Halloween II | Chicago Reader

Halloween II

The visual style—the orange-and-blue color scheme, the elegant 'Scope compositions, the graceful tracking shots, and the shrewd use of shallow focus—has been reproduced almost perfectly from John Carpenter's original, yet the wit and intelligence are gone. Rick Rosenthal, who directed this 1981 sequel, doesn't have Carpenter's expansive, affectionate way with stereotypical characters, and without it they're empty shells—bodies waiting for the slaughter. In this emotional void a spirit of sadism immediately rushes in. With Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, and Charles Cyphers.


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