->''More of the night '''he''' came home.''

'''''Halloween II''''' -- the first sequel in the ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' series, released in 1981 -- picks up directly after the events of [[Film/{{Halloween1978}} the first film]].

After having shot escaped killer Michael Myers six times, Dr. Loomis (Creator/DonaldPleasence) believes he has saved high school student Laurie Strode (Creator/JamieLeeCurtis), who has survived the violent rampage of the psychopath that tried to kill her. Loomis heads out of the house to find nothing on the ground but an empty spot, leading him to believe that Michael lived through the gunshots. While paramedics take Laurie to the local hospital to recover, Haddonfield police and Dr. Loomis search for Michael, unaware that he has learned of Laurie's location -- and that he has a hidden reason for wanting to kill Laurie...

Producer/co-writer Creator/JohnCarpenter intended this film to mark the end of the Michael Myers story, and [[Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch the next film]] in the franchise did something completely different altogether. Two of the ''Halloween'' sequels pick up after the events of this film: ''Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers'' serves as a direct sequel to the events of this film with a new protagonist, while ''Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater'' ignores ''Halloween 4'' (and its two sequels) to continue the story of Laurie Strode.
!! ''Halloween II'' contains examples of the following tropes::

* AccidentalAimingSkills: During the climax, panicking Laurie manages to [[MoeGreeneSpecial shoot Michael's eyes out]].
* AccidentalMurder: A speeding cop isn't able to brake in time and winds hitting the drunken teen, slamming him against a parked vehicle. The victim in question is Ben Tramer, Laurie's "date" from the first movie.
* ArtisticLicenseLinguistics: Samhain is pronounced incorrectly in the film ([[ItsPronouncedTroPay It's properly pronounced sow-an]]).
* AssholeVictim: Budd, the local {{Jerkass}} of the Hospital Staff.
* BloodierAndGorier: John Carpenter made ''Halloween II'' with this concept in mind, and it shows. It even has a character slip in a pool of his co-worker's blood!
* CallForward[=/=]MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: In the sole connection between the main continuity and that of ''[[Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch Halloween III]]'', during one scene a Silver Shamrock commercial can be seen airing on a TV in the background. (But in ''Halloween III'', the first movie appears on TV ''as a movie'', i.e., as fiction.)
* CatScare: A bumbling security guard stumbles around outside the hospital checking for a disturbance. He gets startled by a spring-loaded cat, sighs and relaxes. Three guesses who he encounters next...
* ChairReveal
* ChekhovsGun: The [[spoiler: lighter]] the police deputy gives Dr. Loomis when the two are sharing a smoke? [[spoiler: It ends up being the very thing that kills Michael.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: The first film mentions Ben Tramer, a boy that Laurie is supposed to go on a date with; [[TheGhost he never shows up on-screen, though]]. In this movie, [[spoiler:Tramer dies as the result of a car accident and subsequent explosion. His Halloween mask bears a resemblance to Michael's, which briefly makes the police and Loomis believe Michael died in the accident]].
* ContinuityNod: See ChekhovsGunman.
* ContrivedCoincidence: See ChekhovsGunman.
* DiagonalBilling: For Pleasence and Curtis.
* DropTheHammer: Michael uses a claw hammer to off the hospital's security guard.
* EyeScream: Two of Michael's victims are killed with a syringe jammed to the eye.
** Dr. Mixter is also shown with a syringe stuck right in the middle of his eye [[GrossUpCloseUp in a loving close-up.]]
* FinalGirl: Laurie, again.
* GrossUpCloseUp: When Michael kills a nurse by repeatedly dunking her head into scalding water, the results are shown up close.
* HeroicSacrifice: Dr. Loomis blows up the room he and Michael are in to stop him.
* HospitalHottie: [[http://halloweenmovie.wikia.com/wiki/Jill_Franco All]] [[http://halloweenmovie.wikia.com/wiki/Janet_Marshall of]] [[http://halloweenmovie.wikia.com/wiki/Karen_Bailey the]] [[http://halloweenmovie.wikia.com/wiki/Virginia_Alves nurses]].
* IdentificationByDentalRecords: [[spoiler: Ben Tramer's body is so badly burned that they check his teeth, but they can't tell whether or not it was Michael.]]
* ImmediateSequel
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: Karen is completely unaware of Michael strangling her boyfriend while she lounges in the tub.
* MurdererPOV / VaderBreath
* MyCarHatesMe: Justified due to Michael tampering with cars outside the hospital.
* OutOfTheInferno: The climax concludes with Michael walking out of flames, and collapsing on the floor dead.
* ThePublicDomainChannel: Laurie watches it.
* RazorApples: We see a kid admitted to the hospital with a razor blade stuck in his mouth, presumably from one of these.
* RearrangeTheSong: The theme tune is featured in a different, more synth-heavy arrangement here.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Michael is Laurie's brother]].
* SeriesContinuityError: At the end of the first film, Loomis shoots Michael six times, and Michael falls off a covered balcony at the back of the house. At the start of this film, Loomis shoots Michael ''seven'' times -- despite having a six-chamber revolver -- and Michael falls off an ''uncovered'' balcony at the ''front'' of the house. The continuity error gets worse when Loomis goes around shouting "I shot him six times!" in the first few minutes of the film.
* ShoutOut: Characters are watching ''[[Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968 Night of the Living Dead]]'' on TV in a couple of scenes.
* SoftGlass: Michael simply walks through a glass door with ease and no apparent cuts.
* SoundtrackDissonance: ''Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream...''
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: Doctor Loomis and Michael ({{Ret Con}}ed later in ''Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers'').
* TearsOfBlood: Signifies that Laurie managed to shoot Michael's eyes.
* TwoPersonPoolParty: Nurse Karen and Budd get busy in the hospital's hydrotherapy pool before Michael [[DeathBySex strangles Budd with a length of cord and drowns Nurse Karen after dunking her face into scalding water, causing her face to blister and boil]].