Halloween II Director’s Cut: Is It Worth Another Look?

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According to Shock Til You Drop, director Rob Zombie has been saying for some time now that Halloween II – the second chapter in his reboot of the Halloween franchise first started by John Carpenter back in 1978 – has a whole different version that never made it to theaters. Of course, as with all these cases, Halloween II “The Alterno Version” was promised as a “director’s cut” to be released on DVD.

Well, with Halloween II passing quietly through theaters back in August, and the DVD release not far off, the subject of the director’s cut has once again come up, with Zombie dropping a few details about what we would get from this cut-never-seen.

So is it worth your time to take another stab at Halloween II? You be the judge:

Said Zombie:

“There is another version of the movie that’s very, very different..Laurie Strode’s character is the main difference…(In the theatrical) She’s holding it together, getting her life together and it starts spiraling downward. In the other version, she’s an incredible mess and gets worse. She never has any good moments, she’s just messed up, she’s lashing out at everyone, she’s horrible. Messed up on drugs, she’s just completely spun out through the whole movie. It makes for a real challenging movie to watch and I feel like I don’t know if fans would’ve embraced so much darkness.”

Whoa… Is he kidding?

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Despite what you may have thought about Halloween II – here’s what I thought about it – one thing that can’t be debated is that it is one dark, intense, film that doesn’t have one ray of light within it. At all. Hearing Zombie describe this director’s cut makes me wonder one thing and one thing only – what the hell is up with this guy? Did somebody stomp his favorite puppy’s head in as a child, or what?

Zombie also noted at least one specific difference between the two cuts of the film:

“…[Laurie's] relationship with Annie is horrible and they’re at each other’s throats through the whole movie. They are not in the theatrical version.”

Cat fighting? Now that DOES sound kind of interesting… LOL. Seriously though, this unseen version of the movie must have been a real treat for actress Scout Taylor-Compton, who plays Laurie Strode: she gets beat up, cut up, bloodied, crazied, drugged-out, ridiculed, humiliated and ostracized. Yep, everything a young actress is looking for in a role!

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Scout Taylor-Compton enjoying the life of a Thespian

I’m poking fun, but I must confess that hearing about “Halloween II: Extra Dark” has baited me on the hook; I’ve got to check it out now, if only to garner some answer to my earlier question: what the hell is up with Rob Zombie? I’m a morbid guy, so this is pretty much my alley to play in.

How about you, though – you interested in seeing the black hole version of Halloween II that was too bleak for theaters? Or have you had your fill of Rob Zombie cinema for awhile?

No word yet on when the DVD (with director’s cut) will become available, but we’ll keep you posted.

Source: Shock Til You Drop

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  1. I dont think anyone can call his directing a talent! He is so far removed from talent that he doesnt even know what it looks like. He remade a classic movie, that could have been made into a decent modern interpretation, instead he made a botch job and followed it up by a sequel that was even worse!!!
    To say he has talent and vision is the same as saying Brett Ratner is best director in Hollywood, or that Michael Bay always puts stort first!

  2. I’m very interested in the Directors cut. While Zombie is on the dark side he has a vision and talent that few other horror directors can match. He is the type of director that can literally make you squirm in your seat and make you visualize horrific scenes for weeks after watching his films. Some call it junk and some call it talent, you be the judge.

  3. I never this movie in theaters and I will NOT be getting the dvd, either. Rob Zombie NEVER should have touched Halloween, period. I’m sticking to the John Carpenter original.

  4. Personally I enjoyed Rob’s versions of Halloween. The first one he didn’t have control of the project like H2. The studio made him film the movie to be somewhat similar to the 1978 Carpenter masterpiece. I’m too interested in the dircetor’s cut of H2.

  5. Well, since this is Robs reboot, could someone please come and remake Halloween
    like it should be remade, and make it good, please?!?!

  6. Halloween 2 was the only movie I have ever actually walked out on. Gore usually doesn’t bother me, but all the sound effects and overall disgustingness forced me to leave haha.

  7. Kay, well to even organize a film like this takes an incredible amount of patience and time, so I give Zombie a lot of credit, and do find this a truly unique feature. I also give him credit for having the balls to turn directions on the series to a more psychological thriller type film. It was very artistic, and I did enjoy the entire movie, start to finish. I’ll admit their were some flaws, but do me a favour and stop comparing this to the original, because it is a movie on its own. It should be pretty clear that Halloween 2 is in no state to be compared to any of the prior Halloween films. Think with an open mind, people.

  8. are all you people (most of yuoguys anyways) out of your minds? the old horror movies werent as intense and graphic as the remakes (friday 13th was scarier as jason actually ran after the people instead of appearing infront of them)
    i havent seen H2 yet (not released here is australia yet) but will when it comes out, like mentioned before zombie does create the mood of a scene through is directing skills but lacks towards the production side of things, much like Bay and friday the 13th

  9. I loved Rob Zombie’s take on the series. I admit, H2 kinda put me off due to the fact what Zombie said would be in it, didn’t make it in the film. This director’s cut just might be what I was waiting for.

  10. I love Rob Zombie’s remakes there better than the original ones. the new ones are more realistic and more of common sense.

  11. Zombie’s Halloween films are really f***ing good.. period. No they are not like the older ones, and thank god for that. I like John Carpenter’s original film, but 80% of the sequels were just lame rehashes.. Zombie’s stuff is dark and nasty, but also a fresh original take. I fear Halloween 3-D.. more cookie cutter rehash stuff.. now in 3D!!!

  12. I liked both of Rob’s Halloween flicks, though the director’s cut description seems to make more sense to me. Laurie’s room looks a little to nihilistic for her in the theatrical cut.
    The reason I prefer Rob’s take on Halloween over the original is the characters. They act like real people, granted not people you want to be around, but real people, whereas the original has a bunch of cardboard cutouts who do nothing of interest until the last half hour. Plus, the original shows Michael as a seriously disturbed child in the opening, but tries to make him some kind of supernatural boogeyman by the end, which makes no sense at all.

  13. i want to watch the movie

  14. or compared to any kinda movie that resembles anything good.

  15. First remake was actually pretty decent. Second one was complete garabage targeted (opinion) to people that dont know what great movies are. He just added so much crap that was worthless. Sorry but too me House of 1000 crappy shots was crap. Halloween 1 was decent thought he would get it better with the second one, not completely suck. I walked out of the theather. I never walk out. I have never walked out until then. That is really saying something cause I will sit through just about anything.

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