• R, 1 hr. 26 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    Steve Miner
    In Theaters:
    Jul 27, 1998 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 19, 1999
  • Miramax

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Halloween H2O Reviews

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

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

Full Review Source: Georgia Straight | Original Score: 1.5/5

February 2, 2014
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

October 31, 2013
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Unquestionably the best of the Halloween followups...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

March 9, 2011
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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 Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 3/10

August 24, 2008
Derek Adams
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out

August 16, 2007
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com

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.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

January 24, 2006
Ron Wells
Film Threat

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

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2/5

December 6, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

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 Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B-

April 9, 2005
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

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 Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 1, 2004
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

Then Michael shows up and blah blah blah.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: D+

November 29, 2003
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

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

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 3/5

February 8, 2003
Paul Tatara
CNN.com
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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 Source: CNN.com | Original Score: 2/5

November 15, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

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

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 2/4

October 15, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

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 Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 1/4

September 10, 2002
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 25, 2002
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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...Steve Miner is no Carpenter.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1/4

April 12, 2002
Jeremiah Kipp
ToxicUniverse.com

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

Full Review Source: ToxicUniverse.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 27, 2002
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 27, 2001
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 21, 2001
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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 Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: C+

January 1, 2001
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