Friday, October 24, 2008
The 9 Days HE Came Home: Day 2-Halloween 2
Here to tell us her thoughts on "Halloween 2" is Devon, a Mass Invader that's written two reviews for the site. To check those out, click here and here.
Devon's Review of "Halloween 2":
Halloween 2 begins with an opening sequence that appears nearly identical to that of the first film, featuring a sloppy Jack-O-Lantern blazing against a black backdrop with orange block-letter credits. As we approach, however, the gourd splits down the middle, revealing a grinning, blue-lit skull nestled amid a cobwebbed mass of pumpkin guts.
This sequence pretty much sums up the entire film -- it tries to totally freak your shit out by constantly one-upping the first movie, brutally and unexpectedly rending apart the conventions that that film established; it fails because it is silly, redundant, and flaunts its petty shock aspirations so thoroughly as to unneccessarily strain the viewer's suspension of disbelief.
Released in 1981, Halloween 2 clearly represents a response not only to the first film in the series, but to the several genre knockoffs which had already begun to appear by that time (perhaps most notably, the first Friday the 13th movie). It's a pretty solid slasher flick and a decent horror sequel -- likely the best in the series -- but it unfortunately can't hold a candle (no pun intended) to Carpenter's groundbreaking original.
My Thoughts on "Halloween 2":
I was pretty impressed on how it picked right up after the ending of "Halloween" and we just see the continuation of stuff happening that night. I wasn't too impressed with the paramedic dude that had a crush on Laurie. He sees bloods and starts losing his shit? He even goes into a comatose state afterwards! Jeez, I wouldn't want this guy to show up if I get into a bad car wreck. The killings were pretty cool, especially the hot tub one.
Tomorrow's my turn when I redo my "Halloween 3: Season of the Witch" review.