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30/06/2014 : RICK ROSENTHAL - Halloween II

RICK ROSENTHAL

Halloween II

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30/06/2014, Didier BECU

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If you don’t count the Rob Zombie-versions then there are 8 Halloween-films being made. A number that says enough, the story from psychopath Michael Myers has been milked to the very last drop. If it depended on John Carpenter who made in 1978 the original, then this sequel from 1981 would have been the final one. In fact, even if he was along with wife Debra Hill the producer, he wasn’t interested. As he didn’t want to make the same movie twice, he handed the directing over to Rick Rosenthal. This man might have made in 2002 Halloween: Resurrection, but back then he wasn’t pleased with Carpenter’s approach. Rosenthal thought the movie contained too many nude and violent scenes he refused to direct, and so Carpenter was forced to film them himself.


In fact, apart that we learn that Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is the sister from psycho Michael Myers (Tony Moran, even if he never takes away his mask) there’s nothing new in here. On 31st October 1978 psychiatrist Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) once again finds out that his patient is on the run. The death toll is immense, but it’s of course his sister that Myers wants. And this time Laurie is very vulnerable as she’s almost the whole movie in a hospital bed.


Of course you kind of miss the genius of Carpenter in here as it were his skills that made the original one so great. Despite all that, Halloween II is a fantastic sequel and that’s a rare thing, especially with horror movies. It’s a bit weird to notice that scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis has been put in the background. That’s a pity as Jamie can more than just scream! The star of this sequel is the great B-actor Donald Pleasence. And let’s not forget the irresistible score that is composed by the master himself: Carpenter.


In the US Halloween II has been released by Universal on a non region free Blu-ray, but that same transfer is available in the Benelux on Just Bridge. A must buy!

Didier BECU
30/06/2014


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Als je de Rob Zombie-versies niet meerekent dan zijn er in totaal 8 Halloween-films gemaakt. Dit maar om te zeggen dat het verhaal van psychopaat Michael Myers tot op de laatste druppel is uitgemolken. Als het aan John Carpenter lag die in 1978 de eerste Halloween regisseerde dan was deze sequel uit 1981 meteen de laatste geweest. Eigenlijk interesseerde de film hem niet echt, want alhoewel hij de film samen met zijn vrouw Debra Hill het vervolg produceerde liet hij de regie aan Rick Rosenthal over. Ofschoon deze Rosenthal later in 2002 nog Halloween: Resurrection zou maken, was hij helemaal niet te spreken over Carpenters bemoeienissen. Rosenthal vond dat de film te veel bloot en geweld bevatte waardoor deze scènes uiteindelijk door Carpenter werden gedraaid. Dat was zeer tegen de zin van de cultregisseur, gewoon omdat hij geen zin had om dit verhaal nog eens te verfilmen.

Want inderdaad behalve dat Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) erachter komt dat zij de zus is van de losgeslagen gek Michael Myers (Tony Moran, ook al neemt hij nooit zijn masker af), gebeurt er maar weinig nieuws in de film. Op 31 oktober 1978 komt psychiater Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) nog maar eens tot de vaststelling dat zijn patiënt is weggelopen. De tol van dit euvel is torenhoog: meer dan tien mensen worden neergesabeld, maar natuurlijk wil Myers vooral zijn zus die in een hospitaal ligt aan het mes rijgen.

Uiteraard mist deze film het genie van Carpenter dat de eerste zo groots maakte, desondanks dat is Halloween II een heerlijke sequel en dat kom je in de horrorwereld toch maar weinig tegen. Scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis wordt vreemd genoeg volledig op de achtergrond gehouden en dat is best jammer, ze kan meer dan alleen maar schreeuwen. De ster is natuurlijk de zoals altijd de heerlijke B-acteur Donald Pleasence die bijna volledig de film naar zich toe trekt. De sequel bevat ook net als de eerste een onweerstaanbare soundtrack van grootmeester Carpenter.

In de Verenigde Staten werd Halloween II uitgebracht door Universal op een niet-regiovrije Blu-ray, maar in de Benelux is deze transfer op de uitgave te vinden op de Blu-rayuitgave van Just Bridge. Absoluut kopen!

Didier BECU
30/06/2014


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