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Halloween H2O (1998)

Halloween H2O


Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 57
Fresh: 29
Rotten: 28

Critics Consensus: Halloween: H2O is the best of the many sequels, yet still pales in comparison to the original Halloween.

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 11
Fresh: 5
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: Halloween: H2O is the best of the many sequels, yet still pales in comparison to the original Halloween.


Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 178,845


Movie Info

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.

R (For terror, violence, gore, and language)
Directed By:
Written By:
Robert Zappia , Matt Greenberg
In Theaters:
Oct 19, 1999


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Critic Reviews for Halloween H2O

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (28) | DVD (16)

While Carpenter's film was all about economy and a skilful use of empty space, Miner's busy compositions have a cluttered feel that is echoed by superfluous orchestral music.

Full Review… | August 16, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

I'm currently stuck watching the revival of a movie form that appalled me the first time around, then disappeared from view after a torrent of thoughtless re-workings that resembled bloody tape loops.

Full Review… | November 15, 2002
Top Critic

...Steve Miner is no Carpenter.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Halloween: H20 is as stylish and scary as it is ultra-violent. It brings back a stunning Jamie Lee Curtis in the role that made her a star and it's a work of superior craftsmanship in all aspects.

Full Review… | February 21, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Now that they have produced something vaguely enjoyable, hopefully the film makers will let the series rest in peace.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

The scary slasher-movie genre has been ratcheted up several notches with the release today of Halloween: H20.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Too bad it's only a smidgen better than the series' first first sequel, 1981's gory Halloween II.

Full Review… | February 2, 2014

[Director] Miner is tasked with getting these characters in one setting, and he accomplishes his duty for the most part.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
Cinema Crazed

Unquestionably the best of the Halloween followups...

Full Review… | March 9, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

It's somewhere around minute 58 - that's in a film that runs 80 minutes before credits, folks - before anything particularly interesting happens.

Full Review… | August 24, 2008
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

January 24, 2006

Brilliant and witty. Those are two words that will not be used to described this film, nor, I suspect, its target audience.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

The horror genre is not my forte in either taste or interest, but I have to admit, I enjoyed sitting through Halloween: H20.

Full Review… | April 9, 2005
Reeling Reviews

The selfish pea brains who brought their bright-eyed infant to...this violent horror movie deserve a private, late-night visit from the uncompromising Michael Myers.

Full Review… | July 1, 2004

Then Michael shows up and blah blah blah.

Full Review… | November 29, 2003

If you're a Halloween fan, you're probably over 30, and this film will suit you--you need your sleep.

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
Film Quips Online

The biggest mystery about Halloween: H20 is why the filmmakers bothered to send it to theaters.

Full Review… | October 15, 2002
Cincinnati Enquirer

I thought the original Halloween was overrated, the 2 or three cheapie sequels I've seen were even worse, and this new entry is still crap.

Full Review… | September 10, 2002
Montreal Film Journal

...a welcome resurrection for which fans will undoubtedly be grateful.

Full Review… | June 25, 2002
Boxoffice Magazine

Halloween: Twenty Years Later has forgotten the wellspring from which it flows.

Full Review… | January 27, 2002

Nothing more than a dull retread of worn-out cliches, buoyed only by the much-anticipated return of a familiar face.

Full Review… | February 27, 2001
Q Network Film Desk

The movie was competently staged by director Steve Miner, and the actors were fine. It held my interest throughout. It's just that this story has worn itself out from the retelling.

Full Review… | January 1, 2001
Laramie Movie Scope

Audience Reviews for Halloween H2O

Why do they keep making these?

John Manard

Super Reviewer

One of the best horror movies I've seen in my life. Its both entertaining and very well acted by Jamie LEe Curtis, and has one of the best ending climaxes to a horror movie I have ever seen

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

Now we come to a horror series that, in my opinion, long overstayed its welcome in the sequel and remake department. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later is probably one of the best attempts at a true sequel while at the same time being entertaining in and of itself. This time around, we get to know Laurie Strode (who has been in hiding) and her son, spending time in their lives before the eventual build-up to the clash between Laurie and Michael. Unfortunately, this film feels very tired and doesn't really bring anything new to the table. Despite bringing back Michael's sister, it feels weak. Michael isn't all that interesting in this one either and, to be fair, hasn't really been so since the original film. This is also yet another retroactive sequel that takes place after the events of the first two films and ignores sequels 4-6. This could have been a great opportunity to tie together the contuinity of the series for a change, but they screwed the pooch on that and made the selling point and ultimate focus of the film the battle between Laurie and Michael. The murders aren't all that interesting, the score is pretty lame and the overall length of the movie feels much shorter than it actually is. It's not too bad, but it could have benefitted from a little more bloodshed, a bit more of a build-up, a better actor to play Michael and a better continuity for the series as a whole. I have a feeling that someone should have taken this away from Moustapha Akkad early on and this series wouldn't have been such a mess, but oh well. It's ok for what it is, but like most of these movies, it could've been better.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

Michael Myers is dead, right? Crazy psycho murdering sociopath ... they killed him in the last one, right? It's been 20 years! Scream queen Jaime Lee returns to scream, er, bloody murder again (her mom, Janet Lee, famous for some other obscure scream rite of passage, along for the ride) and it is ever so ... that guy is dead, right?

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

Halloween H2O Quotes

Will Brennan:
What do we do? What dowe do?
Laurie Strode/ Keri Tate:
Try to live!
– Submitted by Jimmy G (23 months ago)
Norma Watson:
Oh. Miss Tate. I didn't mean to make you jump. It's Halloween. I guess everyone's entitled to one good scare.
Laurie Strode:
I've had my share.
– Submitted by Rebecca & (2 years ago)
Jimmy Howell:
Are you coming?
Tony Allegre:
Nah, l-l better stay here and protect her.
Jimmy Howell:
Oh-ho ! Right, dude. Good.
– Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
Sarah Wainthrope:
Oh, it's so lame. No, no, no. It's worse. I, I went there two summers ago with my family. Loathsome! No, it's worse. It'll come to me. Wretched! You know? Okay, think-think, campfires, s'mores - Repugnant! That's it, repugnant. I would rather have my eyes pierced.
– Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
Laurie Strode:
(it's just her and Michael left at the school) - Michael!
– Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
Dr. Samuel 'Sam' Loomis:
I met him fifteen years ago. I was told there was nothing left. No reason, no conscience, no understanding, even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face and the blackest eyes, the devil's eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized that what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply, evil.
– Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)

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