Laurie Strode and Dr. Loomis try and stop the murderous psycho Michael Myers from killing again in this horrifying sequel to the 1978 classic.
Runtime: 1hr 32m
Director: Rick Rosenthal
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Charles Cyphers, Donald Pleasence, Lance Guest, Jeffrey Kramer, Ana Alicia, Pamela Susan Shoop, Leo Rossi, Gloria Gifford, Dick Warlock
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The story picks up directly following the events of the first “Halloween” making it feel like a real continuation of the original immortal classic. After Doctor Loomis shot Michael and he fell out the balcony, he was no longer there which leads to a crazy / exciting game of cat and mouse between Loomis and Michael Myers and later also on Michael Myers and Laurie Strode.
Director Rick Rosenthal and cinematographer Dean Cundey do a good job with capturing the feel of its predecessor. In fact “Halloween 2” surpasses the original movie’s atmosphere in some ways. Probably because it plays in night time the entire movie giving this one a very cold and eerie atmosphere. John Carpenter’s score which sounds more aggressive this time may contribute to this as well, and the hospital setting that gives the movie a very claustrophobic feeling.
Donald Pleasence again delivered an Oscar-worthy performance as Doctor Samuel Loomis. Even though he spent 15 years with Myers he still is not in control of the situation nor does he know what Michael is up to. Loomis is becoming hysterical in his attempts to finally put his adversary down so much that he is really having a hard time justifying his actions to others as he tries to explain himself and to warn the others about the absolutely deadly threat posed by Myers.
Jamie Lee Curtis is back as Laurie Strode, although she doesn’t have as much screen time as in the original. After all it’s Loomis who is the real protagonist of the sequel. But what little time she does have she really steals the scene.
This time Myers is played by Dick Warlock, whose slow walking, movements and postures ensure for a threatening figure and supernatural force you don’t want to mess with. Seeing him creeping around in empty hallways, being one step ahead of Dr. Loomis and playing with his victims in a sadistic way, again add a lot to the atmosphere. Michael feels more brutal and terrifying than he was in the original which could come from the higher movie budget.
As “Halloween 2” is a direct sequel, the film gets straight into the action and the full 92 minute runtime is used to good measure – with action, murders and thrilling suspense. There’s very little, if any, time that drags in the film and I would say that this is a rare occasion where the sequel is better than the original. However, that’s not to say the original is bad in any way, it serves the purpose of creating and building the story which then allows “Halloween II” to excel. Treat them, if you will, as a single film with a break in between!
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