31 Days of Horror Movies: Halloween H20

I love the Halloween franchise. Sure it has had its hiccups, but Michael Myers is the best super villain ever. I said it. The. Best. One. He is sneaky, he lurks, he waits, he hides, and he is the stuff nightmares are made of.

Halloween H20 was the rebirth of the franchise for me. Around Halloween 4 they starting falling off, I still watched them but some of the original charm was lost. Jamie Lee Curtis is back as Laurie Strode (her wonderful character from Halloween 1 and 2) only Laurie is in hiding from Michael–her brother (an idea that was introduced in the second movie which I can accept if I don’t try to work out the time line in my head) and has changed her name to Keri Tate.

Keri is the head mistress of a boarding school and has a son, Josh Hartnett, who is about the same age she was in the first movie, he is sick of dealing with his mom’s crazy paranoia. She has good reason and he knows it, but he thinks she needs to let it go since it is all over and Michael is dead (that is almost as good as saying, I’ll be right back).

Of course Michael shows up and starts killing people. Laurie has become very Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2, but I think that is reasonable considering what she lived through. The cast is pretty awesome. You have Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Harnett, Michelle Williams, L.L. Cool J., Adam Arkin, Adam Hann-Byrd, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the delightful appearance of Janet Leigh (love the Psycho nods and the line not to be motherly. hahaha). I think the movie is worth the watch and a much needed shot of enthusiasm into an aging franchise.


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