Halloween II
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While John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic Halloween irrevocably changed the style of horror cinema with its simple but relentlessly tense story, it triggered more than a decade's worth of uninspired, exploitative knock-offs, and one could easily list Halloween II among these failures. As with its predecessor, this film was written and produced by Carpenter and Debra Hill, but the terse style and unbearable suspense of the first film are missing, replaced by a more simplistic stalk-and-slash scenario. Directorial duties were handed over to Rick Rosenthal, whose lack of expertise is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It's a little sad to witness a fall from greatness, and that's what we get in Halloween II."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Really misses the point of the first film by dropping pretty much all the pretense of build-up and fate..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Any childhood favorite that is still a good deal of fun today is a movie worthy of some note."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"Does the worst thing any sequel can ever do: it retroactively taints the original and makes it less interesting."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"This uninspired version amounts to lukewarm sloppy seconds in comparison to the original film that made director John Carpenter a hot property."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Halloween II is good enough to deserve a sequel of its own."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The script is fairly routine and Jamie Lee Curtis has too little to do this time around, but the hospital setting proves to be a sound choice for a locale."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"A more than solid if admittedly inferior continuation."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
"A bad sequel to a good movie."
‑ Mike Emery, Austin Chronicle
"The result won't make any converts, but Jamie Lee Curtis is as good as ever."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Halloween is a classic and its first sequel is a sloppy afterthought."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Halloween II isn't a knockout sequel, but it's a solid, if slightly slow, follow-up to the original horror classic."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"The film is best if watched back-to-back with the first."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
"Debra Hill and John Carpenter produced and wrote the screenplay, but this film is still a totally unnecessary and extremely poor sequel to the original."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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