Halloween H20 (1998)

run time: 86 mins
rated: R
considered: Horror, Thriller
starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Harnett, Michelle Williams, LL Cool J, Jodi Lynn O’Keefe

movie summary: Laurie Strode, now the dean of a Northern California private school with an assumed name, must battle the Shape one last time and now the life of her own son hangs in the balance. (www.imdb.com)

my thoughts: After destroying the original Michael Myers storyline in the previous movie, we are now exposed to a new timeline of events, this one explains that Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) has survived and has lived in seclusion for the last 20 years. She is now a headmaster of a private school in the mountains of northern California with her 17-year-old son.

Laurie was last seen in the franchise surviving the fiery explosion back in Halloween 2 in 1978. Two years later she gives birth to Jaime Lloyd, who is later adopted, after a car crash claims her life. To escape Michael she fakes her death and goes into hiding. After all these years she still isn’t able to escape the memory of her masked brother and sees him around every corner. After Dr. Loomis dies, Michael breaks into his nurses house and finds out where Laurie has been hiding. He then steals a car and heads to California.

The private school Laurie is at is dismissed for the weekend as all the kids are headed to a National Park for a field trip. She stays behind with her son, his girlfriend, their two friends, a security guard, and Laurie’s boyfriend. Together the seven of them must protect themselves from Michael once he’s inside the gates. After killing a bunch of people Michael is knocked out, presumed dead, and dragged away in a body bag. Laurie hijackes the van and drive it off a cliff, pinning Michael against a tree. After sharing a brother/sister bonding moment, Laurie chops off his head and Michael Myers is finally dead.

H20 was made as a celebration of “20 years of terror” but this movie is far from scary. This seventh edition in the franchise is one of the shortest in length and has the least of amount of killings in it. The saddest thing about the storyline is that there’s no mention of the events from 4-5-6! Laurie never mentions Jaime, her daughter, John’s half-sister or that she had any clue about Michael killing people in 1988, 1989, and 1995. I’m pretty sure that would have made national news?!? Jamie Lee Curtis was supposed to come back and breathe new life into the Halloween franchise, but in my opinion failed on so many levels.

my star rating: 3 out 5

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