Halloween: H20 (1998)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Slasher Film, Teen Movie  |   Release Date - Aug 7, 1998 (USA)  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Michael Myers, the psycho with nine-plus lives, miraculously returns, this time 20 years after the original Halloween massacre. While the film plays reasonably well, taking some visual cues from Wes Craven's Scream films, there are a whole lot of jagged edges. The most glaring is Myers' ludicrous road trip, in which the killer makes it from Illinois to Southern California in less than 24 hours. The original scream queen, Jamie Lee Curtis, also returns and puts up a respectfully convincing performance in the lead role. The film is terse and to the point, aided by some swift direction and visual bells and whistles. The original Halloween still stands as a seminal horror film, and H20 pays adequate respect to the masterpiece. Though its story concept has had more makeovers than most Hollywood debutantes, this culminating act is certainly not the worst in the series.