The ultimate enigma. There is something deep inside me that constantly whispers in my subconscious that if I were to ever manage to decode this film, I would have a skeleton key to all film, and perhaps all other media.
Unrelated sequel does not feature masked killer Michael Myers, but is just another small-town-with-a-secret film. Some of the gore effects are imaginative, and there are a few absurdly amusing moments towards the end, but the story is bland and predictable and the whole thing just moves too slowly - not to mention some embarrassing sex scenes. Allegedly, writer Nigel Kneale had his name removed from the project.
As enigmatic as its presence in the series: commercialism driving fun and the continuation of that fun (sequels) into conformity (androids/masks). The cultic roots (witchcraft) reemerge with television. But Carpenter's score lulls us about, and we are stung by Silver Shamrock, till finally snakes and rats devour the young, and then the old inside out through the masks we allow our young to wear.
Wisely abandoning Michael Myers after the entertaining but lacklustre Halloween II, the third film in the series was a stand alone story concerning the fiendish plot of a toy maker to wreak havoc via his Halloween masks. The film cleverly references everything from Invasion Of The Body Snatchers to Willy Wonka! Unfortunately, its box office failure led to the resurrection of Myers for the abysmal fourth installment..