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The 100




Halloween: H20
(1998)
Reviewed by John Weber
Rating: 4 Beans

his is a very aptly-named movie, because this movie should have been held under water and drowned at birth.

The appeal of spending 98-odd minutes watching people get killed in assorted grisly ways has never been at the top of my list, and let's face it - in 1998 there's not much left that hasn't been depicted on the big screen or via your VCR. That's why when Jamie Lee Curtis, star of the original, excellent "Halloween" and now an A-level actress, decided to appear in "Halloween: H20", I thought maybe there would be some originality, some distinction, maybe even more of a sense of humor, a la "Scream".

Well, that's what I thought, anyhow.

The only original thought is to make Jamie Lee as psycho as her bro, Michael Myers. And she does a number on Mikey at the end. But it's simply not worth the trip.

Laurie Strode (Curtis) ran away from Haddonfield, Illinois, faked her death, changed her name, and is now a headmistress at a snooty private school. She has nightmares about Halloween twenty years ago (1978), pops all kinds of pills, and acts a little weird - to the dismay of her 17-year old son. She lives in terror that her brother will come after her again (after all, they never found a body when he was allegedly killed). Well, guess what ? HE COMES BACK! And all the way to Northern California!! Guess he had the money for tolls stashed away in that mask of his.

Of course, lots of people have to do idiotic things in order for everything to fall into place. And they do.

LL Cool J ("Toys") plays a bumbling security guard who couldn't keep the lint filter in my dryer secure. Adam Arkin (son of Alan Arkin and star of TV's "Chicago Hope") plays a bumbling love interest who gets offed. Watch for the touching, sensitive scene where Curtis tells Arkin of her real past. Jamie Lee: "My brother killed my sister". Arkin: "That's terrible. Take off your clothes".

The only fleeting entertainment value is provided by Janet Leigh (Jamie Lee's mom, and one of the stars of the original "Psycho"). She's the school's secretary (named "Norma") who gives progress reports on the stopped-up drains in the girls' dorms and drives the same car she drove in the 1960 Hitchcock classic.

With more of that stuff, this could have been a scream. Instead, we see "Scream" playing on a VCR and wonder why Jamie Lee came back to horror films. For this? Based on this boring mess, she should have held out for "Prom Night: 20 Year Reunion".


Other reviews for this movie:

Chris Bjuland
Scott Marshall
Scott Murdock
DA' Reptyle




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