Halloween H2O (1998)

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

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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.
Rating:
R (For terror, violence, gore, and language)
Genre:
Horror
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Cast

Jamie Lee Curtis
as Laurie Strode/Carrie Tate
Josh Hartnett
as John Tate
Adam Arkin
as Will
LL Cool J
as Ronnie
Janet Leigh
as Norma
Adam Hann-Byrd
as Charlie
Larisa Miller
as Claudia
John Cassini
as Cop No. 1
Jody Wood
as Cop No. 2
Chris Durand
as Michael
Tom Kane
as Dr. Samuel 'Sam' Loomis
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Critic Reviews for Halloween H2O

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (11)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

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 15, 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
CNN.com
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… | December 31, 1999
ReelViews
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Audience Reviews for Halloween H2O

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 Edwards
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
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?

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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