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Jamie Lee Curtis returns to the role of Laurie Strode (her name now changed to Kerry Tate likely because of the inevitable fear of being hunted down by her psychotic brother, Michael Myers) the role in which started her movie career. It wisely ignores the ridiculous events of previous sequels and continues the story from Halloween II. Its a well made effort, and refreshing that Curtis wanted to return to horror, when in truth she could have thought her self above it, as sadly some actors seem to do. The supporting cast are great, Josh Hartnett, Michelle Williams, LL Cool J, and an opening cameo from the character Marion Chambers - the nurse who appeared in the original two movies. Inevitably though, the movie belongs to Curtis, who in my view, delivers one of the best performances of her career. There is a genuine attempt by director Steve Minor to match the style of the first two movies, and an appreciated attempt to build tension, as Myers inevitable return builds momentum. Solid, if unspectacular follow up.
It's almost 20 years to the day since psychotic serial killer Michael Myers tried to kill his sister at the age of 21. Yet 20 years on Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) still can't forget the harrowing events all those years ago. Since the events she has assumed a new identity of Keri Tate and has a job as a headmistress of a secluded school where her 17 year old son John (Josh Hartnett) attends. After continuous nightmares revolving around flashbacks to that fateful day back in 1978 Laurie's son has helped her through it for many years, however he is tired of the way his Mum is unable to let go of the events and constantly reminds her that her brother is long dead. Or is he? 20 years later would be the perfect time to make a return and finally kill his sister once and for all... It would seem that 20 years later it would be the perfect time to reignite this declining franchise. After previous films being released to largely negative reviews most would have thought that the franchise, like the character of Michael Myers, was supposedly dead. The aptly named Halloween H20 is a sequel to Halloween II, released in 1981 but set on the same night in 1978. The sequel didn't quite reach the starry heights that its predecessor managed, nevertheless it went onto spawn several sequels, none of which really made an impact. After recently watching Halloween and Halloween II recently for the first time on TV I was interested to see what this film would bring as it seems to be the most critically praised of all the Halloween sequels, not to mention that I'll happily watch anything with Josh Hartnett in it. This film was partly written by Kevin Williamson who wrote all three Scream movies. His influence is apparent throughout the movie and at one point we witness the two young girls watching Scream 2 on the TV. Halloween H20 is more of an erratic slasher movie compared with the first 2 movies where the film relied more on atmosphere and tension. Given that the film takes a lot of inspiration from the Scream movies it's obvious that Halloween H20 is going to be a lot more predictable than the first two films, it seems that the atmosphere was almost completely forgotten about in favour of teeth shattering action sequences and in this respect the film does extremely well. Instead of concentrating on the sombre atmosphere that the first two did this film creates tension through the build up to the events and then through the action that takes up the last half an hour or so. Unfortunately Michael doesn't have that scare factor about him which he captivated audiences with in the first two films. In the first two he would appear out of nowhere and sometimes when you least expect it but in this film it becomes very obvious when Michael is going to appear, therefore eliminating the element of surprise. Michael seems to be a lot less menacing in this film; in previous films he would appear out of nowhere and he walked very calmly and slowly towards his victims however in this film he's much more erratic with his movements. He seems very desperate to kill people in this film, making him appear anxious and impatient. Giving him human emotions again just weakens Michael's menace which in turn makes this more of a slasher thriller than a horror movie which the first two accomplished brilliantly. Michael is humanised even more at the end of the film, I wont give anything away but a softer side briefly seems to show. Near the start of the film we see that Michael has become a lot more human, in a scene where a little girl and her Mother are using the toilets, I doubt that in the first two films Michael would have just walked away. Being so early on in the movie this sort of ruined the atmosphere, you watch this expecting the heartless killer that we've come to know however what we get is a watered down and humanised version of a once terrifying villain. The first Halloween movie was highly centred around Michael killing off the teens in the neighbourhood, making it a teen slasher movie, the second movie was just about Michael slaughtering anyone that was around in an attempt to steer away from the teen slasher but for some reason Halloween H20 brings us back to the teen slasher genre. This does work very well but I can't help but think that it will alienate some of the films older fans through its attempt at appealing to a younger generation. I feel that the film tries way too hard to emulate Scream and it's obvious right the way through. Even the music is similar to that of Scream; Halloween carved out part of its success with the use of the brilliantly eerie music, which doesn't appear in this film until the very end. There's a lot of tension throughout the film, with flashbacks and visions that Laurie has of Michael returning, one in particular was full of tension when she was leaving school and she saw a vision of Michael slowly walking towards her. As she keeps blinking you're led to believe that he is actually there but of course this is just another in a long line of very convincing red herrings. Jamie Lee Curtis is again fantastic as Laurie Strode who this time has a lot more to deal with as her son is now in danger. It's interesting to see how much Laurie has grown up in the 20 years since the event as she has now settled down but of course you still feel her fear of Michael which is what Jamie Lee Curtis portrays onscreen fantastically. She is able to convey her fear to the audience and I personally think she's a fantastic actress. I enjoyed this film immensely as a teen slasher to rival Scream, however, as another sequel to Halloween it doesn't quite manage to recapture the magic that the first two films had. This is a really tense ride with a very appropriate ending and I'd highly recommend giving it a watch if you've seen and enjoyed the first two. Recommended. The DVD is currently available from play.com for £3.99.
After 20 years, the original scream queen returns to battle Michael Myers once more! Laurie Strode has been living in mental torture for 20 years because of the events of the first two films (the film doesn't really make it's mind up whether it wants to continue from either the first or second but it references the second) and now has a son, living many miles away from Haddonfield. She's a school teacher with alcohol problems and is plagued with hallucinations about the masked killer, caused by her bad anxiety. Little does she realise that MM has come back to re-attempt to kill her once and for all! As a Halloween film, when compared to the others, it's missing that certain Halloween-esque feeling that the others have. The score is actually quite terrible (composer John Ottman had a different, much better score in mind but was told to change it by the studio) and it doesn't really fit the film. Jamie Lee Curtis is great as Laurie again but she's different in personality to the first two films - much more aggressive to others around her and she's now a far cry from the original, virginial Laurie we all knew in the first two films. The film tries to copy the style of the first film in that a large portion of the film is spent by MM stalking and watching people, building up the suspense. Once the action really gets underway when MM finds Laurie, the stalk scenes are pretty cool but I feel is ruined by the lacklustre, unscary music. Chris Durand as Myers is pretty terrible, he doesn't have the slow movements of Dick Warlock from H2 or the physical presence of Nick Castle from the original. Performances from the cast are pretty good, Josh Hartnett plays Laurie's son and he's decent as is LL Cool J who's character is very likeable as the security guard. The film only clocks in around an hour and 20 minutes, minus credits, so it's rather short! The ending is pretty final but at the same time, is a little abrupt. It was as if the director ran out of ideas and just wanted to get the film over with. Overall, it's okay but nothing great, worth it to see Jamie Lee Curtis back again. If you don't care about her then I'd advise you skip it.
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room The Halloween series started brilliantly in 1978 and kickstarted the slasher genre, although sadly, the series itself endured numerous dodgy and inconsistent sequels, chiefly the dire third film, Season of the Witch, which didn't even feature Myers himself. Instead, this film is a direct sequel to the best sequel of the lot, Halloween II, set 20 years after the events of that film as evil killer Michael Myers returns to wreak havoc again. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), who was the sister of Myers and the only person to have survived his numerous attacks, is living under an assumed name and seems to have rebuilt her life, now having a son, John (Josh Hartnett), a husband, and a career as a principal at a local high school. However, Laurie hasn't forgotten what's happened, and firmly remembers that this is the 20th anniversary of the events of the first film. Soon enough, her students and colleagues end up dead, and Myers targets here himself. Laurie will therefore have to face off against Myers one last time (although they meet again in the rather naff sequel, Resurrection), in order to defend her family and herself. Although this is still cliched horror fare, it is one of the better Halloween sequels, even if gorehounds will probably decry the fact that there really aren't that many kills or gratuitously violent moments, save for the hilariously over the top finale. Curtis is great again in the role that made her famous, but the other characters aren't very well developed, and given how absurdly things go off the rails by the end, as well as sadly the further continuation to the series, it's not the deal-ending film it could have been. Whilst preposterously titled, this isn't as bad as you might expect. The body count is minimal, but the "final" fight between Laurie and Michael is thrilling.
I don't know why, but I'm in a bit of a horror mood tonight. I watched The Descent earlier, a great British horror film, and then I turn the TV on, and Halloween H20 is on. I hadn't seen this film before, but had seen a few of the previous Halloween films, and so knew the basic premise of the film, whereby the serial killer with the freaky white facemask Michael Myers goea around killing people in the quest to find and kill his sister. Recently recovering from ending her brother's life, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) has upped sticks and started a new life as the headmistress of a school, changing her name to Keri Tate at the same time. She and son John (Josh Hartnett) have a fractious relationship due to her recurring nightmares and obsessions with Myers, and her belief that he's still not dead. However, as Myers turns back up again, terrorising the school, Laurie is forced to confront her worst nightmare once more in order to save herself, her family, and all of those people she is sworn to protect. So, in essence, it follows quite a simple and predictable plot. Curtis give a decent turn as Strode, and Josh Hartnett looks exactly the same as he does now. Oh, and his acting is about the same, too. I often wish he'd drop the relaxed and cool attitude and give us less of the Keanu Reeves style and more charisma, but his performance is good nonetheless. there are supporting roles for Michelle Williams, LL Cool J and Adam Arkin as well. Analysing the film in relation to the franchise, it seems to tak the basic plotline, but ignore many of the events in previous films, such as the fact that Myers is supposed to be dead. This is the seventh film of the franchise, and is made as a 20 year tribute to the series. I understand that it was inevitable that Myers would have to be in the film, and that it would have been folly to concoct some story about someone else carrying on his 'work'. That has worked since for the Saw films, but wouldn't have done here, so I commend the plot choice and the decision to 'resurrect' Myers once more. The horror side of it is done quite well. The gruesome and gory elements are a little lacklustre, but it is the scary moments where you see the white mask of Myers in a reflection or behind someone that are the most effective. These moments kept me on the edge of my seat, not knowing what was going to come next, and I found myself quite enjoying it. That having been said, there is not a lot of depth to the film, and it does stretch a relatively short plot into a feature film length without much filling. I was glad to have watched it, but it's probably not one I'd watch again in a hurry. The DVD for Halloween H20 is currently available from amazon.co.uk for £4.78.
Why did Jamie Lee Curtis agree to be in this? She was good in number 1, whereas this film is just a major pile of ishmael. Lot's of things don't make sense. Like how Myers found her if she changed her name (to Keri Tate)? Was she still in Haddonfield? How does Myers get out of the bodybag? Those things really aren't designed to be opened from the inside. Why does no-one EVER shoot him in the head? Basically the plot is set in a school where Laurie Strode works and her son is also a pupil there, the whole school goes off to a camp but the son, his girlfriend, best friend and his girlfriend sneak away to stay behind inside the school leaving the school empty apart from them 5 and LL Cool J playing the security guard and token black guy to be terrorized by Myers. It's just a huge spit on the 1st film. Each version getting gradually worse. Some of the action sequences are half decent, even the little nod to the film Aliens where Curtis is hiding under the tables and MM is looking for her and reaching between them like the Queen Alien did with Newt. That was a nice little touch. Generally though the film is awful.
It seems fitting, after reviewing the first 2 Halloweens, that I should review the other Halloween that is of notable mention. 20 years after the original, and after 5 fair to poor sequels, Jamie Lee Curtis happened to have it mentioned in an interview that it was coming up to her 20th anniversary in the movie industry. Keen to mark the occassion and give something back to the audience, as well as revisit the character she most admired in her career, Curtis approached original director John Carpenter to do the film. With Carpenter and Debra Hill busy on other projects, they passed. So she had Kevin Williamson (responsible for Scream) write a 4 page draft for the film. Eventually, it was handed over to thriller veteran Steve Miner (who payed homage to the original Halloween with his own horror franchise Friday The 13th) to take on directorial duties. Starting off 20 years after the original horror's, the late Dr Loomis and his Nurse Marion Whittington harbour the secret whereabouts of Laurie Strode - who faked her own death in an auto accident. By day Laurie is the respected head mistress of a secluded secondary school in Northern California under the alias of Keri Tate, by night she is a barely functioning wreck who depends on alchohol, medication and the patience of her 17 year old son John. Every year, Laurie fears that her homocidal brother Michael will find her and try to kill her again. But didn't Michael Myers burn up in the hospital explosion in 1978? Not exactly, as luck would have it for this sequel, it would appear that his body was never found. So Laurie continues to live on her nerves, envisioning Michael at every turn, until he finally turns up for real. What results then is a forceful battle between the two as Laurie fights to claim back her life, and Michael determins to destroy the last remaining member of his bloodline. Halloween H20 is a film of many merits. Better than most of its sequels, it tells the story of a woman who is so badly scarred by her past that she can barely function at life, despite being intelligent and having many opportunities. It shows what one terrible ordeal can do to a person's character. Curtis turns in a gutsy and very real performance as the long suffering Laurie, and the moment where she finally comes face to face with her brother is one of those heart-stopping moments in cinema. Other highlights of the film is a tender conversation early in the film where Laurie discloses some of her demons to her boyfriend and how she has tried many things to move on, but hasn't been successful. The other highlight being the final battle which has a real unpredictable twist as Laurie turns the table on her tormentor. This is the moment where Laurie realises the only way to redemption is to face her demon, and therefore turns the table on her tormentor in a 20 minute sequence filled with tension and action. The other actors do a decent turn as well. Nancy Stephens makes a nice return to the series in a 10 minute cameo that opens the film and explains how Michael finally catches up with his sister. Both Michelle Williams and Josh Harnett make for pleasing eye candy, but in addition put in fairly decent performances as the teenagers in peril. Harnett has plenty to do as the crutch for his emotionally unstable mother. Even LL Cool J gives a fairly respectable performance as the security guard whose lack of concentration results in a murderer being on the loose on the grounds. The film also does a nice hand in subtle in-jokes, refusing to partake in the Scream-esque sledgehammer style humour that dominated the cinematic horror of the late 90s. Watch out for the references to Psycho with the presence of Curtis' real life mother Janet Leigh and her car. There are a few downsides in the otherwise enjoyable 90 minute ride though. Firstly, there are several herrings from early on in the film. Laurie's visions of Michael become slightly tiresome as you know at some point that she will meet him, so you will the writers to get it over with. That said meeting comes at a somewhat disappointing 50 minutes in. There is also a slight annoyance at the disrespect paid by the writers to the franchise as a whole. 3 films of Michael's reign of terror are completely disregarded, and the most gauling thing is that had the 3 sequels being incorporated into the story, it would have went a better way at explaining why Michael is still alive. As it is, the film picks up the story from the end of Part 2, where Michael was presumed dead. But as Laurie explains "I didn't exactly stay to see his body". Wouldn't she still have known though that Michael was alive or dead. And if he weren't alive, what would be the point of her going into hiding. As it is, these are minor set backs in what turns out to be a thrilling and sometimes unpredictable film. Steve Miner re-creates John Carpenters excellent vision very well, making great use of the lighting available as well as the eerie setting of the secluded high school. He cuts to the action very well, and creates just the right amount of jolts to keep the action ticking along without sacrificing good writing or good acting. All in all, its a fitting finale to the Laurie / Michael story that is unfortunately destroyed by a completely contradictive sequel and a disrespectful fate for Laurie. This would have been the perfect place to leave the franchise, but we all know how the studio's greed and reluctance to leave well alone results in good stories being wasted. But as a stand alone entry in the series, this film is head and shoulders above the sequels, and is a fitting tribute to both Laurie Strode, and to John Carpenter's original ground breaking slasher film.
Halloween H2O Twenty Years Later Arh the sweet smell of Halloween, yes the Scream Queen herself is back. Jamie Lee Curtis is back for another scream, but does she put Michael in his place this time round? This great Horror/ Thriller/ Suspense movie comes back with a bang in 1998. Halloween H2O personally could have done with out L L Cool Jay. L L Cool Jays plays as one of the security guard and a very bad acted one at that! Though it's hard to beat the original Halloween, this movie is quite good. We have the suspense (always a winner in horror movies) and the pure Horror of death coming for you. Shame we didn't have the very skilful John Carpenter working on this movie, otherwise I think there would have been a few more edge of the sit moments. So now in the movie 20 years later, Jamie Lee (Laurie) has changed her name hoping to try and move on with her life. She wakes up screaming from her nightmare, we see her son run in make sure she's ok. (If you look carefully you can see the scar down her arm from when she was first attacked my Michael) Laurie's son John played my Josh Hartnett, turned 17 only 1 week before, gets upset over his moms past. Thinking it's all in the past and that Michael is dead. John thinks his mom should get on with her life and forget the past. As you know johns just gone 17 and if you think back young Laurie was only 17 when she was first attacked too (You see where this is all heading). They both get ready for school as now Laurie is the headmistress of a private school, but Laurie is still struggling with the terror of her past. Laurie has a right to still be scared even after 20 years, as its coming close to Halloween yet again. Michael Myers comes back with a vengeance; he can't wait to start killing again. Laurie's son John thinks that his in no harm, but boy could he be wrong. John and his girlfriend played by Michelle Williams, decide to have a little Halloween party of there own with a few friends, but as there friends they go looking for them. The didn't expect to find what they did, as they saw there friend brutally mashed up bodies, they run for help. Mean while Michael isn't letting up with out a fight. Now Laurie must face her fears and save her son. But will she or wont she I cant say you have to watch the movie. It's not fair to give so much away. Halloween H2O is certificate 18, running time of 82 minuets. Widescreen format (as were Halloween 1 and 2) So I hope you watch or have watched the film. Thanks for reading xXLizzyXx
Halloween H20 sees the return of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), Michael Myers's original victim. She now goes by the name of Keri Tate after she faked her death to finally be free of her homicidal brother. She is the Prinicpal of a top private school which her son, John (Josh Hartnett) attends along with his girlfriend Molly(Michelle Williams) and friends Sarah (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe) and Charlie (Adam Hann-Byrd). Keri is having bad dreams about what happened to her on Halloween 20 years ago and is worried about her son because he is the same age as she was when she met Michael. John tells her that she needs to get over it and that Michael Myers is dead, but her worrying is not in vain. Micael Myers isn't dead. He first raids Dr Loomis's (Donald Pleasence's character who died in Halloween 6) nurses house and finds all the files on Laurie's and fidns out where she is. He then makes his way to her killing everyone who gets in his way. Meanwhile John, Molly, Sarah and Charlie are skiving off a camping trip to stay at school alone. It has defintely been hit and miss with the Halloween movies. Halloween was a sppoky classic, Halloween 3 was about killer masks and was really, really stupid. Halloween 4 was okayish but Halloween 6 was ridiculous. So I sat down to watch this film with some skepticism over whether it would be good or bad. I discovered that H2O is basically a Halloween for the Scream generation. The film is very much centred around teens, which has always been a feature of the Halloween franchise but these are the new breed of horror teens who appear in every teen horror around and are far less disposable. Jamie Lee Curtis's return to Halloween should have been a joyus occasion and at first she is the Laurie that we all recognise, vunerable but also quite strong like she was in the first film however as the film progresses she seems to become a have a go hero who wants to stop Michael one and for all, a cliche that is involved whenever a horror film heroines arch enemy come back. The script itself is nothing original when you compare it to the Halloween movies or any stalk and slash movies. A killer after a certain victim who will stop at nothing to get her or very seldom him. The film briefly touches on Lauire's troubled life but is more about the teenagers setting themselves up (along in an empty school on Halloween night) to be picked off one by one. There are some massive plot holes when you look back at the other 6 Halloween movies except the original. Halloween 4,5 and 6 are pratically ignored, no mention of Laurie's daughter or that damned curse Michael has to kill his family (what was up with that). I think it was a good touch that Lomis was mentioned but for people who haven't seen the other movies will completely miss this bit. *SPOLIER* Michael Myers is the same as ever although he has more respect for human life in this film, before he would never let a little girl and her mother go free or never leave someone half dead but he does here. He is still indestructable and is much like Jason he can keep taking the hits, but if the Thor curse thing is applicable that is the reason why. What really annopyed me about him was the ending. People I know who had seen it were saying, he's dead he's dead but of course Michael is not dead he always comes back, I think he would have died by now if he couldn't survive a little decapitation. *END OF SPOLIER* The film is film starts off as being perhaps a more honorable addition to the Halloween films where characters are established and the film is not made up of stalk sequence after stalk sequence but as the film progresses it descends into that territory and the last half hour is just people running away like pussys. Although this isn't the worst Halloween film (I think number 3 is) it also isn't the best. Fans of trendy stalk and slash movies will like it but those who don't like those films or those hoping that a Halloween movie could actually be good again will be advised to steer clear.
Michael Myers returns yet again to our screens. Donned in the same mask as the last time he returns to attempt to kill one person…. his sister. 20 years on from the original Halloween Laurie Strode is targeted yet again. Last time she faked her death, changed her name and moved house to try to evade Michael Myers. She now plays the part of a Californian private school teacher. =========== ~ Boring bits ~ =========== Genre: Horror sequel Released: Oct 1999 Rating: 18 Duration: 87 mins. Set in: Los Angeles, California Director: Steve Miner Producer: Paul Freeman Cast: Laurie Strode/Keri Tate (her new name): Jamie Lee Curtis Sarah: Jodi Lyn O’Keefe Jimmy: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Will: Adam Atkin ~ This opinion gives away the general jist of the film… please don’t read this if you still have got to see this film and you don’t want to know anything about it ~ ========= ~ Synopsis ~ ========= Laurie Strode is actually the headmistress at this private California school. Her memories of Michael Myers have been haunting her for the past 20 years. She has passed this all onto her son, John. On his 17th birthday she realises that that is the exact same age Michael struck her. Needless to say it just happens to be October 31st. John didn’t share in his mothers apprehension though, after all, surely Michael would have striked again sooner? He must be dead mustn’t he? Most of the school goes away on a trip, but John stays behind along with his girlfriend and his mate and his girlfriend. As far as Laurie is aware though he’s gone along with the rest of the school. Laurie’s fears are proved right when Michael returns. Michael, after trekking across country to California (and killing a few people on his way!) tries to kill John and his girlfriend. (After killin g John’s friend and his friends girlfriend) attempts to finish off Laurie, once and for all. Does he succeed? Well anyone with an ounce of sense would simply run (or drive because they have access to a car!) straight to the nearest police station…. However, horror films being horror films…. Laurie decides to go back and face Michael after sending John and his girlfriend off to the police station. So, once more, Michael gets the chance to kill her. However, after Laurie stabs him he falls to the floor and positively looks dead. So much so they even have the police there putting him in a body bag. Is that it? Well of course not! Laurie is still concerned (and lets face it, she deserves to be!). She drives off with Michael in the back of a police van. Now of course he obviously isn’t dead after all (we all saw that one didn’t we!). All I’m going to say about the end of this film is that Michael really does <briefly> make you feel <very slightly> sorry for him(!) Think about the psychological problems this man must have….(!) ============= ~ Is it any good? ~ ============== Well I really am not a fan of sequels, and, with Halloween H2O being the sixth sequel I really didn’t think I’d like this. I was pleasantly surprised though. I haven’t yet seen any of the other Halloween films (apart from the original) so I can’t compare it to any of those. I don’t think this film is quite as good as the original Halloween, although it is a newer film so that gives Halloween H2O an advantage over the original film. This film is not as gripping as the original. It is far more predictable than Halloween. ============= ~ In conclusion ~ ============= Halloween H2O really does stand up well, considering it’s the sixth sequel! Although not *qu ite* as good as the original it is well worth watching. My personal rating would be an 7.5/10.
I've always considered "Halloween" a good, classic horror film. Unlike "Scream" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer", it actually has a good plot and doesn't consist of endless amounts of blood being poured all over the floor. Obviously, the follow up to "Halloween" is good, but not nearly as good as the original. The main fault of the movie is that it is very short (under 1 and a half hours!). The plot is fairly decent (unlike the cheapo Tv movies that followed the 1st installment) although some of the acting is quite poor. PLOT: It is 20 years to the day that Michael Meyers went crazy (Hallo'ween). Laurie Stode (his sister) has a nightmare about him returning, and sure enough he does! Laurie's son John and her boyfriend (and fellow teacher) Will look set to be the next victims in Michael's crazy schemes, but sure enough Laurie trys her damn hardest to stop him. I won't reveal the ending otherwise there'd be no point in watching it (although I can say it is brilliant and there is no way that there can be another sequel). ACTING: Jamie Lee Curtis takes on the main role once again as Laurie, and she does a great job. Josh Harnett plays John Tate, Laurie's son. To be quite honest, he looks like he belongs in Dawsons Creek or Buffy! The other teen actors /actresses seem to take their parts on well, although it all feels very un-realisitic when they're having a halloween party! And for some reason, I noticed that LL Cool J was in the film briefly (for anyone who didn't know, he's a famous rapper). I was pleasantly suprised to find he's a really good actor and he added some much needed comedy into the film. Finally, the guy who played Michael Meyers (I don't know who) had a really, really creepy feel to him. You can sort of see through the mask and he looks very scary! EFFECTS / OTHER "Halloween H20" isn't really packed with breath taking special effects but there are a few. The most noticable being: *A car scene at the end, I really can't go into detail otherwise it'd ruin the plot. *A scene when Michael falls off a balcony and onto a table. Luckily, there isn't actually too much violence. Sure, there's some gory parts (the worst being at the beginning when someone's throat gets cut!) but it doesn't depend on that for success. So, although it ain't a scratch on the original, it still lives up to it's spooky title!
Laurie Strode from Halloween 1 & 2 is now a headmistress at a private school, under her new name of Keri Tate as she is under a protection programme. She has a 17 year old son, and the 20th Anniversary of the events of the first Halloween is fast approaching, she starts to have nightmares and flashbacks, then, Michael returns . . . This film follows on from halloween 2 and completely ignores all other sequels. Jamie Lee Curtis is back as Laurie Strode/Keri Tate, but due to the death of Donald Pleasance there is no Dr Loomis, which to me is a bit of a shame as his character sometimes made the film . . . The movie goes back to the basics by replacing the gore for the old shock factor. Instead of all the blood and guts, we have a movie that goes back to the style of the original Halloween where much of the horror was made from genuine jump out of your seat shocks. This is a good thing, and its back to being scared again! It takes a while for things to get going, but when they do, the action is non-stop. The film is just the right length for me, not too long and not too short, it will keep you entertained all the way through. In my opinion this is the best sequel of the lot. Its modern, its sometimes funny, its scary, it has a new soundtrack which still adds to the horror and its back to actually shocking the audience. This should appeal to modern horror fans as well as fans of any slasher series. Overall a good film and the best sequel out of all of them.
Right lets get things straight. Halloween H20 is a sequal to Halloween and Halloween 2, but not to Halloween 3 which wasn't even about Michael Myers, or Halloween 4,5 and 6, which seem to have been forgotten. If that sounds confusing then I don't blame you, as the writers for this latest slasher feast have snubbed the last three films containing the serial killer Myers and gone back to making a sequal to the first film. Jamie Lee Curtis stars as the original victim of the first two films, still haunted by images of her crazy murderous brother still twenty years later. Dr.Loomis is no longer around, Donald Pleasance having died, and she now has a 17 year old son to look after, and a private school to run. Things start predictably as two teenagers and a nurse are killed in the opening minutes by the masked knifeman. As most of the school leaves for camping, only Jamie Lee, her new boyfriend schoolteacher and four teens (including her son and his girlfriend 'Jen'from Dawsons Creek) and a guard remain, with Michael Myers prowling around menacingly. The film delivers its predictable scares and shocks, as people walk out of dark corners and behind others to the accompaniment of a sudden chord of music. While Curtis gives a goodish performance, deciding to take the fight to Michael, the other teens run around screaming as asual. Myers is an extroudinary character. He moves very slowly, not bothering to run when a victim is lying sprawled on the floor and helpless, and then disappears without trace in the matter of a second other times. He has either had some brilliant plastic surgery or simply he is a zombie, as you just can't hurt. Knifes, poles, axes and whatever's around is continously being plunged into him and he doesn't offer a grimace or grunt (although with that mask on, we can't see his face). This film is certainly predictable, but can still build up small doses of tension once in a while, and s ome of the in-jokes are subtle while the dialogue not too disgraceful. I will not give away the ending, but it will no doubt thrill most viewers, and disapoint a few. A decent batch of gore and entertainment for those who like it, and a better slasher film than most.
The HALLOWEEN series of movies is one of those which started off with a good movie (HALLOWEEN, obviously) but which gradually lost quality as the series went on. HALLOWEEN H20 was the seventh in the series (and was hyped at the time as being the final one ever, although there is talk of another movie currently on the cards). The first two movies had starred Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, whose brother Michael Myers tried to murder her. Curtis bailed out after the second movie, and we were informed in a later sequel that she had died in a car crash, but HALLOWEEN H20 resurrects the character. Laurie has renamed herself Keri Tate and is a school headmistress with a teenage son, who is the only other person in her life to know of her past history. She has spent 20 years trying to get over her past and is slowly getting there but all this reinvention is worth nothing when Michael comes after her all over again. The script was written by Kevin Williamson who was very hot at the time, having been involved in SCREAM and TV’s DAWSON’S CREEK, and one of the stars of that TV show, Michelle Williams also appears in this movie as a teenage girl stalked by the evil that is Michael Myers. One great little in-joke is that Jamie Lee Curtis’ real-life mother, Janet Leigh, appears as Laurie’s secretary, and at one point you can hear the music from the Hitchcock movie PSYCHO (which starred Leigh along with Anthony Perkins) in the background. All in all this is a fun movie with a few scares. Its quite short (less than 90 minutes) but this is more of a blessing than a curse as it means that the movie doesn’t outstay its welcome. It’s nice to see Curtis back as Laurie and I hope that she returns for the next sequel.
Halloween H20 is the film 20 years on from the original. Laurie Strode (played by Jamie Lee Curtis) as she was then has faked her own death, changed her name (to Kerri Tate), face and life in desperation to go into hinding from Michael Myers (her serial killing brother). New characters are John, her 17 year old son (played by Josh Harnett)and her lover/counseller Will (Adam Arkin) Its halloween again and the plot thickens. The first killing as in most horror movies doesn't seem directly linked to the hero/heroine. Two teenagers and an older women were bruatally murdered by a shadowy figure.(Laurie's files were stolen) John and his friends (+ girlfriend) skip the camping trip and stay at school to have thier own private halloween party, inturupted before it began by Michael Myers. Although not aware that the killer is in town Laurie/Kerri is taking Halloween badly, seeing Myers 'face' everywhere and getting shaken up by pety things much to the distress of Will. When Laurie discovers that Myers is back she first saves the children and her lover and locks herself in the school for a one on one to the death match. This is the beginning of a fantastic ending. Myers falls from a window, put into a body bag and laurie takes him in the car. The body bag opens and Myers attacks her the car falls down a hill almost killing them both and the big finale is when trapped under a car Myers reaches out his hand (a sign of brotherly bond) Laurie reaches out her hand and as soon as we thought the scene was to get soppy she unreluctantly decapitates him with an axe. I havn't seen all the halloween films but this film was fantastic, if not a brilliant ending to the Halloween films. Hopefully filmmakers will leave it there rather than killing it. This film I think although reasonably predictable inflicts the emotions of the killing perfectly. Jamie Lee Curtis' acting was brilliant and worthwhile. I will be seeing it again as i went out and bought the video. Go see this film you will not regret it. Ci
Halloween is one of the great modern horror films, but as a franchise its track record has been spotty at best, painfully bad at worst. Halloween H2O: Twenty Years Later, directed by horror vet Steve Miner (Friday the 13th parts 2 and 3, House), won't displace John Carpenter's original but it might help you forget the films in between. Miner certainly has: the film begins as if sequels 3 through 6 never happened. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis, reprising her role for the first time in almost two decades) faked her death and is now a single mom and headmistress of an exclusive California private school. She's also a secret alcoholic who lives in fear of her homicidal brother-bogeyman Michael Myers. Guess who decides to show up for a family reunion? The film begins with classic horror-movie exposition (the deserted college campus, Michael's escape, Laurie's waking nightmares) accomplished with some humour and style, but it's all set up for the second half, a driving roller coaster of stalk-and-slash thrills. There's little of the self-conscious genre referencing of Scream and at times the film is a little far-fetched--it is a slasher movie about a knife-wielding homicidal maniac who won't stay dead, after all--but Curtis transforms Laurie from a shrieking victim into an empowered, determined horror-movie heroine who's learned a thing or two from the previous films. Adam Arkin, Josh Hartnett, and TV cutie Michelle Williams (Dawson's Creek) co-star, and the script received uncredited polish from Scream writer Kevin Williamson; Curtis's mom, Janet Leigh, pops up in a cameo. --Sean Axmaker