Halloween II is a 1981 slasher horror film directed by Rick Rosenthal, and written and produced by John Carpenter and Debra Hill. Leo [Rossi] and I were so cold, our teeth were chattering.! Rosenthal also stated that he attempted to replicate the visual elements of the previous film "until we [the audience] get to the hospital ...  Once we're in there, I got a certain freedom: long corridors, moody dark lighting, all of that. Some of these include the Halloween II Michael Myers mask, Halloween II Michael Myers mask with blood tears, Michael Myers props, and Michael Myers' coveralls. The film was a box office success, grossing over $25 million domestically, though it received mixed reviews, with praise for its performances and atmosphere, but drew significant attention from film critics who criticized its overt violence and gore compared to the original film. Rossi played the part of Budd Scarlotti, a hypersexual EMS driver; Rossi as well as several others, such as Stephens, had been members of an acting class with Rosenthal. Boyer was found guilty and sentenced to death. In retrospect, "many critics have come to recognise that it's considerably better than the slew of imitation slashers that swamped the genre in the eighties. The Last Starfighter director Nick Castle stated in an interview, "When I was assigned to the film, Lance Guest was the first name I wrote down on my list for Alex after seeing him in Halloween II." [78] On November 28, Universal began sending out emails announcing that the revised Blu-ray was now available and for owners of the previous disc to provide the studio with their "address and daytime phone number" to receive replacements. I look at the original and part 2,as one complete story and one complete film. Alice is being informed on the radio about the three murders that just took place moments ago. Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis Donald Pleasence Charles Cyphers Jeffrey Kramer Lance Guest Pamela Susan Shoop Hunter Von Leer. Italian film producer Dino De Laurentiis assisted in financing the production. The sequel was intended to conclude the story of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode. [80] The Scream Factory Blu-ray was repackaged and re-released in 2014 as part of the company's "Complete Collection," which features the entire film series. [53] Universal released the film on October 30, 1981 in the United States. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? "[citation needed] Nancy Stephens, who played Loomis's nurse colleague Marion Chambers in the original, also reprised the character and was given a more important role, revealing to Loomis the family connection between Laurie and Michael.[22]. Halloween II (Scream Factory) HALLOWEEN II(Collector's Edition) (1981) Director: Rick Rosenthal. They planned to have Myers track Laurie Strode to her new home in a high-rise apartment building. Halloween 2 (1981) is a great sequel to a classic film, and its by far my favorite sequel in the Halloween franchise. I wanted it to feel like a two-parter. Randy is 42 years of age and may be related to Rick Rosenthal, Shavon Carson and Dorathea Rosenthal. 2021-22 [4] Wallace, who went on to direct Halloween III, stated, "It is our intention to create an anthology out of the series, sort of along the lines of Night Gallery, or The Twilight Zone, only on a much larger scale, of course. Watch the uncut theater version as it is much better. His colleague Marion Chambers arrives to escort him back to Smith's Grove on the governor's orders and under the enforcement of a US Marshal. View production, box office, & company info, Dr. Loomis orders the Marshal around at gun-point, Ten Minutes To Midnight Exclusive Clip: Horror Icon Caroline Williams Loves Her Listeners, David Gordon Green Says Halloween Ends Will Be Streamlined And Personal, The 'Halloween' Movies, Ranked From Worst to Best, Top 50 Highest-Grossing 1980s Horror Films. Get a sneak peek of the new version of this page. Loomis and Laurie run into an operating room, where he gives her the Marshal's gun before being stabbed by Michael. Halloween II is the first sequel in the Halloween series, written and produced by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, directed by Rick Rosenthal, and released in 1981. Share Tweet. [36] Rosenthal was chosen to direct based on a short film he had made, The Toyer, while a student at the American Film Institute. Halloween II was distributed by Universal Pictures, and premiered in the United States on October 30, 1981. Rosenthal attempts to reproduce the "jump" scenes present in Halloween, but does not film Myers on the periphery, which is where he appeared in many of the scenes of the original. It's classless. Shout! Find your ancestry info and recent death notices for relatives and friends. [24][30] Rosenthal recalled filming at Pasadena Community Hospital as being extraordinarily difficult due to its proximity to an airport, which disrupted shooting frequently due to incoming airplanes. Loomis shoots Michael until he falls down, seemingly dead. previous. Factory/Scream Factory. There are kills and once again Dr. Loomis is obsessed with getting Myers. [80] This Blu-ray release restores the Akkad credit. "[83] Information on the Michigan State University College of Law - … [29] Carvey originally had a bit of a bigger role, including some speaking scenes, before his scenes ultimately got mostly cut. [81], An adaptation of the screenplay was printed as a mass market paperback in 1981 by horror and science-fiction writer Dennis Etchison under the pseudonym Jack Martin. Rick Rosenthal Genre horror, suspense Rating R Showtime Advisories Adult Content, Adult Language, Violence, Nudity Released 1981. Also added are scenes of Michael cutting the power (this explains the dark setting throughout the latter half of the film) and a power generator kicking in. Hill confirmed this in an interview. Jill's stabbing is less graphic, and a moan from the ground implies she might have survived it. It is the second installment in the Halloween film series and serves as a direct sequel to Halloween (1978). [72], Trick or Treat Studios has released a series of officially licensed Halloween II masks, costumes, and props from Universal Studios, beginning in October 2012. There was inflation involved in terms of violence and gore and what you saw onscreen, to the point that John [Carpenter] felt like he was in a box—he could not do the same thing that Halloween had been doing. Another notable difference is the killing of the Marshall. So we had to do some post-production work to bring it at least up to par with the competition.[10]. He is a director and producer, known for Bad Boys (1983), Transparent (2014) and Halloween II (1981). She grabs a hanger and thrusts it up and into his eyes. Anyway, that and the head tilt were the things I carried with me into Halloween II. [42] One reviewer for the BBC described the revised score as having "a more gothic feel." On this day in horror history, Rick Rosenthal’s Halloween II with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, and Dick Warlock as Michael Myers was unleashed in 1981. The others are cheap rip-offs. Here is the Death Waltz release of the original motion picture soundtrack to Rick Rosenthal's 1981 movie "Halloween II", by John Carpenter and … [51], To advertise Halloween II, Universal printed a poster that featured a skull superimposed onto a pumpkin. [33] Wallace explains: "Since the release of Halloween, horror movies had changed. While Marion calls the police, Michael awakens and kills the Marshal with a scalpel. "[41] Regardless, many of the graphic scenes contained elements not seen before in film. The scene where Michael stalks Alice is recut to imply that he attacks and kills her neighbor Mrs. Elrod instead. It started one minute after the first movie ended. "[14] Screenwriter Danny McBride felt that Michael Myers would be scarier if he had no motive for killing people. Shout! Picking up immediately after the events of Halloween, Dr. Loomis has just shot Michael Myers six times, but he survived and snuck off. He is also a producer, actor, and writer. "[52] Use of the tagline More Of The Night HE Came Home—a modified version of the original Halloween tagline—hoped to accomplish the same task. "[27] Gifford and Alicia played minor supporting roles as head nurse Mrs. Virginia Alves and orderly Janet Marshall. "[70], An alternate version of Halloween II (sometimes referred to as 'The Television Cut') has aired on network television since the early 1980s, with most of the graphic violence and blood edited out and many minor additional scenes added, while others are removed. [76], The film received its first North American Blu-ray released on September 13, 2011 through Universal, packaged as a 30th Anniversary Edition. Branham, Michelle De Lude, Robert Frazier, Amy Hargreaves, Bill Hays. Pleasence's character is dead, too, unfortunately. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran. Later Loo… [26], Shoop played Nurse Karen Bailey, who is scalded to death by Myers in the hospital therapy tub. [23], Warlock also claims that the mask he wore was the same one Nick Castle used in the first film. "[59] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 40 out of 100, based on 11 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". In an interview, Warlock explained how he prepared for the role since Myers received far more screen time in the sequel than the original. Sophie's rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ Director: Rick Rosenthal | Release Date: 1981. They hold hands and Laurie says, "We made it. An incident with minor connections to the film heightened attitudes about the potent effects of media violence on young people. There is a television version of this one that totally blows as it is very toned down and they even have a happier ending. It is the second installment in the Halloween series and is a direct sequel to Carpenter's Halloween, immediately picking up where it had left off.Set on the same night of October 31, 1978 as the seemingly unkillable Michael Myers continues to … Laurie Strode is taken to the hospital and Doctor Loomis continues to hunt down Michael with the help of the police. I'm talking to Universal now and they're 'looking into it. Rick Rosenthal. You have the responsibility and the restraints of the style that's been set. [6] According to Yablans, he had planned to produce The Fog for Carpenter, but that Robert Rehme intervened and acquired production rights with his company, Embassy Pictures. The site's critical consensus reads: "Halloween II picks up where its predecessor left off - and quickly wanders into a dead end that the franchise would spend decades struggling to find its way out of. Movie release dates/trailer/poster/review for Halloween II 1981, Horror, Thriller movie directed by Rick Rosenthal. [75] Three years later, on September 18, 2001, Universal Home Video released an anamorphic widescreen DVD. While Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt for Michael Myers, a traumatized Laurie is rushed to hospital, and the serial killer is not far behind her. One year after the events of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), the Shape returns to Haddonfield once again in an attempt to kill his now-mute niece. Rick Rosenthal (1981) With the exception of H20 the sequels to John Carpenter's 1978 horror masterpiece have been universally awful. "[10] This would later be retconned and both Michael and Loomis would return for multiple later installments. "[24] One reviewer of the film notes that "Carpenter, concerned that the picture would be deemed too 'tame' by the slasher audience, re-filmed several death scenes with more gore. Jimmy's discovery of Mrs. Alves dead and his subsequent slipping in the pool of blood has been significantly shortened (or removed altogether in some prints) and moved just prior to the explosion which kills Myers and Loomis. [30] There was discussion of filming Halloween II in 3-D; Hill said, "We investigated a number of 3-D processes ... but they were far too expensive for this particular project. Meanwhile, Loomis is informed that Michael broke into the local elementary school earlier. Resides in Doylestown, PA. [32], Reluctant to extend his involvement in the film,[33] Carpenter refused to direct and originally approached Tommy Lee Wallace, the art director from the original Halloween, to take the helm. [60], Several critics were unwelcoming to the film's ramped-up violence, including Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times, who lambasted the film for its "reprehensible content," summarizing that "Halloween II, as a reprise, simply piles up a greater number of corpses. Halloween II is a 1981 American slasher film directed by Rick Rosenthal in his directorial debut, written and produced by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, and starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence who reprise their respective roles as Laurie Strode and Dr. Sam Loomis. 61 of 106 people found this review helpful. Dr. Loomis and Sheriff Brackett search for Michael, while Laurie Strode is taken to the Haddonfield Memorial Hospital. Halloween II is a 1981 American slasher film directed by Rick Rosenthal in his directorial debut, written and produced by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, and starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence who reprise their respective roles as Laurie Strode and Dr. Sam Loomis. 'Halloween II' is the only good sequel, of course. Picking up pretty much directly where John Carpenter's original left off, Rick Rosenthal's 1981 sequel, Halloween II begins when infamous murder machine Michael Myers (Dick Warlock) basically gets up and walks away from the damage inflicted on him by Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasance) and his handy pistol. Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981, Steve Miner) Halloween II (1981, Rick Rosenthal) Nightmare On Elm Street 2 Freddy's Revenge, A (1985, Jack Sholder) Texas … Veteran English actor Donald Pleasence continued the role of Dr. Sam Loomis, who had been Myers' psychiatrist for the past 15 years while Myers was institutionalized at Smith's Grove Sanitarium. Synopsis The nightmare isn't over! The story picks up directly following the events of the first Halloween. There is also extra dialogue between Laurie and Jimmy, Laurie and Mrs. Alves, Janet and Karen, Karen and Mr. Garrett, Bud and Karen, Jill and Jimmy, etc. And to come after his tragic death, he's not even around to defend himself. Request Box 23 Folder 24-30 Lived In Lake Ariel PA, Flemington NJ, Chalfont PA, Ann Arbor MI. [18] According to Rogers, "The Halloween films opened in the wake of the billowing stories about Halloween sadism and clearly traded on the uncertainties surrounding trick-or-treating and the general safety of the festival. [24] Following the trial, moral critics came to the defense of horror films and rejected calls to ban them. The film's score was a variation of Carpenter compositions from Halloween, particularly the main theme's familiar piano melody played in a compound 5/4 time rhythm. Upon learning his daughter Annie has been killed by Michael, Brackett blows up at Loomis and abandons the search, leaving Deputy Gary Hunt to take his place. Carpenter composed and performed the score with Alan Howarth, who had previously been involved in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), and worked with Carpenter on several projects including Escape from New York (1981), Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), Christine (1983), and Prince of Darkness (1987). The film was played for the jury, and a psychopharmacologist "pointed out various similarities between its scenes and the visions defendant described. He is married to Nancy Stephens. Crazed psychopath Michael Myers is still very much alive and out for more revenge in this spine-tingling blockbuster written by horror masters John Carpenter and Debra Hill. Loomis mistakes costumed teenager Ben Tramer for Michael, resulting in Ben being hit by a police car and burning to death. In her hospital room, Laurie dreams about the time she learned she was adopted, and remembers she once visited a young Michael at the sanitarium. After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the mental institution and immediately returns to Haddonfield to find his baby sister, Laurie. CLASS OF 2021 Golf Turf Management: Ag-Tech 2021. After Doctor Samuel Loomis shoots Michael Myers six times, Michael escapes and is now on the loose in Haddonfield. Stylistically, Halloween II reproduces certain key elements that made the original Halloween a success, such as first-person camera perspectives, and the film picks up right at the end of the cliffhanger ending of the original film and was intended to finish the story of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode. For the second, Justin Kerswell, "Slash with Panache? Loomis, Marion, and the Marshal reach the hospital just in time to save Laurie. While the theatrical version ends with the deaths of Michael Myers and Dr. Loomis and leaves the audience in a gray area as to whether Jimmy survives, the television cut features an extended ending showing Jimmy alive (with a bandaged head wound from his slip) in the ambulance with Laurie Strode. "[73], Halloween II was first released on VHS, Capacitance Electronic Disc, and LaserDisc in 1982 by MCA/Universal Home Video[74] and later by Goodtimes Home Video. Directed by Rick Rosenthal. You have to try hard to maintain the style of the first movie. He stated, "I did not see the original first but being from a small town, I wanted the Deputy to have compassion. The New York Times Archives. As he staggers around trying to find them, the two fill the room with flammable gas. "[11] He would later refer to this plotline as "silly" and "foolish," though it would go on to shape the narrative arc of the series in the subsequent films. Factory kicks off their line called Scream Factory with HALLOWEEN II in a loaded two-disc special edition with a second disc containing the TV edit with additional footage, so people can now finally throw away the old bare-bones Universal DVD. [49] To resolve this, Carpenter shot a sequence featuring a young boy walking on the street with a portable radio playing a news broadcast concerning the murders and Laurie's whereabouts; as the boy walks along, he accidentally bumps into Michael, and resumes walking. Originally, Halloween II was intended to be the last chapter of the Halloween series to revolve around Michael Myers and the town of Haddonfield,[4] but after the lackluster reaction to Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), Michael Myers was brought back six years later in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988). Title: Fans immediately called for a boycott of the disc and set up a Facebook page. [13] It was retconned in Halloween, the 2018 reboot of the franchise, when Laurie's granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) dismisses the idea that Laurie and Michael are siblings as "just something people made up. [50] According to Warlock, Carpenter also shot the close-up footage of Michael's burning body shown at the film's conclusion, as well as the murder sequence of Anne Bruner, a teenage girl who is killed by Michael early in the film. "[17], Historian Nicholas Rogers suggests that a portion of the film seems to have drawn inspiration from the "contemporary controversies surrounding the holiday itself. "[12] The plot twist of Laurie being Michael's sister was initially never planned by Carpenter or Hill, but was conceived, according to Carpenter, "purely as a function of having decided to become involved in the sequel to the movie where I didn't think there was really much of a story left. He survives and escapes into the night. Halloween II Was this review helpful to you? Michael falls down and Laurie walks to the bedroom doorway and sits down. Three years after he last terrorized his sister, Michael Myers confronts her again, before traveling to Haddonfield to deal with the cast and crew of a reality show which is being broadcast from his old home. … It's a disgrace ...  objectively, any horror fan would find this as an insult to the man who has done so much to the series. He told an interviewer, "I'd been studying acting with Milton Katselas at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and I brought many people from the Playhouse into Halloween 2. Under Rosenthal's direction, Myers is the central feature of a majority of the scenes. [71] This cut of the film was released in 2012 by Scream Factory on their Collector's Edition Blu-ray disc, and again in 2014 as a standalone DVD accompanying the "Complete Collection" Deluxe Edition Blu-ray set, which features entire series. While Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt for Michael Myers, a traumatized Laurie is rushed to hospital, and the serial killer is not far behind her. [21] Actor Hunter von Leer heads the manhunt for Myers in the role of Deputy Gary Hunt. Kramer was previously cast in a supporting role as Deputy Jeff Hendricks in Jaws and Jaws 2 (1978). "Halloween II" (also known as "Halloween II: The Nightmare Isn't Over! The film was shown in Canada, Australia, the Philippines and Japan. Inspired by its method of focusing on suspense over nudity and gore, Rosenthal had directed a version of the film which was much lighter on the extreme content. Rosenthal was not pleased with Carpenter's changes. Featured in the only nude scene in the film, Shoop discussed filming the scene, and recalled getting an ear infection: "[The water] was cold and dirty. Rosenthal also portrayed a small role as Professor Mixter in the latter film. Wandering the halls in search of Laurie, he kills the security guard, the doctor, and several nurses throughout the night. Graduates of Michigan State University College of Law - the names, photos, skill, job, location. "[37] Halloween II opens with a title sequence zooming in on a jack-o'-lantern that splits in half to reveal a human skull, a reference to the original film's title sequence, which featured a similar zoom into the eye of a jack-o'-lantern. [53][57][58], On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 32% based on 41 reviews, with a weighted average rating of 4.86/10. [55] Halloween II was a box office success, becoming the second-highest grossing horror film of 1981 behind An American Werewolf in London. Roger Ebert claims, "This movie has the first close-up I can remember of a hypodermic needle being inserted into an eyeball. [20] Charles Cyphers reprised the role of Sheriff Leigh Brackett, though his character disappears from the film when the corpse of his daughter Annie (Nancy Loomis) is discovered. [5] When Yablans approached him about the project, Carpenter was in the midst of developing The Fog (1980). (1981). [69] Quentin Tarantino criticized Halloween II and every sequel that followed in its continuity for the same reason, calling it "fruit from a poison tree because Laurie is not the brother of the Shape. It was about as scary as Quincy. It's a continuation of a John Carpenter and Debra Hill ...  film. [54] The film grossed $7,446,508 on its opening weekend. By Sophie on May 01st, 2015. "[25] These included Pamela Susan Shoop, Leo Rossi, Ana Alicia and Gloria Gifford. Also, most of the projects we do involve a lot of night shooting—evil lurks at night. Akkad's son, Malek, called the stunt "disgusting. "[45], The film was principally edited by Mark Goldblatt. [38] The first scene of the film is presented through a first-person camera format in which a voyeuristic Michael Myers enters an elderly couple's home and steals a knife from the kitchen. It also features captioned black and white stills from the film at the beginning of each chapter.[82]. But in execution, it's my vision. Warlock's previous experience in film was as a stunt double in films, such as The Green Berets (1968) and Jaws (1975), and the 1974 television series Kolchak: The Night Stalker. [34] Carpenter told one interviewer: "I had made that film once and I really didn't want to do it again. While Alice is talking on the phone with her friend, Myers enters from the front door. Turf Management: B.S. Richard L. "Rick" Rosenthal, Jr. (born June 15, 1949) is an American film and television director. [71] There are many edits such as the murder of Dr. Mixter is presumed to still happen, but remains off camera, as does Janet's, although dialogue indicates she might have gone home at the end of her shift instead of being killed. It also introduces the plot twist of Laurie Strode being the sister of Michael Myers, a feature that would form the narrative arc of the series in subsequent films, including Rob Zombie's remake and its sequel, but was dropped from the 2018 film trilogy. Nancy Loomis appears as Annie in a cameo role as her father, Sheriff Brackett, closes her eyes as her corpse is being taken out of the house in a stretcher. "[66], Like the original Halloween, this and other slasher films have come under fire from feminist critics. [44] Reviewers commented on the decision to include this song in the film, calling the selection "interesting" and "not a song you would associate with a film like this." Kapsis points out that by 1981 horror had "become a genre non grata" with critics. "[18], The main cast of Halloween reprised their roles in the sequel with the exception of Nick Castle, who had played the adult Michael Myers in the original. The third film, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, released a year later, contained a plot that deviated wholly from that of the first two films. "[18] Critics such as John Kenneth Muir point out that female characters such as Laurie Strode survive not because of "any good planning" or their own resourcefulness, but sheer luck. The reviewer asserted that it "doesn't sound quite as good as the original piece", but "it still remains a classic piece of music. [48] During this editing process, Carpenter realized that an unresolved plot hole was present: It was unclear as to how Michael Myers was able to track Laurie to the hospital. 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