Halloween II: Unrated Director's Cut
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If the supplemental features are any indication as to what life was like on the set of Halloween II, every day was either an insurmountable challenge or a laugh riot. Writer-director Rob Zombie's commentary is the most telling of the extras; Zombie details, in rueful but bemused tones, the daily struggle to complete the film with local technicians, driving rain, short days, and punishing weather. He also points out the many shortcuts he was forced to take to see his vision to the screen, and he details the 14 minutes of scenes deleted from the theatrical release (mostly inconsequential, though "The Pit" in the hospital basement is impressively nasty) that constitute the director's cut. Not everything about Halloween II was a chore, as the blooper reel indicates; it's nothing one hasn't seen before (blown takes, misfired props), but it does give the impression that the cast had a good time on the set. Less intriguing are the numerous deleted and extended scenes; there's a considerable amount of prolonged gore in the murder of Lou Martini (Daniel Roebuck), but most of the scenes are comprised of dialogue--not Zombie's strong suit, and since the film is already too long to begin with, the idea of sitting through more tedious scenes might not be appealing to viewers. Audition footage for some of the minor and supporting roles offers passing interest, but the extended "comedy" routines of faux horror movie host Uncle Seymour Coffins, and the multiple music videos by the cleverly named but utterly bland Captain Clegg and the Night Creatures, are forgettable at best. The extras are rounded out by a wealth of Sony movie previews, including District 9, Moon, and The Stepfather. --Paul Gaita
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WHITE HORSE - Since my wife's character .. I mean, ... a main character was killed off in the first film, I will quote some mumbo-jumbo excerpt from "The Subconscious Psychosis of Dreams" and have my wife .. I mean, a lead actress, portray an important character that influences another important character in this film. She will be dressed in white.. just because... and we'll throw in a white horse.. just because. She will continue to reappear throughout this film until all of the filmed footage is used.
My Journal .. I mean ..."The Subconscious Psychosis of blah-blah"
When this film was released back in 2009, it was butchered (no pun intended) by the critics and most of the audience. I, personally, do not care because I actually like it and prefer it over Zombie's original re-visioning of "Halloween". This sequel is brutal, unsettling, ghastly and it moves at a pretty brisk pace (well, at least one of the versions does... more on this later). Admittedly, I prefer the theatrical version but this unrated Director's cut offers some interesting additional footage and in my opinion, a very disappointing climax. Also note, that this version is not exactly scarier or bloodier; it is longer with revisions to timelines and characters. Most of the additional scenes deal with Laurie Strode's mental anguish. Also thrown in are a lot of unnecessary footage of Mikey and Rob Zombie's wife. For the horror nut, watch both versions and decide which one you like (or detest) more.
This grisly sequel opens with a brief flashback of a young Michael and his mother that introduces the "White Horse" theme- a reoccurring theme for the duration of the film.Read more ›
I'm a big fan of Rob Zombie's films, but let's face it: The guy has his own unique style, artistic and not at all run of the mill. Not everybody likes it, and those who do "get it" will enjoy Halloween 2 more than those who don't.
I found Halloween 2 to be weaker than the original, and actually quite boring at times. Here's why:
The movie begins with a brief flashback scene to young Michael. Young actor Daeg Faerch has been recast, and the new kid didn't look quite right to me. Anyway from there, we go straight to pick up the action when Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton) shot Michael Myers at the end of the first film. Laurie is wandering around in a daze, then she's hysterial, then she's running.... The problem here is that unless you watched both films directly in a row, you have no connection to her at all. You don't have a sense of why she's running, why she's hysterial. You know it intellectually, but you don't feel it. The viewer doesn't care. Zombie should have backed the film up a bit further because otherwise you just have a blood soaked girl running around.
Another thing that I felt is weak is that Zombie cheats the viewer with too many dream sequences that he tries to pass off as real until the dreamer wakes up. They are long and involved, and it happened more than once. Oh, and speaking of dream sequences, we get several visions from Myers too. Apparently he's been dreaming about his mother and a white horse his whole adult life. This feels tacked on just for the sake of the sequel. It does however enable Zombie to use "Knights In White Satin" by the Moody Blues twice in the film.Read more ›
If I'm being completely honest, I was very surprised when it was announced that there would be a sequel to Rob Zombie's "Halloween". From what I read at the time, Rob Zombie wanted to make "Halloween 2" entirely his own & not go based off of John Carpenter's "Halloween 2" & from what I saw in the film, he accomplished that.
The Movie: I'd written a review for Rob Zombie's "Halloween" & said it was dark, gory & there was profanity, much like his other movies, but his version of "Halloween 2" is 10x worse than his reimagining of "Halloween". This takes place immediately after Laurie Strode "kills" her brother, Michael Myers, we see her in the hospital suffering from pretty substantial injuries & she goes into surgery. Nothing is left to the imagination, we're shown broken bones, open wounds, blood, stitches & it's all graphically shown. Skip ahead a couple of years & Laurie is a completely different person, she's depressed, has tattoos, has dreadlocked hair, she's very much a changed person from when we first met her in "Halloween". However, who wouldn't change drastically if they found out their brother was a serial killer who killed your entire family? Another character who has changed is Danielle Harris' character, Annie, she's become a positive, vegan, recluse, which is again the polar opposite of her character in the 2007 version. I personally wasn't a fan of Laurie's new friends in this movie, unfortunately, like in the 2007 version, I found them to be rather irritating when they hung out together, but hey, that's just my opinion. The ending was a disappointment to me, the final scene with Anthony Perkins in Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" only it wasn't unique & haunting.
The BluRay: It works very well, no issues with the disc.Read more ›
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Halloween II continues the story of Halloween in 1978 with Donald Pleasance and Jamie Lee Curtis. Laurie Strode is taken to a hospital and Michael Myers soon follows her after... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jason Hutton
this film is purre rob zombie experience all the way, the difference from the second to the first is they change the actor that plays young Michael not a big deal AT ALL, and also... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Tea
The "Holloween 1" remake was great and will be a classic on it's own,
just like the original. But this one was a miss. Read more
The first Halloween movie I ever saw was the 1981 version of Halloween II when I was around 7 years old. Read morePublished on March 12 2012 by Basket Case
This was trash, through and through! There's not much more that can be said other than if you liked this, you're on serious drugs!... Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2012 by S. J. B.
I am a huge rob zombie fan and from the moment I watched the first trailer of this film I knew that I absolutely had to watch this film. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2011 by Brian L.
Is this Rob Zombie's Halloween 2 or the Orginal Halloween 2. If this is the Original than consider it purchased but since there is no picture or nothing , Im unsure. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2010 by Brent M. Corbin
Rob Zombie's 2007 remake of the original Halloween movie came as a surprise to me, I didn't think I would end up enjoying it, in fact I thought it would be the opposite. Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2010 by T. Skylar