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Halloween II (2009) There isn't really a story in Halloween II , writer-director Rob Zombie's unseasonal sequel to his 2007 relaunch of the Halloween series. Most of its… 2009-08-28 R Horror Mystery and Thriller Tyler Mane Brad Dourif Malcolm McDowell
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Halloween II (2009)

MPAA Rating: R

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Halloween: Tyler Mane
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Halloween: Tyler Mane
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Aug 28, 2009; Rated: R; Genres: Horror, Mystery and Thriller; With: Tyler Mane

There isn't really a story in Halloween II, writer-director Rob Zombie's unseasonal sequel to his 2007 relaunch of the Halloween series. Most of its 101 minutes are filled with routine slasher scenes and flecks of pop-Freudian hokum about why the infamous Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) is such a murderously unhappy guy. And the movie doesn't boast much in the way of characters either, unless you count a permanently hysterical heroine (Scout Taylor-Compton) or Malcolm McDowell's one-note turn as Myers' sleazy shrink-turned-biographer. What Halloween II does have, though, is Zombie's claustrophobic visual style; he half-drowns his actors in shadow, then tracks them through windows and around corners like a focused predator. If only we cared about the prey. C+

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Originally posted Aug 28, 2009 Published in issue #1064 Sep 11, 2009 Order article reprints