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NOT THE WORST BUT STILL AN UNNECESSARY REPETITIVE SEQUEL. DONALD PLEASENCE'S ABSENCE IS ALSO A MINUS.
, 7 July 2014
This review is from: Halloween H20 [DVD] (DVD)
After the truly terrible HALLOWEEN V - THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS and HALLOWEEN 6 - THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS the Halloween curse continued with Part 7, HALLOWEEN H20. While Halloween 1 - 4 were rather tame in the violence section, compared to other slasher films, HALLOWEEN 5 and 6 raised the bar. Other than that these two didn't have much else to offer.
HALLOWEEN H20 goes back to the roots. Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode for the first time since HALLOWEEN 2, while Donald Pleasence, who played Myers' nemesis Dr. Loomis in Parts 1-6 unfortunately couldn't make a return, since Pleasence died in 1995. This is quite bad, as I considered Pleasence a vital part of the Halloween franchise.
Besides Curtis, the acting ranges from good (Jodi Lyn O'Keef and Josh Hartnett in his debut) to horrible (LL Cool J - sorry this guy is NOT an actor! - and Michelle Williams).
Descent directing by Steve Miner, who also directed FRIDAY THE 13TH 2 and 3 and WARLOCK.
Written by Robert Zappia, who wisely scrapped the mysterious cult introduced in HALLOWEEN 5 - as a matter of fact H20 completely ignores Halloween 3 - 7- wrote a descent script without adding anything new to the franchise or the genre.
I said it before, personally I don't care for the Myers character, Myers does not deserve the cult status he's received. The original idea that Carpenter had after H2, to make a Halloween movie every year with a different Halloween related story but without Myers would have been the proper path, unfortunately HALLOWEEN 3 was a rather poor movie overall and didn't do well at the box office.
HALLOWEEN H20 is not the worst part of the series, but it still remains an unnecessary sequel to a series that should have ended with HALLOWEEN II. The story is repetitive, so I'm giving it 3 stars (average). Had this one come out a few hundred slashers and a decade earlier it would have been a 4. Also with Pleasence's absence leaves a gap - watching H20 I constantly had the feeling something (or someone) was missing.
RATING: 5 / 10
Reviewed version: 2011 Lionsgate UK DVD
Feature running time: 83 mins. (uncut)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic)
Audio: English 5.1
Subtitles: English for the Hearing Impaired
Extras: Making of, Music Video, Trivia Game
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