Monday, October 13, 2008

Halloween 2 (1981, Rick Rosenthal)

When Halloween came out in 1978, it was the largest grossing independent film of all time. It was only a matter of time before a Halloween sequel would be made, starting a franchise that has continued almost 30 years.

Halloween 2 takes place directly after the first, continuing the story of Michael Myers and his hunt for teenager Laurie Strode. Laurie is brought to the local hospital while Dr. Loomis, Michael's old doctor, continues his chase for Michael. After breaking into his childhood school, Michael heads for the hospital to find Laurie. After Loomis discovers the real reason Michael is after Laurie, it becomes a race to see who will reach her first.

Halloween 2 is a solid follow up to the original. There are plenty of scares, though this time it's more shit jumping out at you than the atmospheric creepiness of the original. Another new element is gore, obviously to attract fans of the new wave of splatter films popular at the time. Fortunately, the bloody killings are original and realistic. The main drawback to this though are the pointless characters added for the sole purpose of being killed in creatively gross ways....then again, maybe that's not such a bad thing. I guess it depends what type of horror film you like. Overall, I think this film should appease most fans of the original, especially compared to some of the lackluster sequels to come.


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