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…
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Derivation aside this has a good sense of location - almost the classic ‘locked room’ - and practically soaks up the permutations of medico-horror. As with nearly all horror sequels the tick-list of set piece slaying becomes the thing, but it successfully maintains a fairly heavy and brooding atmosphere. A disjointed double bill with Green for Danger is perhaps called for.
Solid sequel that makes the mistake of trying to replicate the original and only coming off as imitation not to mention reactionary with its inclusion of gore this time around to placate a marketplace that was already full of imitators. Having said that the journeyman direction of Rosenthal gets the job done with some memorable moments of violence and a game turn by Curtis. Novel in continuing the night.
Good sequel that sadly succumbs to the slasher tropes that the original eschewed (well kind of...). The setting is great and the film looks and sounds just right but the gory deaths and a meandering second reel makes this less compelling than it should have been. And Curtis is sadly underused in favour of characterless slasher fodder.
Part before the hospital mostly manages to replicate the original. After that, the sense of evil being omnipresent is replaced with monotone shots that are too dark to be appreciated, and too static to be exciting. It relies on more murders and blood, although killing scenes are actually uncreative. It's better than atrocious "Resurrection" and static part 5, but huge step backwards when compared to predecessor.
"The tribe! One of their number was butchered, this is the wake!" Imagine walking in the theater in 81 and it starting exactly where we left off, with the incredible cold opening. The same night,the long,long dark night of the soul with amazing Pleasence as our spirit guide.Robust sequel that plays the labyrinthine hospital & its disposable denizens to full advantage. Hectic,despair.(the burning of the kid in mask..)