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. The movie’s been given a new transfer that’s slightly more pleasing than Universal’s effort.
Conclusion: 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. Rick Rosenthal made his feature-length debut with this sequel, oozing with the same thematic tone and style meant to serve as a direct extension of Carpenter seminal slasher classic.
Excerpt: De film vervolgt na de gebeurtenissen van de eerste Halloween reboot door Rob Zombie. Laurie Strode heeft een kogel in Michael Myers’ hoofd geschoten en wordt compleet gevonden door sheriff Brackett terwijl ze compleet in shock over straat wandelt. Brackett brengt haar en de andere overlevenden (inclusief zijn dochter Annie en dr. Loomis) naar het ziekenhuis terwijl Michael door hulpverleners naar de begrafenisondernemer gebracht wordt.
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. That said, Sony’s disc looks pretty good and sounds incredible and includes some decent high definition extras features as well. Those who enjoyed the movie will want to see it on Blu-ray, as overall this is quite a nice package.
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. Iconic original HALLOWEEN creator John Carpenter stepped in during post-production to add some gore to the death scenes - and famously quipped that Rosenthal’s original version was about as “scary as an episode of QUINCY”.
Conclusion: 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. This Blu-ray release is pretty decent, however, with adequate video faithful to Zombie's vision and solid lossless audio, along with a fair chunk of supplements -- the highlight of which being a commentary that is far more engaging than the film itself.
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. The explanation for his survival is apparent.
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 pitch-perfect mood that otherwise permeates the picture. Halloween II earns several points for its tone and brutality, but loses some for a poorly-realized idea.
Excerpt: When you’re rebooting a film franchise you obviously run the risk of not pleasing the fans. Disappointment is one thing, but the absolute disgust I felt after seeing Rob Zombie’s Halloween II is inexcusable. At one point in the film, a character is accused of “profiteering off the miseries of others” and that is exactly what Zombie will do to you if you see this movie. The movie has a promising start.