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1981 | 92 MINUTES | 2.35:1


Picking up precisely where its predecessor left off, Halloween II follows the same ill-fated characters as they encounter the knife-wielding maniac they left for dead in the first Halloween. It seems the inhuman Michael Myers is still very much alive and out for more revenge as he stalks the deserted halls of the hospital where his sister lays waiting. As he gets closer and closer to his terrified target, Dr. Loomis discovers the chilling mystery behind the crazed psychopath’s savage actions.

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Cast & Characters

  • Jamie Lee Curtis
    • as Laurie Strode
  • Donald Pleasence
    • as Dr. Sam Loomis
  • Charles Cyphers
    • as Sheriff Leigh Brackett
  • Jeffrey Kramer
    • as Officer Graham
  • Lance Guest
    • as Jimmy
  • Pamela Susan Shoop
    • as Karen
  • Hunter von Leer
    • as Deputy Gary Hunt
  • Dick Warlock
    • as The Shape / Patrolman #3
  • Leo Rossi
    • as Budd
  • Gloria Giffords
    • as Mrs. Alves
  • Tawny Moyer
    • as Jill
  • Ana Alicia
    • as Janet
  • Ford Rainey
    • as Dr. Mixter
  • Cliff Emmich
    • as Mr. Garrett
  • Nancy Stephens
    • as Marion Chambers
  • John Zenda
    • as Marshall
  • Catherine Bergstrom
    • as News Producer
  • Alan Haufrect
    • as Announcer
  • Lucille Benson
    • as Mrs. Elrod
  • Howard Culver
    • as Man in Pajamas
  • Dana Carvey
    • as News Assistant
  • Bill Warlock
    • as Craig
  • Jonathan Price
    • as Randy
  • Leigh French
    • as Gary’s Mother
  • Ty Mitchell
    • as Gary
  • Nancy Loomis
    • as Annie Brackett
  • Pamela McMyler
    • as Mrs. Strode
  • Dennis Holohan
    • as Morgan Strode
  • Nichole Drucker
    • as Young Laurie
  • Ken Smolka
    • as 1st Patrolman
  • Adam Gunn
    • as Young Michael Myers
  • Roger Hampton
    • as Patrolman #2
  • Robin Coleman
    • as Medic
  • Jack Verbois
    • as Bennett Tramer
  • Tony Moran
    • as Michael Myers, unmasked
      • archival footage
  • Kyle Richards
    • as Lindsey Wallace
      • archival footage
  • Brian Andrews
    • as Tommy Doyle
      • archival footage
  • Anne Bruner
    • as Alice


  • Directed by
    • Rick Rosenthal
    • John Carpenter
      • Reshoots only, uncredited
  • Written by
    • John Carpenter
    • Debra Hill
  • Executive Producer
    • Moustapha Akkad
    • Dino Di Laurentiis
    • Joseph Wolf
    • Irwin Yablans
  • Produced by
    • John Carpenter
    • Debra Hill
  • Associate Producer
    • Barry Bernardi
  • Composed by
    • John Carpenter
    • Alan Howarth
  • Edited by
    • Mark Goldblatt
    • Skip Schoolnik
  • Director of Cinematography
    • Dean Cundey


There are several inconsistencies with Laurie’s appearance between the first film and the sequel. The first film had her wearing denim bell-bottoms, but the sequel has her in tight blue jeans; her silver ring moves from her left hand in the original to her right hand in the sequel; and her injury goes from being on her upper arm to being higher on her shoulder.

Michael watches Jimmy and Karen have a conversation from the baby ward before going down the stairs. Later on, he watches Karen from the same baby ward before going into hospital room that he had already exited earlier.

While Jimmy tells Laurie that they’re taking her to the clinic and the news continues to refer to it as a clinic, the uniforms everyone wears and all the signs refer to it as Haddonfield Memorial Hospital.

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John Carpenter later said he wrote the film with the help of a six-pack of Budweiser a day and has come to see the film as an abomination compared to the original.He particularly hated the retconning that made Michael and Laurie related, as he felt it humanized Michael too much.

While the first film saw Donald Pleasance receive top billing with less screen time than Jamie Lee Curtis, the sequel has the opposite – Jamie Lee Curtis is only in the film for 25 minutes of screen time, but receives top billing.

The end of the film was intended to have Michael die, as was treated as such. Coincidentally, the end of Rob Zombie’s Halloween II also had Michael dying, and they’re the only two films in the franchise to treat Michael as such.

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Release & Reception

  • Release Date: October 30, 1981
  • Budget: $2,500,000
    • Equivalent to $6,686,917 in 2020
  • Opening Weekend: $7,446,508
    • Equivalent to 19,917,672 in 2020
  • Domestic Gross: $25,533,818
    • Equivalent to $68,297,009 in 2020.
  • IMDb: 6.5/10
  • MetaCritic.com
    • MetaScore: 40/100
    • User Score: 7.5/10
  • Rotten Tomates: 28%

Elliott’s Personal Ranking: 7/11

Home Video


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Halloween II (1981) - Shooting Script
  • Shooting Script
  • Written by John Carpenter & Debra Hill
  • Dated March 12, 1981
  • 121 Pages

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Alternate Versions

Halloween II only has one official alternate version. Similar to the original film, a network television version was produced for broadcast in the 1980s. It featured nearly twenty minutes of deleted and alternate footage, and many of the scenes in the beginning of the film are organized in a different order than the theatrical cut.

A fan edit called The Ultimate Cut later surfaced. It was a composite cut editing the additional television scenes and takes into the theatrical cut, though no official version of this has been produced.

Though home video releases of Halloween II were scarce in bonus features, 2011 saw a Blu-Ray release of the film that offered, for the first time, bonus features. Among them were deleted scenes and the alternate ending, all sourced from the broadcast master as the original negatives are long thought to be gone.