HALLOWEEN 2. (1981) REVIEW BY SANDRA HARRIS. ©

HALLOWEEN 2: MORE OF THE NIGHT HE CAME HOME… (1981) DIRECTED BY RICK ROSENTHAL. WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY JOHN CARPENTER AND DEBRA HILL. MUSIC BY JOHN CARPENTER AND ALAN HOWARTH.
STARRING JAMIE LEE CURTIS, DONALD PLEASENCE, NANCY LOOMIS, CHARLES CYPHERS, NANCY STEPHENS, LEO ROSSI, ANA ALICIA, DANA CARVEY AND DICK WARLOCK.
REVIEW BY SANDRA HARRIS. ©

Although no film can ever be as good as the original HALLOWEEN, the daddy of all the slasher movies that came afterwards, HALLOWEEN 2 actually has a pretty damn good ‘stab’ at it. (See what I did there…?)

When I saw it first, I was thrilled to bits to find that it continues directly on from the first film, so anyone who wants to know what happened after Michael Myers’s fateful return to his home town of Haddonfield one Halloween night is going to want to see this.

The action mostly takes place in the deliciously spooky setting of Haddonfield Memorial Hospital. Jamie Lee Curtis as teenager Laurie Strode is whisked off to HMH after being attacked and stabbed by The Man in the White Mask towards the end of the first film.

The sequel sees her trying to recover from her non-life-threatening injuries while being stalked once more by Michael Myers, who has naturally tracked her down to the hospital. Well, he would, wouldn’t he? We don’t know how he does it, but he seems to just have a natural kind of instinct-slash-radar for this kind of thing. Heh-heh-heh, I said ‘slash…’

Michael Myers is at his ghoulishly murderous best in this terrific horror flick. Having been shot a whopping six times by Dr. Loomis at the end of HALLOWEEN, he is apparently now in better shape than ever as he cuts a deadly swathe through the staff of HMH in his attempts to get to Laurie.

He kills pretty young nurses, doctors, orderlies and the hospital’s one security guard in increasingly inventive ways. You could actually say that he’s the worst thing to happen to the health service since the Bubonic plague.

He even kills Ana Alicia at one point, the brunette beauty who shot to fame as Melissa Agretti in glitzy soap opera FALCON CREST. God, I loved that show. Angela Channing, Chase and Maggie Gioberti, Richard Channing, Lance and Melissa… the glamour, the bitching, the intrigue! And that was just Jane Wyman as manipulative old Angela Channing…

(Dana Carvey from WAYNE’S WORLD is in the movie too as someone called Barry McNichol, but I don’t know who that is. Leo Rossi, who plays the sexually harassing male nurse called Budd Scarlotti in HALLOWEEN 2, also plays a man who eggs on the rapists in THE ACCUSED (1988).

He can say in all sincerity on his resume that he’s played a sexual pervert to near perfection at least twice in his career… I never forgot the nasty, chilling way he said ‘you’re next’ to the scared little waitress in THE ACCUSED who’s only just realising that a gang-rape is taking place.)

Some of the nurses look like porn stars, no kidding, the kind you can imagine being paid to give an ailing Mafia boss a lap-dance and a hand-job under the hospital bedcovers in full nurse’s regalia.

But Michael, sadly, is immune to the charms of the female sex. He’s very much an equal opportunities murderer. He’ll kill anyone, regardless of gender, age, profession or social status, God bless his evil heart.

One ball-breaking staff nurse is strapped to an operating table and has her life’s blood drained out of her drop by drop. Very ingenious, very Holmes and Moriarty in SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SECRET WEAPON from 1943. Although how Michael would have the medical knowledge to do this, I’m not sure.

A dopey young orderly slips in the nurse’s life’s-blood and brains himself. Michael Myers doesn’t even have to lift a finger to disable that dozy chappie.

Another orderly, a bit of a pervy sleazebag (the afore-mentioned Leo Rossi as Budd Scarlotti), is garrotted while his naked nurse girlfriend waits for him in the hydrotherapy hot tub presumably intended for patients’ use only. Oh well. What do you expect if you break the rules?

The girlfriend’s death is particularly inventive. Michael Myers silently comes up behind her and caresses her bare shoulder in a curiously sensual scene. Of course, she thinks it’s her boyfriend, the orderly, who’s touching her goodies, so she gets one hell of a shock when she looks up and sees Michael’s impassively masked face staring down at her.

He grabs her and dunks her face in the water, which is by now boiling hot as he’s sneakily turned up the thermostat himself. She drowns in the hot tub, but not before she’s lost a good few layers of her facial skin… Eeuw!

We never really, in any of the films, see Michael engage in sexual activity or become romantically involved. I suppose some fans would feel that he’d lose a lot of his mysticism that way. I for one, though, would like to see him gettin’ jiggy with it with someone, but that’s probably because I’m enormously sexually attracted to the guy, psychopathic misfit that he is. I’m just saying, is all…

The film ends with a climactic showdown in a deserted corner of the hospital between Michael Myers, Laurie Strode and Donald Pleasence, who has reprised his role as the brown-overcoated Englishman, Dr. Loomis. (And, speaking of the good doctor, who’s gonna take responsibility for what happens to poor Ben Tramer, might I ask? Oh, no-one? Fair enough. Sorry I spoke. Do please carry on…)

He’s all up in a heap because he’s just discovered that Michael and Laurie are actually… well, let’s just say that he’s found out a deep dark secret that connects Laurie to the man who just can’t stop killing folks, a secret that might have ‘grave’ consequences for poor Laurie, lol.

I won’t tell you who, if anyone, escapes the fiery dénouement of the film. You’ll have to watch it for yourself to find out. HALLOWEEN 2 is a worthy sequel to one of the most iconic horror movies of all time, although I know some critics feel that it’s just one crude kill after another and lacks the finesse of the original film, but I still dig it.

Haddonfield Memorial Hospital is fantastically eerie- and curiously short on patients- as Michael Myers stalks its halls in the dead of night. (That hospital sure needs to put in a request for some more money. And staff. It really could use some more staff. And a hot tub re-filling. And, while we’re about it, a push-broom re-bristling. Better safe than sorry.) All three of the main protagonists play their parts to perfection. There’s nothing much left to say. Long live Michael Myers. Good evening…

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY OF SANDRA HARRIS.
 
Sandra Harris is a Dublin-based novelist, poet, short story writer and film and book blogger. She has studied Creative Writing and Vampirology. She has published a number of e-books on the following topics: horror film reviews, multi-genre film reviews, women’s fiction, erotic fiction, erotic horror fiction and erotic poetry. Several new books are currently in the pipeline. You can browse or buy any of Sandra’s books by following the link below straight to her Amazon Author Page:
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B015GDE5RO
Her debut romantic fiction novel, ‘THIRTEEN STOPS,’ is out now from Poolbeg Books:
https://www.amazon.com/Thirteen-Stops-Sandra-Harris-ebook/dp/B089DJMH64
The sequel, ‘THIRTEEN STOPS LATER,’ is out now from Poolbeg Books:
 https://www.amazon.com/dp/1781994234


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