This had plenty of potential to be a really great and goofy rock n' roll-horror, but fails with dragging the story far too long and packing actual punch only in the last 20 minutes or so. Haunted records, metalhead-shaming, Gene Simmons and a heavy metal-antihero Sammi Curr, which in his final form travels through electric outlets (reminded me of doppelgängers from Twin Peaks. Maybe Curr's fibal resting place was in the limbo of Black Lodge?). All this, but not enough…
Halloween 2 kept the engine going by picking up right where the first film ended. This time around we have a hospital as a playground, Michael Myers getting shot 15 times and Donald Pleasence as Dr. Loomis acting completely insane. He even causes a young man burn to death and no one gives a shit.
Following the same mainly boring and dragged-out storytelling as the first time, Halloween 2 is far from ideal spooky-picture while the wait for All Hallo's Eve.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I know this film as Joi-uchi: Hairyo tsuma shimatsu, and Laskeva aurinko (finnish for Setting sun), but here it's Samurai Rebellion. Whatever you call this, the fact is it is a masterpiece. The sense of drama and intensity holds you tight, as the events start unfolding. One has to go their own way and face everything blocking that path. Sometimes with tragic consequenses. One of director Masaki Kobayashis' best work. Cinematography by Kazuo Yamada is breathtaking.