Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

Year: 1998

Director: Steve Miner

Written by: Robert Zappia and Martin Greenberg

Threat: Psychopath

Weapon of Choice: Knife

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       Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later

Rish Outfield's reviews
An entirely uninspired title, folks. As you know, it's been twenty years since Michael Myers terrorized Haddonfield, Illinois in general and Laurie Strode specifically. Jamie Lee Curtis returns in a remarkably three- dimensional performance and completely carries this film. And she has to, as Donald Pleasence's Sam Loomis isn't around to fight for her and spout on about "the embodiment of evil." He is missed, as most of the other characters have very little to offer. The teen cast is pretty unlikable and just Michael- fodder, and those who get away maybe shouldn't have. Kevin Williamson's influence was strongly felt in certain parts (such as the Scream-like dialogue and references, and the conventions being broken), but I wonder how great it might have been if he had been more involved. The little in-jokes (like those regarding Janet Leigh) worked, for the most part, but the film SHOULD'VE been so much better. The ending never truly satisfied me, perhaps because I kept comparing it to Aliens (you don't have to look hard to find the parallels), and I wanted to hear Laurie say, "I think we both can.".
Best Scare: Michael's hand shoots out from under a bed, grabbing a would-be victim's ankle.
I'd Recommend It To: Fans of the first film, mostly.

The tyranist's thoughts
The long awaited return to the series by Jamie Lee Curtis was both good and bad. I hated certain moments in the film and the fact that they totally discarded 4, 5, and 6 without so much as a nod. But I loved seeing Laurie versus Michael again. I also didn't find the other characters as despicable as some that I have heard review this film. I guess in the end I can only compare it to the original and say that it wasn't as good. But it was better than 2, 3, 5, and definitely 6.

Sequel skull
Owes everything to/rips off earlier film
Sequel setup
Bad title skull
Bad premise
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Bad dialogue
MTV Editing
Girl unnecessarily gets naked
Wanton sex
Death associated with sex
Characters forget about threat
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Power is cut skull
Phone lines are cut skull
Someone investigates a strange noise skull
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door skull
Camera is the killer skull
Victims cower in front of a window/door
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Victim locks self in with killer skull
Killer is in car with victim skull
Cat jumps out
Fake scare skullskull
Laughable scare
Blood hits camera
Beheading skull
Killer doesn't stay dead skull
Stupid discovery of corpse
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Victim running from killer inexplicably falls
No one believes only witness
Blood fountain
Poor death effect
Excessive gore
Music detracts from scene
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie skull
Future celebrity appears
No one dies at all
Death in first five minutes skull
Virgin survives skull
Geek/Nerd survives skull
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes
Unresolved subplots skull
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending
What the hell?

Total Skulls: 22

Other movies in this series:
Halloween II
Halloween III: Season of the Witch
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
Halloween: Resurrection