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Halloween H20: 20 Years Later - Collector's Edition

Jamie Lee Curtis , Josh Hartnett , Steve Miner    R (Restricted)   DVD
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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 humor and style, but it's all setup 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) costar, and the script received uncredited polish from Scream writer Kevin Williamson; Curtis's mom, Janet Leigh, pops up in a cameo. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to the VHS Tape edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars good idea,not so good movie (2.5/5) Nov. 10 2007
By falcon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
maybe it's just me,but i found this Halloween movie lacking.the idea
was a good one,having this one take place twenty years after the events
in the first and second films.all the sequels in between are
ignored.however,i didn't find that much else to like about it.for one
thing,i found the first hour quite slow.very little happens up to that
point.plus,i thought the acting was below par in this one,even for this
genre.but the biggest thing i realized,was that the character of
Michael Myers does not inspire fear in this one.in fact,i found him
kind of laughable.maybe it's just because there have been so many
psycho villains since then,that the character isn't really that
different from the rest.the point is,he just doesn't have much of an
impact.i also thought some of the dialogue was pretty bad in this
one.but the biggest thing for me,is that the way things happened in
this movie just weren't realistic.i just didn't see it
happening.despite all that,i still think it was a better film than the
last one,part 6:The curse of Michael Myers.for me Halloween H2O:Twenty
Years Later is a 2.5/5
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4.0 out of 5 stars good sequel July 14 2004
I've always enjoyed the Halloween movies, but in the past there have been mistakes. However, H20 tries to fix that, by offering a good dose of horror. The beginning is somewhat weak, and seems like the director added it in to up the body count, but still you have to start somewhere. After the first two murders occur[ one being very gruesome, in which a character gets an ice skate shoved through his face]. The cops flock to the murder scene, and discover that Dr. Sam Loomis's nurse has been murdered, and that the file on Laurie Strode has been stolen. We then go to a prep school in California, where it is one day before Halloween, and Miss Strode is having quite a hard time recovering over what happened 20 years ago. She is the headmistress of a private school, and we meet her son Josh. Josh is very annoyed by her mother's overprotectivness. It doesn't help that it is one day before Halloween. Josh wants to go on a camping trip, but can't seem to persuade his mother to let him go. So, him and his friends decide to arrange a gettogether at the prep school after everyone else leaves, but Josh's mom decides to let him go to the camping trip, so he takes the slip but doesn't leave. Laurie then discovers that Halloween night that her sons camping items are still in the house and comes to the realization that Josh is in trouble, and her brother is coming back to get him. It is at this point that what we have all been waiting for happens. Michael shows up at the school. In this movie, Laurie finally conquers her fears and faces her maniac brother. Good acting, good writing, and all in all a good movie. I had to give it 4 stars because the middle is a little slow in some parts, and the movie entirely ignores 4, 5, and Curse, but some people may enjoy that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Big Treat, no trick in "Halloween H20" June 24 2004
In 1978, John Carpenter's "Halloween" became one of the largest and the most successful independant motion picture of all time. It was scary, clever, well acted, and entertaining. While several slasher sequels followed ("Halloween II" (1981), "Halloween III: Season on the Witch" (1983), "Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers" (1988), "Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers" (1989), and "Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers" (1995)) none were as good, nor scary as the original. "Halloween H20" is not as good or scary as the original, but it comes darn close. Being often discriminated, "H20" is an entertaining movie with some good points including a good cast and some great thrills, but the only problem is its inconsistansies with the rest of the "Halloween" series. If you're scared and want a treat on Halloween night, then rent a "Halloween" movie, and you might find "H20" the one you like.
First of all, the cast of "Halloween H20" is amazing. Jamie Lee Curtis steals the show in an unstoppable fashion. She has flipped the character of Lourie Strode around so much from the original's shy geeky Lourie to "H20's" tough and serious Lourie. Now an alchaholic head mistress at a private school in California (the only "Halloween" not in Haddonfield!). She has a son named John (Josh Hartnet) who is dating a blonde babe named Molly (Michelle Williams) and whose two friends are Sarah (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe) and Charlie (Adam Hann-Byrd). Laurie also is seeing someone (since her husband, who I believe may have been Jimmy from "Halloween II", and her are now seperated). The guy she is seeing is the school guidance councelor Will (Adam Arkin).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just let go. May 17 2004
Firstly, for all of you who keep referencing all of the halloween sequels to the first, please stop. As we all know, there will never be another halloween as good as the first(as long as they keep making them), so please don't be dissapointed when the sequels aren't as good as the original. Ok, now with that said, i believe this is one of the better sequels (notice i didn't compare it to the first) in the halloween series. In this one, the actor who plays Michael(the shape), seems to have studied Michaels moves and bodily expressions from previous films and, in my opinion, improved on them. This actor was by far my favorite to have played Michael. It was somewhat a standalone movie from the previous sequels that really held it's own. I thought the acting was very good(even for the not so well known actors/actresses) and of course Jaime Lee always does a great job. The only complaint i have is that no one (the director or the writers) made any mention of Laurie's other child(the one from sequels 4,5,&6) but, maybe for good reason. I liked halloween 4,5,&6 but, this one put the series back in the spotlight as far as i'm concerned. We have finally had a horror icon(Freddy) vs. horror icon(Jason) but, now let's have a horror legend(Michael) vs. horror icon(Jason). Just thought i would add that for all of you horror fans out there who would like to see that one. Well anyway, i would definitely recommend this one to any halloween fan. So go ahead and get your copy today before Michael gets to you first.
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Published on July 15 2004 by Poul Farnham
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't make much sense..!! -Worst hollywood director..!!
I think that this is a terrible sequel. -Reason why it
just don't respect the previous installment's. -Which
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Published on July 10 2004 by Robert the Psychoman
1.0 out of 5 stars Another "Scream" clone and here is why
1.The plot is a masked killer is stalking teenagers in California(ala "Scream")
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Published on July 6 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars SO overrated...
It seems that the only reason people say that this is the best Halloween sequel, and that it matches the style of the original, yadda, yadda, yadda, is because Jaime Lee Curtis... Read more
Published on June 19 2004 by Xanadu
5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthly Late Sequel
I have this movie and I watch ir sometimes when I go to bed and everytime I never get tired of it.What a Halloween sequel, Jamie Lee Curtis saved this movie, I mean if this movie... Read more
Published on April 15 2004 by Chase
4.0 out of 5 stars Good effort
For being a 7th movie in a horror series, I expected this movie to plain awful, even with Jamie Lee Curtis in it. I was pleasantly surprised. Read more
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