Halloween II is a 1981 horror film produced by Dino De Laurentiis and
is set in the fictional Midwest town of Haddonfield, Illinois, on
Halloween night, 1978. It is the sequel to the influential film,
Halloween (1978). While other films in the Halloween series follow,
this is the last one written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill. The
film immediately follows the events of the first film, and centers on
Myers's attempts to find and kill Laurie Strode and Samuel J. Loomis's
efforts to track and kill Myers. Stylistically, the sequel reproduces
certain key elements that made the original Halloween a success such
as first-person camera perspectives and unexceptional settings. The
film, however, departs significantly from the original by
incorporating more graphic violence and gore, making it imitate more
closely other films in the emerging splatter film sub-genre. Still,
Halloween II was not as successful as the original, even though it
grossed $25.5 million at the box office in the United States despite
its $2.5 million budget. Halloween II was intended to be the last
chapter of the Halloween series to revolve around Michael Myers and
the Haddonfield setting, but after the lacklustre reaction to
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), Myers returned in the film
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988).
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Today's selected anniversaries:
According to traditional accounts, Martin Luther nailed his 95
Theses onto the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany, marking the
beginning of the Protestant Reformation.
The New Zealand land wars resumed as British forces in New Zealand
led by General Duncan Cameron began their Invasion of Waikato along
the Waikato River.
Benito Mussolini became Prime Minister of Italy at the age of 39,
establishing a coalition government composed of fascists,
nationalists, and liberals during his first years in office.
Gutzon Borglum and 400 workers completed the colossal busts of U.S.
Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt,
and Abraham Lincoln at Mount Rushmore.
Indira Gandhi, India's first and to date only female prime minister,
was assassinated by two of her own bodyguards after Operation Blue
Star on the holy Sikh temple in Amritsar. Riots soon broke out in New
Delhi and several other cities throughout the country.
Wiktionary's Word of the day:
jack-o'-lantern: A carved pumpkin whose top and stem have been cut out
and interior removed, leaving a hollow shell that is then decorated to
represent a face, illuminated from within by a candle.
Wikiquote of the day:
There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt. Love is the law, love under
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