After the first events on Halloween night, Michael Myers has gotten away and is still on the pursuit of Laurie Strode.
Directed in 1981 by Rick Rosenthal, written by John Carpenter & Debra Hill and starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence and The Last Starfighter. Halloween 2 is a direct sequel to the 1978 film. Following the instant after Michael Myers is shot by Dr. Loomis and falls from the balcony.
I get it, many people don’t like Halloween 2 and would rather jump right to Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. But those people are jack offs. They probably think Transformers are great action films and that the Saw and Paranormal Activity franchise should never end. Screw them, they suck! I am going to be bold enough to say that the entire Myers franchise should have ended right after this one and just kept going with Halloween 3: Season of the Witch.
Halloween 2 does what it was meant to be. The nail on the Michael Myers coffin. What I think people hate about it is how it humanizes Michael Myers by killing him off. Although I’m not a fan of Myers becoming more “human” I can appreciate the logic behind the film. I think Carpenter knew Myers was a big deal and knew what would happen to his villain. I think he wanted to end the character for good. Making it impossible for it to turn into a huge series. But man, Hollywood is unstoppable! But I’m just focusing on Halloween 2 because it deserves recognition.
Halloween 2, although not the best film; is a good sequel. The disconnect I think people have with the film is the lack of character arch. The first film follows people like Laurie and Dr. Loomis. We learn about them and discover their fears, courage and failings at a personal level. We don’t get that in the second film because there is not time in between both films. You go into the film with no development. It’s already been done before. It’s like going on a blind date with someone you went on a date with the day before. People need to get a handle on a person like they did in the first film. Without it, the movie has to rely too much on the brutality and horror of the film, which this does.
But I enjoy the brutality of the film and I think the hospital setting sets a good atmosphere. I’ve always found hospitals kind of creepy, especially at night. It has a peaceful calming tone yet nail biting in the absence of light or activity. There are so many rooms Michael can hide in so you never know where he could be.
All-in-all Halloween 2 is a great film that ends the Myers reign once and for all. Too bad he couldn’t stay dead.