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Halloween II (2009)
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"I don't want help! I want my prescription!"
Genre: Horror
Slasher
Directed By: Rob Zombie
Produced By: Malek Akkad
Andy Gould
Rob Zombie
Written By: Rob Zombie
Based On: Characters
by John Carpenter
Debra Hill
Starring: Malcolm McDowell
Tyler Mane
Sheri Moon Zombie
Brad Dourif
Danielle Harris
Scout Taylor-Compton
Photography: Color
Cinematography: Brandon Trost
Distributed By: Dimension Films
The Weinstein Company
Release Date: August 28, 2009
Runtime: 105 minutes (Theatrical Cut)
119 minutes (Director's Cut)
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $15 million
Box Office: $39.4 million
Prequel: Halloween (2007)


Halloween II is a 2009 American slasher film written, directed, and produced by Rob Zombie. The film is a sequel to Zombie's 2007 remake of 1978's Halloween, a remake to the 1981 film of the same name and the tenth installment of the franchise. It is not to be confused with the 1981 film sequel of the same name.

The film sees the return of lead cast members from the 2007 film: Malcolm McDowell, Scout Taylor-Compton, and Tyler Mane, who portrays Dr. Loomis, Laurie Strode, and Michael Myers respectively.

Summary

One year after the events of the previous film, Laurie Strode struggles to deal with its aftermath, while Dr. Loomis is trying to capitalize on those events by publishing a new book that chronicles everything that happened. Meanwhile, Michael prepares for another reunion with his sister.

Why Family Is Not Forever

  1. Michael Myers' new design in this movie is just even more terrible; he appears as an obese, filthy homeless bearded man and throughout most of the movie, you can see his entire face (even with his mask on), which makes him less mysterious-looking.
  2. There's an overabundance of cursing, that would get you on your last nerve in Rated R standards.
  3. Doesn't improve the problems from the previous film.
  4. An unneeded scene of two paramedics making some very necrophiliac-esque comments.
  5. Dr. Loomis went from a confident psychiatrist to a conceited, unlikable author who wants to cash in Michael Myers' biography.
  6. Laurie's hospital nightmare sequence goes on for a bit too long.
  7. Not great pacing.
  8. A few plot holes, such as how Dr. Loomis in the first film said that Michael hasn't said a word after his mother died, but a clip shows that when Dr. Loomis told a young Michael the bad news, he was clearly speaking.
  9. False advertising: On the poster above, it clearly shows Michael in his iconic signature clothes (stolen mechanics attire), but in most of the movie, he's in his new design, and his signature design is only seen at the beginning of the film in Laurie's nightmare.
  10. Much like Halloween 6 of the original franchise, the film tries way too hard to humanize Michael and solve the mystery of how and why he suddenly became evil.
  11. Overuse of long-shots of Michael's face being shown in daylight.
  12. To make Michael less mysteriously evil, when he stabs Dr. Loomis, he yells "Die!". This only applies to the Director's Cut.
    • He also grunts angrily almost every time while he’s killing a person.
    • He seemingly wants to kidnap Laurie by torturing her with hallucinations that make no sense.
  13. A few of the shots are a bit hard to see.
  14. Wasted the acting talents of "Weird Al" Yankovic, Octavia Spencer, Margot Kidder (who played Lois Lane in the original Superman films), and Richard Brake (a frequent collaborator of Rob Zombie) who only served nothing other than filler.
  15. Michael Myers' ghost mother only serves a purpose as a hallucination for Michael and Laurie, Thus ripping off Pamela Voorhees's ghostly manners in Jason Voorhees's head from Friday The 13th Part 2.
  16. The Director's Cut doesn't improve the theatrical cut and has a lot of awful points. It ruins the character of Laurie, it is 14 minutes longer than the said theatrical cut, with scenes of Laurie being annoying, and it's nearly 2 hours long:
    • Laurie Strode's character has been completely flanderized in this film; she went from an intelligent, selfless teenage girl in the first movie to a stereotypically whiny, rebellious, and edgy punk girl who swears way too much, something that the original version played by Jamie Lee Curtis would never do.
    • Her personality has also gone very flat and one-dimensional as she likes to do nothing but party and drink beer with her work friends.
    • Dr. Loomis is even worse in this cut, with more uncomfortable moments some that the original version played by Donald Pleasance would never do.
    • Other characters, like Big Lou and Misty, are a bit more annoying and unlikable with extra dialogue added in.
    • There's a scene where Laurie talks to her therapist about a random mental breakdown she had when petting a pig. In the theatrical cut, it's a normal kind-hearted scene.
    • It also ruins the ending as in the theatrical cut, Loomis is brutally slashed and Laurie stabs and kills Michael, and she lives. But in the director's cut, Michael says "Die!", kills Loomis with just one stab right in the stomach, gets shot by the police, and then Laurie picks up the knife and gets shot and dies.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The plot is unique and creative instead of copying the 1981 sequel if it's executed.
  2. Scout Taylor-Compton, Brad Dourif, Danielle Harris, Sheri Moon Zombie, and Tyler Mane all give great performances.
  3. Some emotional moments. For example:
    • The scene where Laurie discovers Annie's dead body is a really tear-jerking moment.
    • Mya is a kind new character in this film, and it’s sad when she dies.
  4. Annie and Sheriff Brackett are likable characters.
  5. The soundtrack is decent and some parts sound pretty close to the original.
  6. The murder scenes are still brutal and depending on your view, they can be memorable.
  7. This movie didn’t kill the franchise, as it was later followed (and saved) by the 2018 Halloween direct-sequel to the original, which is 9 years after this movie.
  8. The theatrical cut does have some more redeeming qualities:
    • For example, Laurie is not mean to Annie at all, is a recovering survivor that isn’t rude in the first half, and when she is mean, it’s because she is stressed about the truth.
    • Laurie also attempts to maintain control of her sanity, which makes her more three-dimensional.
    • Michael doesn't take off his mask in the end of the film.
    • During the finale, she kills Michael herself. She also survives and doesn’t attempt to stab the dead Loomis (which caused her to be shot down).
    • The climax has more creative deaths for Michael and Dr. Loomis.
    • Dr. Loomis is a bit more likable in this cut.

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