In this weeks episode of the Halloween rewatch, Cory and Nathan are returning to Haddonfield for MORE of the night HE came home as they rewatch “Halloween II.”
Halloween II (1981):
On October 31, 1978, Michael Myers is shot and falls off a balcony. Taking shelter to recover from his injuries, Michael steals a kitchen knife from the home of an elderly couple, and kills a teenage girl living next door.
Laurie Strode, who narrowly survived being killed by Michael earlier in the night, is taken to Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, while psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis, continues his pursuit of Michael. While with Sheriff Leigh Brackett, Loomis spots and chases after teenager Ben Tramer, who is dressed like Michael, but an oncoming police car suddenly crashes into Ben, killing him in the process. Sheriff Brackett receives news of the death of his daughter, Annie. Blaming Loomis for her death, Sheriff Brackett goes home to tell his wife about it, leaving Deputy Gary Hunt in charge to help Loomis.
At the hospital, paramedic Jimmy develops romantic feelings for Laurie, much to the chagrin of head nurse Virginia Alves. Michael discovers Laurie’s location via the radio, due to the news of the murders reaching the media, and makes his way to the hospital. Once there, he cuts the phone lines, and disables the cars. Security guard Mr. Garrett goes downstairs to fix the power in the basement, and is killed with a hammer claw to his skull. Paramedic Budd Scarlotti is strangled, while Nurse Karen is scalded to death in the hospital’s hydrotherapy tub. Meanwhile, Janet hurries off to find Dr. Mixter, only to find him dead with a needle jammed into his eye. Before she can flee, Michael kills her with a syringe. Jimmy and Nurse Jill Franco search the hospital for Laurie, who is trying to evade Michael; Jimmy finds Alves’ corpse, and slips in a pool of blood on the floor, losing consciousness.
Elsewhere, Loomis is informed that Michael broke into the local elementary school. As he investigates, Loomis’s colleague, Marion Chambers, and U.S. Marshall Terence Gummell come to escort Loomis back to Smith’s Grove on the governor’s orders. Along the way, Marion tells Loomis that Laurie is Michael’s sister, but that information was kept secret for her safety. With the realization that Michael is after Laurie, Loomis orders Gummell to drive back to Haddonfield.
Just after finding Laurie, Jill is killed by a scalpel-wielding Michael, who then pursues Laurie through the hospital. Laurie escapes to the parking lot, and hides in Jimmy’s car. Regaining consciousness, Jimmy exits the hospital, and gets in the car to seek help, but he falls unconscious on the steering wheel horn because of his injuries, alerting Michael to their location. Loomis, Marion, and Gummell reach the hospital just in time to save Laurie. Loomis shoots Michael five more times. As Marion attempts to contact the police, Michael kills Gummell, and chases Loomis and Laurie into an operating room. Michael stabs Loomis in the stomach, wounding him, but Laurie shoots Michael in the eyes, blinding him. Loomis and Laurie fill the room with ether and oxygen gas. Loomis orders Laurie to run and sacrifices himself by igniting the gas, which blows up the operating room with him and Michael inside, immolating them both in the fire. Michael, engulfed in flames, stumbles out of the room before finally falling dead. Early the next morning, Laurie is put in an ambulance and driven to safety, having visions of Michael’s burning body in her mind.
This second instalment to “the night HE came home” is definitely lesser to the original. The motivation of The Shape (Michael Myers) used to be completely unknown and by adding to his story and upping his invulnerability, it somehow lessens the character, to an extent. Having said that, it’s interesting that this film continues the very second the first film left off, allowing the story to be slightly more believable as a continuation rather than waiting for the evil to just strike again, later. The cat & mouse between Laurie and Michael is fun but the scenario of an alarmingly understaffed hospital filled with horny nurses, waiting to be killed, does require a massive give-me in order to enjoy the wrath that is to befall them. A reasonable recommend.
What’s Up Next?:
We head back to yet another Jamie Lee Horror film as she arrives in Cory and Nathan’s home country for the hitch hiking thriller “Roadgames.”
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