Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
20 years ago, HE changed the face of Halloween. Tonight, he's back!
On Halloween in 1963, Michael Myers murdered his sister, Judith. In 1978, he broke out to kill his other sister, Laurie Strode. He killed all of her friends, but she escaped. A few years later, she faked her death so he couldn't find her. But now, in 1998, Michael has returned and found all the papers he needs to find her. He tracks her down to a private school where she has gone under a new name with her son, John. And now, Laurie must do what she should have done a long time ago and finally decided to hunt down the evil one last time.
Michael Myers is all in your face and shit brother!
Now that we're just 5 years shy of this being H20 itself (shit, how did that happen?) you can see that this was just a slightly more highly polished spruced up looking sequel in the franchise.
Don't get me wrong after the interminable B movie silliness of 4, 5 and 6 this seemed like a welcome return to form or at the very least a faithful step in the right direction, but watching it on BBC1 last night you realise how dated and cheesy it is, and how there's far more fun going 'oh look, Joseph Gordon Levitt before his balls dropped' and 'Oh Michelle Williams' and 'There's Adam Arkin before he started pissing off SAMCRO' and of course, 'Whatever happened to Josh Hartnett?'
Jamie Lee Curtis is still amazing however.
But at least 6 had Brother Cane on the soundtrack.
Directed by - Steve Miner
Written by - Robert Zappia and Matt Greenberg
Starring - Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Michelle Williams, Adam Arkin, Janet Leigh, Nancy Stephens, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and LL Cool J
I’m much too lenient on this film for my own good. Halloween H20, the seventh film in the Halloween saga (and the sixth in the “Michael Myers saga”) picks up twenty years after the end of the second film and attempts to bring the series to a more dignified end than the clusterfuck that was The Curse of Michael Myers managed to. In a sense one has to give it plaudits purely for managing to dig things out of the hole that The Return…, The Revenge……
How about you? Are you tired of my bullshit?
This is the film that brought Halloween full circle and not because of Jamie Lee Curtis' return to the series. The original Halloween inspired a generation of horror films and ushered in a new era for the genre. Now 20 years later it's latest sequel was now being directly influenced by the latest slasher film to influence the genre: Scream.
Scream is essentially a self-aware satire of Halloween. It has several nods to the classic including a character named Loomis and a major scene with most of the characters actually watching Halloween. While it parodied the classic, it was clear that it was also paying…
I'll admit it, I really like H20.
It could be that Jamie Lee Curtis is back as Laurie, it could be that Michael's mask looks half decent again (half of the time) or it could be that 90's self aware humor that I can't seem to hate.
Either way, this was the perfect ending to the Halloween franchise... Until Resurrection came along and ruined everyone's day.
Probably this was meant as an attempt at rebooting the franchise, thankfully ditching the ridiculous attempts at mythology building plagueing the previous couple of entries, and going back to the slasher basics. It's not very successful, but at least all the familiar faces in front of the camera bring some much needed energy to the proceedings.
The funniest thing for me was watching the efforts of Michelle Williams. If someone, after watching her in this back in 1998, dared to prophecise that she would end up as one of the finest actresses of her generation, I guess he or she would promptly be locked up at the Smith's Grove Sanitarium.
(Also: Creed playing over the end credits! That guy singing always makes me laugh.)
Meanwhile, this one went up in rewatch. This time I noticed how more referential it was, both to the original movie and the genre (love Leigh's cameo, and Curtis' screaming "fuck!" after opening a door to an empty, familiar-looking closet), and how really good Curtis' performance is. Her PTSD arc is handled seriously and executed quite well, making her last stand up to her brother in the last act really a great moment to end the series on.
The slashing is a little disappointing in this sequel, but the set-up is reverent and well constructed. Nice to have Jamie Lee Curtis back in the role that kick-started her career, giving it more welly than the material demands. Atmospheric and nostalgic if not very workmanlike in its third act. The final sequence is fucking cool though.
It wasn't the best sequel but it had its moments. It had style and enough time had past to wet the appetite for another Myers killing spree. Having Curtis back helped. The rest of the cast not so much.
Restored some credibility (and budget!) to the franchise. Decent slasher fare.
Ειναι ενδιαφερον το πως ειναι επηρεασμενο απο το Scream, το οποιο ειναι επηρεασμενο απο το πρωτο Halloween.
Η Τζειμι Λι ητανε νια και γερασε αλλα ακομα δε ξερει να φοραει σουτιεν. Φρεσκοι Τζος Χαρτνετ και Μισελ Γουιλιαμς σε σχολικες ποδιες και νεαρουλης Τζοζεφ Γκορντον Λεβιτ πρωτο θυμα.
It's pretty much a standard 90s teen slasher, but it's my favourite of the series so far. The others are either stupid or bland, this is somewhat fun.
Of the many sequels to John Carpenter's original masterpiece, this arguably works the best. From its direct link to that movie, to its many nods and winks to the fans, there's stuff to enjoy.
Sure the plot is thin and struggles to fill its own meager running time, but fans of Michael Myers can forgive such trifles.