Monday, October 10, 2016

Halloween II (1981)

Director: Rick Rosenthal
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers, Jeffrey Kramer, Lance Guest, Pamela Susan Shoop, Hunter von Leer, Dick Warlock, Leo Rossi, Gloria Gifford, Tawny Moyer, Ana Alicia, Ford Rainey, Cliff Emmich, Nancy Stephens, John Zenda

Immediately following the events of Halloween, Michael Myers (Warlock) escapes the clutches of Dr. Loomis (Pleasance) and wrecks havoc on the Haddonfield community. While Loomis tries to discover a method to Myers' madness, the injured Laurie Strode (Curtis) is taken to intensive care at the hospital where Myers soon tracks her down.

Direct sequel (though three years later) is but a pale imitation of the original, opting for more gore, nudity and random killings rather than that classic, cautionary suspense that borrowed so much from Psycho. This sequel comes under a consistently growing list of foul replicas that offer nothing new and are merely present to kill as many people off in a short amount of time. It's also obvious the heads of production (namely director Rosenthal and producer John Carpenter, the original Halloween director) are at loggerheads over what direction the film is heading.

Thank God for Curtis who despite her relatively small role still manages to bring that innocent, naive yet strong-willed gifts we love Strode for. Pleasence sets the tone for the rest of the series with his 'Hammy' acting. Curtis, Pleasence, Cyphers and Stephens reprise their roles, as does Nancy Loomis in a brief appearance as Annie. Comedian Dana Carvey made his film debut as an assistant news reporter.


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