Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) – Review

3 Stars

Halloween H20 is a smart and suspenseful thriller that is the best in the series since John Carpenter’s iconic original feature. Set 20 years after the events of the first film (this movie disregards all the sequels), Laurie Strode (Jaime Lee Curtis) is living a quiet life in Northern California. She has changed her name and is the headmistress at a private prep school. Even two decades removed from her family tragedy, Laurie still can’t let go of the terror that she assumes will one-day manifest itself in the form of Michael Meyers.

Laurie’s rebellious son (Josh Hartnett), his girlfriend (Michelle Williams) and the school’s security guard (LL Cool J) are in harm’s way. So, its once again up to Laurie to conquer her fears and confront the maniacal murder who has haunted her for most of her adult life.

This sequel to the long running horror franchise is among the best of the late 1990’s genre revivals. Taking it’s cue from the Scream series, along with a re-write from scribe Kevin Williamson, H20 manages to pay homage and reboot the series at the same time. Starting with a fantastic opening sequence the overall direction of the project seems to have been placed in the right hands at Dimension films.

Director: Steve Miner
Stars: Jaime Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Michelle Williams,

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