memories of the ’80s – Halloween II

The top of the poster reads "HALLOWEEN II", and just under those words is the phrase "ALL NEW". To the bottom right of those words, taking up the centre of the poster, is an orange pumpkin seemingly morphed into the shape of a human skull. A tagline below this reads "From The People Who Brought You 'HALLOWEEN'...More Of The Night He Came Home." At the bottom of the poster is a billing of the film's cast and crew.Three years after the debut of the first film, John Carpenter returns with Michael Myers in the sequel Halloween II.

After the success of Halloween, Carpenter had proven the allure of slasher/horror films and came back to finish the story of Myers.

Using director Rick Rosenthal, Carpenter wrote and produced the film with Debra Hill, his producer from the first film.

Donald Pleasance and Jamie Lee Curtis returned to reprise their roles as psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis and survivor Laurie Strode.

The film begins after the cliffhanger of the previous film. Although shot six times by Loomis and falling off a balcony, Myers survives and tracks down Laurie, who has been taken to the local hospital.

Myers continues to try and kill Laurie, attacking hospital staff in his desire for an unknown vengeance against Laurie. As she tries to evade Michael, Loomis and the local US Marshall discover information about why Michael is obsessed with Laurie and return to Haddonfield to protect her, and try to kill him again.

Filmed at a hospital in Los Angeles and Pasadena, the cast was different, including Michael Myers who was played by Dick Warlock, as Nick Castle, who played him in the original, was starting his directing career and was no longer acting.

Made for US$2.5 million, the 90 minute sequel was released on October 30, 1981 and received lukewarm reviews for the wooden characters and simplistic plot.

Although the film made US$25.5 million at the domestic box office, less than its original, the film was on par with other horror films released in late October, such as Friday The 13th part II and Omen III.

A television cut of the film has been a popular inclusion on television since the 1980s, a slightly different version from the big screen, showing less violence and gore regarding the murder of hospital employees.

Although Carpenter intended the film to be the last, consequent sequels resurrected the story and Michael Myers characters to limited success.

About Waheeda Harris

A pop culture junkie with a penchant for exploring our planet.
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