Halloween II

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Laurie Strode is rushed to the hospital, while Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt the streets for Michael Myers, who has found Laurie at the Haddonfield Hospital.

Release Year: 1981

Rating: 6.3/10 (24,052 voted)

Critic's Score: 44/100

Rick Rosenthal

Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers

It's the same night as the original Halloween. Michael Myers is around the neighborhood, after being gunned by Dr.Loomis six times. Now, he's in a hospital where the girl Laurie Strode was taken. And there's a reason why Michael is after her…

Writers: John Carpenter, Debra Hill


Jamie Lee Curtis

Laurie Strode

Donald Pleasence

Sam Loomis

Charles Cyphers

Leigh Brackett

Jeffrey Kramer


Lance Guest


Pamela Susan Shoop


Hunter von Leer

Gary Hunt

Dick Warlock

The Shape
Patrolman #3

Leo Rossi


Gloria Gifford

Mrs. Alves

Tawny Moyer


Ana Alicia


Ford Rainey

Dr. Mixter

Cliff Emmich

Mr. Garrett

Nancy Stephens


Just when you thought it was safe to go trick or treating…


Official Website:
Halloween II (1981) |
Trancas International Films |

Release Date: 30 October 1981

Filming Locations: Kersting Court at Sierra Madre Boulevard, Sierra Madre, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $2,500,000


Opening Weekend: $7,676,836
(1 November 1981)

Gross: $25,533,818

Technical Specs



Did You Know?


To get the role of Michael Myers, Dick Warlock revealed that as he passed by a room, the Michael Myers mask was on a table. He put the mask on and walked into Rick Rosenthal's office and stood there. After Rosenthal continuously asked him who he was and he didn't reply, he took off the mask and asked if he could play Michael Myers.


Factual errors:
Assuming the hot tub water was hot enough to scald nurse Karen's face, as depicted, then it could be assumed that Michael Myers' hand, which was also clearly seen under the water, would show similar burn marks; it does not. In reality the water would not be hot enough to burn flesh at 125 degrees Fahrenheit.


Voice on Radio:
Unit calling, identify.

Marion Chambers:
Marion Chambers with Dr. Loomis at the clinic – he's here!

Voice on Radio:
Ah, ten-four. Unit calling, identify suspect.

Marion Chambers:
Michael Myers! Just get your ass over here!

User Review

Just as scary as the original

Rating: 9/10

As sequels go, this isn't a better movie than the original, but what it is
and what it does well, it does really well. I have to say right away here
that I was scared in this movie. There are some truly ingenious and
horrific shots in this film. There are times when you really aren't
expecting what's about to transpire, and when it does, it sends chills
through you.

I first saw this film in my " horror " days in the mid 80's. I was 12
old then. So I just recently watched it again to see if it would have the
same affect on me now. I sat in my basement and turned off all the lights
and you know what, I was spooked. Right from the opening number of
Carpenter's ominous music and the pumpkin slowly transforming into
angry face, I knew right there that I was in for a night of fear. And I

The story starts the same night as Halloween ended on. Laurie is being
taken to the hospital and there is a massive manhunt to find Myers.
eventually gets settled into the hospital and it becomes only a matter of
time until Michael can find out where she is. He finally comes to get her
and then all hell breaks loose.

One of the major players in this film is the locale. The hospital is dark
and quiet and rather empty. And that adds to the atmosphere of the film.
It gives us lots of long hallways so we can have a few shots of Michael
hunting his prey. What we also get is an array of rooms to 86 his victims
in and a slew of weapons to do it with.

Rick Rosenthal directed this film and I am amazed that he really didn't go
on to do much because he almost copies Carpenter's style to the tee here.
Brilliant in particular are two shots. One is where Michael appears out
the darkness in one room to attack his victim. The lighting is solely
responsible for the affectiveness of this shot and it works so well that
still gives me the shivers when I watch it. The second is when Micael
attacks one of the nurses while Laurie watched helplessly from a

Not only is this a good horror movie, it is a good film and if the first
rates a 10/10, this is certainly of a 9. It is that good. And if you
agree with me, watch it again—by yourself and then answer that