John Carpenter's Halloween scared the living daylights out of 25 million people and set a precedent in smashing box office records for a horror film. The headache is just starting ... Picking up precisely where its predecessor left off, Halloween II follows the same unfortunate characters as they come across the knife-wielding lunatic they left for dead in the very first Halloween. It seems the inhuman Michael Myers is still quite alive and out for more revenge as he stalks the deserted halls of the health center where his sis lays waiting. As he gets closer and closer to his frightened target, Dr. Loomis discovers the cooling secret behind the crazed psychopath's savage actions. Written by horror masters John Carpenter and Debra Hill, Halloween II is a spine-tingling dark ride into the scariest night of the year.
"You cannot kill the boogeyman," explains John Carpenter in Halloween, and to prove it he brings Michael Myers back in this handsome but grisly follow up. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode but spends most of her time cring in a medical facility gown, and Donald Pleasence playings around like a lunatic as the panicky physician desperate to hunt down Myers before he kills once again. Carpenter composes and produces with partner Debra Hill, and together they change the secret and unpredictability of the original with an exponentially bigger body count and some weird tales about the Druids and pagan events, and the now-familiar family ties in between Michael and Laurie. First-time director Rick Rosenthal (Bad Boys) paces the film at a vigorous jog and directs it with a clean, crisp design, taking the murders out of the dark to display them in all their nasty information. -- Sean Axmaker