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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
18
Cast
Scout Taylor-Compton
Malcolm McDowell
Tyler Mane.
Directors
Rob Zombie.
Screenwriters
Running Time
105 minutes

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Halloween II
A new Halloween low


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Plot
A year after his Halloween rampage in Haddonfield, Illinois, masked serial killer Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) returns – ordered by an apparition of his dead mother (Sheri Moon Zombie) to murder his sister Laurie (Scout Taylor-Compton). Michael kills various people, prompting his former psychologist Sam Loomis (Malcolm McDowell) to come to town in the hope of ending the carnage.


Review
Halloween II
Rob Zombie loves John Carpenter’s Halloween so much he had to kill it with a grunge remake. Now he trashes his own vision with a sequel so shoddy it makes the disappointing 1981 Halloween II (homaged in a lengthy hospital stalk which turns out – gasp! – to be only a dream) seem classic.

Laurie is now a tattooed, traumatised party slut and Dr Loomis is a crass talk-show exploiter out to cash in on his association with serial killer Michael Myers, who has been sitting in a shed, growing his hair and eating dogs for a year and decides to go after Laurie (outed as his sister in Loomis’s latest book) this Halloween – gruesomely killing a random bunch of folks to get to her. In a word, ugly.


Verdict
In a word, ugly. It just pips Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (aka Halloween 6) to the title of worst Halloween film ever.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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What...?

I can't even review this film. It seems as though Zombie wants to make a meaning out of his last name and put it into a film- empty, brain-dead and just dragging itself along the floor. ... More

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Posted by Winningthefail at 13:02, 04 June 2013 | Report This Post


Pretty good

People give this movie a lot of shit because "They've killed Halloween" I'm personally A big horror fan and in my view they haven't killed anything. They remade a movie. Not killed it. Okay I admit the young micheal and his mum and the horse thing was a bit weird. but apart from that this was a good movie and I'm looking forward to the third installment. ... More

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Posted by HorrorFan77 at 20:57, 28 May 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Halloween II: Again Great But Too Much.

He won't be directing the third. Dimension films grimaced at the film just as we did. It's due next year and in 3D. ... More

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Posted by YouWillBeUnprepared at 03:02, 02 May 2012 | Report This Post


What a waste of my fucking time.

I bought the film in a two pack with Zombie's first Halloween, and I'd already read the sypnosis of it on Wiki, and the ratings on rotten, but I thought that the first film was so good, that the sequel may actually not be bad, but nothing too special. But this entire film was a spit in the face to not even very high expectations. This film, only made the first film look better, but I can't watch the first movie now that I know what happens after it, especially due to it's open ending. Michael My... More

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Posted by YouWillBeUnprepared at 02:58, 02 May 2012 | Report This Post


im sick of zombies...

lets face it, Rob zombie can make a great gore fest of a chiller but when it comes to Halloween, he really doesnt know how to perfect the magic we all used to love. too boring ... More

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Posted by jackcarlin18 at 15:41, 22 January 2012 | Report This Post


Halloween II: Again Great But Too Much.

The story continues from the prequel but the gore gets worse. I am all up for gore in horror films but there is a point where enough is enough, Rob Zombie has past that point. Far too much gore but created well. The story I thought personally was stronger but I'm curious how Zombie plans to continue the saga. Let's just hope he cuts the gore and trades it for some juicy jumpy scenes and a gritty storyline. ... More

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Posted by LUCASLITTLEWOOD at 13:19, 26 May 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Horrible and nasty movie

They're doing a third now but since Zombie said that was the last halloween film he'd do it's gonna be another 'reimagining'. Sigh. ... More

Posted by TheSpleen at 21:24, 22 March 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Horrible and nasty movie

Pretty terrible. I almost agreed with Kim Newman's review, but it was only just that bit better than the slating it received... 3/10 ... More

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Posted by robwillphill at 19:58, 18 March 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Halloween II

Halloween II is good movie ... More

Posted by sarkark21 at 06:43, 18 March 2010 | Report This Post


rob zombieland cont

...reason whatsoever, the necrophiliac paramedics, and the drunk guy/bouncer who inexplicably returns to life toward the end of the film, maybe as a different character, but who knows. I know these "characters" are typical of Zombie's "work" (remember the ridiculously OTT orderlies in the previous film) but come on. It feels like he's watched Texas chainsaw and Deliverance far too many times, so many in fact that he's actually forgotten that he's remaking Halloween and thinks... More

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Posted by strangeone at 09:59, 15 March 2010 | Report This Post


Rob Zombieland

i am absolutely gobsmacked at how bad this film is. Firstly it doesn't make any sense. Michael Myers was shot in the head at the end of the first film, and he either killed, or horribly disfigured Dr Loomis as well, but both return alive and well, except Myers is now some kind of giant hobo lookalike for Zombie himself and Loomis has transformed into a complete asshole. It also appears that Myers is now psychic and can teleport, as he somehow knows the identity and whereabouts of one of Laurie's... More

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Posted by strangeone at 19:28, 14 March 2010 | Report This Post


What the HELL!!

Right first of all i am an avid carpenter fan Halloween is the movie that i grew up getting scared shitless but loving getting scared shitless. I hear the Zombie is given the keys to remake halloween and i get hinm the benefit of the doubt and honestly i enjoyed what he came up with. Actually showing Michaels life as a child and why he did what he did. THEN he makes this pile of smouldering shit......... what the hell was going on in his mind when he was making this. The characters became total... More

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Posted by mclovin74 at 18:43, 09 March 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Horrible and nasty movie

As remakes go, I thought his remake of Halloween was not that bad actually. The sequal, however..is abysmal. It does not help that we have absolutley no sympathy for Laurie who is whiney, annoying and bratty and you really could care less if she lives or dies. The violence in isolation is very brutal, especially the death of the Annie character, but because uit happens so much and so needlesly, you find yourself being quite desnsitised to it all. There is some very bad acting in it too...malcom... More

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Posted by C3 at 00:01, 05 March 2010 | Report This Post


Halloween 2

I was extremely disappointed by this film especially from Rob Zombie who has done brilliant films in the past. To me there wasn't much of a story compared to the orignal, which made it scary physically and emotionally at the same time.In the remake Michael just kept killing i would call it pointless killings just like any other crazed killer in horror films now a days. A big thumbs down! ... More

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Posted by deppfanatic at 19:47, 07 February 2010 | Report This Post


I had high expectations for this film, I can't say I was dissapointed with the film because I think it's really good. The only 'put off' for me was the Ghost of young Michael and his Mother... What was that all about? I think the kills are more gory now as well, old school Michael used just his kitchen knife, but now his kicks faces in! I like the modern Halloween, but the old school films were more based on suspense, something Halloween II lacks. Overall 4/5. ... More

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Posted by ryanboulton at 09:51, 12 November 2009 | Report This Post


Strong Contender For Worst Film Of The Year

Spot on with the review Kim, this is absolutely atrocious. Unengaging, unexciting and completely pointless. Surely movie-making doesn't get any worse than this? ... More

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Posted by CIRVIRUS64 at 01:57, 29 October 2009 | Report This Post


Halloween Poo

i loved rob zombies halloween reimagining,me and all 6 fans of it around the world probably agree,this tastless vulgar crude dark humorless affair is an atrocious film with no redemption.its a highlander2 style sequel in that its so bad,if you like the first,this will shatter your rose tinted specs.and malcolm mcdowell,how could you sign up for this.did u read the script?they destroyed what little humanity you had,therefore taking away the only trace of heart the film had! ... More

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Posted by Deckystrikesback at 14:59, 24 October 2009 | Report This Post


RE: RE:

L: UTB Anyone else find Newman's reviews to be a bit pointless these days? It's almost as if he is bored of reviewing films. What poor review. I'm not disagreeing or agreeing, but his reviews could easliy be one line long these days. Put some effort in, for once. sp; It was a bit of a sloppy review. Obviously he thinks it was shit and a complete waste of time (of which I fully agree) but he seems to think the best way to counteract that is to take the same stance with his review.p... More

Posted by Goodfella at 15:50, 19 October 2009 | Report This Post


RE: RE:

Anyone else find Newman's reviews to be a bit pointless these days? It's almost as if he is bored of reviewing films. What poor review. I'm not disagreeing or agreeing, but his reviews could easliy be one line long these days. Put some effort in, for once. ... More

Posted by UTB at 16:50, 18 October 2009 | Report This Post


RE:

er, is "it was all a dream" quite right about the hospital scene? yes she's dreaming it, but i took it to be a flashback memory of what actually happened. ... More

Posted by Osric at 09:45, 18 October 2009 | Report This Post


Sequels. They are inevitable, there will never be an escape from them. The same goes for remakes. Here we have a remake of a sequel to the remake. Rob Zombie is back in the director's chair to bring us a psychological study of madness with his follow-up to his disappointing opus that was the "re-imigining" of John Carpenter's Halloween. It turns out, Michael, once again played by Tyler "X-Men" Mane, didn't get shot in the head, and has spent the past year living in h... More

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Posted by paul.mccluskey at 14:23, 17 October 2009 | Report This Post


Horrible and nasty movie

This movie has no redeeming features at all. It wastes the cast, the kills belong in a Friday The 13th movie, not a Halloween movie, and the ending? Words fail me. It completely trashes the legacy of Carpenter's original movie. It took until Halloween : H20 to redeem the original series of movies. It's going to take something special to redeem this mess. Rob Zombie, please stay away from any classic horror movie. Please. ... More

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Posted by Kev2012 at 02:49, 17 October 2009 | Report This Post


Halloween 2

Rob Zombie claimed he had no intention of making a sequal to his 2007 remake that ended with Michael getting a bullet in the brain. H2 takes place a year later with Laurie now traumatised and suffrening from nightmares and hallucinations and sleeps with a portrait of Charles Manson above her bed. Zombie clearly loves the orginal but his vision is violent, ugly and makes more of a mess of the franchise than Michael ever has his victims. This is just fresh evidence showing that Michael really need... More

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Posted by Soprano168 at 22:17, 16 October 2009 | Report This Post


RE: Garbage

I thought it was pretty poor to be honest. I thought Zombies first Halloween was ok, the first half especially showing Mike as a kid and how he turned into the monster he became. McDowell as Loomis was great casting too. It was definetly more sophisticated than this follow up and I remember watching a 'making of' on the DVD where Zombie says he wanted to match Carpenters suspense in the original and avoid a gorefest like modern horrors today which is completely what he goes against in this sequ... More

Posted by StevieE at 14:00, 16 October 2009 | Report This Post


RE: Garbage

L: Goodfella L: grucl L: bennyblanco I thought he got shot in the head in part 1? There are so many continuity errors in this film, so many ridiculous ideas (the "White Horse" segements, still laughing at how bad those were), so many plot holes it makes me wonder if Zombie was stoned while making this. When he remade/imagined part one, Zombie said he wanted to make Myers more real than supernatural, so he continues this in part two by taking a guy who got shot in the head and tur... More

Posted by HughesRoss at 11:26, 16 October 2009 | Report This Post


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