Halloween II (1981)
Critic Consensus: Halloween II picks up where its predecessor left off - and quickly wanders into a dead end that the franchise would spend decades struggling to find its way out of.
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as Laurie Strode
as Sheriff Leigh Brackett
as Dr. Sam Loomis
as The Shape
as Mrs. Alves
as Dr. Mixter
as Mrs. Elrod
as Gary's mother
as Man in pajamas
as Young Gary
as Annie Brackett
as Laurie's mother
as Laurie's father
as Young Laurie
as 1st Patrolman
as Young Michael Myers
as Patrolman #2
as Bennett Tramer
as Michael Myers (age 23)
as Lindsey Wallace
as Tommy Doyle
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Critic Reviews for Halloween II
Rick Rosenthal, who directed this 1981 sequel, doesn't have Carpenter's expansive, affectionate way with stereotypical characters, and without it they're empty shells -- bodies waiting for the slaughter.
This uninspired version amounts to lukewarm sloppy seconds in comparison to the original film that made director John Carpenter a hot property.
The result won't make any converts, but Jamie Lee Curtis is as good as ever.
It's a little sad to witness a fall from greatness, and that's what we get in Halloween II.
Halloween II is good enough to deserve a sequel of its own.
Audience Reviews for Halloween II
A terrible, useless sequel that invests in mindless gore instead of creating any real tension, and it is ridiculous (and disappointing) how it turns Michael Myers into an indestructible monster and leaves the rest of the cast to be mere bodies for slaughter.
Contrary to the critics, I actually quite liked this. No it wasn't as good or well done as the first, however it could have been a lot worse. There was still tension and unpredictability, which is good enough for a sequel.
I love the Halloween films, but my words can't save a failure movie. I think this movie in particular was pretty funny since NO ONE else seemed to be in the hospital as the mayhem was going on! What kind of realism is that?
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