April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama Primer: Halloween 2 (1981)

April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama is back at The Riverside Drive-In Theatre in Vandergrift, PA on April 29 and 30, 2022.

This Back to the 80s Weekend is going to be amazing!

The features for Friday, April 29 are Halloween 2Terror TrainMidnight and Effects.

Saturday, April 30 has Evil Dead 2Re-AnimatorDr. Butcher MD and Zombie 3.

Admission is still only $10 per person each night (children 12 and under free with adult) and overnight camping is available (breakfast included) for an additional $10 per person.

You can buy tickets at the show or use these links:

There is also a limited edition shirt available at the event.

As slashers increased in ferocity, Halloween 2 matches and exceeds them. It’s a brutal affair where even the good side — Dr. Loomis in particular — are just as crazed as their evil counterparts. It’s also a film that wastes no time. It starts immediately where we left off and The Shape never stops coming and never pauses for remorse. The only downside is that the more you explain his motivations, the less interesting it becomes. But as the series has progressed, this installment has only grown in my eyes.

John Carpenter and Debra Hill co-wrote the screenplay, but he refused to direct, instead selecting Rick Rosenthal. That said, he’d go back and reshoot large chunks of the movie as he was making the TV friendly scenes for the original film. The decision to include more gore and nudity was not Rosenthal’s idea. Carpenter saw the original cut, declared it as scary as an episode of Quincy and went back to directing.

For a movie that no one was all excited about making — except producer Irwin Yablans — I really love this movie and one of the major reasons why I dislike the new generation of sequels is that it no longer exists. It also feels like a giallo in parts, like the basement sequence that echoes moments of The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh.

While the movie also veers into absolute insanity with the death of Ben Tramer — that fireball! — I adore that part of it. This is a crowd-pleasing movie perfect for the drive-in, one that people should be loudly cheering and yelling during the stalk and slash moments. It also has characters that are endlessly quotable, like Budd Scarlotti (Leo Rossi) and a nice dynamic between Jimmy (Lance Guest) and Laurie (the returning Jamie Lee Curtis).

I understand the issues many have with this movie. It places Laurie out of the action for most of the story. But for sheer slasher magic, for the incredible image of The Shape with blood pouring down his face, for more of the music and Dean Cundy’s cinematography and just the chance to live in Haddonfield for another few moments, it’s a gift.

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