Calgary Herald from Calgary, Alberta, Canada on October 31, 1981 · 69
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Calgary Herald from Calgary, Alberta, Canada · 69

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Saturday, October 31, 1981
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THE CALGARY HERALD Sat., Oct. 31, 1981 D3 Madman goes berserk again in Halloween II By Roman Cooney (Herald staff writerj When we last 'saw the deranged antagonist in Halloween, he'd tumbled out of a second story window with multiple stab wounds and no less than six bullet slugs in his apparently indestruc- table body, only to (raise eyebrows) . . . mysteriously vanish He didn't go far. After recapping those closing scenes, Halloween II picks up where the escaped mental patient , a 'B' movie staple left off as he stalks the small town streets f Haddonfield, HI., while children happily go about their innocent trick-or-treating. A review HALLOWEEN II, directed by Rick Rosenthal; starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Plea-sence. Westbrook III, Grand 2, Corral 4; restricted adult. Exploitive Since Halloween was released in 1978 several exploitative films of the genre have unveiled novel means to dispose of characters that would merely waste time speaking or even. possibly, acting. Similarly, it isn't long before a string of tiresomely horrific scenes only loosely connected to the story line begins. Although Halloween was not an especially bloody film, something in the audience's imagination was moved or sledge-hammered, rather by the film's brutality. While Halloween II is not the bloodbath other movies of its ilk have been, several of the murder scenes are so painfully gruesome as to be tasteless and more than merely distressing. No doubt many of you have just now made up your minds to see Halloween II; you won't be disappointed. It achieves without pretence or apology its ends scare the living . . . well. Entertainment is' what people find entertaining, I suppose. Guilt-ridden psychiatrist Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) attempts to track down his former patient using soap 'opera psychology to answer the question implicitly posed throughout both films: What's buggin' this guy? The plot is convenient rather than complex, relying on a cast of characterless individuals like so many dominoes waiting to be toppled. Afraid of dark One line in Halloween II comes inadvertantly closest to the explaining the main fault of this film: "We're all afraid of the dark inside ourselves." Real terror is in the mind. It's not know-'ing what made the rustling noise, the footstep, the door close. It's wondering what did; imagining the worst. At this point you wonder if Halloween hasn't callously crossed the fine line between filling a desire for people to accelerate their emotions by being frightened in a moviehouse and catering to an unspoken and insidious , desire to see other people brutally murdered. However, I'd defend anyone's right to screen the film with appropriate warning: This is it. A SCENE FROM HALLOWEEN II, NOW IN CALGARY ... Donald Pleasance and Jamie Lee Curtis star There are few unanticipated scenes. The frightening and frequent murders have negligible claim to suspense, owing their impact to uncomfortable realism. Veteran "B" movie screamer Jamie Lee Curtis returns as the terrified baby-sitter, but is limited here to whimpering and look ing understandably pained by the ordeal. Me too. Unsettling After .the unsettling evening spent evading her assailant in Halloween, Curtis is taken to the community's hospital to recover. Mr. Congeniality tracks her down, but not. of course, before he . . . deals with the hospital staff. Unfortunately, as he steals through the hospital's dark corridors the film-makers use only the most rudimentary gimmicks to create suspense and for the most part ignore the potential that presents itself in a hospital setting. Join us in our NEWLY RENOVATED "Side Door Saloon" I 438 - 9TH AVE. S.E. "I lost my job, my house, my Rolls Royce, my family toft me... what else can possibly go wrong?" 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