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Halloween II August 28, 2009
Halloween II
Studio: Dimension Films
Rating: R For strong brutal bloody violence throughout, terror, disturbing graphic images, language, and some crude sexual content and nudity.

When writer/director Rob Zombie's re-invention of "Halloween" made the most money in the history of the franchise it was inevitable we would get a sequel.

And so we get "Halloween II." Picking up where the first film left off, we see the carnage caused by the rampage of Michael Myers.

His sister Laurie is seriously injured, along with Dr. Loomis and several other victims, and Michael is placed in the back of a meat wagon for a trip to the morgue.

But of course, he never arrives. Myers survives his supposedly fatal wounds and gets away from the authorities, free to resume his reign of terror.

While Michael is trying to reunite his family at the urging of his ghostly mother and her white horse, no one is safe from his attacks.

"Halloween II" is a brutal movie with graphic scenes that should satisfy hardcore horror fans but might leave just about everyone else feeling a little queasy.

Maybe it's because I'm getting a little older, but the unending violence and gore of this film left me both unimpressed and uninterested.

Zombie seems to be presenting shock cinema just because he can. There is very little real tension because there is very little reason to care about any of the characters. I just wasn't invested in Laurie (Scout Taylor-Compton), Dr. Loomis (Malcolm McDowell), Annie (Danielle Harris) or the sheriff (Brad Dourif).

Tyler Mane returns as Michael and he's appropriately intimidating but ultimately this film has nothing for me.

It's gratuitously violent with carnage that assaults the viewer in unending waves of death.

No thanks, I'd rather see something else. Pretty much anything else.

On my rating scale, "Halloween II" gets a STRIKEOUT.

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