Michael finds the worlds darkest hospital. Oh... he's good.
Here we're kicking off a new series into the Halloween series as I experience it for the first time. We start with Halloween II, and we'll end with the original, which is the one I've already seen. Are you excited!?! I'm excited!
My excitement got a little stepped on by the underwhelming Halloween II. I know this movie has it's fans, so take no offense that I don't find it to be... you know... good. Obviously it's a fall from the original, but that's to be expected. Unlike the Friday series, Halloween started out with true greatness. It didn't have almost anywhere to go but down. But I'm sad it went as far down as it did.
Halloween II picks up exactly where the original left off with Laurie getting sent to the hospital and the nefarious shape still on the loose. Most of the film takes place in Laurie's hospital with Michael Myers after her and all the hospital employees. Oh, and Loomis is running around being all crazy and over the top leading the dumb cops to stop the monster. It's different from the original in many ways that are a shame. This isn't in anyway scary. It trades the horror of the first one for 'fun-shasherness' of the Friday series (I made up a term). Except it isn't fun. It's far more violent this time, but the violence feels very mean spirited. And that's coming from a Friday the 13th fan. Michael burns a woman to death in scalding water and it's shown in complete horrific detail. It's horrible in a bad way. It's gratuitous in a way that the original avoided. Horror is traded for over the top violence. I think that's a shame.
What's going on with this film's score? It's essentially the original score, but altered in a way that I don't care for. Look, I don't need the music to be exactly the same. But this score is constantly reminding me of the original, and just not doing it as well. Of course music is subjective. But the score to Halloween is my all time favorite horror film score. And I don't like it sounding like this.