Twenty years ago, Halloween hit theaters and ultimately became one of the most popular movies of all time. Several sequels have sprouted from the Halloween franchise and from what I have heard (I have yet to see them), they were a disgrace to the original. Now, in the 1990's, amidst the new generation of slasher films... Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer... they have brought back Jamie Lee Curtis, hoping to justify the Halloween franchise once and for all. It failed.
In the original, the audience was teased by several shots of Michael Myers watching his victims but only in the end did he strike. There were not many scenes that made me jump, but it was seriously creepy and terrorific. Halloween: H20 featured the same kind of style, but aspects of newer horror movies were blended in as well, which didn't work in the long run. Some of the scenes were suspenseful, but not most of them - they were way too predictable. The only parts that came even remotely close to being scary were when a character turns around only to gasp in fright as they run into another character.
Jamie Lee Curtis, of course, was the main character in the movie, and she alone went up against her brother. Three of the other main characters die, and the rest live, and the ones who live were obvious from the beginning. There weren't many twists in the story at all. What I did like was how Jamie Lee Curtis finally decided to combat her fears, both for the sake of her son and herself, and she goes one on one with Myers. However, the whole ending sequence was unclimatic and definitely could have been better.
Halloween: H20, along with I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, proves that the horror genre is once again dying, and the screenwriters have lost all sense of originality. Maybe if they stopped making horror movies for five years, someone might be able to think of something worthwhile.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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