Halloween II

Movie review by
James Rocchi, Common Sense Media
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Ultra-gory sequel/remake is brutally violent, badly made.
  • R
  • 2009
  • 101 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 23 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 46 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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.


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.


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. 


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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8, 13, and 17-year-old Written byFernando V. April 18, 2018

Halloween 2 Review

Rob Zombie sequel to his Halloween reboot franchise is just a terrible and disappointing as the first one, maybe even worste. This is a extremely gory and brut... Continue reading
Adult Written byRichManGold December 20, 2020
Kid, 12 years old September 13, 2020

This is garbage.

OG Franchise is better. Secondly there is RAPE in the producer's cut. BYE.
Teen, 17 years old Written byMaceoanderano June 12, 2020

This sequel is super not for kids.

Parents this sequel is not for your kids to see at all. This movie tons and tons of language and this movie is super a slasher. This film is a super violent seq... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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