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Unlike its original movie incarnations 28 and 31 years ago, HALLOWEEN II ends with insanity and no real heroism. It also includes an implied humanist attack on family and love. The ultraviolent HALLOWEEN II contains almost constant foul language as well as some explicit nudity. None of the teenage characters are positive role models, including the movie’s supposed heroine. Thus, there is very little redemptive content, if any, in HALLOWEEN II. This makes for a very uninspiring time indeed.
(HH, AbAb, OO, Ho, B, LLL, VVV, SS, NN, AA, D, MM) Strong humanist worldview overall that implicitly attacks the family and Christian/biblical concepts of love with strong occult content where two insane people seeing ghost of their mother and some homosexual and transsexual references in homage to THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, but with a weak attempt to generate moral sympathy for teenager girl and her new adoptive father who’s a sheriff; at least 142 mostly strong obscenities (including many “f” words), 11 strong profanities and 13 light profanities, plus a vomiting scene; extreme, almost constant bloody violence includes multiple, repeated brutal stabbings with large knife, impalings, killer stomps repeatedly on man’s head, man hits killer with baseball bat, killer flings people heads against objects, shots of bloody wounds, bloody hospital scene, man eats flesh of dead dog, car explodes, etc.; depicted sex scene, kissing, teenagers make out in van before getting killed, murders in strip joint; multiple shots of upper female nudity and a couple shots of upper male nudity; alcohol use and teen “heroine” gets drunk; smoking; and, greed, psychosis, insanity, psychological references, a reference to dream psychology, teenage rebellion, talking back to parent, tattoos, and vegetarianism.
The movie world has gotten much, much darker since the original two HALLOWEEN movies featuring the mysterious, psychotic serial killer Michael Myers were made in 1978 and 1981. Thus, in the first two movies, there are heroic actions and positive endings despite all the violent mayhem. In the recent two remakes, however, including this one, there are no real heroes. Furthermore, the third act ends with insanity. Also, there is a strong humanist attack on the notions of family and love in this remake, HALLOWEEN II.
HALLOWEEN II begins where the first remake left off, with teenager Laurie Strode walking in the middle of the street holding a gun after apparently killing Michael Myers. She is put into the hospital, but Michael’s body suddenly comes to life after the ambulance carrying him suddenly hits a cow. Michael walks off down the road to consult a ghostly image of his dead mother, who’s standing with a white horse.
A year later, Laurie is dreaming that Michael came to the hospital where she was put and tried to kill her after his body was never found. Laurie is now living with the town sheriff and his teenage daughter, Annie. Meanwhile, psychiatrist Sam Loomis is scheduled to have a book about Michael Myers coming out, where he reveals, for the first time, that Laurie is really Michael’s sister. Also, Michael is slowly making a trek back to Laurie’s town to reunite his sister with his ghostly mother and him. Of course, much more bloody mayhem ensues.
As noted above, HALLOWEEN II, unlike its original cinematic incarnations, ends with insanity and no real heroism. It also includes an implied humanist attack on the notions of family and love. Thus, any love that Michael may feel for his sister has become psychotic. In fact, during the end credits, the filmmakers play the song “Love Hurts,” which basically says that notions of love are all a lie. HALLOWEEN II also contains almost constant foul language, including a liberal use of “f” words. None of the teenage characters are positive role models, including the movie’s supposed heroine, Laurie, who is wracked by psychological problems and curses like the rest of the teens. Thus, there is very little redemptive content, if any, in HALLOWEEN II. This makes for a very dull, uninspiring time indeed.
The good news, if you can call it that, is that the original, more redemptive HALLOWEEN movie sold more than 20 million tickets in 1978, but the original HALLOWEEN II only sold about 9.2 million tickets in 1981 and the HALLOWEEN remake in 2007 only sold about 8.5 million tickets, according to figures from Box Office Mojo and the National Association of Theater Owners. Of course, the most successful horror movies by far in the U.S. (adjusted for inflation by Box Office Mojo) are THE EXORCIST, which contains a lot of strong Christian content, and 1952’s HOUSE OF WAX in 3D featuring Vincent Price and Charles Bronson, where the main fiend and his henchman both get their just desserts.
The better good news, however, is that, without Jesus Christ and the Bible, the notions of love and family become meaningless. In HALLOWEEN II, a teenage Halloween celebration occurs in the shadow of a cross atop a church tower. But, the teenagers in this movie are clearly lost, foul-mouthed, anti-authoritarian youths who have no personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. The ending of the movie suggests, ironically, that being without such a personal relationship inevitably leads to brutality and insanity. That, indeed, is the eventual outcome of all paganism and atheism. Clearly, the pagans and atheists among us, including most if not all of today’s horror filmmakers, have a lot to answer for when they die.
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