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Halloween II

Ultra-gory sequel/remake is brutally violent, badly made.
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 101 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

No positive messages to be found here -- it's a dark, bloody gore-fest that's all about killing and pain.

Positive role models

There are no positive role models in the movie; authority figures are either arrogant or ineffectual, and the villian of the piece is a brutal sociopath.

Violence

Constant, bloody, hyper-realistic violence, including slashings, shootings, stabbings, strangling, bare-handed neck-breaking, and more. The film's killer stabs people repeatedly with bone-breaking force, severs windpipes with broken glass, and strangles and snaps people's necks with his bare hands. Victims howl with pain and terror and spit blood; arms are broken with enough force that the bone snaps through the skin. A man's head is obliterated by a series of stomps; his mangled body is dangled for all to see. In another scene, a naked woman is smashed into a wall until her head is obliterated. Characters are literally covered in blood after assaults, and murder victims are seen with their eyes stabbed out and a butcher's knife protruding from their skull. All of this is depicted with excruciatingly realistic makeup/special effects, with grisly detail.

Sex

Topless go-go dancers cavort at a costume party/concert. Constant sexual discussion and language -- ambulance attendants discuss necrophilia; a young couple makes out and discusses various extreme sexual acts. A strip-club owner goes to have sex with one of his dancers, but they're brutally murdered before that happens. 

Language

Non-stop stream of profanity, including "f--k," "motherf--ker," "s--t," "damn," "Jesus," "a--hole," "dick," "piss," "oh my God," "p---y," 'balls," "ho," and "c--k," among much more.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters drink (beer, wine, liquor) to excess and smoke cigars and cigarettes. One character gets roaring drunk.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sequel to 2007's Halloween remake is brutally violent, grotesquely explicit, and terrifyingly violent. There are innumerable scenes of killing, and it says a lot about the movie's savagery and viciousness that they're still grim even though it's not particularly well made. Expect sex scenes and non-stop stream of extreme profanity, too, but it's really the violence -- with young women covered head to toe in blood, slashed to ribbons, whimpering, and crying for aid -- that makes Halloween 2 truly unpleasant. Parents also need to know that this film review is for the rated theatrical version, and there is an unrated director's cut available for purchase and rental.

What's the story?

A year after the masacre depicted in the first Halloween, the survivors of brutal killer Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) are trying to cope with their wounds -- and the chilling fact that his body was never found. When Myers returns to the scene of the original crime, his bloody rampage continues, bringing him closer and closer to Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton), who has a secret connection to Myers -- and to the psychiatrist (Malcolm McDowell) who's profiting from a book about the brutal murders.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

HALLOWEEN II is full of bloody, bleak violence and demonstrates writer-director Rob Zombie's failure to understand the basic mechanics of filmmaking: editing, lighting, direction, and storytelling. It combines the terrors of brutal murder with the startling ineptitude of someone who doesn't know what they're doing. Zombie tries hard to recreate the grimy, flat look of the '70s horror classics he loves, but the film's weak visual style isn't "real" or "interesting" -- just washed-out and shabby. Zombie also grafts pop-psychological motivations on murderer Myers so that he's attended by visions of his younger self and his mother. This is a clear case of more being less; explaining Myers makes him pedestrian and tedious, as opposed to the existential unknowable, unstoppable masked killing force of the original films.

Worse, Halloween II is either deranged and disturbing or deathly dull; there are huge sections of talk, talk, talk between the grisly executions, so audiences vacillate between being bored and being disgusted. The original Halloween II took up the story mere moments after the first movie ended and kept up a hurtling momentum that helped it over the slower or sillier bits. Zombie's meandering new plotline, taking place over a year, just stretches things out and gives you more time to reflect on how none of it makes sense. Even drenched in blood, anyone can see that Zombie, the new Emperor of Extreme Terror, is naked under the shock, schlock, and gore.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the movie's realistic, brutal violence. What purpose does it serve, if any? What's the point of it?

  • What separates a "good" violent horror film from a bad one? When do these movies go too far?

  • What separates an inspired horror remake from one that seems created just to make money? What kind of cultural impact did ow-budget genre classics like the original Halloween, Friday the 13th, and A Nightmare on Elm Street have?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 28, 2009
DVD/Streaming release date:January 12, 2010
Cast:Malcolm McDowell, Scout Taylor-Compton, Sheri Moon-Zombie
Director:Rob Zombie
Studio:Weinstein Co.
Genre:Horror
Run time:101 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong brutal bloody violence throughout, terror, disturbing graphic images, language, crude sexual content and nudity

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Parent Written byLynchFan June 2, 2012

STUPID

impressive... the worst of the halloween franchise. this "movie" is sooo badly made that makes me laught. really it was soo stupid, a completly waste of time and money!!! this one is BRUTAL and sadistic like the 1st remake, but worst ( imagine ) NOT FOR KIDS.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bycinemaphile91 October 3, 2010

older, around 17 and up

its a grim movie, as it should be. the violence being realistic was an artistic choice that i felt was right. cartoony violence just dumbs down reality, the movie was very well made with natural lighting and impressive cinematography. emotionally involving as well. see annie bathroom scene...
Parent of a 4, 7, 9, 10, and 14 year old Written byLifeisGr8 October 2, 2009

My 14 Year Old Son Wanted To Go At Midnight But I Said No But For 2 Weeks He Locked Him Self In His Room After He Ate His Dinner And I Took Him To See Halloween 2 And My 7 Year Old Was Crying So I Took Him Too. Heres My Review!

Halloween 2 Was A Brutal Horror Movie That Had Graphic Violence, Sexuality, Vulgar Language, Some Drinking And Brief Nudity. Halloween 2 Was A Good Film And My Kids Loved It!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking