Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later (1998, Steve Miner)

H20? Seemed like a clever title at the time. Now...not so much. But who cares, because Jamie Fuckin' Lee Curtis (or is it Jamie Lee Fuckin' Curtis?) is back as Laurie Strode. SHUT YO MOUTH! Nope, it's true. I thought she was dead? Well, when the last two Halloween films took a direction that wasn't garnering huge box $, it was time to pull out the big guns. Plus, Donald Pleasence had passed away so it seemed that a big name was needed for the series.

H20 brings us 20 years after the events from the first two Halloween films. Laurie Strode, Michael Myers' sister, faked her death years ago and is now living as the Headmistress for a prestigious private school, with her 17 year old son . She suffers from visions of Michael and soon realizes that he has come for her again. After most of the students leave for a field trip, Laurie, her son and some friends are suddenly being hunted by Michael. Will Michael finally finish his 20 year chase to kill Laurie? Will Laurie kill Michael once and for all?

H20 is a nice return to form for the series. The characters are all pretty likable, the setting is creative and there is a lot of suspense. Though I liked the direction the series was headed by explaining who Michael was, most of the fans did not. I do admit that the dismissal of Jamie Lloyd's child from part 6 is disappointing, the rest of the film delivers.


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