Trivia / Halloween II (1981)

  • Acting for Two: Nancy Loomis reappears both to play Annie's corpse, and to supply the voice of Sally - the girl Alice is talking to on the phone before she gets killed.
  • Banned in China: Banned in Iceland and West Germany, due to violence and nudity. The video was banned in Norway.
  • Billing Displacement:
    • Jamie Lee Curtis has only twenty five minutes of screentime in the final film, despite getting top billing. But in the TV cut, she has a few extra scenes.
    • Charles Cyphers is billed third, but his character (Sheriff Brackett) disappears less than halfway into the film, never to appear in the franchise again.
  • B-Team Sequel: John Carpenter left the directing reigns to Rick Rosenthal, though he did co-write and score the film, as well as directing additional scenes.
  • Creator Backlash: John Carpenter feels that this was an inferior script and says that the only thing that got him through the writing process was a six-pack of Budweiser every morning.
  • Dawson Casting: This time it's a little more pronounced than its predecessor, as the still 17/18 year old Laurie is played by a now 23 year old Jamie Lee Curtis (thanks to this Immediate Sequel being filmed three years later).
  • Executive Meddling: John Carpenter himself went behind Rick Rosenthal's back to shoot extra scenes that added more gore, feeling the movie had to compete with the Bloodier and Gorier slasher films on the market.
  • Money, Dear Boy: The only reason John Carpenter and Debra Hill made a sequel, originally feeling that the first was a standalone story.
  • What Could Have Been...:
    • An early idea was to have the film take place in a high-rise apartment building. It was later changed to Haddonfield hospital.
    • Debra Hill claimed that they toyed with the idea of shooting for 3-D. But as the film would take place mainly at night, that idea was abandoned.
    • Charles Napier (Rambo: First Blood Part II, The Silence of the Lambs) was originally cast as Marshall Gummell, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
    • Edward Albert (of Power Rangers Time Force and Galaxy of Terror fame) was reportedly cast as one of the Sheriff's Deputies, but left for unknown reasons.

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