Friday, October 27, 2017

Halloween H20:Twenty Years Later






Halloween H20 is a 1998 horror movie sequel directed by Steve Miner and starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Michelle Williams, LL Cool J, Janet Leigh and Adam Arkin.


In Langdon, Illinois a former colleague of Dr. Loomis comes home to find that someone has been in her house. She goes next door and calls the cops. She has the kid next door, played by Joseph Gordon Levitt, have a look around the house to see if there is anyone there. Everything seems okay so she goes back inside. Her files have been rifled through and one of them is missing. The Laurie Strode file. Michael Myers turns up and he kills her. He drives away in her car. The cops investigate. Cut to Laurie Strode(Curtis) who is alive but living under the alias of Keri Tate. She still has nightmares about Myers. She lives with her son, John(Hartnett) who knows about Myers. She lives in Summer Glen, California and she is principal of Hillcrest Academy. She faked her own death.



Myers steals a woman's car and heads off to find Laurie.Janet Leigh makes an appearance in this as a secretary which is a nice touch. Laurie is involved with a teacher at the academy called Will(Arkin). It is Halloween and she is very spooked. Myers finds out where she is and he arrives at the school.
John and his girlfriend, Molly(Williams) are supposed to go on a school trip but they stay behind at the school along with their pals, Charlie and Sarah. Myers is stalking the campus. The security guard, Ronnie(Cool J) sees a truck at the gates to the school. He goes out to see what is going on but there is no one there. Myers has set it up so he can get in. Laurie sees Myers coming.



John and his friends meet up for a party. Laurie tells Will all about her experiences with Myers.
She discovers that her son did not go on the trip and freaks out. She and Will are going to look for John and the others. Charlie meets Michael and gets killed. He also kills Sarah. John and Molly look around to see where their friends went. They see Myers. They run and he chases them. Laurie meets them and they all lock themselves in. Myers knows where they are and he tries to get in. Will has a gun and he hears something. He thinks that it is Myers so he shoots him. It turns out that he has shot Ronnie by mistake. Myers kills Will.


Laurie, Molly and John run away from Myers. She tells them to go and get help. She stays to fight Myers. There is a chase and they fight. She stabs him. He falls off a balcony and she goes to look at his body. Ronnie is still alive and he stops her from stabbing him again. Myers is taken away in van. Of course, he comes back to life.  He comes after Laurie. She gets into the van and she drives it at him, pinning him. Laurie survives. She goes to look at Myers. He reaches out for her. She chops off his head. 


This was a very good sequel. I really liked it a lot. I thought that the cast were great, the story was good and the whole movie was a really superior film in the series. It is great fun and there are some good scenes in it, especially the one with Janet Leigh where the Psycho theme tune plays as she approaches her car which is the same one from Psycho. I liked that. I thought that it was clever. This film also scraps Halloween Parts 3,4,5 and 6 so you have to discard those movies and forget everything that happened. All in all, this is a great sequel and one that you should watch if you like the Halloween franchise, as I do. I will give it a 7/10.



10 comments:

John Nada said...

Thank you Jigsaw for the review. H20 was not a bad addition to the franchise. Also I am a sucker for easter eggs and H20 had a massive Psycho easter egg in it. I am glad you enjoyed the movie!

Amanda said...

You're welcome John.I did like this one.It was pure fun with some good scenes.I loved the nod to Psycho in it.It was clever!!

Susan Leighton said...

I didn't have near the problem the Halloween crew did with this film. The nod to Psycho was terrific. Jamie Lee is terrific. Good review, Jigs.

Midnight Gore said...

Good review Jig! I always liked this movie. Thanks!

Amanda said...

Thanks Susan!I loved that part.It made me smile😀A good movie overall I thought!

Amanda said...

Thanks!!!It's a fun sequel with a great cast!

Tony Briley said...

I enjoyed this movie quite a bit and like everyone else, loved the nod to Psycho. I'm glad it scrapped Halloween 3 to 72 or whatever the number was at that time. By doing so it turned out to be a good sequel. It was also nice to see Jamie Lee Curtis get a reboot. To me she hadn't had anything decent since 1994's True Lies and before that My Girl in 1991. Redeeming herself from My Girl 2 seemed impossible but between True Lies and this one, I think she put that disaster well behind her.

Amanda said...

I liked this one too. It was better than a lot of the other sequels and it had a great cast. It was good to see Curtis back in the role that made her famous and I hear that she will be in the new Halloween movie which will be very interesting!!

Tony Briley said...

I wasn't aware there was going to be a new one. I can't wait to see that too!

Amanda said...

Yes!!I want to see what they do.I hope that it will reignite the series

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