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Many fans of the Halloween franchise are pissed by the fact that the upcoming Halloween movie will ignore all the sequels. What these people tend to forget is that Halloween H2O: 20 years later (1998) was the first film in the franchise to make the controversial decision to ignore films 3-6 in the series.
The result? A very decent slasher flick that most certainty improved (by a lot) upon part 4 and 5.
Here, the movie is set in 1998, 20 years after the events of the original John Carpenter’s masterpiece. Michael has returned and found all the papers he needs to find Laure (played by Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis, reprising her most famous role). He tracks her down to a private school where she has gone under a new name with her son, John. Now, Laurie must do what she should have done a long time ago and finally decided to hunt down the evil one last time.
Highly influenced by Wes Craven’s Scream (1996), H2O shows both self-awareness and that it embraced the clever idea to target “new age” horror fans. The movie is, in fact, filled with teenagers that can be easy victims for Micheal’s thirst of blood, which makes it all the more entertaining and enjoyable.
Besides, these teenagers are Dawson Creek’s Michelle Williams, Jodi Lynn O’Keefe, my man Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Josh Hartnett, which makes his debut on the silver screen. Add to the mix Jamie Lee Curtis and you have a great cast to work with. Sure, the performances by the teens aren’t always compelling or convincing, but they helped breathing new air after the colossal failures of Halloween 5 and The Curse of Michael Myers.
Micheal himself, although not as threatening as he was in the first two movies, comes back to being quite scary and a legitimate horror villain. Also, in H2O you realise how much Jamie Lee Curtis was missing in the previous movies. She steals the show in every scene: she’s badass, lovely, flawed and perfect at the same time.
I genuinely think H2O would be have been nearly as good as Halloween II if only it didn’t lack one thing: Dr Loomis. Unfortunately, Donald Pleasance passed away in 1995 (RIP), so the filmmakers of H2O decided to replace him with Tom Kane, who was an off-screen presence and just voiced the character.
Besides a few other flaws (continuity errors and a couple of noticeable goofs), Halloween H2O is a rather enjoyable slasher flick and, considering it’s the 7th instalment in a tiresome franchise, not a bad movie at all. Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet.
Halloween H2O: 20 years later 6.5/10
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