Halloween II

October 30th, 1981


Halloween II

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Laurie Strode is rushed to the hospital, while Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt the streets for Michael Myers, who has found Laurie at the Haddonfield Hospital.

Release Year: 1981

Rating: 6.3/10 (24,052 voted)

Critic's Score: 44/100

Director: Rick Rosenthal

Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers

It's the same night as the original Halloween. Michael Myers is around the neighborhood, after being gunned by Dr.Loomis six times. Now, he's in a hospital where the girl Laurie Strode was taken. And there's a reason why Michael is after her...

Writers: John Carpenter, Debra Hill

Jamie Lee Curtis - Laurie Strode
Donald Pleasence - Sam Loomis
Charles Cyphers - Leigh Brackett
Jeffrey Kramer - Graham
Lance Guest - Jimmy
Pamela Susan Shoop - Karen
Hunter von Leer - Gary Hunt
Dick Warlock - The Shape / Patrolman #3
Leo Rossi - Budd
Gloria Gifford - Mrs. Alves
Tawny Moyer - Jill
Ana Alicia - Janet
Ford Rainey - Dr. Mixter
Cliff Emmich - Mr. Garrett
Nancy Stephens - Marion

Taglines: Just when you thought it was safe to go trick or treating...


Official Website: Halloween II (1981) | Trancas International Films |

Release Date: 30 October 1981

Filming Locations: Kersting Court at Sierra Madre Boulevard, Sierra Madre, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $7,676,836 (USA) (1 November 1981)

Gross: $25,533,818 (USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Sweden: (cut)

Did You Know?

To get the role of Michael Myers, Dick Warlock revealed that as he passed by a room, the Michael Myers mask was on a table. He put the mask on and walked into Rick Rosenthal's office and stood there. After Rosenthal continuously asked him who he was and he didn't reply, he took off the mask and asked if he could play Michael Myers.

Factual errors: Assuming the hot tub water was hot enough to scald nurse Karen's face, as depicted, then it could be assumed that Michael Myers' hand, which was also clearly seen under the water, would show similar burn marks; it does not. In reality the water would not be hot enough to burn flesh at 125 degrees Fahrenheit.

Voice on Radio: Unit calling, identify.
Marion Chambers: Marion Chambers with Dr. Loomis at the clinic - he's here!
Voice on Radio: Ah, ten-four. Unit calling, identify suspect.
Marion Chambers: Michael Myers! Just get your ass over here!

User Review

Just as scary as the original

Rating: 9/10

As sequels go, this isn't a better movie than the original, but what it is and what it does well, it does really well. I have to say right away here that I was scared in this movie. There are some truly ingenious and horrific shots in this film. There are times when you really aren't expecting what's about to transpire, and when it does, it sends chills through you.

I first saw this film in my " horror " days in the mid 80's. I was 12 years old then. So I just recently watched it again to see if it would have the same affect on me now. I sat in my basement and turned off all the lights and you know what, I was spooked. Right from the opening number of Carpenter's ominous music and the pumpkin slowly transforming into Michael's angry face, I knew right there that I was in for a night of fear. And I was.

The story starts the same night as Halloween ended on. Laurie is being taken to the hospital and there is a massive manhunt to find Myers. Laurie eventually gets settled into the hospital and it becomes only a matter of time until Michael can find out where she is. He finally comes to get her and then all hell breaks loose.

One of the major players in this film is the locale. The hospital is dark and quiet and rather empty. And that adds to the atmosphere of the film. It gives us lots of long hallways so we can have a few shots of Michael hunting his prey. What we also get is an array of rooms to 86 his victims in and a slew of weapons to do it with.

Rick Rosenthal directed this film and I am amazed that he really didn't go on to do much because he almost copies Carpenter's style to the tee here. Brilliant in particular are two shots. One is where Michael appears out of the darkness in one room to attack his victim. The lighting is solely responsible for the affectiveness of this shot and it works so well that it still gives me the shivers when I watch it. The second is when Micael attacks one of the nurses while Laurie watched helplessly from a distance.

Not only is this a good horror movie, it is a good film and if the first rates a 10/10, this is certainly of a 9. It is that good. And if you don't agree with me, watch it again---by yourself and then answer that question.


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