Halloween H20 – Good, Bad & Ugly Review

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 51% (Critics) / 49% (Audience)
Directed By: Steve Miner
Written By: Robert Zappia and Matt Greenberg
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Michelle Williams and LL Cool J
Studio: Miramax
Synopsis: 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. – (Source)


The Good:
For all of this film’s faults, and there are many, I cannot ignore just how much I geeked out at seeing Jamie Lee Curtis slip back into the skin of #1 Final Girl Laurie Strode and face off with her brother/nemesis Michael Myers. Every scene that Curtis was in once the chase between her and Myers began was just a lot of fun to watch for a guy who absolutely loved the two HALLOWEEN films that Curtis starred in.

The Bad:
It is completely unfair to compare this movie to the original HALLOWEEN and to compare the directing of Steve Miner to the masterful job that was done by John Carpenter but that is just inevitability when it comes to these films. Sadly Miner’s directing and his film just do not measure up. Miner’s instincts as a director veer more towards episodic television and that limitation is on full display with how by the numbers and unoriginal all of his choices behind the camera are.
I also had an issue with the dearth of victims in this movie. The film is based on a private school campus yet we are only left with 4 teenagers and a couple of adults. There should have been more carnage and victims in this movie to at least distract the audience from the mediocrity of the rest of the movie.
There was just something off about the way Michael Myers looked in this movie too. The wig was weird, the bleached out Shatner mask was a bit too pristine looking and the actor playing Michael was a smidge too gangling for me.

The Ugly:
This movie is 86 minutes long and it still takes about 60 of those minutes for anything of interest to start happening. I cannot fathom what made anyone involved with this movie think making audiences wait for so long was a smart move.

Final Verdict: While the nostalgia factor is high and pretty darn enjoyable seeing Jamie Lee Curtis back in Final Girl mode that is not enough to elevate this imminently forgettable entry in the (very) well worn HALLOWEEN franchise.

Grade: C-

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