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Reviewed by: Jenicide

Since John Carpenter’s Halloween turned out to be a big hit, it prompted the typical studio response for a horror movie sequel to cash in on the predecessor’s success. In the case of Halloween II, the scare aspects of the film tend to include more gore over suspense, which is unforunate because the suspense made the original film terrifying. While the film fails to equal to Halloween , part II does turn out as an entertaining ride.

Halloween II picks up from the precise moment the last movie left off, continuing on Halloween night, 1978. Dr. Loomis is searching around town frantically for his patient, Michael Myers, while Laurie Strode is admitted overnight into Haddonfield Memorial Hospital for treatment. Once Myers learns of this, he heads off to the hospital and continues his killing spree in search of her.

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After Halloween proved to be a massive hit, the anticipation of a sequel, like Halloween II, that picks up directly from the predecessor is exciting. This satisfies the audience’s curiousity of “what happens next”. Fans of the film were already attached to these characters and were eager to see where their adventures would lead them to next. Becuase of that, a lot of weight is put on the film’s shoulders to produce a sequel that fills the original’s shoes.

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While Halloween II has its good points, one element that brings the story down is that the gore factor is substituted for suspense. The body count and gore exposure on screen is massively larger compared to the original, trading shlock and blood for atmosphere. Part of the problem is that part II takes place in a brightly lit hospital, where it is less possible to keep the mood as dark and creepy. Then there is the sibling relation factor. Halloween II makes the surprising revelation of Michael’s connection to Laurie in that they are siblings. This changes the whole premise where Myers was simply an evil being, killing without any reason. Giving Michael a motive now makes him less scary because it takes away from his mystique.

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On the other hand, Halloween II manages to be an entertaining movie because it provides action sequences that makes this sequel a pulse-pounding thrill ride. For example, the movie featured multiple explosions and shooting scenes that would have been out of place in the original, but here, it gets the adrenaline flowing. Dr. Loomis becomes the classic “man-with-a-gun” hero, typical of action movies. Makes it a little hard to believe this is the same calm and collected character from the previous film, as he is forcing a federal marshall at gunpoint to drive him around. The action in Halloween II is fun, but it’s also what makes it lose its scary qualities from the original.

Halloween II is an enjoyable sequel, but it’s not as excellent as the original. This comes down to the tradeoff of suspense and ambiance for mindless kills and cheap thrills. Not necessarily a bad thing, but these popcorn-movie elements are inferior when compared to the craftsmanship of John Carpenter’s Halloween.


Hello one and all, we would like to introduce to you our new movie reviewer, Jenicide, who has just written and published her review of the 1978 classic, Halloween. So go ahead and check it out!

We would also like to announce the first successful test-run of our Fourth of October celebration splatterworks. For those of you who don’t know, October 4th is the day we celebrate independent horror filmmaking, and we celebrate by popping our own version of fireworks, which we call splatterworks. Very soon we will be posting a How-to video where we will teach you how to make a simple splatterwork and then show you the actual explosion. So watch out for that!

For more info on Fourth of October, check out this previous post:

October 4th: Celebrating Horror Independence!

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Reviewed by: Jenicide

October is near. Yes! Our favorite month of the year is approaching. So what better time to get to a favorite upon many horror fans than a review on the 1978 classic, “Halloween”?

When it comes to horror films, John Carpenter’s Halloween is considered by many as a holy grail of a horror movie; one that introduced the iconic masked killer, Michael Myers. More than likely, if you are reading this, you know how the movie goes, but to be consistent in our reviews, here’s a quick synopsis for you: A young Myers is left in the care of his older sister, Judith, whom he murders in cold blood on Halloween night, 1963. Fast forward fifteen years later, Myers, having been under the care of his psychiatrist Dr. Loomis, (played by the late, great Donald Pleasance) makes his move and escapes. Loomis realizes the evil nature of his patient and is hell-bent on recapturing Michael, whether he gets support or not. Now back in his hometown of Haddonfield, Myers stalks three high school girls who are unaware they are now his targets. Particularly the level-headed, reserved Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis’ film debut). Their Halloween turns from a carefree evening of babysitting and teenage hi-jinks to death and terror.

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So what made “Halloween” such a beloved masterpiece? It relies on basic ingredients and excellent execution; the suspense factor, a creepy score (composed by Carpenter), and great acting. The suspense is played out beautifully throughout and reaches a crescendo during the final game of cat and mouse between Michael and Laurie. Adding to the suspense is the spine-chilling music featuring those edgy, stinging notes that are now so iconic. The acting is subtle and effective with extra points going to Nick Castle for his nuanced performance of Michael Myers; he is able to convey mysteriousness and an animal-like quality all under a blank, emotionless mask. He is not a man, he is an evil presence in the shape of a man; the fact that he is even credited as The Shape shows that he is not to be understood as a human character, but as a malevolent force of nature. All these elements combine to create a dark atmosphere that makes this film scary without the need to rely on buckets of blood.

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“Halloween” was made cheap but with a lot of love. It only had a $300K budget, with the director maintaining full creative control of the film and with hardly any special effects at all. It simply utilizes pure fear under circumstances that could happen to the average person in an average town. You could relate with some characters; they could be your friends, the kids you babysit, or so forth. Many members of the crew were friends of Carpenter and the late producer Debra Hill, so they all pitched in when needed. And today, it still ranks as one of the most successful independent motion pictures ever.

Of course, there are the sequels and the remakes that stemmed from this film. Some entries, building on Myers’ inhuman character, present him as being literally supernatural (is he? Or isn’t he? Was this really implied in the original film? Oh, so much to think about!), and delving deeper into the roots of his madness while upping the gore factor. This leads to great discussions/debates on the character and the quality of the series…but we can get into that in another review.

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Overall, “Halloween” is an excellent film and a must-see on your horror movie bucket-list, if you have one, or if you’ve been living under a rock. This film proved it could terrify you without bloody guts or massive gore. Michael Myers became a household name in the horror realm, alongside other characters under the new slasher sub-genre, where the movie monsters were redefined by putting them in human form. Not to mention catapulting Jamie Lee Curtis into her classic “scream queen” status that led to a steady career in the mainstream world. Donald Pleasance’s career was also affected as he went from playing villain-type characters to avenging Loomis-type roles which continued until his passing in 1995. Plus, John Carpenter, who achieved notoriety after this, went on to make more classics throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s that we will be sure to review in due time. As one of the early films that helped define the elements of the slasher genre, Halloween is well respected and highly recommended for your viewing pleasure.

Hello wanderers of the Internet wasteland! We here at are striving to bring you more and more content just as quickly as we can, but calculating Gore Quotients is hard, tedious work! As such, we will be adding two regular contributors to our staff—which, in fact, currently consists of just me, Pontifex Aureus, referring to ourselves in the first-person plural as always.

We will have one new movie reviewer, who will soon be treating us all to a review of the 1978 classic Halloween. Also joining us will be a video-game and music reviewer who is currently crafting a review of the smash-hit survival horror video game, The Last of Us.

Look for these articles soon and don’t forget about our upcoming, brand-new feature: Movie Executions! More on that later.