This Day in Horror

25 October 2012

Halloween II 1981 - REVIEW



Two years after John Carpenter changed the face of Horror forever with the original Halloween, comes the sequel that picks up right were the original left off.  All the main cast returning, well the ones that survived anyway.  Most importantly the William Shatner masked killer is at it again after being shot by Dr Loomis in the first installment.

Picking up were we left off 2 yrs prior, Dr Loomis (Donald Pleasence) just shot Michael Myers (Dick Warlock) 6 times.  Michael got up and walked away from the front lawn not to be found.  Dr Loomis is sure to find him again with the help of Sheriff Brackett (Charles Cyphers).  The Sheriff gets bad news though that the house across the street from were Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) had it out with Myers, was the dead body of the Sheriffs daughter.  Michael now thought to be dead due to someone looking like him being hit by a car.  Dental records do show otherwise, and yet again the manhunt starts for Michael.  Michael makes his way to the hospital Laurie is in and looks to finish what he started earlier that night.

 The one thing about this movie that sticks out is the fact that it moves at a much faster pace than the original.  Don't get me wrong the original is awesome but it did drag at times and took a while for Michael to really get going.  The soundtrack on this is essentially the same.  That's a good thing, the Halloween theme song is one of the most notable jingles in Horror movie history.  On a creepy scale of 1-10 the soundtrack gets an 11.  So eerie and spooky, it really depicts what Halloween is all about.  All of the characters that survived the original are in this one in some way, shape or form with some new added faces mainly the hospital staff.  I do think the acting in this movie is fairly cheesy but not really in a bad way.  I thought everyone did a stand out job, especially Donald Pleasence who is always so good.

This installment in the long running Halloween series is my favorite.  I do like them all but this one always stood out to me as the best.  I love the faster pace from the first one and how the story kinda takes a twist toward the end.  I could probably mention it because I'm sure everyone reading this has seen this awesome movie, but in the interest of no spoilers I will not.  I did just pick up the Blu Ray just released by Scream Factory with the TV version of it.  It had been a long time since I had watched the TV version and I loved every minute of it.  If you haven't seen this movie and you are a Horror fan, well then shame on you.  I highly recommend this for Halloween night viewing.  Stay twisted everyone!

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