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Fresh: The scary slasher-movie genre has been ratcheted up several notches with the release today of Halloween: H20.
- Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday, January 1, 2000
Fresh: H2O successfully captures the foreboding mood of Carpenter's 1978 original before eventually settling for the obvious. And at 86 minutes, it's just too short.
- Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Halloween H20 is my fifth favorite in the series. It's a very brutal entry (that leg scene made me cringe, and the ice skate in the face...priceless!). Kevin Williamson (writer of Scream) produced this (and although he didn't write it), it still had a "Scream" like quality to it. It was during the re-birth of teen horror when this was released, and remains one of the best teen slashers of it's time (Scream being the granddaddy of teen horror). Halloween H20 is both creepy and violent. It's almost just as violent as The Curse of Michael Myers. H20 isn't heavy on atmosphere, and it doesn't quite catch the "Halloween-y" feel like it's previous entries (other than part 5), but it still manages to still up many chills, has good action, and a clever script followed by some great performances. I didn't like Michael Myer's mask in this one, it looked like he was sort of goofy. But when it came to kills he was certainly unforgiving, which sort of made up for it. H20 is the second well best acted in series (the original being the best). It also has a pretty good soundtrack ("What's This Life For" by Creed is one of the movie's most memorable songs). If you grew up during the "Scream" days then I'm sure you remember how fun this movie was. Still, it's a great film and shouldn't be missed. Has a great return for Jamie Lee Curtis (Laurie Strode).
- creepfreak, Tuesday, August 10, 2010
One of the best sequels in the series, and one of the only ones that justifies existing. If I had my way, there only would have been one film- the first. If I really had my way, It would be the first two, but with the second one being slightly better than it is. If I had total control it would just be the first two, and this, with all of them being brilliant pieces of entertaining art. SInce none of that is possible, I'll just pretend like it's true. This is a good sequel, and it does a lot of things right. It wisely ignores part 3-6, delivers tons of fan service, has a satisfying premise, and ends on a perfect note. Why the hell a sequel came after this is beyond me. That said sequel ruined the perfect ending to this one is just abysmal. The plotting and script aren't great, and this definitely caters to a contemporary audience, but the performances are pretty good, I like some of the kills, and yeah, the fina lshowdown is just awesome. I like the in-jokes too, but that's just because I'm a film nerd (and proud).
- cosmo313, Monday, August 23, 2010
"Halloween: H20 - 20 Years Later" is the true part 3 to the Michael Myers saga. The many films to feature the character (they number 10 in total) are mostly nonsense, but at least this picture actually tries to accomplish something. Brining back Laurie (a good Jamie Lee Curtis) into the mix was the correct thing to do. In fact, they even make the character believable. I like everything they did with the story here but unfortunately it's far too little. The film barely runs 80 minutes rendering the interesting aspects of the story vague. But against it's own sabotage it strangely succeeds. It may not be deep but it's brisk and fun and it's nice to see a conclusion to the Michael and Laurie story. (Ignore every wretched sequel besides this one.)
- stevenecarrier, Thursday, April 14, 2011