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

2009's Halloween II is the sequel to Halloween (2007), which was also directed by Rob Zombie. It is the tenth film overall in the long-running Halloween franchise.

Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton) managed to shoot Michael Myers in the head on Halloween night. Later in the night, the coroner's van transporting Michael's body to the morgue crashes, and Michael's body is never found. Two years later, Laurie is trying her best to get over the experience, while Dr. Loomis (Malcolm McDowell) has turned the ordeal into newfound success as a writer, whose new book about Myers has just been published. What neither of them know is that Michael is still alive — and is being coaxed by visions of his mother to revisit Haddonfield and find Laurie so he can finish what he started.

The film was critically panned and remains one of the most polarizing in the franchise among fans. Its box-office returns, while not nearly as good as those for the previous film, still managed to get another sequel greenlit before being shelved. Dimension Films dropped the franchise in 2015 after 20 years of ownership, making this the final film in the series under that studio.

Rob Zombie's Halloween II contains examples of the following tropes:

  • All Just a Dream: The entire hospital chase in the beginning counts.
  • An Axe to Grind: Michael picks up a fire axe in the hospital chase.
  • Asshole Victim: The rednecks who beat up Michael for trespassing, the Strip Club Patrons, and the guys driving the dead bodies to the morgue and even Loomis in a way all count.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Zombie's Halloween was Bloodier and Gorier than any other prior installment in the franchise. This film goes even further that its predecessor.
  • Bookends: 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.
    • Subverted by the director's commentary, in which Rob Zombie clarifies that the hospital scene is actually Laurie's/Angel's dying thoughts.
  • 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 is a walking one for most of the entire movie.
  • Dying Dream: The ending of the Director's Cut is this for Laurie, as confirmed by Rob Zombie.
  • 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. In this film, she is depicted as an embittered, psychological wreck who is further destabilized by both the return of her accursed tormentor and 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.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Laurie is shown wandering around town in a daze at the start of the film, and almost doesn't recognize Sheriff Bracken when he runs into her.
  • 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: Laurie and Loomis are bigger jerks than in the first Rob Zombie installment.
  • Jerkass Realization: Loomis eventually realizes what an asshole he's become.
  • Kill 'em All / Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Annie, Michael, and Doctor Loomis die in the film. Laurie dies in the Director's Cut, as confirmed by Rob Zombie.
  • 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. Michael kills her anyway.
  • Off with His Head!: Michael does this to the necrophiliac ambulance passenger with a shard of glass.
  • Police Are Useless: Sheriff Brackett asks Andy, one of his deputies, to protect Annie. To say Andy fails horribly shouldn't come as a shock.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Loomis demonstrates this in the film's climax.
  • Soft Glass: When running away from Michael in the hospital, Laurie comes across a fire axe in its container. She fails to break the glass and continues running. When Michael finds it, he breaks the glass with his fist, grabs the axe, and moves on.
  • Suddenly Voiced: The Director's Cut has Michael scream "DIE!" before killing Loomis.
  • Theme Music Withholding: The Halloween theme doesn't appear until the end credits.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill:
    • Michael stabs a nurse in the back. And then does it again. And again. And so on and so forth for about an entire minute, at which point he rams the knife into her skull and leaves it stuck there.
    • The cops shoot Michael with a full barrage of bullets at the end. He would likely have been dead from the first few bullets alone, but he survived a shot to the head, so overkill is playing it safe in this instance.
  • Time Skip: There's a two year timeskip after the opening.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: One of the parents of Michael's victims calls out Loomis for "creating" Michael.
  • Woman in White: Michael's mother appears as one of these in his 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 young trick-or-treater who approaches him.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Michael takes Howard down with a chokeslam before stomping 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."