HALLOWEEN H20: TWENTY YEARS LATER
Halloweens 4-6 fairly much sucked. Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later at least gives the impression of attempting to be a better film. It ignores all the other sequels since at least Halloween II (1981), particularly the ones that have Laurie Strode killed off and various of her children surviving and being stalked by Michael Myers. This one has the seal of approval as a serious Halloween film by bringing back Jamie Lee Curtis, who swore off doing horror films after Halloween II. She has also brought along with her her mother Janet Leigh, who was the original slasher movie victim in Psycho (1960). Plus the film also has as executive producer Kevin Williamson who essentially created the modern 90s genre in-referential slasher film with Scream (1996), a large part of which referred to Halloween.
The director on board is Steve Miner, a frequent genre dabbler who has racked up some B-budget horror movie experience as the director of Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981), Friday the 13th Part III in 3D (1982) and House (1986). None of which were terribly promising but Miner since matured somewhat as a genre director with the likes of the fine Warlock (1989) and the at least proficient Forever Young (1992), as well as the subsequent genre likes of Lake Placid (1999) and remake of Day of the Dead (2008).
Steve Miner does a fair to reasonable job of racking up the suspense. There is far more gore and fake red herring jumps that John Carpenter ever had indeed, Halloween H20 seems more like a Friday the 13th sequel than a Halloween sequel. The one major change is that Jamie Lee Curtis has been given much more of a feminist updating Michael Myers gets so much abuse heaped on him that you actually end up feeling sorry for him. For all that, Halloween H20 is never more than competently routine. It is better than the last few sequels but nothing to write home about. Somehow with Jamie Lee Curtis seeing fit to make a return to the series and the horror genre after vowing she never would, one expected something more.
In the interesting trivia department, one can spot a surprising number of future genre directors listed on the credits the score is by John Ottman, who would later direct his own slasher sequel, Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000), and the editor is Patrick Lussier who would later direct The Prophecy III: The Ascent (2000), Dracula 2000 (2000) and sequels and My Bloody Valentine (2009).
The other Halloween films are: Halloween (1978), Halloween II (1981), Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), Halloween 5 (1989), Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) and Halloween: Resurrection (2002). Halloween (2007) was a remake of the original film, which in turn has produced a sequel with Halloween II (2009) and a further announced Halloween III (2013). Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) is unrelated to the Michael Myers saga.