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Halloween II (2009)

R | | Horror | 28 August 2009 (USA)
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Laurie Strode struggles to come to terms with her brother Michael's deadly return to Haddonfield, Illinois; meanwhile, Michael prepares for another reunion with his sister.

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Rob Zombie

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Rob Zombie
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheri Moon Zombie ... Deborah Myers
Chase Wright Vanek Chase Wright Vanek ... Young Michael (as Chase Vanek)
Scout Taylor-Compton ... Laurie Strode
Brad Dourif ... Sheriff Lee Brackett
Caroline Williams ... Dr. Maple
Malcolm McDowell ... Dr. Samuel Loomis
Tyler Mane ... Michael Myers
Dayton Callie ... Coroner Hooks
Richard Brake ... Gary Scott
Octavia Spencer ... Nurse Daniels
Danielle Harris ... Annie Brackett
Richard Riehle ... Buddy the Night Watchman
Margot Kidder ... Barbara Collier
Mary Birdsong ... Nancy McDonald
Brea Grant ... Mya Rockwell
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Storyline

Michael Myers is still at large and no less dangerous than ever. After a failed reunion to reach his baby sister at their old home, Laurie Strode is immediately taken to a hospital to be treated by the wounds that had been afflicted by her brother a few hours ago. However, Michael isn't too far off and will continue his murdering 'Halloween' rampage until he gets his sister all to himself. Written by Anonymous

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Family Is Forever See more »

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal bloody violence throughout, terror, disturbing graphic images, language, and some crude sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

H2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Conyers, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,349,565, 30 August 2009

Gross USA:

$33,392,973

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,421,467
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

(at around 1h 5 mins) When Laurie and her friends arrive at the concert, the band is playing a song called 'Terror Train'. Terror Train (1980) is the name of a horror movie starring 'Jamie Lee Curtis', the original Laurie Strode. See more »

Goofs

(at around 7 mins) When Coroner Hooks and Gary Scott have a car accident, you can pause a few frames before the crash, and clearly see that a small explosive detonates in-front of the bumper before they hit the cow. See more »

Quotes

Laurie Strode: [walking around the hospital] I-I need something for my head!
[pause]
Laurie Strode: [yells out] HELLO?
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Crazy Credits

[at the beginning before the opening credits] WHITE HORSE - Linked to instinct, purity and the drive of the physical body to release powerful and emotional forces, like rage with ensuing chaos and destruction. --excerpt from the Subconscious Psychosis of Dreams. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Director's Cut runs 14 minutes longer (119 minutes). Among the changes:
  • The opening scene with Laurie walking and Loomis being placed into the ambulance is longer.
  • The hospital dream scene has an extra sequence of Laurie attempting to cross over a pile of bodies.
  • An on screen title that said "One Year Later" in the Theatrical Cut now says "Two Years Later."
  • During the breakfast scene, Laurie and Annie now argue about going to the psychiatrist.
  • More dialogue with Laurie and the psychiatrist. Laurie looks at a framed inkblot on a wall and says that it looks like a white horse.
  • Loomis' press conference is expanded. Loomis discusses Michael's Oedipal complex, as well as the idea that Michael perhaps saw Loomis as a father figure.
  • Added sequence where Laurie runs a bath and begins to freak out.
  • Laurie stopping to play with a pig on her way to work is removed. She instead goes to the psychiatrist and tells her about playing with the pig (we see a few seconds of it, now in flashback), and how it triggered a nervous breakdown of sorts. When the shrink denies her more pills, Laurie freaks out and swears.
  • The scene where Annie finds Laurie drinking a beer in her room has been expanded: They have another fight.
  • A non-masked Michael (along with Young Michael and his mother) angrily looks at a billboard that advertises Loomis' book.
  • When Laurie and Maya come home from the party, there is a short added sequence of them making tea in the kitchen prior to going upstairs. There's also an added shot of Michael apparently walking out of the house.
  • Brackett's reaction to finding Annie's body is longer, containing video flashbacks of real-life actress Danielle Harris as a child.
  • The ending is significantly different: After Loomis enters the cabin, Michael throws him through a wall, and the two of them wind up outside. Michael then removes his mask, yells "DIE!", and stabs Loomis. The cops then open fire and kill Michael. Laurie then comes out, takes Michael's knife, and approaches Loomis with it, implying that she may stab him. The cops then open fire on her and seemingly kill her. We then fade to the same hospital footage seen at the end of the theatrical cut as a cover of "Love Hurts" plays on the soundtrack.
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Connections

References The Shining (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Jackie Blue
Written by Steve Cash, Larry Frankland Lee (as Larry M. Lee)
Performed by The Ozark Mountain Daredevils (as Ozark Mountain Daredevils)
Courtesy of A&M Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

 
Not great, but not bad....if you're willing to overlook some flaws.

Let me start by saying that at first I hated Rob Zombie's Halloween. I voted it a 4 out of 10 on here and even though I've come to like parts of it I would still say that I wouldn't rate it any higher. Halloween 2 is a big time improvement in many areas, but fails in many as well.

Michael Myers, while being more like Jason Voorhees in this movie, is a total bad ass. He's hell bent on murder this time around and literally crushes and beats the life out of people (or just stabs them 20 times in a row) and it works well. There are a few scenes of him maskless and he does see visions of his mom and visions of himself as a child. This, to me, wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it'd be. If you don't expect much from this part of the movie then it shouldn't bother you too much.

The best thing about this movie is Scout Taylor-Compton. I've read lots of reviews saying that all Scout does is stumble, scream, and cry. This is true to a certain extent, but Scout's Laurie does have some meat to her. She's about 100% more interesting this time around. She carries a few scenes all on her own. At one point she talks to a stuffed bear. On paper this may sound laughable, but it comes off as cute and I did start to root for her. There are quiet a few dramatic/character building scenes that involve Laurie (and Annie) and I liked this stuff more than just about anything else in the movie.

The negative side is the pacing. The story unfolds from the "night" Laurie shoots Michael and then to a couple days leading up to October 31st, a year later. Once it hits "Halloween" again it's like everything happens at once. Laurie finds out she's related to Michael. They go to a Halloween party, and it's seriously too fast. They just threw whatever they could into the edit to move the story along. They could of added ten minutes of "filler" time to draw these things out and build them up, but for whatever reason, they didn't. The pacing, up until October 31st, was workable. There is a pointless segment of Michael killing two people outside of the Halloween party. Pointless because the Halloween party happens so fast, and other than these random kills, you don't see Michael at the party.

If you're expecting Michael to stalk his victims at all, don't. You won't be happy. Michael shows up and kills people. It's fun though, and at this point I'm not expecting a Carpenter like slow burn full of suspense.

Dr. Loomis isn't as pointless as everyone makes him out to be. I actually enjoyed most of his story line and was surprised that his dialogue wasn't as horrible as some of the trailers/soundtrack clips would lead you to believe. Loomis, Annie, Laurie, Brackett are all in different places in their lives and I thought it was a good call to include each different story line. I will say some of the Loomis stuff could of been trimmed to make way for more build up to the Laurie story line.

Laurie and Michel are having the same visions(which doesn't work but isn't as God awful as it could've been), and the ending feels rushed just like most of the stuff that happens on Halloween does, but there are a few great Brad Dourif (Sheriff Brackett) scenes and one scene I really enjoyed where Brackett punches Loomis in the face. I'm rambling on so I'll end this now.

All in all, the directors cut should be a more polished and structured version of the theatrical. I give the theatrical version a 6/10.


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