The year is 1998. It’s been 20 years since Michael Myers escaped Smith’s Grove Asylum and terrorized Haddonfield. Today I talk about Halloween H20, directed by Steve Miner and stars Jamie Lee Curtis and a young Josh Hartnett and Michelle Williams. Let’s not waste any time and get right into it.
After managing to survive the assault from her own brother 20 years ago, Laurie Strode has since moved to another state, changed her name to Keri Tate, and had a son. She occupies her time as the dean of a private school, and acts like nothing bad ever happened to her. However, underneath the facade she still has difficulty coping with her past. She has taken to drinking heavily, and after all this time and all the effort she put into hiding, she still looks over her shoulder more than a normal person would.
It’s gotten to the point where even her son John is having difficulty dealing with her inability to keep her instability in check. After Laurie/Keri explodes at her son about not being in school, she later tries to make it up to him by giving him permission to go on an outing with his fellow students. he takes the permission slip, but secretly stays on campus with a couple of his closest friends and girlfriend.
Unfortunately, staying behind is a bad idea, as it turns out that The Shape himself has discovered the whereabouts of his sister through the very nurse who accompanied Dr Sam Loomis in the first two Halloweens. So its come down to this: once more Laurie Strode must face her past and her brother.
Halloween H20 is, as far as I’m concerned, the end of the series. Ignoring where Michael Myers may have been for the last 20 years, I felt the movie wrapped everything up nicely. The fact that they brought back Marion Chambers Whittington, who played the nurse from the first two Halloweens. Also a nice touch was getting Jamie Lee Curtis’ real life mother Janet Leigh to play the school secretary. There are a number of nods to the original: by lines, a song or two, things that happen in some scenes. I’ll leave it to you to find them.
I mentioned earlier that this was the end of the series as far as I’m concerned. As most of you know there is one more Halloween I need to review, but I don’t agree with its existence. Halloween H20 ended things in the perfect way: with Laurie Strode growing from the scared, useless teenager to the matured woman who finally decided to fight back against her brother and end things once and for all. It ignores everything from Halloween 3-6, and focuses on the story and main character it all began with. There’s not much to complain about here. The acting was solid, a few decent kills, and memorable shots here and there. If for some reason you are unable to watch all the Halloween movies for Halloween, at least try to watch Parts 1, 2, and 7 together if you want a complete story (and with not shitty sequels in between). Only one more sequel to go. Until then, rest in peace.
Macabre Rating: 4 out of 5 tombstones