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Halloween H20 - Twenty Years Later

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5.81 h 22 min1998X-RayNR
Laurie Strode is now the head of a California school under an assumed but she struggles with the memories of psychotic killer Michael Myers. The horror becomes a reality when he returns and threatens the lives of her son, his girlfriend and the school guard. Laurie must conquer her demons and stop Michael.
Directors
Steve Miner
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Jamie Lee CurtisAdam Hann-ByrdJosh Hartnett
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Horror
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Michelle WilliamsAdam ArkinJanet LeighL.L. Cool J.
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Paul Freeman
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SloanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 October 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Digital version not HD, as claimed
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3 out of 5 for the move, 1 out of 5 for the fact that Amazon's alleged HD digital stream is not HD. Everything is soft, including the edges of the titles, which is the tell-tale sign that this is an up-scaled standard-definition source (probably the DVD). Overly riddled with compression artifacts, too. If I had bought this, I would have been pissed. Thankfully it's currently free on Prime. Buyer beware.

As for the movie, it's probably the best of the Halloween sequels, but that's not saying much. A lame jump-scare tactic is used repetitively throughout the movie, and all the killing action is confined to the last twenty minutes.
5 people found this helpful
XXXXXReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 June 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
A Thriller not a Horror!
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Not as good as I remembered. It doesn't feel complete, maybe because I was expecting a horror film. Compare this to, say, Halloween 4 or 5 where the acting and combination of the Jamie/ Loomis characters provides intensity, and the carnage that Michael leaves in his trail is destructive and entertaining, this is pretty poor and tame. The young friends are boring, weak characters with a run-of-the-mill acting ability. Michael barely does a thing, and Laurie's character is quite depressing and not really entertaining.
After watching this a few times now, I'm really bored. By the way it is only about 1 hour, 20 minutes max.
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Timelord - 007Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 February 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
The Night He Came Home 20 Years Later.
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Halloween: H20 Twenty Years Later.

Genre: Horror.

Certificate: 18/R.

Running Time 82 Minutes.

Pointless Trivia.
1) During the credits in the prologue, Dr. Samuel J. Loomis' dialog from the first film about Michael's incarceration is heard. The studio, instead of recovering the original audio decided to use a sound-alike actor named Tom Kane to provide the voice-over.

2) Janet Leigh's first role in a feature film for 18 years. Her previous theatrical film was The Fog (1980), which also starred her daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis.

3) During the scene where Norma is leaving, she stands in front the car the music playing in the background at this part is from Psycho. Janet Leigh played Marion in Psycho. The license plate on the car is also the same as the second car Marion buys in Psycho, NFB 418, which are Norman Bates' initials

4) Director Steve Miner also directed two films in another popular horror series:Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) & Friday the 13th Part III (1982).

5) Michael can be seen wearing two different masks in certain scenes. The director decided well into production, to go with a different mask, so various scenes were re-shot. Some scenes with the original mask can still be seen & in one shot it had to be altered with awful CGI to replace Michael's old mask with the new one.

6) Both Nancy Stephens & Joseph Gorden Levitt are dead before their names appear in the opening credits.

7) Body Count: 7 (three off-screen).

8) John Carpenter was originally in the running to be the director for this particular follow-up, it was believed that Carpenter opted out because he wanted no active part in the sequel; however, this is not the case. Carpenter agreed to direct the movie, but his fee was $10 million. Carpenter rationalised this by believing the hefty fee was compensation for revenue he never received from the original. When Moustapha Akkad balked at Carpenter's fee, Carpenter walked away from the project.

9) Kevin Williamson's original treatment for "H20" included a scene in which "Halloween 4" through "6" are acknowledged as being "in continuity" & involved a bitchy student at Keri/Laurie's school giving a class report on the "Haddonfield Murders", the student talks about Jamie Lloyd losing her parents in an auto accident & eventually being hunted & eventually killed by her uncle, Michael Myers. Upon hearing this presentation in the classroom, a grief-stricken Keri/Laurie retreats to a restroom & throws up, however this scene was of course omitted from the final shooting script & thus never appears in the film.

Synopsis.
Now the headmistress of a private school, Laurie Strode is still struggling with the horrifying, 20-year-old memories of the maniacal killer Michael Myers. After faking her death, she thinks she's in the clear, but Michael Myers suddenly reappears with a vengeance. She, her son John & her students will become Michael's latest victims unless Laurie can conquer her greatest fears & put evil in its place once and for all.

Timelord Thoughts.
Set twenty years after the events of the first two movies, Halloween: H20 centers on a post-traumatic Laurie Strode who has faked her own death so that she could go into hiding from her maniac mass murderer brother Michael Myers who she is convinced is still alive.

After the shambolic nonsense that was Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers, the producers decided to ignore the events of Halloween 4-6 & celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original movie by continuing the story arc of original scream queen & final girl Laurie Strode with Jamie Lee Curtis returning to her most iconic role she gives a excellent performance of a traumatised over-protective borderline alcoholic pill popping Laurie who has never truly dealt with what happened to her on that fateful night in 1978, Curtis effortlessly slips back into the role & delivers a wonderful multi layered performance of a victim of PTSD (a illness i also suffer from) but in her final confrontation against Michael can she finds that inner courage to finally face her fears & take the fight back against her psychotic brother?

The good news is Halloween: H20 is a return to form for this tired looking franchise, director Steve Miner opens with a creepy pre-title sequence that reintroduces Michael Myers (a very creepy performance by Chris Durand) & ramps up the suspense with the shock death of Nurse Marion Chambers-Whittington (Nancy Stephens) who featured alongside the late Donald Pleasence character Dr Loomis (who's absence is greatly missed) in Halloween 1 & 2, however these opening chills quickly decline into the routine stalk & slasher approch as it becomes blatantly obvious who will live & who'll die.

My biggest issue with this movie is that it takes to long to get going which for a 82 minute run time is a cause for concern, Michael is barely seen until halfway into the second act & instead we get too many scenes at the adolescent teens at the school who are soon departing on a camping trip (Jason Voorhees awaits you) none of which move the plot forward, another negative I have & it's a big one is the lack of gore, now I know the original film was mostly gore free but you got to see the kills, in H20 three deaths occur off screen, two during the pre-title sequence which is annoying as we see the characters Jimmy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) have a ice skate impaled to his face which would've made a cool on-screen kill & Jimmys mate who gets his throat slit (off-screen) & later Charlie ( Adam Hann-Byrd) encounters Michael (wearing a awful CGI mask) who's gutted & strung up in the pantry while Charlie's girlfriend Sarah is stabbed to death but we don't even get to see one impact shot of Michael stabbing her, it's like Miner was hesitant to show blood & violence & it's disappointing this film tonally barring the use of the F' word feels like a diluted PG-13 slasher instead of a R' rated horror flick, a good slasher should feature inventive kills especially in a Halloween movie, director Steve Miner should understand this as after all he directed Friday The 13th Part 2 & 3 & they featured several awesome kills.

The supporting cast do mostly a good job, Janet Leigh has a small role as secretary Norma & gets to share a poignant scene with her real life daughter - Jamie Lee Curtis, Adam Arkin is perfect casting as smug school councillor Will Brennan who's Keri's on/off lover, LL Cool J is likable as Ronald "Ronny" Jones & one of the few characters I'm glad lived although it would've been cool to have had a scene were Ronny got into a tussle with Michael, Michelle Williams is fine but given little to do as John's girlfriend Molly Cartwell, however it's Josh Hartnett who stands out from the young cast as Laurie/Keri son John Tate & he shows a varied dramatic range of emotions for a future leading man as he's trying to break free of the clutches of his overprotective mother.

Director Steve Miner ups the ante for the last act & delivers a tense nail biting climax, a impressive one on one cat & mouse chase between Laurie & Michael throughout the school with Laurie gaining the upper hand stabbing Michael however as the police & paramedics arrive Laurie is unconvinced her brothers actually dead & steals the van with Michaels corpse (he ain't dead) & as Michael begins to revive the van crashes down a embankment leading to Laurie finally beheading a trapped Michael with a axe finally freeing her of brothers murderous clutches which was a perfect way to conclude this franchise.

Overall, Halloween: H20 is bloodless horror devoid of any impressive kills, the impressive opening sequence quickly drags to a halt with to much padding, however Curtis is superb returning to her most iconic role & she carrys the film which leads to a terrifying last act, while it's not on par with the first two Halloween movies, H20 delivers a fitting final chapter for Haddonfields most notorious boogeyman Michael Myers & at least makes sure that this long running horror franchise goes out on a high.
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ANDREW1971Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 October 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
H20 This makes up for the nonsensical Halloween 2 to 6.
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The latest & last (they say the last) is coming out 2018 & I cannot wait to see it & prior to the 2018 there were 2 installments which were real garbage,H20 proceeded these 2 & was much more in the traditional Halloween guise as the first one.
The cast are all excellent in their roles with the product being a top class show.
The film starts off in 1998 so this is 20 years after the events of the 1st movie (hence the title H20) which now finds Laurie Stroud as a Private Boarding High School Head Mistress with an alcohol problem,a 17 year old son & living worried that her brother Michael will find her.
This is a very enjoyable movie which really in the sheer numbers of Halloween movies made is saying something so well worth the purchase.
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Alice DobieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 July 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Halloween H20 DVD review.
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I want too say as a horror fan and I have just recently discovered the Halloween franchise Halloween H20 is the movie twenty Years after the events of Halloween night 1978 where 16 Year old Laurie Strode is then just a school girl who has escaped a man who was her not known brother it starts off with the Micheal Myers, who has been missing for twenty years since the explosive at Haddonfield Memorial Hospital Burgles Dr Loomis Retirement home in Langdon Illinois Loomis Former Colleague who took care of Dr Loomis Micheal Myers discovers a file on Dr Loomis Micheal Myers kills Marion Chambers and her two teenage neighbours , he then goes on the rampage for Laurie , Laurie is living in Summer Glen under a assumed name having a career as a headmistress at a private school she faked her death in a car accident though she now has a son John Josh Hartnett Laurie still has nightmares about Micheal Myers trying too kill her and she still gets flashbacks about it , and she still won’t let her son go out on Halloween night this movie is just so cool I love Halloween one two and three four is very good it also follows on after Halloween 6 which was not a bad story with characters you don’t want too not feel sorry for Micheal Myers , wanting too kill these characters and has a strong storyline unlike Halloween 5 which is the worst , it has the cool LL Cool J in it who is the school security guard and it is quite scary .it also has some cool extras like a making of the movie unmasking the horror The Making of Halloween H20 , and also a music video and. a Trivia Game it is the Best since Halloween 4 .
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Jordan O'neillReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 June 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best Halloween Movies
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Ahh the good old days... the time when Horror movies actually meant something. Michael is extremely relentless (as always) but in this particular movie he is brilliant. Jamie Lee Curtis is brilliant, her acting realistic, her response to Michael exhilarating.
6 people found this helpful
Kleanthis TsapasReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 November 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Descent Movie
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First of all .. Thank you for the excellent delivery Amazon !!

Simple and good movie .. my only complaint is that is too small .. 1h 26m but OK.

PS does anyone know why for many years now we can't find Blu-Ray versions of the Halloween movies in Europe ? i talk about parts 2-3-4-5-6-7-8.
Dr. Tyrell's OwlReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 September 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Worth revisiting
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Wasn't impressed when this first came out, but watching it again all these years later, and on reflection of how bad the previous entries got, this was an excellent revisit.
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