In light of Michael Myers returning next year I thought to myself, why not bring this lent menace to the forefront of our abysmal world of mayhem. And really, what better way to do that then address the negativity once cast upon (perhaps) the greatest slasher sequel ever filmed?
When Carpenter’s direct follow-up to Halloween arrived, director Rick Rosenthal ate a masve plate of humility. Critics panned it. Fans loathed it. It seemed that, other than Halloween purists, no one enjoyed the picture. Unbelievably, this faithful sequel was destroyed by critics, and to this day, I honestly cannot fathom why. If you want to talk about atmosphere, this one had it. If you want to talk about continuity, this one had it.
Regardless of the near flawless trantion between Halloween I and II, naysayers clamored at the chance to belittle the picture. In hindght, it’s a mystery that seems better suited for the Bermuda Triangle than the cinematic world.
What we’re dealing with here is a direct extenon of the first film; there's no other two ways about it.
Myers pulls a magical disappearing act to bring Halloween to a close; Halloween II showcases the wandering psychopath moments after eating a healthy dose of lead. Now for a guy intent on dispong his family, it’s not beyond the realm of posbility that this freak might make his way to the local hospital. You know, it’s that place that most trauma victims vit?
The sequels stage is set, and plauble. Myers’ relentless killing spree is a bit over the top, but we’ve all come to understand the rule of slasher sequels: the body count grows exponentially. So I ask, where exactly does this film fall short?
The cinematography is fantastic, the lighting is superb and for the most part Halloween II mirrors the mood of its predecessor with little fault. So, I must once again ask myself: why did this film receive such backlash from critics?
Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) returns as our heroine, Donald Pleasance is back as the peace-seeking doc. In truth, all the elements required to create a fantastic sequel are there, on hand, and being exercised with efficiency. Hell, even Carpenter and frequent collaborator Debra Hill took full control of the script.
As a fan of the franchise, I can honestly say that Halloween II is one of the greatest sequels the genre has seen. It’s incredibly faithful to the original feature, it’s got all the talent onboard to transfer the required initial experience to screen, and, remarkably, manages to do so.
Sure Laurie isn’t as cute as she was in Halloween. After the frightening ordeal she endured in the first film, I’d expect that to be all but a prerequite for the follow-up.
If you’re distancing yourself from reality, Halloween II is a direct sequel that not only keeps you frozen in the latter moments of the first film, it lures you into the hope of the second, which by my account seems a remarkable evolution from the pictures predecessor.
Never mind what the naysayers claim, Halloween II is a superb sequel that keeps you glued to the chair, clinging to the hope that Laurie might somehow survive this infinite nightmare.