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Thursday, October 29, 2015

HALLOWEEN 2 (1981)

Jaime Lee Curtis is having a bad night
HALLOWEEN 2 (1981). Director: Rick Rosenthal.

"I shot him six times! He's not human!"

This sequel immediately follows Halloween, in which we learn of a hitherto unknown relationship between Laurie Stode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and the maniac Michael Myers. Myers has proved more or less unkillable, and goes on a rampage in a strangely deserted hospital, piling up bodies and making his way to Laurie, who has been admitted to the facility due to her injuries and shock. The worst is yet to come as Laurie must do her best to stay out of her older brother's clutches, and the chase is on. Halloween 2 is somewhat of an improvement over the original in that it has more action and at least seems to have a slightly faster pace. The many victims include Ana Alicia, who wound up on Falcon Crest, and Lance Guest, a nice paramedic who seems to care for Laurie. There's also a supporting player with the great (?) name of Hunter von Leer. Donald Pleasence is back as Dr. Loomis and is fine. Dean Cundey's photography is still a plus. There's at least one good scare in the picture.

Verdict: Fairly entertaining slasher flick. **1/2.

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