Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

Mike / October 29th, 2011

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  • Ramus

    October 29, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Great!! to bad you didn’t do one w/ Friday the 13th!

  • KingRey412

    October 29, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Good Review James!

  • Wingy

    October 29, 2011 at 12:16 am

    The stock laughter at the end of the videos has never been more appropriate as it was with this one.

  • kingdark1

    October 29, 2011 at 12:17 am

    LOL Fuck you cliffhanger
    Genius James I just joined but i have been a fan for 2 years
    Keep up the good work dude can’t wait for the AVGN movie I will donate as soon as I can.

  • PD

    October 29, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Wonderful review James! Saw this movie in the theater too and yes people were cheering movie theater as well. Especially the ending. Definitely a great and memorable theater experience. And yes, I totally agree with you, this is how it SHOULD have ended.

  • siko1989

    October 29, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Well you wont like Resurrection then since they bring back Michael Myers with a dumb excuse that she chopped off the wrong persons head. I loved Halloween H20. Its the best sequal since number 1.

  • Darthleather

    October 29, 2011 at 12:20 am

    I agree about the eye thing.

    This, in my opinion, was the least intimidating Michael of the whole series. It was just hard to take him seriously for some reason. The way he lazily swung that knife around just didn’t seem right. Makes me wonder if it was even really him. Maybe a copycat.

  • nate

    October 29, 2011 at 12:21 am

    would have really loved to see friday the 13th

  • rigby127

    October 29, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Oh shit, fucking Resurrection.

  • PatrickMD

    October 29, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Should have ended is right. Halloween and Busta Rhymes in the same movie…shudder.

  • TeamJRod

    October 29, 2011 at 12:31 am

    I like your theory about this one taking place after 1, as opposed to 2. However, if that were the case, how would Laurie even know that Michael was her brother? All of that information is revealed in the sequel. Plus, in the credits montage at the start, they show pictures of Laurie being led out of the hospital the morning after (scenes from the 1st one). Plus, in Halloween: Resurrection, which is a direct sequel, the nutbag in the beginning references the nurses/doctors Michael murdered (taken from Halloween 2).

    Once again, I think they’re just insulting our intelligence by suggesting that the human torch just got up and walked away. At least that’s where 4 made sense…they made some effort to explain where he’s been for the last ten years…my biggest beef with 5 (other than it absolutely blowing) is that he’s got no burns from that barbecue, when clearly, Loomis still does.

  • Brian

    October 29, 2011 at 12:35 am

    The rest of Monster Madness will be reviewing TERRIBLE movies. I really hope James doesn’t like EITHER of the Rob Zombie Halloween movies, but I have a feeling he does. :/

  • October 29, 2011 at 12:37 am

    This is a great moster madness .. jaja I know all those movies and seen must of them . but Yeah!! Seen reviews of the Friday the 13th from you , it will be cool !!!

  • TehJedicake

    October 29, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Well said, James. In my opinion, fuck 4 through 6.

  • Xen11

    October 29, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Don’t eat when watching a James Rolfe video. “In a touching moment brother and sister reach for each other.. AND THEN LAURIE CUTS HIS FUCKING HEAD OFF!” I nearly choked on my mac and cheese.

  • JBSTYLES

    October 29, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Actually, on Halloween 2 the scene where Michael is walking and burning to death. Supposedly that wasn’t Michael it was some guy wearing a Michael Myres mask.

  • October 29, 2011 at 12:42 am

    I loved this movie i actually seen this 1 first actually being 12 when i watched my first horror (American werewolf in London: john landis) it took me a while to get used to horrors. My brother ended buying this so this is the first 1 i actually seen. Good review james thankfully u didn’t resort to using the tiny clip u had of this in your top 10 cliches as the review.
    I can’t wait for the rant of how Michael survives for resurrection and the fact that it is called resurrection lol.

  • Eijiboga

    October 29, 2011 at 12:47 am

    James, this is the first time ever to log, just to give a comment.
    I have been comming here for at least 3 years now. There is a special part of the year we all plead to come, October.
    We all know how much do you work on the videos you gave away for all your followers. We know how much do you love movies.
    Today I saw a piece of trivia I though it was “ok” but then I think “wait a minute…” did i just came to have some fun, a few laughs and bleed nostalgia from my eyeballs ? then it hited me.
    “Did I just learned something from the highest point of the internet today?” Shall I pretend I knew that, shall I ignore that it was something I probably I would never know. WOW, how did you figure that out?
    Only big movie fans might know. And I know for sure you are the biggest movie fan in the world. I admire you and the passion and effort you place in all your work.
    Thanks for making the world a better place.

  • austinm4m1

    October 29, 2011 at 12:47 am

    I always saw it that Michael came back as a ghost of sorts.

    That’s how I see his lack of burns.

  • curt kaskavage

    October 29, 2011 at 12:52 am

    IN 1988, HALLOWEEN 4 REKINDLED THE SERIES, THEN IN 1998, H20 ONCE AGAIN BROUGHT THE SERIES BACK TO LIFE.

  • GeorgeCt79

    October 29, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Great Review James. And I agree with you. It should have ended right there. But I must point out something when you said you think its a direct sequal to the first one and ignoring the second because it made no connection. “All they said his body was never found.” But there is a connection. When Laurie Found John and his friend in town after sneaking off campus, She and John get into a heated Argument. John Quotes, “You told me yourself you watched him burn.” Laurie Quotes, I didn’t exactly stay to see his ashes.”

    Here is the clip I found on youtube to confirm it. Titled MICHAEL MYERS IS DEAD!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sp8Ufx3Ej24

    The quote starts at 1:39 into the clip.

    But other than that, again great review. Look forward to see the next review on the followup that I think everyone agrees was a waste of time. LOL. HAPPY HALLOWEEN

  • StaarsCommando

    October 29, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Good Review as always….I really liked how this ended.

  • curt kaskavage

    October 29, 2011 at 1:03 am

    I do so enjoy watching this film. Laurie Strode, who we thought was long gone is back, and the absence of Dr Loomis makes Michael more dangerous than ever. Great comeback to the series, awesome climax, and Janet Leigh s apearence is the best tip to the hat!

  • curt kaskavage

    October 29, 2011 at 1:10 am

    I do agree that should of been the last. The finale with brother killed by his own sister was the best way to put Michael to his grave. Great ending!

  • souledge94

    October 29, 2011 at 1:13 am

    I still remember seeing the part where she steals the car. I was like holy crap they let the character have common sense. This is how it should have ended like you said. Insted they fucked it all up with the next train wreck on spit on the sereies again.

  • boogins

    October 29, 2011 at 1:24 am

    It s almost like the director for this one said “Ill make sure I end this shit once and for all, nobody can make a sequel after this”……aw fuck

  • Mattashell

    October 29, 2011 at 1:35 am

    I thought this one is pretty weak. If we’re going to pretend 4-6 never happened, then Michael shows up after twenty years of nothing just so he can have a final showdown with Lori and she can have closure. Why? It all happened at the end of Halloween 2 when he was indisputably dead anyway. It feels unnecessary. The action doesn’t start until an hour in and the thing’s only 90 minutes long. It could be a good thing right? Set up a complex story, give us a reason to rout for the characters. But no, instead its an hour of, “I’m looking forward to hanging out in the empty school while we drink, take drugs and have sex! I sure hope Micheal Myers doesn’t show up!” And during the set up they can’t seem to go five minutes without clumsily referencing another popular horror franchise. Watching the Thing on TV in the original felt like a tactful tribute. The avalanche of goalie masks and stuffed cenobites in H20 felt forced.

    What you get in the end you get a by the numbers slasher followed by the climactic final battle where Lori finally puts an end to his twenty year reign of terror…which was apparently spent doing nothing in hiding…after somehow not burning to death the last time Lori defeated him “once and for all.”

    So we basically get a color by numbers slasher

  • arklon

    October 29, 2011 at 1:38 am

    I had to chime in and say that the fire at the end of part 2 was actually mentioned. During the scene were she is arguing with her son while they are in front of the store window he mentions it and says something to the effect of ” You saw him burn to a crisp” probably not exactly how he said it but its in there so part two had to have happened.

    Other then that part the review was right on.

  • arklon

    October 29, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Oh by the way I am glad they skipped the whole thorn trilogy because aside from part 4 I despise those movies with a passion. I even saw part 6 in the theaters yeah even after the horrid 5th I had not given up on the series yet but 6 almost changed that. Now the one after H20 is where I finally said fuck it and yeah I saw that thing in the theaters too, I must like pain.

    You know there is a moment at the end of H20 where at the end when he is stuck in the tree he grasps at his mask as if he is wondering why the hell he is wearing it which makes it seem that the stupid opening to Resurrection was already planned even then which actually utterly ruins H20′s seemingly awesome ending.

  • Devil_Rising

    October 29, 2011 at 1:59 am

    Those “Gotcha!” jump moments are all modern horror has. That and being so gross and depraved that you actually regret watching it (IE Saw).

    Which is precisely why I am not a fan of modern horror.

    The last good modern horror I ever saw, was the FIRST Jeepers Creepers, which was actually done very well, was genuinely creepy, and had a bit more of that classic horror feel to it. Unfortunately, the unnecessary sequel came along and totally shit all over it. Big surprise, right?

  • 7th Heaven

    October 29, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Let me guess Halloween Resurrection SUCK move on to Halloween Rob Zombie’s Remake

  • October 29, 2011 at 2:36 am

    @Devil_rising Don’t see why u regret watching saw, it’s a great fuking series even though after 4 it is just about how people die. But still the story in 5 to 7 is more about the guy running the traps rather than the person going through them.

  • Oliver

    October 29, 2011 at 2:48 am

    I have been thinking about halloween for a while now and I think that the 1&2 halloween of course comes right after eachother. But then they decided to make halloween an anthology series.Audience wanted Michael back. They made the “thorn” halloween: 4,5 and 6. Then H20. I´m thinking that they´re all different kinds of ways to continue the franshise, like 1&2 belongs to H20 and i think that in the “thorn” thing toally ignores the events of the second movie. Anyways they tried to but they stilled fucked up. If anyone disagrees then i´d like to hear what you think because i can´t ever say that i´m right about this.

  • Juria316

    October 29, 2011 at 2:52 am

    Ah yeah, H20, a finale that should have happened, and sort of did. If only they would have let it die here. I don’t mind the reboot,, and I’ll take it and this over what I know is coming next.

  • Chetel

    October 29, 2011 at 3:05 am

    Great review :D I must say that I am looking forward to the Rob Zombie remakes if you are going to review them.
    As I find them awesome! With the wider focus on Michael’s childhood and the fact that he is one huge giant.

  • BaronOfStuff

    October 29, 2011 at 3:06 am

    I didn’t think this one was too bad, and it’s definitely a satisfying ending to see Laurie absolutely destroy Michael after all the shit he’s put her through, but the sequel to this has one of the absolute worst explanations for anything, EVER.

    Halloween H20 was a good place to end the series with a conclusion like that, but they fucking ruined it with an entirely laughable excuse that makes no sense in the next part.

  • betawa

    October 29, 2011 at 3:13 am

    Endless horror in endless sequels… Hollywood is for making money, not for making movie art. That’s why there are so many bad movies.

  • HorrorNerd

    October 29, 2011 at 3:31 am

    I thought H20 was fine, they really stripped it from it’s soul IMO though. A lot of it takes place in the daylight, the music isn’t creepy it almost has a more action feel to it, generic suspenseful music. The kills are weak, all in all, it’s a good addition, doesn’t come close to the original though, Halloween 4 is still 2nd best.

  • October 29, 2011 at 3:45 am

    This was the first Halloween movie i ever saw. I saw it on TV when our channel here in sweden showed horror movies all through out october (most like monster madness and monstervision) and i remember seing the commercial for it and on top it said Halloween H20 and it showed clips on all the horror movies they where going to show in october month so i thought it was one whole movie with all the series killers in it so when i saw this movie i was sad and then my brother had to explain to me it was going to show diffrent movies.
    Do I like H20? well actually I like it better than Halloween 5 & 6 and don’t get me started on Resurrection….

  • SureSketch

    October 29, 2011 at 3:53 am

    This movie is awesome and is a perfect send off with references and a complete story line. 4 was sick because that cliff hanger was amazing and left me almost begging for 5. Then 5 came out and it sucked badly, seriously, I mean way to fuck up an amazing storyline that no one expected and number 6 just sucked. The remakes are pretty good being original in their own right. the squeal to the remake is completely balls to the wall fucked up and works in it’s own right.

  • October 29, 2011 at 4:02 am

    Wow, I never actually saw this, cause I was so put out by the thron series. Now I know it’s worth watching >^^<

    Thank you James, Master of Massacre :3

  • 19Szabolcs91

    October 29, 2011 at 4:08 am

    This one actually looks good, I might check it out.

  • The_Master

    October 29, 2011 at 4:08 am

    James I’m sorry but I have to disagree with you on this one. This is the best of the squeals and I too saw this in the cinema and it was also my first Halloween in the cinema. The crowd was whooping and cheering too. I do agree they should have finished it there and then and not make Halloween Resurrection but heyho it made money and you know what Hollywood is like rehash the same ideas then when the fans are tired of it remake the original.

  • Daemeon

    October 29, 2011 at 4:26 am

    They also make no mention of where he’s been or what he’s been doing for the last 20 years. Sure it’s presumed he was hunting Laurie but what else, man’s gotta eat after all.

    I also have to say this movie is another fine example of why LL Cool J should not be in feature films. Don’t get me wrong it’s not that he’s a bad actor, he’s just a not a movie actor.

    On a side note it’s an odd coincidence that Jamie Lee Curtis and Danielle Harris both got their starts in the Halloween franchise and both would return to it around 20 years after their original performances. Granted Danielle Harris came back as a completely different character in a remake but hey who’s complaining. I’m really surprised it took them so long to get her back since she stated more then once in the 18 year gap between #5 and the remake that she wanted to do another one.

  • Gogi113

    October 29, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Heh, the funny thing is that when I was a tennager and watched this movie for the first time, I thought it was a sequel to the 1978 movie. It was the first time i’ve ever heard of Michael Meyers franchise and I couldn’t even think of this movie being like the 7-th :) By that time I’ve watched the whole Scream trilogy (it was like 2000-2002, can’t be sure) and I was kinda getting started with the whole slasher genre thing and I really liked this movie. Actually it’s kinda sad this movie has THAT shitty sequel – if it wasn’t for him i’d still love horror movies. I mean come on, shashing guy’s head with your own bare hands – that doesn’t look scary, that looks stupid :)

  • October 29, 2011 at 4:39 am

    They are going to make “Halloween 3″. Now they had the chance to turn it into an anthology series about halloween but they fucked it up AGAIN and its going to be another Micheal Myers kill a thon. Sad really but thats hollywood for you

  • October 29, 2011 at 5:21 am

    Now, I agree with James on this one being just mediocre. It’s not terribly scary, and if there are any scares, they’re all cheap scares. I love how he said “why do people keep sneaking up on Laurie?” The characters definitely felt throwaway at times. They just didn’t really seem to contribute much to the film, or to the audience in any meaningful way.

    The movie was all about a showdown between Laurie and Myers. The final fight sequence was pretty cool, and I think that the ending was also very slick and intelligent. I really feel like this is EXACTLY what Laurie would have done if this stuff happened in real life. Because that’s exactly what I would have done.

    The little homages paid in the movie are, kinda neat I suppose. The one with her mother was the best. Everything else I probably could have done without, but I’m not going to fault the film for it.

    Unfortunately, as a whole, the movie missteps quite a few times. The suspense isn’t there at all anymore. We saw him in the first scene. What should have happened was not having that scene establishing Myers is back, in fact, don’t firmly establish anything. Only little things that can be misinterpreted at Myers. Then all those cheap scares don’t feel quite so cheap, they feel like they’re adding to the buildup. And Laurie’s paranoia is coming to a head and the audience starts to question her sanity and questions their allegiance to Laurie. Then slowly introduce Myers somehow and when that final battle comes around, it feels oh so good for Laurie, and the audience (especially the audience members who never gave up on Laurie) to be vindicated and they get to say “I told you so!!” Keep the ending where Laurie finishes it once and for all.

    I know that was a quick and dirty rewrite, and hindsight is 20/20, but seriously, I hate color by numbers, cookie-cutter, formulaic horror/slasher/torture-p0rn films. Like certain shots and lines of dialogue are filmed only for plugging into the formula to get maximum returns on our investment.

    This one is okay. I like it better than part 2. So my Halloween franchise includes Halloween, (Halloween 2 only if my gf wants to watch it) then Halloween H20.

  • daveydeathray

    October 29, 2011 at 5:24 am

    There is actually a direct reference in H20 to Halloween II. John is talking to Laurie while they’re fighting early on in the movie and he says something along the lines of, “you told me that you watched him burn”. There’s no way that’s referring to the first film. H20 may be 20 years after the original Halloween film, but it’s the third part in a trilogy that is: Halloween, Halloween II, and H20.

    This was the first Halloween film I saw in the theater as well. I recently revisited it after listening to the podcast you did with Welshy and that other dude. It’s still not that good. Having said that, I still would take it over Halloween: Resurrection any day of the week.

  • Mechafist

    October 29, 2011 at 5:35 am

    lol 4:24

  • Einsam

    October 29, 2011 at 5:53 am

    he all ways come back dont look back RUN!!!!

  • fulci lives

    October 29, 2011 at 6:16 am

    I’ve only seen this once when it came out in 1998 (most of the sequels I’ve seen atleast twice). Somehow I was disappointed by it back then because it seemed too much like one of those irritatingly self aware horror flicks of the late 90′s that came after Scream. Maybe I should give it another chance but I just find 90′s horror so damn boring and mediocre most of the time.so I don’t see much point in watching this again. It’s still better than Halloween: Resurrection tho. Which on the other hand isn’t saying much. Eating dog shit with donkey piss for drinks would be better than Halloween: Resurrection.

  • horrorfanboy

    October 29, 2011 at 6:18 am

    Anybody know what movie that is at 00:05?

  • October 29, 2011 at 6:32 am

    I got shivers when you said “I repeat, should’ve ended.”

  • J.Cernas

    October 29, 2011 at 7:30 am

    If you watch The Bride of Chucky, in the scene where they are stealing the pieces of Chucky to be ritualistically put back to gather, you can see Michael, among other horror greats, making a small cameo appearance. I don’t necessarily recommend The Bride of Chucky but the scene alone is worth checking out. It’s in the early portion of the movie, so check it out and have a laugh.

  • Cilliandrew

    October 29, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Eh, Halloween and the SUPERMAN movies have a bit in common, i found. Both had sequels that were made 20+ years later that BASICALLY want to be direct sequels to the original, but steal some plot elements from the second films while ignoring others.

    You can say it’s a direct sequel to 1, except the whole brother-sister dynamic was introduced in 2.

    H20 was pretty standard SCREAM fare, for the most part (with the kid from LITTLE MAN TATE getting killed! Yay!), but i do have to admit that the final showdown between Laurie and Michael was pretty awesome. I agree, Laurie stealing the ambulance and preventing the cliffhanger was a really cool moment, and the end when she knocks his head off was bad-ass.

    Rest of the movie suffered from being PG-13.

  • B2Brad

    October 29, 2011 at 7:45 am

    AWWW just 2 more days of monster madness :( this was like the only thing that got me through October

  • Allen Lucas

    October 29, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Here’s how I picture a safe way to watch the franchise without watching the bad sequels.

    1, 2, 4, and H20. (3 is the odd man out)

    I’m sure it makes more sense when you see him burned at the end of 2 and then seeing him fall down at the end of 4 before moving on to H20.

    Get ready guys because tomorrow we’re going to hear some ‘Angry Nerd Rage!’

  • InvaderXyl42

    October 29, 2011 at 8:16 am

    lol for once a horror movie female lead who’s NOT a total ditz!

  • MrKickAss

    October 29, 2011 at 8:28 am

    This is probably the coolest ending in a slashing film ever and Laurie is a great main character. I think the name Halloween H20 is also quite cool and I do not think they even thought of h2o beeing water. It was made 20 years after the original and therefore it is H20 and thereby disregarding all sequels or it would have been called Halloween 7. You could also read it as H2.0 and would therefore be a logical sequel to Halloween 1.

  • Michael_Syrigos

    October 29, 2011 at 8:30 am

    James, I’m suprised you became a fan of the Halloween franchise so late, never saw that one coming.

    To me this one was a sweet suprise back when it was released and now. I don’t philosophise on whether it supposedly ignores 4-6, but Jamie Lee Curtis’ character DOES mention the fire. Regardless, to me it’s a sequel that was good to watch after all the mess in between.

    It feels a little like a Michael Myers Halloween movie, alot more than anythig else that came before it, yet it’s something else. There isn’t much creepyness, but al least you don’t have a barrage of stupid characters, and the third act is great.

    For me, it is still good to watch after all these years. Not something awesome, didn’t consider it that even back then, but it’s a good Halloween movie. Still, I’d loved it if the Halloween franchise had gone the Season of the Witch way and either made Myers a seperate thing, or left him to rest.

    Can’t wait for tomorrows review, I hope you get a little pissed about it James!

  • xdeathknightx

    October 29, 2011 at 8:38 am

    I quite liked this movie, as you said a good ending to the series. They took a bold move having Laurie take out Michael like that. Sadly they had a major cop out the next movie basically shitting all over this ending.

    The thing I hated the most about the next movie was how Busta Rhymes felt too good to be killed off by Michael, he just stumbles out at the end and just leaves you with a feeling of “really…Michael killed off everyone good but with this character he just happened to get sloppy”

  • HiIamQ

    October 29, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I think it’s alot better than just “alright.” Maybe it’s not great, but I still like it a good deal. I’d give it a B (in contrast to Curse of Michael Myers and Ressurection which I’d give a D to both).

  • MisterLouk

    October 29, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I can see how mad you’re going to be tomorrow when you review “Halloween: Resurrection” and how Hollywood tries to milk the franchise by making the whole ending to H20 false, it pissed me off. I refused to see “Resurrection” as a kid, not because i was afraid of Michael, but because i didn’t want to think that H20′s ending was bullshit, then i saw it on tv one time, and what’ya’know, one of the worst ones (i still think “curse of M.M” is the worst. and if you count remakes then the second halloween remake)

  • Heinz

    October 29, 2011 at 9:29 am

    4:22 almost blew my soup on my screen!!!
    omg funny!

  • evilashv02

    October 29, 2011 at 9:32 am

    This movie sucks plain and simple. The beginning an d the end are ok, but the rest is a drag. A bunch of characters doing a bunch of things that we could care less about. Maybe 4, 5 and 6 were not as good as 1 & 2, but at least they entertaining for more than 15 minutes. Just a boring ass overrated Halloween movie..I’m glad it didn’t end here, that would be so disappointing to end it with this blah mess..this movie sucks

  • kevper0918

    October 29, 2011 at 9:33 am

    but in the next halloween movie you see michael is still alive he just took another outfit and disaperd in the woods review that one cant remember whats the movie title but review it anybody ho knows

  • solodevilboy

    October 29, 2011 at 9:41 am

    this is good and all but why dont you ever talk about the movie nightbreed.
    its full of diferend monsters and it is a awsome movie.

  • October 29, 2011 at 9:54 am

    You hit the nail on the head man. This was a good theater movie, but there’s nothing in me that wants to throw it in the dvd player and give it a watch, even with friends.

  • JBC1497

    October 29, 2011 at 10:19 am

    and she’s like fuck you cliff hanger

  • SG43

    October 29, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Yeah, it has to take place after 2 because they used that stupid plot device where they’re brother and sister. See, that to me is why Halloween 2 sucks. It makes Michael’s motivations less scary, just like that stupid Thorn trilogy.

    Anyway, this one is OK. Again, we have a shitty looking mask in this one. And I don’t like that it’s set in CA. Michael driving cross country in some old truck just sounds stupid. Does he ever stop for gas or snacks along the way?

    Aside from Laurie, the other characters are pretty useless. It’s too bad Donald didn’t make it to be reunited on screen with Laurie, that would have been cool.

    And up next we have a sequel that’s even worse than parts 5 and 6 combined.

  • sebastianhoward64

    October 29, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Haven’t watched this yet but I did see this movie about a week or two ago and I really do like it. It starts off really nice, sure the whole middle is boring and sucks ass but when Michael start taking people out near the end it becomes pretty awesome again.

  • fulci lives

    October 29, 2011 at 10:26 am

    One more thing that came to my mind. Halloween 3 often gets undue amount of hate but in some sense it’s the only true sequel. :) John Carpenter has often mentioned that he never intended Halloween as a “Michael Myers Show”. Instead he wanted to make a series of movies that would be released on Halloween, each with a different story.

  • urrutiap

    October 29, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Hey James. Fix your god damn fucking video for Halloween 7 H20. It keeps freezing up and skipping.

    Good effin job. NOW FIX THE DAMN VIDEO

  • sebastianhoward64

    October 29, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I didn’t have any problems.

  • October 29, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Money talks, and they had to ruin the John Carpenter classic not one more time after this but three. Unnecessary remake that ruins the character of Michael Meyers by making him something other than an unstoppable force of nature and a sequel to that remake.

  • October 29, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Wow now you only have to do Halloween: Ressurection and and 1 & 2 remakes by Rob Zombie

  • October 29, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Holy crap. This actually looks pretty awesome!

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  • Inkrypted

    October 29, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I completely agree with you James.

  • Darthleather

    October 29, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I’m glad the unfortunate trend of using rappers for comic relief in this series only lasted for two movie.

  • BobJohnson

    October 29, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Because no one can understand movie endings unless you’re James Rolfe.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 29, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Oohohoo, but we all know it doesn’t end there! Still, thanks for the review of that one. Looks like I need to see 2 and this one. I’ve only seen 1, Resurrection, and the remakes.

  • AngelofHell

    October 29, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I don’t think they skipped II because it is know that Michael is her brother.

  • JMan616

    October 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    As someone mentioned earlier the movie references the sibling connection between Michael and Laurie which was not established until HALLOWEEN II, and there is a mentioning of her son that she “Watched him burn” with her response “I didn’t exactly see his ashes” or something along those lines.

  • H-Man

    October 29, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I think you’re wrong, James, H20 is a sequel to “Halloween II”, because it wasn’t established until the second film that Michael Meyers was her brother.

  • wafflezombie

    October 29, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    @Darthleather – Unless you count Weird Al Yanchovich in the 2nd Rob Zombie movie.. sigh.. -_- Nothing could save that shitty movie..

  • Darthleather

    October 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I think a lot of people forget that Michael and Laurie were not oriiginally intended to be brother and sister, but it’s become such a huge part of the lore of the franchise that’s it’s easy to make that mistake.

  • Matheus-007

    October 29, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    @snipershot325 No, there’s Resurrection in the way. Then the remakes.

  • pcgamer176

    October 29, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    James says that Laurie and Michael share a brother and sister moment, but they are in fact uncle and niece…

    • cordawgfrito

      March 1, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      No they are not.  Michael and Laurie are brother and sister as established in the second movie.  Jamie was his niece.  Halloween H20 established a recoton that ignores 3-6 

  • Znappy

    October 29, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Good review but I gotta note that in the movie Laurie Strode’s son, John, is upset when Laurie is getting panicattacks etc from the memory of Michael and says over and over that

    “You saw him burn mom! He is gone, he is dead!”

    or something like that. So Im pretty sure they were thinking about the second movie while making this one. So it’s not an ending to the first one, but instead the second one.

  • urrutiap

    October 29, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    FIX THE DAMN VIDEO. IT DOESNT EVEN LOAD UP RIGHT

  • MonsterVisionNB

    October 29, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    In all seriousness, I own all of these films, but I only ever watch the first two and H20. I definitely agree that those are the only films a fan/viewer really needs. That being said, I hate, loathe, and despise the unholy abomination that follows this one. To me, the ultimate review would be to sit back and watch James tear that motherfxcker apart for a good 45 minutes, Nerd-style. I know the review on it will be awesome no matter the length, but it is a nice thought.

  • FinalCrisis

    October 29, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    There’s still the Rob Zombie versions, review those :D

  • Cilliandrew

    October 29, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Oh man i have a feeling i’m gonna have a lot of defending to do when Zombie’s Halloween 2 comes up for discussion. (Come on, guys, that’s the best halloween flick since the original!)

  • metalcommand

    October 29, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    @ urrutiap

    You’re the only one with that problem, so you better fix your computer.

  • October 29, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    @urrutiap

    If you’re having trouble with the video, there’s an alternate link below each video to watch it on Blip.

  • Veran7

    October 29, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    My favorites are Halloween 1978, Halloween 4, and Halloween 5(can’t believe all the hate on this one..probably my second favorite)

  • Veran7

    October 29, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I really didn’t like H20, and yet it got such good reviews. It’s probably my least favorite in the series.

  • Cowboy

    October 29, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    I am actually suprised that you didn’t mention the tribute to Plan 9 From Outer Space. It plays in the background during the first killing scene. You are the kind of guy who would pick up on something like that. Or, maybe you did but just didn’t mention it. What do I know?

  • damien93

    October 29, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    james james they explain everything….in a comic book series apprently they explain that he was really waiting jstu trying to get new info torturing loomis and shit look at that one its actualy a pretty cool series

  • Fett204

    October 29, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    H20 Stands for Halloween 2.0

  • hillbillyhatfield

    October 29, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    This I a good/bad finish to the myers franchise. It’s a great movie, I love the action, and the story. It’s a bad movie because it dont explain how he didnt die from burning. Nor come back from being shot in both eyes and being able to see. I could live with him being shot and coming back. He could have wore something to block bullets from the hardware store, fine. Fall out a 2 story building, still plausable. him being shot in both eyes, no. him burning, no. That was a good ending. Both monster and nemisis/protector/keeper dieing. That is a classic story. Then the trash after that. Then this. I like this movie. I like how laurie fights back from 20 years of pened up anger and fustration. She takes matters into her own hands and finishes him. It’s a better finish than in the 2nd, but it makes michael superhuman, instead of a psycho. Which was what he was intended. I would love a reedited version with 1,2, and this one. Just drop the eye shooting and buring. Make the 2nd one end with the explosion, not him melting down. Because from what the son says in the movie, she watched him burn to ashes. You dont come back from that unless your wolverine. It’s a huge plot hole.

    Other than a few plot holes you could drive trucks through this with the first 2 are a great triligy.

    “Halloween: H20″ is the 7th film in the series. H20 is the chemical symbol for water which has a pH balance of 7.0.

  • October 29, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I know Friday the 13th couldn’t have been included in this Sequel-A-Thon it would have taken up half the month by its self. But after all the attention and care that went into the reviews for these greats could it please get a bit more detail than a top 13 best moments for Spike TV?

  • Batman91

    October 29, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    John tells Laurie: “You told me yourself you watched him burn.” and that’s when she says: “They never found the body.” So it’s pretty clear H20 doesn’t ignore 2. In my opinion, it doesn’t even ignore 4, 5 and 6, it just doesn’t acknowledge or mention them. Resurrection, however (worst film in the series if you ask me) definately and stupidly ignores 4, 5 and 6.

  • Riddler

    October 29, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I like the mask used in this and in ressurection, it was the best one, not including the first. I feel that the best way to experiance halloween is to watch halloween 1978, halloween 2, halloween h20 and maybe 4, jsut to be a freak. 3 is a seperte film to me. also, did anyone else think he’d be involved with water in this movie?

  • urrutiap

    October 29, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Holy fucking shit titties. James actually fucking fixed this damn video for Halloween 7. Fucking LL COOL James lover actually fucking finally fixed the damn video. Hip fucking hurray.

  • gamerz

    October 29, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    so is James finished with thiis series. The remakes/revisons of halooween haven’t been covered. He covered the freddy remake.

  • October 29, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    I like to watch Halloween, Halloween 2 and H20, pretending that 4, 5, 6 and ESPECIALLY 8 don’t even exist. I really like part 3, but I look at it as its own individual movie. Being lumped up in the franchise is what killed it in the public eye in the first place. If they had made it as the second film and continued with the anthology idea, Halloween III would been much better received. Don’t even get me started on those godawful Rob Zombie remakes.

  • TagaZok

    October 29, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Imao they tried to make Michael Myers from Halloween a Jason from Friday the 13th an invincible and unkillable monster (forget the psycho part of Myers). If you listen to Friday the 13th you’re gonna find some discontinuing and reboot in the story too … I think maybe almost all sequel of horrors movie have some inconsistency…some likes it… and others don’t …. H20 wasn’t all that bad it makes a good sequel if you forget about some parts of Halloween 2 and forget all about the rest of the crap (4-5-6) .. The third movie for me, is in a different category of the crap franchise Halloween had become.. can’t wait for the 2 final sequel -o- thon Monster Madness

  • October 29, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    @Fett204 H20 stands for halloween: 20 years later :P

  • LicaWolf

    October 29, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    So, this movie is basically Laurie Strude taking a level in badass, that actually sounds awesome to watch.

    The part with the slapstick music made me laugh so hard xD

    I agree that Michael Myers looks scarier when you can’t see his eyes.

    I’ve been watching this year videos along with the older Monster Madness videos. I believe this year’s Monster Madness had been the best of all. You do a great job, James. You’re really good at doing reviews…of movies, vidogames, boardgames, anything. Now I’m waiting patiently for the final Monster Madness videos :)

  • CumSwapper

    October 30, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Personally I think it it would’ve been great if this was the sequel to the first movie and continued on as an anthology series the idea would not have gotten stale. But you can’t change history

  • TVthePunisher

    October 30, 2011 at 1:10 am

    So I’m guessing tonight will be Resurrection and then after will be the remakes. Cool =) great review, yeah this was one of the better ones and I really enjoyed it.

  • kevenz

    October 30, 2011 at 1:12 am

    90s horror usually sucks…… 99% of the time, 2000s horror is about as bad.

  • avgnfan3

    October 30, 2011 at 1:41 am

    If anybody is interested, Joseph Gordon-Levitt from Inception, is in this movie. Weird how James didn’t mention it.

  • October 30, 2011 at 3:00 am

    I’m guessing James is a little later than usual posting because he is still trying to force himself to rewatch the turd that is Halloween: Resurrection so he can do the review. :P

  • Stompario

    October 30, 2011 at 8:23 am

    I never like masks in 4-5&7-8. Just like they don’t get that Myers in first one isnt just a guy in mask, and his mask isnt just a scary rubber mask. 50% of good scare is the work of camera and light director.

  • AlphaPHASE FOUR

    October 30, 2011 at 9:02 am

    IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, H20 HAS TO BE AFTER H2, CAUSE LAURIE DIDNT FIGURE OUT SHE WAS MICHAELS SISTER UNTILL HALLOWEEN 2

  • Stompario

    October 30, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Loomis must have talk with her after that night, and of course police did the investigation.

  • cristchr

    October 30, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I agree with James, 2 through 6 never happened. After the 2nd, then the movies just got BAD! Just watch 1 and H20,because thats the way it should have gone.

  • culwin

    October 30, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Why couldn’t they just have made one of these sequels be GOOD?
    They had great potential and they screwed it up.
    The people responsible for 3-6 suck!!
    And 7 isn’t as good as it could have been either.

  • October 31, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Hey I’m gonna watch this movie tonight! :p

  • videogamehunter820

    October 31, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Man, I’m a HUGE fan of you James and I really value your opinions on movies, but I really don’t agree with you on most of these sequels. I was fine with the fact that they took on the slasher movie style, but why did you hate that? Other series like, Friday the 13th, are always the same story but (as far to my knowledge) liked those movies. So why did you really stomp these sequels into the ground? You do have good points and if you look at it critically, there are some serious flaws, but you don’t need to look at them critically. I love them for the character of Michael (my fav horror icon); I love the atmosphere in these movies, since I love the holiday of Halloween and I love how Michael plays the phantom killer; he watches from the shadows and stalks his victims. If you just watch them from a slasher movie perspective, they are very entertaining. Michael will always be a great, entertaining character.

  • videogamehunter820

    October 31, 2011 at 8:58 am

    One more thing, I love Lorrie Strode (or whatever her name is) but (IMO) I think they let her beat up Michael too much in this movie. It became ridiculous that Michael, whose killed so many people and survived so many things, gets his ass kicked by someone much smaller than him (but that is a slasher movie cliche). I think it’s awesome that Lorrie finally fights back, but they went overboard; it should have been a back and forth battle (I’m just being general, so please don’t attack me with replies on how Lorrie can’t take as much abuse as Michael, I know that, but it could work if done right, she shouldn’t take abuse as badly Michael). I was mixed about when she cut his head off. I was glad for Lorrie, but I still didn’t want to see Michael gone. He is the personification of evil, he can never truely be killed, he will always come back.

  • videogamehunter820

    October 31, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I agree on making Michael more slender (I really like the guy who play Michael in this movie, he moved great).

  • Haisman

    October 31, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Jaime Lee Curtis is a great actor!

  • Kaldary

    October 31, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Watched this one for the first time tonight. In my opinion, it was only ok. Michael was not at all scary and I wish the final confrontion to him and Laurie was more intense. It was kind of disappointing that she basically spent the entire time kicking his ass. It would have been nice to see some real struggle. I also wish that her son’s girlfriend was killed. She wasn’t at all interesting and didn’t have any real character. I thought the movie could have used some more kills. The end with her decapitating him was great.

  • Punz

    November 1, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    No, this one takes part 2 into account. John tells Laurie that she watched him burn. But, yeah, besides Part 2′s ending, this should’ve of ended Michael… should’ve. :)

  • Senna4ever

    November 2, 2011 at 6:11 am

    The series SHOULD have ended with part 2.
    Horrible picture.

  • sharkey360

    November 5, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    While Halloween III was the first Halloween film I ever saw, H20 was the first Michael Myers film I saw.

  • smashinglollipops

    November 16, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    I really enjoyed H20 It’s my favorite halloween sequel so far (i’ve been watching the movies then your reviews one at a time) and watching I learned that i should forget 4-6 as their own “mini-series” if you will and having lorrie kick micheals ass in a returning sequel is kind of what the alien series did with Siguorney Weaver (another favorite actor and series of mine) but there is just too many mistakes and forgotten things in 4-6 (such as how Jamie kills her step mother) so this really made me like the series again I was about to stop watching after 6.. all in all if you take 1, 2 and 6 it makes a nice little series and should’ve been they way they did it.

    • cordawgfrito

      March 1, 2012 at 12:31 pm

       @smashinglollipops Actually Jamie didn’t kill her foster mom.  She attacked her.  They state in part 5 that the foster mom is still alive.

  • tomatoheadfish

    December 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Personally for me, the official Halloween Trilogy is 1, 2 and 4. They should have never made number 3, and they should have just stopped at number 4.

  • Gumy

    December 23, 2011 at 5:23 am

    James you are mistaken on not mentioning any fire. Laurie clearly says in the movie that she watched him burn.

  • J_TheKid

    February 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    James complains people call the movie H-2-O instead of H-20, yet it calls it H-2-O at the end, lol

  • Corleone74

    February 23, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I agree with your comment on seeing Michael’s eyes to much. He looks kinda goofy.

  • saulyosk8s

    February 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    they do mention the fire. her son talks about how she said she saw him burn… but otherwise great review james!

  • cordawgfrito

    March 1, 2012 at 3:07 am

    First off H20 is the best sequel of them all.   It is almost as good as the original. Second they do mention fire in the movie.  Laurie and her son have a conversation about it.  John:  Michael Myers is dead.  He’s dead.  You told me yourself you watched him burn.  Laurie:  Well, I didn’t exactly wait around to see his ashes.  I guess you should go back and rewatch the movie.
    Third, the movie does still hold up today.
     

    • Yababay234

      March 20, 2012 at 1:53 pm

       @cordawgfrito It’s his opinion cool off 

  • KyleSchofield

    March 4, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    i personally disliked  H2O. Not for what it did for the series (which i commend) but the execution i felt was strongly lacking. The suspense was gone, there was no mood or feeling of dread, the music was way too upbeat, Michael Myers’ menace was completely gone, the characters were annoying (Laurie Included) and worst of all, it paved the way for RESURRECTION: one of the worst, most offensive, annoying, series ending cunt.

  • Yababay234

    March 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    The reports that Kevin Williamson’s original treatment for “H20″ included a scene in which “Halloween 4″ through “6″ are acknowledged as being “in continuity” and “canon” are completely accurate. The scene did exist, and involved a bitchy student at Keri/Laurie’s school giving a class report on the “Haddonfield Murders”, and going into great detail about Jamie Lloyd, Danielle Harris and JC Brandy’s character from “Halloween 4″ through “6″. The student talks about Jamie losing her parents in an auto accident, as was the explanation in those sequels for Laurie Strode’s absence. (In fact, the only reason for Laurie to be in the Witness Production Program with her son under an assumed name as “Keri Tate” at all was because the original story for “H20″ was conceived like this, with “Halloween 4″ through “6″ in continuity, and Williamson thus being required to create an explanation for Laurie’s “death” in the previous movies and her subsequent resurrection.) The student’s report chronicles Jamie’s being hunted and eventually killed by her uncle, Michael Myers. Upon hearing this oral presentation in the classroom, a grief-stricken Keri/Laurie then retreats to a restroom and throws up. This scene was of course omitted from the actual film. 
     
    Pretty interesting fact from IMDB. Supposedly, H3-6 was supposed to be in the present timeline. Glad they changed that.

  • Schloss Ritter

    August 4, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Laurie changed her name to Carrie Tate? Reminds me of that Charles Manson follower.

    He comes back from decapitation? Studios always gotta milk a franchise into the ground…

  • LordJason1986

    September 27, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    actually james , it was mentioned by Laruies son John in the film “you told me yourself that you watched him burn”. so , it does connect with both Halloween & Halloween II and it is confirmed by this in the 25 years of terror documentary. the line that was uttered by Josh Hertnet was after Laruie (or Kari Tate as she calls herself) , had lunch with the school’s guidence counselor and after John went off campus without permission. I still think Halloween II is the best sequel by far , but this one is in 3rd place in my opinion.

  • LordJason1986

    September 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    also , Joseph Gordon Levvit appears in this film in the first 5 minutes. he was killed when the nurse from the 1st film enters his house and see’s him dead. in the background , Plan 9 From Outer Space is playing on the tv. the film does have a triumphent feel to it and it also worth mentioning that this film is the only Halloween film that not only had some help from George Lucas’s company but also had Stan Winston come in to change the mask. yeah , the mask itself kept changing during production and was one of 2 controversial problems when it comes to production issues , including the score by john ottman. it also has one scene where you see Scream 2 on the tv screen , and I believe the score that they used that still makes john ottman cringe , were extra scores re-used from Scream.

  • LordJason1986

    September 27, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    the other things I failed to mention that I discovered this evening was during the opening intro , you see newspaper articles and notes from Dr Sam Loomis on the wall. beyond John saying to Laurie that she watched him burn , the most important piece that connects this film with Halloween I & II is one newpaper image from the end shot of Halloween II before Laurie went into the ambulance truck with the press behind her. one would say it was a still shot from Halloween II. watch H20 again and look carefully at the intro scene , and you will see that image on the wall. oh , and to correct my previous statement , Skywalker Sound helped with post-production sound & editing. and stan winston’s crew took a shot at fixing the iconic mask after since the mask kept changing throughout the film’s production even having a cgi mask in one scene and ditching the KNB FX mask. only 4 masks were made for Halloween H20.

  • kai devanson

    March 13, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    its funny how 1998 was not only the 20th anniversary of Halloween but also the 20th anniversary of van halen. Halloween got Halloween h2o. van halen had van halen 3

  • penpan

    May 21, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    It is worth it to see Lori get her revenge and then even take the ambulance hostage!!

  • July 8, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    James, there was at one time a plan for Michael Myers to speak a single line at the end of the movie, he was to have said “Laurie” just before being beheaded by Jamie Lee Curtis, this idea was dropped from the final script.

  • July 9, 2013 at 4:19 am

    I think you’re forgetting the dialogue between Laurie and her son where he tells her “You said so yourself you watched him burn.” I agree that most of H20 appears to ignore the events of Halloween II, but that single line proves that it’s still canon.

  • giraffenoggin

    July 10, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Also when Jamie Lee Curtis and Janet Leigh characters meet, Janet Lee’s character says “everybody is entitled to one good scare”. Kind of like Charles Cyphers, character Sheriff Brackett, in the 1st

  • July 12, 2013 at 3:26 am

    Wait, isn’t there that scene where Laurie’s son says to her “You said so yourself – you watched him burn.” Not to mention the part later on where Laurie acknowledges Michael as her brother. No way does this movie ignores Halloween II.

  • Morris Wex

    October 1, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Actually I hate to say, they did reference the second Halloween movie in this film. The Son in a chat with his mom(jamie) Says, “You said you say him burn.”

    So clearly it references the end of the finale of the second film which still makes one question. How he regenerated his eyes and survived burning.

  • Andrew Field

    October 6, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    This film was better than 5 at least, CHRIST

  • August 14, 2014 at 3:04 am

    I noticed 2 Errors in your review. One minor and one you may have overlooked. The first one (minor) Laurie’s original name was Synthia Myers not Laurie Myers, this was addressed in the comic books. The other error may screw your thinking a bit. You say that you see h20 as a direct sequel to the original because they never mention the fire from part 2, but that’s where you’re WRONG! When Laurie catches John outside of school and John says Michael Myers is dead. He tells Laurie and I quote “you watched him burn”. Aha! So as you can see, the fire was mentioned, making Halloween 2 part of the timeline.

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