A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink (beer, wine, liquor) to excess and smoke cigars and cigarettes. One character gets roaring drunk.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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