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754 Ratings

Halloween II

Directed by Rob Zombie
United States, 2009
Horror, Fantasy


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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Halloween II Directed by Rob Zombie

Critics reviews

[Zombie’s] humid imagery gives way to an autumnal chill, light flickering through cool blue air as demons inevitably begin to stalk Laurie and those around her. And the deliberation of Michael’s slashes—pneumatic extensions of the elbow that send the knife down with mechanical simplicity—bring brute poetry back to a genre that arguably had not enjoyed it since the first time Michael Myers invaded the screen.
October 20, 2013
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What are people saying?

  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film Halloween II

    A screaming fit of a film riposting a remake, an original, it’s sequel and a (modern horror) genre in general. Given all that, of course it’s derivative but Zombie has fashioned an interestingly grotty series of riffs on the consequences of violence (whilst liberally adding more). Psychoanalysis this isn’t quite: the symbolism is heavy, the milieu unpleasant but it lingers in the mind or behind the mask I suppose.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Halloween II

    Zombie’s bloodlust has never been so menacing. He uses the blueprint of his first film to deeper analyze the initially melodramatic character details. Both Myers genocide of his own kin due to past demons, and Strode's now present PTSD and survivor guilt, make it the first Halloween film that can effectively be dissected by Freud in relation to the id, the ego, and the nature/nurture debate.

  • Jake Cole's rating of the film Halloween II

    An astonishing work. Zombie refines his grindhouse shlock into a thing of beauty, and his humanization of Myers pays rich dividends. This is a horror film less about the return of a monster than the wounds the monster left the first time. A family dismantled is reunited under a sky grey from the fallout of violence suffered and perpetuated. Humanity extracted from horror at its most inhuman.

  • Zachary W's rating of the film Halloween II

    What began as grisly, gritty realism in Zombie's first go-around becomes a bizarro, gritty (sur)realism in this one. Zombie is proving himself a formidable filmmaker, and he hits almost all of his marks here. Of course, it doesn't hurt that he has Brad Dourif at the helm, maybe the most underrated character actor in the business right now.

  • Stefan Drees's rating of the film Halloween II

    Like in the first part of his "Halloween" relaunch Rob Zombie has some fresh and original ideas to twist the story. Also there are some stunning visuals and the work with sound and music sometimes is incredible (e.g. when sound is turned off as a climax). Besides, the first 25 minutes are really hard slasher stuff.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Halloween II

    After the very good reboot of the previous entry Zombie gets a little too ambitious with the psychological motivations but still manages to deliver the most bloody carnage of the entire series. Beautifully shot and exceptionally edited the film delivers on the slash but only gets lost in its mother fixations and white horses. It would be wise to let the series rest in peace at this point.

  • BRAND UPON THE BRAIN!'s rating of the film Halloween II

    It's a shame people get so butt-hurt about the insanely overrated original Halloween movie so much that they become blinded and unable to appreciate the truly great filmmaking talent and originality Zombie brings to the rebooted franchise. Zombie's first Halloween is a much more visually interesting film than the other previous 8 Halloween films combined, but this sequel is a truly transcendental piece of art.

  • Ethan's rating of the film Halloween II

    This was a decent sequel and had some really great moments and there's a really hot chick that dresses up like Frank N Furter that is an absolute delight here.

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