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->''"He was my patient for fifteen years. He became an obsession with me, until I realized there was nothing within him, neither conscience nor reason, that was even remotely human. An hour ago I stood up and fired six shots into him and then he just got up and walked away. I am talking about the real possibility that he is still out there!"''
-->-- '''Dr. Loomis'''

''Halloween II'' is the first sequel in the ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' series, written and produced by Creator/JohnCarpenter and Debra Hill, directed by Rick Rosenthal, and released in 1981. It 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...

Carpenter intended for 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.

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!! ''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!
* CainAndAbel: [[spoiler: Michael wants to kill his second sister, Laurie.]]
* 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...
** ''Michael'' actually encounters this at the beginning, when a dog suddenly appears to bark at him during his flight from Loomis.
* 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.
* CutPhoneLines: Michael does this at Haddonfield Memorial Hospital where he finds Laurie's there.
* DiagonalBilling: For Pleasence and Curtis.
* DropTheHammer: Michael uses a claw hammer to off the hospital's security guard.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Dr. Loomis pulling a TakingYouWithMe on Michael in the hospital was intended to be this, [[DeathIsCheap but it turned out he survived for a couple more sequels.]]
* 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.]]
* FailedASpotCheck: Michael is seen within vision ''several times'', but nobody ever sees him.
* FinalGirl: Laurie, again.
* GrossUpCloseUp: When Michael kills a nurse by repeatedly dunking her head into scalding water, the results are shown up close.
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: ''Nobody'' ever sees Michael wondering the hospital at all, despite the fact that he blatantly walks past the security cameras several times.
* 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
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Michael stabs many people with his knife.
* KilledOffscreen: The head nurse is found already dead by one of the employees. The audience never saw Michael off her.
** Same with Dr. Mixter.
* KillItWithFire: Dr. Loomis blows up the hospital with him and Michael trapped inside.
* MadeOfIron: Despite the serious injuries she suffered from the previous film, Laurie is still running from Michael and makes it out alive again.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: Karen is completely unaware of Michael strangling her boyfriend while she lounges in the tub.
* MenacingStroll: As always. Michael simply walks around the hospital.
* 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.
* PoliceAreUseless: None of the police officers escort Laurie to the hospital or even stay to protect her or ask questions ''after'' she was attacked by Myers in the first flick. One uncaring marshal forces Loomis back to Smith's Grove to avoid embarrassing the state bureaucrats whose neglect made Myers' deadly escape and spree more likely than if earlier precautions were taken when Loomis asked for them 14-15 years earlier, leaving Haddonfield undefended (the marshal gets his deadly "dessert" towards the end when examining a seemingly unconscious Michael in the hospital).
* ThePublicDomainChannel: Laurie watches it.
* QuipToBlack: Loomis takes us into the opening credits with one.
-->'''Neighbor:''' Is this some kind of joke? I've been trick-or-treated to death tonight.
-->'''Loomis:''' You don't know what death is!
* 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.
* {{Recut}}: The film had a few new things for the TV Cut:
** Violence is trimmed down and any cursing is dubbed over.
** A different shot of Loomis coming out of the house at the beginning. The neighbour who says "I've been trick or treated to death tonight" is dubbed over asking if this is a Halloween prank.
** The scene where Michael Myers steals a knife from Mrs Elrod happens later, and is edited to suggest he kills the old woman instead of Alice the girl down the street.
** Bennett Tramer getting killed is given a DistantReactionShot of Loomis and Brackett.
** Additional minor scenes with the hospital staff discussing Laurie.
** Mrs Alves tries to call Laurie's parents, scolding Janet for not already doing so. She also allows Jimmy two minutes to see Laurie. This is why she says "time's up Jimmy" in the original cut.
** Jimmy brings Laurie the Coke he promised her, and he tells her it was Michael Myers who was after her. He goes to see her later to tell her about Michael's apparent death, but she freaks out and has to be sedated. Then the power goes out and the emergency generator kicks in, explaining why the hospital is so dim for the rest of the film.
** Extra scenes after Laurie has had a reaction to the medication. Jill and Jimmy wait for Dr Mixter to respond to their call, and Jimmy runs around trying to look for Mrs Alves.
** Jill's death is softened, as there is no shot of the scalpel in Michael's hand. This makes it look like he just grabbed her from behind and dropped her. A groaning sound effect is inserted afterwards to suggest that she survives.
** Jimmy is changed to still be running around the hospital looking for everyone while the final conflict is still going on. He doesn't discover Mrs Alves's body until near the end, and it's edited so that him slipping looks like it's caused by the explosion. Of course the scene where he faints in the car with Laurie is cut.
** An additional ending where Laurie is in the ambulance, thinks Michael's body is coming back to life, but it turns out to be Jimmy. She embraces him and says "we made it".
* 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.
* SlashedThroat: The Marshall accompanying Loomis dies this way when he assumes Michael is dead.
* SoftGlass: Michael simply walks through a glass door with ease and no apparent cuts.
* SoundtrackDissonance: ''Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream...''
* StalkerWithoutACrush: Michael has been following Laurie because [[spoiler: they're siblings.]]
* 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]].

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