Halloween II (1981)

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Dr. Loomis and Sheriff Brackett hunt the dark streets for Micheal Myers, Laurie Strode is at the Haddenfield Hospital where she is still not safe. Micheal, after taking six bullets from Dr. Loomis, waits in the shadows for his chance to kill Laurie. However, he has a special reason for hunting her.

‘Halloween II’ Movie Summary

The summary below contains spoilers.
Halloween II (1981)In the spirit of such 80’s sequels as The Sting II, Grease 2, Poltergeist II: The Other Side, and Fletch Lives, John Carpenter continues the tradition of following a god damned American classic with a meaningless money grab disguised as a film sequel.

Halloween II once again has the show down between “The Shape”, Michael Myers, versus “The Body”, Jamie Lee Curtis. The difference in this film, it doesn’t take place on Halloween, it takes place on November 1st.

The film picks up where the last film left off, with Dr. Loomis putting six in the center mass of Michael and knocking him off a two story balcony. However, this is a sequel, so they have to up the ante. In the beginning of this film, Loomis fires seven shots from his six shooter. When Loomis goes to check on the Michael’s body, “The Shape” is gone.

Meanwhile, Laurie Strode, played by Curtis, is taken to the Haddonfield Memorial Hospital to be treated for her injuries. Haddonfield is the healthiest place in America, because it appears that there are no other patients in the hospital and they only need a skeleton crew to take care of their “patient.” While Laurie is being treated, Loomis continues his obsessive quest to find Michael. After scaring one unfortunate teenager into oncoming traffic, Loomis is left by himself to conduct the search since the police department is as busy as their hospitals.

To fill up the mandatory 90 minutes for a movie, Carpenter, with the assistance of Budweiser, creates a plotline of a potential romance for Laurie with Jimmy, one of the EMT’s who brings her into the hospital. But this is a 80’s slasher film, so you know that Jimmy is not going to make it our unharmed.

Eventually, Michael learns that Laurie is at the hospital via the radio, because there is no such thing as HIPAA in 1981. Once Michael arrives at the hospital, he starts killing off the five or six people on staff at the hospital. Meanwhile, Loomis is rounded up by the U.S. Marshalls, as he has been ordered back to the mental hospital by the governor. In route to the hospital, Loomis, and the audience, is informed that Laurie is Michael’s sister for the first time. Loomis now knows where Michael is going, just as the audience has known for the entire film. To find and kill Laurie. Loomis makes the U.S. Marshall take him back to Haddonfield at gun point.

At the hospital, Michael has finished dispatching the entire hospital staff and is chasing an injured and somewhat helpless through the hospital when Loomis, the mental hospital nurse, and the U.S. Marshall arrive. The Marshall shots Michael in the chest, but Michael gets up from that and kills the Marshall. The mental hospital nurse goes to call for help while Loomis and Laurie try to hide from Michael. Eventually, Michael traps them in the surgical room.

Laurie is able to stab Michael in both eyes, blinding him. Something that I wished someone would have done to me in the first 15 minutes of this film. Loomis films the room with ether and oxygen and orders Laurie out of the room. Once Laurie is clear, Loomis lights the gas and blows himself and Michael right past Halloween III and straight into Halloween IV.

In the end, Laurie is put into another ambulance, sans Jimmy, and left to be haunted by images of Michael’s burning body. Ultimately, this is all meaningless since Carpenter and Curtis have decided to retcon this entire film out of existence with their new Halloween film, coming to a theater near you next week.

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Universal Pictures released Halloween II on October 30, 1981. Rick Rosenthal directed the film starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, and Charles Cyphers.

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