HALLOWEEN II 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 inhum... more »an Michael Myers is still very much alive and out for more revenge as he stalks the deserted halls of the hospital where his sister lies waiting. As he gets closer and closer to his terrified target, Dr. Loomis discovers the chilling mystery behind the crazed psychopath's savage actions. Written by horror masters John Carpenter and Debra Hill, Halloween II is a spine-tingling dark ride into the scariest night of the year. HALLOWEEN III Producer John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) presents the third chilling installment in the shocking Halloween franchise. When a terrified toy salesman is mysteriously attacked and brought to the hospital, babbling and clutching the year's most popular Halloween costume, an eerie pumpkin mask, Dr. Daniel Challis is thrust into a terrifying Halloween nightmare. Working with the salesman's daughter, Ellie, Daniel traces the mask to the Silver Shamrock Novelties company and its founder, Conal Cochran. Ellie and Daniel uncover Cochran's shocking Halloween plan and must stop him before trick-or-treaters across the country never come home in this terrifying thriller.« less
"Halloween II: Not at all the best in the series. Better than Curse of Michael Myers, but worse than all the others. It has no real characters and no real plot. Just a pick up of where the last one left us to a cat-and-mouse through a hospital to Michael's death. That's about it. Halloween III: Season of the Witch is my personal favorite of all the sequels. Too many people give this film a hard time because boo-hoo, Michael isn't in it. Yeah, like we really need to see him running around stabbing people again. This is more of a spooky film and gets away from the slasher angle of the others. I give Halloween 2 only 2 stars, but Halloween 3 gets 5 stars."
A Halloween fan's delight - two for the price of one!
dylan21484nj | 07/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"in this two disc collection, you'll find the only two Halloween films Universal Studios produced, the decent Halloween II and the odious Halloween III: Season of the Witch. so why did i give this product five stars? because i'm a Halloween fan and i know any other fan of the series will want to get this.
Halloween II picks up where John Carpenter's classic left off. unstoppable killer Michael Myers is still on the loose, carving his way through victims on a bloody path that leads to the hospitalized Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis). a large portion of the film takes place in a hospital, which is somewhat dismaying because a hospital isn't a very fitting setting for a movie that takes place on Halloween night. and the blood and violence is ratcheted up considerably this time around, after its predecessor inspired a boom of gore-filled holiday slasher copycats that Halloween II had to keep pace with. the ending is explosive and seemingly final, leading to...
Halloween III: Season of the Witch, the misunderstood child of the franchise. Halloween III was an experiment in sequel-making, the result of Carpenter's choice to end the Michael Myers saga which seemingly petered out at the end of Halloween II. Carpenter and partner Debra Hill were approached by Universal for another Halloween film, so they decided to turn the series into a sort of anthology in the same vein as The Twilight Zone, where each installment was its own self-contained story but involving the dark holiday in some way. with the aid of famous screenwriter Nigel Kneale, they concocted a story involving an evil novelty company using Halloween masks in an attempt to invoke Halloween's mystical past by murdering millions of children on Halloween night. the film shares some aesthetic similarities to the previous two films (the opening credits involving the visage of a jack o'lantern and mysterious, calm killers whom seem to be able to walk faster than a normal person can run) but the comparisons really end there. the film shares more in common with Invasion of the Body Snatchers, sharing a disastrous, wide-spread conspiracy threat that the world needs to be alerted about before it's too late.
the film is incredibly flawed (apparently, the evil plot which takes effect at 9 PM throught the country, but time zones didn't seem to be a major factor in the plot's planning), but the film can be admired as a cautionary tale of commercialism gone mad and technology made for our enjoyment and benefit being used against us.
both these films can be seen as the trial-and-error genesis of the movie sequel. one film adheres to the repetitive-yet-popular nature of most sequels, while the other film completely abandons popular movie sequel formula. Halloween fans will definitely like this product, but film buffs and students of film can find plenty to learn from with these two movies."
One great sequel and another great installment
David Henry | St. Louis | 03/15/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Halloween 2 is a fantastic sequel. It's not as good as the original, but really, what is? Aside from Psycho, Halloween is probably the best slasher film ever made. There is no way any sequel or remake is going to top it. But Halloween 2 is pretty darn good nonetheless, and probably better than any of the other sequels. And Halloween 3 is a darn good movie itself, even if it's not part of the "official" Halloween timeline. Bu then, there really isn't an "official" Halloween timeline, is there? There are about FOUR different timelines, if you count the remake. Four separate continuities. The truth is, Halloween 3 is a great movie taken on its own merits.
As far as I know, you get the same single-disc releases, just packaged together for a cheaper price, so there's no reason not to buy this set. This is a terribly written review, but I hope I conveyed my feelings well."
Two Reasons Why You're Safer At Home On Halloween
J. B. Hoyos | Chesapeake, VA | 10/31/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"HAPPY THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY, MICHAEL MYERS!!!
"Halloween II" is one of the best sequels ever made in horror history. It begins exactly where the first one ended - Michael Myers is shot and falls from the balcony. Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasance reprise their roles as Laurie Strode and Dr. Sam Loomis. John Carpenter and Debra Hill wrote the suspenseful script and Rick Rosenthal provided great direction. The eerie trademark soundtrack from the original is also used in this superb sequel.
If you enjoy a high body count, you will enjoy "Halloween II." Michael Myers pursues Laurie Strode to the Haddonfield Memorial Hospital; he begins dispatching the entire staff within its sanitized, claustrophobic corridors. In this sequel, we learn why Michael Myers is intent on destroying Laurie. We also learn that Michael Myers is well versed in the ancient occult religion of Druidism.
Michael Myers is Samhain, the Lord of the Dead. He can't be killed because he is already dead. Satanic evilness has possessed his body and given it the illusion of life. Bullets and fire can not stop him.
This film is a must see for fans of high body count slasher flicks and horror films set at hospitals. "Visiting Hours" is also highly recommended.
The DVD has a grainy full screen teaser trailer; production notes; biographies of the major stars, the directors and the producer; recommendations, and a DVD newsletter offer.
"Halloween III - Season of the Witch"
Laurie Strode and Michael Myers were both in the psychiatric hospital when "Halloween III - Season of the Witch" was filmed. They needed a rest. This shouldn't keep you from watching this underrated gem that serves up more gore and tension than its predecessors. Millions of innocent lives are threatened throughout the country in this conspiracy horror film.
Instead of Michael Myers, we have another madman who is Conal Cochran, a Druid who owns a toy factory, Silver Shamrock Novelties. This factory is an evil version of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. It is producing novelties of horror intent on killing children. Cochran owns the town of Santa Mira where the factory is located. It has a six o'clock curfew, cameras monitor everyone's movement and, instead of oompa oompas, an army of killer androids operate the machinery.
"Halloween III" has quite a bit of suspense and tension. As the hours and seconds tick by on this Halloween night, the viewer is drawn closer to an impending disaster. A doctor and his young girlfriend struggle to stop it. Will they be too late?
This high tech, conspiratorial horror film is highly recommended for those who love small towns with big, deadly secrets. Other films in this genre include "The Secret of Harvest Home" and "The Stepford Wives." "Halloween III" will make you think twice about visiting a small, secluded town on Halloween.
Surprisingly enough, the DVD has no extras. Not even a trailer. The film is presented in widescreen with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. "
An Awesome HALLOWEEN Double Feature!!!
Pumpkin Man | 08/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"HALLOWEEN II- I love this sequel! I love how it takes place right after the original ended! Michael has been shot six times by Dr. Loomis, but he gets up and walks away! Loomis continues his hunt and Laurie Strode is taken to Haddonfield Memorial Hospital. Michael stalks the hospital in search for Laurie. Loomis finds out something about Michael that he NEVER knew. I love the showdown at the ending with Michael, Loomis, and Laurie. HALLOWEEN II is a treat for any and all fans of HALLOWEEN, horror, and slashers! I highly recommend HALLOWEEN II!!!
HALLOWEEN III: Season of the Witch- Since 1998, I've been a big hard-core HALLOWEEN fan! I love HALLOWEEN III. People just hate it, because Michael Myers is not in it...SO WHAT!!! A little temporary change never hurts anyone. I love the storyline with the warlock named Cochran making HALLOWEEN masks out of Stonehenge. I love the "Happy happy HALLOWEEN" song and Cochran's speech to Dan about the Celts and how HALLOWEEN was 3,000 years ago. I really appreciate this "sequel" yes, I called it a sequel, because it's called HALLOWEEN III!!! Another part I love is what happens to Little Buddy Kupfer when he watches the commercial and his head turns into snakes and bugs. The last part I love is the ending, it keeps you in suspense. This classic film earns the right to be called "HALLOWEEN III"
Although Michael Myers, Dr. Loomis, and Laurie Strode have been taken out, this is 100% really good HALLOWEEN material. It starts off with a man named Harry Grimbridge trying to run away from some men in business suits. In his hand, he's grasping on to a Silver Shamrock HALLOWEEN Pumpkin mask. Later, he passes out and taken to the hospital by the filling station attendant named Walter Jones. Later in the night, Harry is murdered by one of the business man. Dr. Daniel Challis wants to investigate why he was murdered. Dan has a bad relationship with his ex-wife, who is played by the actress that played Annie in original HALLOWEEN. Dan hardly spends any time with his kids. Dan and the murdered man's daughter; Ellie Grimbridge make a plan and go to Santa Mira where the Silver Shamrock company is. (For some reason, I love the scene at the bar when Dan is drinking beer and that silly cartoon is on, then the original Halloween plays.) Conal Cochran is the boss, and Dan finds out that Conal is a warlock who plans to use the popular masks as a way to kill all the children on HALLOWEEN. Dan must stop it from happening. This really is a classic in its own way. I highly recommend HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH!!!