Pin It

Halloween II's killing machine 

Rob Zombie assembles a vicious and cruel film with shocking incompentence. But he breathes new life into Michael Myers.

It’s possible to see the movie Rob Zombie wanted to make in Halloween II, but much harder to see the point. It’s Zombie’s prerogative to not want this sequel to amount to “fun” horror. But repeatedly, we’re seeing through Michael Myers’ perspective, observing victims’ prolonged suffering. That’s how Halloween II ends up fetishizing cruelty. The connection between first remake survivor Laurie (Scout Taylor Compton) and Myers (Tyler Mane) doesn’t blossom in an interesting way. By not reaching for empowerment, Halloween II diminishes the horror genre. Nearly every victim is a terrible person. Zombie’s cross-cutting sessions---once between a sheriff (Brad Dourif in the film’s one good performance) eating pizza and Myers eating a dog---are par for a film assembled with shocking incompentence. It keeps repeating itself. How many times is Myers going to kill someone in their car? And how many dream sequences that amount to exactly the same thing are necessary? In Halloween II, there’s no overall vision in Zombie’s infatuation with America’s hillbilly underside, which seemed headed somewhere in The Devil’s Rejects and Halloween. The 16mm photography, though more suitable for a Texas Chainsaw remake, is evocative in a rainstorm nighttime opening. But it’s resoundingly garish in daytime close-ups. Myers is more vicious than ever---less a bogeyman now than an unstoppable killing machine. His lack of mercy gives an old character teeth, just barely saving Halloween II from being quite as worthless as The Final Destination.

Halloween II (2009)
Rated R (MPAA) · 101 min. · 2009
Official Site:
Director: Rob Zombie
Writer: Rob Zombie
Producer: Malek Akkad
Cast: Tyler Mane, Malcolm McDowell, Brad Dourif, Scout Taylor-Compton, Sheri Moon Zombie, Danielle Harris, Brea Grant, Margot Kidder, Howard Hesseman and Angela Trimbur

Now Playing

Halloween II (2009) is not showing in any theaters in the area.

What others are saying

  • Support The Coast

    At a time when the city needs local coverage more than ever, we’re asking for your help to support independent journalism. We are committed as always to providing free access to readers, particularly as we confront the impact of COVID-19 in Halifax and beyond.

    Read more about the work we do here, or consider making a donation. Thank you for your support!

    Pin It


    Subscribe to this thread:

    Add a comment

    More by Mark Palermo

    Get more Halifax

    Our Thursday email gets you caught up with The Coast. Sign up and go deep on Halifax.

    Coast Top Ten

    Real Time Web Analytics

    © 2021 Coast Publishing Ltd.