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Film: Halloween II (2009)

"We're done waiting. Only a river of blood can bring us back together. It's up to you. It's always been up to you, Michael."
Deborah Myers.

The sequel to Halloween (2007), which is also directed by Rob Zombie. It's the tenth film overall in the long-running Halloween franchise.

Two years has passed since the lethal Halloween night where Laurie Strode managed to shoot Michael Myers and he disappeared. She is now trying her best to get over the experience. Dr. Loomis has managed to turn the ordeal into a success as a writer, with a new book coming up. Michael himself is still alive, and is coaxed by visions of his mother to return to Haddonfield and meet with Laurie once again.

While critically panned, the film arguably remains one of the most polarizing in the franchise among fans. It's box-office returns, while not nearly as good as it's predesessor, were still enough for Dimension to greenlight another sequel, which was in Development Hell before it was shelved and later put back into development in 2014.

Has the examples of:

  • All Just a Dream: The entire hospital chase in the beginning.
  • An Axe to Grind: Michael pick up a fire axe in the hospital chase.
  • Asshole Victim: The rednecks who beat up Michael for trespassing.
    • And the Strip Club Patrons. And the guys driving the dead bodies to the morgue.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: This sequel is even more violent, bloody and brutal than the remake preceding it. Which itself was Bloodier and Gorier than any other installment before it.
  • Book Ends: The theatrical cut ends with Laurie committed to Smith's Grove, and having the same vision young Michael had at the beginning of the film.
  • Break (and subsequently kill) the Cutie: Annie and Laurie in the director's cut.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: After the ambulance carrying Michael crashes, the necrophiliac lets out a long string of f-bombs.
    • Laurie, for most of the entire movie.
  • Dying Dream: Rob Zombie confirmed the ending of the director's cut version is this for Laurie.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Michael's fondness for his mother is taken further, as he has hallucinations about her wearing completely white and urging him on while he murders.
  • Fanservice: Laurie dressing as Magenta.
    • Fan Disservice: ...before she winds up hysterical and covered in blood.
  • Fingore: Laurie's operation in the opening shows her broken fingernails being removed.
  • Freak Out: Laurie's freakout at the end of the remake is explored further, as she is depicted as an embittered, psychological wreck that is further destabilized not only by the return of her accursed tormentor, but also a traumatizing revelation about her past.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: We're treated to close views of Laurie having her head sewn shut, a man's face after he's mutilated by a crash, a guy having his head sawn off with broken glass, Big Lou Martini getting his arm snapped...
  • Hallucinations: Michael Myers has hallucinations about his mother...and some rather random things, including pumpkin-headed aristocrats and white unicorns.
  • I Love the Dead: The Squick-tastic ambulance driver.
  • Immediate Sequel: Before the time skip, we are shown the aftermath of the last film's climax.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: A redneck is impalement on antlers.
  • Jerkass: Not much has changed. In fact, Laurie and Dr. Loomis are even bigger jerks than in the first Rob Zombie installment.
  • Jerkass Realization: Loomis himself realizes what an asshole he's become.
  • Kill 'em All: The film has Loomis, Michael, and Laurie all dying.
  • Loony Fan: Dr. Loomis meets one named Chett during one of his book-signing events.
  • Mugging the Monster: A redneck duo decide to pick a fight with Michael when they find him crossing their property on his way to Haddonfield.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Michael and Laurie have these.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: The daughter of one of the rednecks who beat down Michael for trespassing pleads with them to leave him alone, and at least apologizes when they leave him for dead. Dead just the same.
  • Off with His Head!: The necrophiliac ambulance passenger has his head sliced off with a glass shard.
  • Police Are Useless: Sheriff Brackett asks Andy, one of his deputies, to protect Annie. To say he fails horribly shouldn't come as a shock.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Loomis in the climax.
  • Soft Glass: When running away from Michael, Laurie comes across a fire axe in its container. Failing to break the glass, she continues running. Then Michael finds it, breaks the glass with his fist, and moves on.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Annie, Laurie, Michael and Doctor Loomis die in the film.
  • Suddenly Voiced: The director's cut has Michael scream "DIE!" before killing Loomis.
  • Theme Music Withholding: The Halloween doesn't appear until well into the end credits.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill
    • Michael stabs a nurse in the back. And then does it again. And again, and again, until after about an entire minute filled with stabbings, he rams the knife into her skull and leaves it stuck there.
    • There's also the cops shooting at Michael so many times that he could have been dead from the first few bullets alone, though considering how he survived a shot to the head, they might as well play it safe.
  • Time Skip: There's a two year timeskip after the opening.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: One of the parents of the victims of Michael goes up to Loomis and calls him out for "creating" Michael.
  • Woman in White: Mrs. Myers in Michael's hallucinations.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: While Michael has no qualms with brutally murdering anyone who crosses his path, he doesn't lay a finger on a child trick or treater who approaches him.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Michael takes Howard down with a choke-slam before he stomps his face in.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: Laurie and her new friends Mya and Harley attend a party dressed as Magenta, Columbia, and Dr. Frank N. Furter, respectively, but none are identified by name. Harley only describes herself as "...a chick, dressed as a guy, who wants to be a girl."
  • You Look Familiar: The actor who gets stomped to death behind the strip club later turns up as the green-faced host of the big Halloween party.
    • Which itself becomes funny when Bill Moseley, the original actor, dropped out from playing the role. The reason why its funny is because he had a victim role in the reshot scenes of the 2007 remake, appearing in the theatrical cut of the film.

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