hand the picture is horrifically dark and unsettlingly atmospheric, while on the other it boldly attempts to cobble together some supernatural backstory that's ultimately vague, a hindrance to the pacing, and an obstacle to the...