With cars that won’t ever start and phones that won’t ever work, there’s a lot of convenience at play, much like there is in other slashers, but instead of just one or two moments relying on those tropes, this entire movie relies on them. Characters are constantly leaving their posts for dumb reasons that get themselves or somebody else killed. This is perhaps no better summed up than by the nurse who tries to flee the hospital, notices every car in the parking lot has flat tires, and then runs back INTO the hospital.
Once again, Pleasance is the standout performer here. However, this time, he has no help. The acting everywhere else is completely uninspired, including Curtis, who seems to be sleepwalking through her role.
Also once again, this movie fails to properly evoke the Halloween ethos, although it just may be better at doing so than its predecessor, somehow. While a hospital isn’t exactly what I conjure up in my brain when I think of the holiday, it gives the set designers an excuse to decorate more.
Plagued by dead-end/nonexistent storylines and a meandering plot, Halloween II doesn’t ever seem to want to tell a story until the final 30 minutes. The movie just plays out as an aftermath from the first film, but there’s no new story to be told, just a series of moments. Scenes drag and we sit there waiting for the end. There seems to have been the brilliant idea of setting an entire slasher inside of a dark hospital, however, that’s neither fun nor interesting without a good enough script. The results are something similar to Friday the 13th with its episodic approach, but with fewer victims and fewer places to hide, which only decreases the suspense. Brooding and self-indulgent, this is a movie that thinks it’s doing way more than it is. And somehow, fans throughout the years have been tricked as well.