H2 Plot Breakdown From Start To Finish

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Read at your own risk, I provide this report from a test screening monkey with no confirmation or disclaimer, for the expressed purpose that you can waltz into the theatre with plausible deniability if you don’t like the sound of it.

“Let me start off by saying that even though I’m a horror movie fanatic its been maybe 15 years since I’ve seen the original HALLOWEEN 2. I remembered not liking it very much and even though I still consider the first in the series the best horror film ever made, nothing ever really drew me back to part two. So besides a few fuzzy memories of it, I went into the film last night being able to take a real unbiased look at a remake. Ill run it down and go through the film for anyone interested (All of it being spoilers, so if you don’t want to know what happens in the movie stop reading HERE). Remember that I’m sure some of this will change by the time it hits theaters later this summer, especially after the focus group met and gave opinions after the film. Ill mention what we/they thought during the review, as well for those interested.

The movie opens with Laurie, bloody, walking down the street. Sheriff Brackett finds her and takes her to the hospital (I remember the hospital scene taking place towards the end of the original, correct me if I’m wrong but in any case its the beginning here.) The next 15 minutes, besides being WAY too loud, to the actual point where I had a bit of a headache afterwards are really fantastic and I had hoped would set the film up very nicely.

Zombie chooses to show us most of the gore in this one scene and for the rest of the film shows a lot of restraint in what he shows, letting our minds do most of the work which I really appreciated. Nowadays a lot of directors think blood & guts = scares which just isn’t true.

We spend the next 20 minutes or so getting to know this new grunge Laurie (who now lives with her friend Annie and the Sheriff) and her friends who work at a book/record/indie type store and we learn they looove to party. The characters are really your standard issue, cookie cutter horror movie characters and you can pretty much pinpoint who will die and in what order. After this we see Loomis who has become a real media whore and a just an all around ****after the release of his book about Michael, which is doing a media tour for and just happens to be somewhere near Haddonfield, IL where they film a major late night talk show. Lucky him. Hes no longer a sympathetic character he is now just a famous diva who only cares about himself and his new career and let me say the focus group and the end was more than vocal about how much they hated this.

Interspersed through all of this are visions Michael has with his mother (the gorgeous Sherri Moon Zombie), a white horse and the younger version of himself guiding him to kill more so they can all finally be together. This might work in a different film but the problem here is that Laurie is having visions of them, too. The same visions. This is never explained or touched upon and even when she learns she’s Michael’s sister, if this was supposed to mean they were all connected in some way, it still doesn’t make any sense. As much as I love her, Michael s mother has no business being in this movie at all. About 90% of the people in the focus group said they didn’t like her scenes at all which weren?t many to begin with and I’m sure will now be sliced down pretty heavily.

As you guess right after we meet the characters, Michael starts killing again. Obviously he needs to get through people to get where hes going, but too many scenes were set up just to kill someone with no further advancement of a plot you could tell they desperately were trying to do something with – including scenes in a strip club stomping a mans face until its just meat, taking a naked stripper by the hair and smashing her into a mirror until she goes bye-bye, not to mention Michael killing a dog, gutting it and eating its insides. Let me just say that when I got the chance last night I let them know just how unnecessary that was and every single person there said that needed to be cut out immediately. I’m hoping it is because its something that I really should have walked on the film because of.

Soon after, Laurie discovers shes Michael s sister and all hell breaks loose. She does a LOT of screaming in this movie, almost to the laughable point which she does most of in the next few scenes. She tells her friends she needs to go out and PAR-TAY which we all know means Dead Friends so when Harley (the slut of the group) goes to a random man?s van, you don’t have to be a genius to know what will happen. That scene is so predictable and so stupid pretty much everyone agreed afterwards it was just too much. When you can count down to when the attack will happen you know your movie has become too formulaic.

After this, Michael decides to visit the house of our dear friend Annie who until this point has had a decent amount of screen time cooped up in her house. When she opens that medicine cabinet you don?t have to be a rocket scientist to know what shell see when she closes it! Cut to a few minutes later, Laurie and her only living friend now, Maya (the beautiful Brea Grant who plays Daphne on HEROES) both completely drunk go back to Annie’s house to crash but theres a big mess there so being as bright as they are they know something is wrong. Maya is the first to get hers, when she goes downstairs alone to call 911. Luckily Laurie escapes the house and runs into the woods (because when you’re being chased by a killer you obviously run into the woods) where dagnabit, she gets caught by Michael and taken to an old shack. Now, she must have been in there for quite a while because we cut to Loomis in a swanky hotel (obviously in town) after he just finished his talk show appearance opposite Weird Al, where he sees the breaking news that Michael Myers (not the same Michael Myers from the Austin Powers films as Weird Al points out) is at it again. Loomis rushes to the site where poor Laurie is screaming again being held by her brother while we see Mommy and Little Michael watching her. Loomis informs her that nobody is holding her which we now see is true. Michael is on the other side of the barn and she?s just imagining she?s being held. The word ?HUH??? came to mind last night. Michael slices up ol? Loomis but I couldn’t pay much attention to that because I was still trying to figure out how and WHY Michael and Laurie had been having the same visions of young Michael and the Mother the entire movie.

Anywho, long story short Laurie stabs Michael, and walks out of the barn wearing her Halloween costume (she was dressed as Magenta from ROCKY HORROR) and Michael s mask which elicited a LOT of laughter, seeing this little girl with this enormous mask on. We than cut to Laurie in a white room. Is she in a mental institution? I didn’t think so, but others did. We see her look up and see Mrs. Myers walking towards her with the same white horse we’ve seen her with the whole movie. Laurie gives an evil little smile and the film ends.

So a good part of the discussion after was spent on that last scene. To me and a lot of other people it made no sense and was just, well, stupid. The fact that you think Laurie has turned bad for no reason at all didn’t sit well with people because A) Its not who the character is and B) there is no reason for it. Shes had nothing happen to her to turn HER into a killer now.

A lot was also said afterward about the fact that we see a lot of Michaels face in this film. He has a very long beard and looks a lot like Zombie, himself which I wasn’t sure if that was on purpose or not. But to me and most others there this isn’t a good thing. Humanizing Michael doesn’t make him more scary, it makes him completely unbelievable. If we see him as just a regular guy, how are we to believe? he can survive having his body bashed with baseball bats, bullets, etc and just get right back up again and keep killing. In the films current state, he is more like Jason, not Michael.

I’m sorry if this was a bit all over the place. I’m at work and doing a million things at the same time as trying to do this, but that’s pretty much the gist of the film as it is now. I’ll say again for as much as I detested the first one, this one was much much better. I’ll even go to see it again to see what changes they’ve hopefully made to it.”

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26 Responses to “ H2 Plot Breakdown From Start To Finish ”

  1. Just as I figured it would be.

    I’ll just wait for the DVD

  2. I still have no idea how/why Zombie’s films keep getting greenlit. He’s a wretched no-talent that has no business behind the camera. His movies are painful, abysmal, and a total waste of celluloid. Please, for the love of all that is holy, stay far, far away from this thing when it hits theaters. Maybe if this piece of crap flops, the studios will stop giving him money and hand the green over to someone who possesses something that actually RESEMBLES talent.

    That is all.

  3. Devil’s Rejects was a great film. But agree about H1/2, he needs to step away from beloved properties (which he’s tainting with his dero-horror stench) and just do his own thing.

    Surprised he didn’t pull a High Tension, and have Laurie do all the killing (or did he, and the test screening audience didn’t get it?).

  4. ok Laurie goes evil?
    NO!they better reshoot that

  5. Wow, that sounds bad… Well, I guess it would have been pointless to make a good sequel to the remake, considering that the remake was, well, not so good.

    And for the record, I think the original Halloween II was a strong companion to the first one. It’s still one the horror films that scares me the most.

  6. Hmmm, sounds kinda strange, not at all like a Halloween film. I will see this one in the theater and will wait to pass judgment on it until I have seen the finished product. The first one was slammed before it’s release and I enjoyed it, but I will admit the treatment I just read is not all that promising.

  7. ok first thing wasnt mike the uncle of larie? and this movie sounds nothin like the old school one i think rob is a good director but he shouldent do remakes…thats the thing about these directors that make a few good movies and now throw there name in a hat to do a remake project and fails.the only good remake i seen in along time was “friday the 13th” and that was good cuz it really wasnt that diff from “T.T.C.M.” and even then both movies are some what the same.anyway this movie soundslike trash.the only people that would like would be those kids that never seen the orignal. what rob should do is make a halloween movie ok mike and what happens after the hosp. blows-up. so he should remake part 3 in the view of mike instead of the DUMB SEASON OF THE WITCH….he might get some cred off of that..

  8. I hope they change a lot of the movie for it’s release. This sounds about half retarded to me. Majorly disappointing.

  9. Zombie’s first take on Halloween made me wish he never became a director. Sounds like this one’s even worse. I’ll pass.

  10. I quite enjoyed Halloween remake, in fact parts of it made a hell of a lot more sense then the original really did. I think RZ gets a bad rap, and I’ll defend my fandom of his flicks to the death…

    …. but this sounds awful! I can’t beleive how bad this sounds! I mean the reviews for his H1 made me think it was gonna suck and boy was I pleasently suprised when I saw it but this… I can’t understand how this could even half possibly turn out to be good.

    Dissapointing…

  11. Wow, this seems to be awful!

  12. lol dub post

    this movie is gonna suck the big shlong due to it sounds nuthin like the old one…so is it still considered a remake??? he should stick wit crazy movies not remakes..if he makes another remake ill call up motown and ask if i can make a remake to mj “thriller” song and instead of zombies ill have umpa lumpas…thats a remake right???

  13. Ok….

    To start off “Halloween (1978)” was the film that got me into john carpenter films and horror in general. To me it is the best slasher film ever made and still holds up beautifully to this day.
    I never understood how ANYONE could find rob zombies remake worth seeing or owning. A friend of mine had to FORCE me to see the film and I just got more and more aggrivated as the film progressed. The film was shit….period. And dont give me this whole ” It’s the updated version” b.s eiether. The film SUCKED.
    There was not one orginal moment in the whole movie. How can i accept michael myers looking like a pro wrestler and his mother being a stripper? Are you f’in kidding me or what? Why remake a classic film if you’re just going to ruin it? I will NEVER understand how any true fan of carpenters classic can honestly say they liked his remake? Now we have to sit through a sequel? No thanks! The orginal Halloween will always be “it” for me.
    Trust me…zombies Halloween 2 will be right next to his remake in the used bin at your local F.Y.E for $3.99….

  14. Wow…I kind of wish I didn’t read all of that. The little hope I had is pretty much crushed. Laurie going to “PAR-TAY” on Halloween? Umm…hasn’t she already been through like A LOT?? Why on earth would she even go out on Halloween in the first place? And, her “evil” at the end – what a joke. It’s a really BAD twist ending that doesn’t even make sense when you consider Laurie’s character and upbringing. Because according to Rob Zombie, Michael’s “White trash” upbringing is what made him that way, and Laurie didn’t ecperience ANYTHING like that other than trying to defend herself and others against Michael. Sherri Moon also must go. I don’t mind her when she has a somewhat relevant character, but putting her in this as a dead person in flashbacks reminds me a little too much of some crappy SCI-FI made for tv crap with Lance Henricksen. (Pumpkinhead 4, anyone?) Anyways, I’ll pass on the theater, but since it carries the “Halloween” name I’m sure I’ll force myself to watch it on DVD later.

    Why couldn’t this just be a remake of the original “Halloween II” anyways? That was a scary, atmospheric, good sequel.

    -RHR

  15. i still want a Halloween 3 with more scout taylor compton
    im praying they make a 3rd so they can easily top this
    PRAY!!!!

  16. Wow…suddenly all that Cult of Thorn bullshit doesn’t seem so bad now…

  17. I dont care what anyone says i can’t wait to see this movie and reading this post has only made me want to see it more. Everyone who always bashes remakes needs to stop watching them if they dont like them because me and im sure alot of others are tired of hearing everyone cry like babies because of them. Stop paying money to see these movies and maybe they will go away. Reguardless, ill be in line to see this on the 28th for sure! :)

  18. Fuck you Branden

  19. After reading, im more excited to see it and just so you know Rob Zombie\’s H1 made me a fan of michael myers. Yes! I have seen the originals (all of them) as a kid and of course, the 1st was the best. Having said that, i still was never a BIG fan of Myers but when Rob did it, it made sence to me and you\’re talking to someone who has over 300 horror movies on dvd and tattoos to boot. Love horror and love Zombie! Needless to say, I\’ll be there…Peace, N4red

  20. Hello

    I was reading your re-view and altho i haven’t see it yet something bother me about that way you said something about Laurie turning evil.

    you said: The fact that you think Laurie has turned bad for no reason at all didn’t sit well with people because A) Its not who the character is and B) there is no reason for it. Shes had nothing happen to her to turn HER into a killer now.

    Well here is my two cents(no offense)

    A) Its not who the character is:
    character wise a lot of people keep comparing this Laurie to the jamie lee version and what they don’t understand ,is this is Rob’s vision and a completely different take on the Halloween series. I wouldn’t be surprise if Laurie did became crazy at the end of H2.
    B) there is no reason for it. Shes had nothing happen to her to turn HER into a killer now.

    I completely disagree on that comment for three reasons character wise

    1. Considering on what she has been thur in the first movie.
    2. She went from this happy-go-lucky girl who in the end of the first movie,loses her loving foster parents and best friend and almost die at the hands of this monster to this grungy unstable girl in this film ,
    3.Then on top of that she finds out that she is his sister and is also attacked by him again,losing more friends, so its no wonder she snapped at the end of the film.

    I myself am looking forward to this movie and seeing how different it will be.

  21. Fuck me? Whats YOur problem JIZZ man? This was a great movie :)

  22. Nothing is my prob,i was just saying that this movie was going to be good,but just wanted to say my two cents.

  23. Rob Zombie is a hit or miss kind of director. I hated House of 1000 Corpses, but enjoyed Devil\’s Rejects. I enjoyed his Halloween remake, but H2… well, the less said the better about H2. However, in my opinion, H2 may not be entirely Rob Zombie\’s fault. Rob Zombie wanted to only do the first movie, but the studio demanded a sequel and told him that they\’d do it with or without him. The studio is more to blame than Rob Zombie is. Once he gave in to do the film, they told him he had a year to write, cast, direct and edit this film together. That is (in my opinion) complete BS. So I think this movie was kind of Rob Zombie\’s way of saying F*** You to the studio for screwing him over and his way of putting a nail in the coffin for the series.

  24. Well the treatment above is dead on to the film and sadly they apparently made no changes based on the focus group. I am not a fan of focus groups but I have to admit, I think they were dead on. This film was pure drek. Sorry.

  25. Argo, that wasnt directed toward you. I was talking to Jman, who was rude and said fuck you to me when i was only trying to voice my opinion about what everyone has been saying about these recent remakes . sorry for the confusion no hard feelings i hope :)

  26. Seriously can we burn the remakes of Halloween 1 and 2? Can we all horror fans simply burn these DVD’s they are Awful and sucked bad seriously the first was ok explaining Myers as a kid but the fucking 30 mins of (Laurie)Scout Taylor-Compton is a pathetic actress where the hell did they find her? Honestly I prefer Jamie Lee Curtis but the remake makes JLC look bad as well we don’t recall her being a psychopath!She was screaming in the first movie ,last 30 mins and the second one as well! It’s annoying lol
    Why would Laurie after giving me fringin headches from the yellings and screamings and has a traumatic shock decides to her frineds to go out for drinx. Laurie going to “PAR-TAY” on Halloween? Umm…hasn’t she already been through like A LOT?? Why on earth would she even go out on Halloween in the first place? And, her “evil smile” at the end – what a joke. Laurie’s character and upbringing

    I still have no idea how/why Zombie’s films keep getting worse. He’s a wretched no-talent that has no business behind the camera. His movies are painful, abysmal, and a total waste of crap.
    Rob Zombie is a sh*thead incompetent loser who should stick to his rock band and take some courses in film directing/producing a film!Zombie’s first take on Halloween made me wish he never became a director.He totally bashed Halloween and destroyed it
    This Halloween 2 remake is far horrendous than Season of the Witch
    After the failure of Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Moustapha Akkad wanted to move further with the franchise which he made it a success so what happened to the other sequels? why even make a fringin remake for? Sequel should ve continued from Halloween Resurrection! Its sad because they were going to do a Hellraiser vs Halloween called HELLOWEEN and John Carpenter refused it so no more halloween movies lol Make a Pinhead vs Michael Myers as it is your only chance of surviving this movie genre!

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