Box art for H2: Halloween 2

H2: Halloween 2

horror


The aftermath of Michael Myers' rampage is seen through the eyes of his sister.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    20%
  • Audience Score
    45%

common sense

NOT FOR KIDS 0
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
4 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

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

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.

what families can talk 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    20%
    reviews counted: 25
    see all H2: Halloween 2 reviews
  • Audience

    45%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Most of its 101 minutes are filled with routine slasher scenes and flecks of pop-Freudian hokum about why the infamous Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) is such a murderously unhappy guy.

- Adam Markovitz, Entertainment Weekly, Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Rotten: When Zombie kills a cow with an ambulance in the opening scene the cow dies quietly and doesn't then have to sit through the rest of the movie. And they say he shows no mercy!

- Brian Juergens, CampBlood.org, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Zombie has talent to burn, but he's slumming here, and one suspects that he knows it.

- Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly, Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Audience Reviews

2 stars

not interested

- YodaMasterJedi, Wednesday, September 8, 2010

2 stars

not interested

- YodaMasterJedi, Wednesday, September 8, 2010

2 stars

Not a complete failure (although pretty close), but still a failure. What a messy mess of a movie. An entertaining mess at times, but too far in between to save this film. It seems Zombie relied on the editing to fix the film more than his own actual filming technique. Kind of like he said, "Okay guys, let's shoot whatever looks cool BUT make it quick. Don't worry, I'll fix it in the editing lab." I do know he said he felt like he didn't have enough time to make this film because of the production company, but guess what Rob...if time is an issue for you in this industry then just DON'T DO IT. That's what pre-production is for. Get a better crew, improve your prep work, and act professional God damnit. Mostly every director has a time limit, very short ones too, and if not, then they make their own schedules. BUT YOU CAN'T MAKE YOURS FOR 2 FRIGGING YEARS. People have other things to do, the world doesn't revolve around you. I also remember in an interview with Howard Stern he was asked if the remake was anything like Halloween II (1981) and Zombie said something along the lines of, "No. I can't even remember part 2. Didn't it have something to do with a stupid hospital the whole time?" Not in those exact words (for I watched it a long time ago), but I distinctly remember him (calmly)insulting his memory of the film. It just wasn't a polite statement. But that's not my point. The point is this. How the fu*k can you consider yourself a horror expert if you don't even know shit about Halloween II (1981)? You know what though, screw that. Let's say he doesn't even consider himself an expert on horror, if you're going to frigging remake a Halloween film AT LEAST WATCH ALL THE SEQUALS. Because if he had, he would have at least gotten the fu*king cinematography right (because all the films share that same element) instead of that grainy and shaky cowboy shit full of trashy characters and unnecessary bloody violence (for this type of film). It was done wrong, all wrong, and it could've been better too. This was Zombie?s chance and he blew it. He's now thinking of remaking The Blob. Zombie please don't screw that up, and don't make Sherrie Moon play the Blob, she's too skinny and human looking...oh, and watch The Blob first before you remake it...both of them...they're good movies...don't forget...okay bye.

- creepfreak, Tuesday, July 13, 2010