Plot: Laurie (Scout Taylor-Compton) survived the horrific onslaught of the murderous Michael Myers, but she is still haunted by the encounter and can’t seem to move on from the attacks. She is plagued by vivid nightmares that start to bleed into her waking hours, driving her to an unstable mental state. This situation is complicated by a tense home life, where she finds herself acting out and getting embroiled in drama constantly, again wearing down her already broken mind. But Laurie’s nightmares might be more real than she could imagine, as Myers is on the hunt once again and headed home to finish what he started. At the same time, Dr. Loomis (Malcolm McDowell) tries to turn his experiences with the case into cold, hard cash via his book tour, only to run into opposition on some fronts. Will Michael carve his way back to Laurie and if so, what dark secrets and vicious violence will be unleashed?
Entertainment Value: I’d rank Halloween II as easily the weakest movie in the Halloween franchise, a near total disappointment that drops the ball often and can be a chore to sit through. This is a shame, as I didn’t love Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake, but it had a spark or two of potential, but this sequel snuffs out those sparks and then pisses on the embers. I found this to be more like an emo Lifetime melodrama than a Halloween movie, as if a grumpy Michael Myers wandered into one of the network’s darker thrillers. That premise sounds like immense fun, but Halloween II has little to offer and fails to deliver as either a serious horror movie or a ridiculous b movie, its just dull and lifeless. I do think the visual elements are one of the movie’s strongest assets, as the dark images are effective and well crafted, I just wish the rest of the film was even close to that level of craftsmanship. The story is dull and meandering, with only the bursts of mean spirited melodrama to liven things up and I was just never invested in this one whatsoever. The horror elements are basic and forgettable, while the family drama soaks up too much of the run time and goes nowhere, so it makes tough to recommend this, even to Halloween fanatics. In the end, I appreciate the visuals and the cast, but Halloween II takes an enormous step backwards after Zombie’s remake and brings little else to the table.
This movie has a sleazy vibe at times, but there’s not much nakedness or sexual elements at work here. Some background jugs are visible in the strip club, which is always a welcome locale. One stripper is naked throughout one sequence, with bare breasts and ass, as well as some full frontal to cap it off. Then Danielle Harris is topless later on in the movie, but that’s all the sleaze Halloween II has to offer. So a lot of grime and creepiness, but not much sex in this one. A good amount of violence is found here, most of which is rather brutal, even nasty and includes Michael Myers killing and feasting on a dog, sure to be a crowd pleaser. A lot of the bloodshed happens off screen however, as well as aftermath blood splatter where we don’t see the kinetic violence, just the red stuff left in the wake. But there’s some active gore as well, from blade wounds, face traumas of multiple varieties, an ax comes into play, baseball bat mayhem, and other violence, with the focus on knife attacks, which makes sense. This one has a lot of strong language, but not much else to offer, as even the more melodramatic exchanges feature flat, generic dialogue. The family drama tends to yield the most memorable insults and barbs, but that’s not enough to rack up many points. While Halloween II is dark, it never feels out of control or all that off the deep end, as Zombie is content to lean on mild gore and curse words, rather than creative, wild elements. The ludicrous finale earns a point, but aside from that, not much to talk about.
Overall Insanity: 1/10