Film: Halloween II (1981)
More of the night he came home.Halloween II
— the first sequel in the Halloween
series — picks up directly after the events of the first film.
After having shot escaped killer Michael Myers six times, Dr. Loomis believes he has saved high school student Laurie Strode, 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 John Carpenter
intended this film to mark the end of the Michael Myers story, and the next film
in the franchise did something completely different altogether. Two of the Halloween
sequels pick up after the events of this film: Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
serves as a direct sequel to the events of this film with a new protagonist, while Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later
ignores Halloween 4
(and its two sequels) to continue the story of Laurie Strode.
Halloween II contains examples of the following tropes::
- Accidental Aiming Skills: During the climax, panicking Laurie manages to shoot Michael's eyes out.
- Accidental Murder: 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.
- Artistic License – Linguistics: Samhain is pronounced incorrectly in the film (It's properly pronounced sow-an).
- Asshole Victim: Budd, the local Jerkass of the Hospital Staff.
- Bloodier and Gorier: 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!
- Call Forward/Meaningful Background Event: In the sole connection between the main continuity and that of 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.)
- Cat Scare: 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...
- Chair Reveal
- Chekhov's Gun: The lighter the police deputy gives Dr. Loomis when the two are sharing a smoke? It ends up being the very thing that kills Michael.
- Chekhov's Gunman: The first film mentions Ben Tramer, a boy that Laurie is supposed to go on a date with; he never shows up on-screen, though. In this movie, 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.
- Continuity Nod: See Chekhov's Gunman.
- Drop the Hammer: Michael uses a claw hammer to off the hospital's security guard.
- Eye Scream: Two of Michael's victims are killed with a syringe jammed to the eye.
- Final Girl: Laurie, again.
- Gross-Up Close-Up: When Michael kills a nurse by repeatedly dunking her head into scalding water, the results are shown up close.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Dr. Loomis blows up the room he and Michael are in to stop him.
- Hospital Hottie: All of the nurses.
- Identification by Dental Records: Ben Tramer's body is so badly burned that they check his teeth, but they can't tell whether or not it was Michael.
- Immediate Sequel
- My Car Hates Me: Justified due to Michael tampering with cars outside the hospital.
- Out of the Inferno: The climax concludes with Michael walking out of flames, and collapsing on the floor dead.
- The Public Domain Channel: Laurie watches it.
- Rearrange the Song: The theme tune is featured in a different, more synth-heavy arrangement here.
- The Reveal: Michael is Laurie's brother.
- Series Continuity Error: 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.
- Shout-Out: Michael kills an old man while he's watching Night of the Living Dead on his living room TV.
- Soft Glass: Michael simply walks through a glass door with ease and no apparent cuts.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream...
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Doctor Loomis and Michael (Ret Coned later in Halloween 4).
- Tears of Blood: Signifies that Laurie managed to shoot Michael's eyes.
- Two-Person Pool Party: Nurse Karen and Budd get busy in the hospital's hydrotherapy pool before Michael 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.