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Halloween II

By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Ultra-gory sequel/remake is brutally violent, badly made.

Movie R 2009 101 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 22 parent reviews

age 2+

has a very educaional value. YOu learn tons about hte body screw science just watch this.

THis is a wonderful and inspiring movie about how to not make ur kid a pyscho. My kid realized that being a pyscho for a job wasn't the best option for him to be a millionare.
age 18+

Way too Gory for ANY human being

first of all I just want to get this out in the first 10 minutes of the movie someone already got decapitated and you see his head getting ripped off and you see the organs on him getting ripped, then you see someone get stabbed a million times and to me seeing that as an adult that is enough. I feel like whoever says it is for kids 2 and up they are obsurd pieces of crap. Just Don't Bother to watch. They even got the Mask for Michael Myers wrong...

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (22 ):
Kids say (55 ):

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.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: August 28, 2009
  • On DVD or streaming: January 12, 2010
  • Cast: Malcolm McDowell , Scout Taylor-Compton , Sheri Moon-Zombie
  • Director: Rob Zombie
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • 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
  • Last updated: October 22, 2023

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