Watch: Halloween H20: 20 Years Later 1998 123movies, Full Movie Online – Twenty years after Michael Myers’ massacre in Haddonfield, Laurie Strode faked her own death, traveled to California, and took on the identity Keri Tate. Michael discovers Laurie’s new identity and travels to California to kill his sister. Laurie must now take on her brother with her son’s life at stake..
Plot: Two decades after surviving a massacre on October 31, 1978, former baby sitter Laurie Strode finds herself hunted by persistent knife-wielder Michael Myers. Laurie now lives in Northern California under an assumed name, where she works as the headmistress of a private school. But it’s not far enough to escape Myers, who soon discovers her whereabouts. As Halloween descends upon Laurie’s peaceful community, a feeling of dread weighs upon her — with good reason.
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Of course we all know now that _H20_ went on to have a sequel, a reboot, a sequel to the reboot, and another _Halloween_ film coming out next year, but props to _Twenty Years Later_ for at least *trying* to end the franchise. It’s nice sometimes to watch a horror go out on something other than a final-scare/cliff-hanger. Also notable for being the first Michael Myers movie that’s any fun. Not a great movie, but credit where credit’s due.
_Final rating:★★½ – Had a lot that appealed to me, didn’t quite work as a whole._
***Jamie Lee Curtis returns and the franchise redeems itself from the crappy part 6***
Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is living in Northern California under an assumed name as a dean of a remote private school. It’s Halloween season and her son (Josh Hartnett) is turning 17. Will her evil brother show-up to wreak terror once again? Of course he will. Adam Arkin, LL Cool J and Janet Leigh have side roles.
“Halloween 4” (1988) was great and IMHO even better than the original 1978 slasher while “Halloween 5” (1989) was good, although it added a little campy humor. The next film, “Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers” (1995), was surprisingly a mess with weak characters, lousy story development and stale & pedestrian jump scares. So I didn’t know what to expect with 1998’s “Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later.”
The movie starts in Illinois with a glimmer of humor and the final scene of the character played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt made me bust out laughing. From there, the tone turns dramatic as events switch to the posh boarding school in California. The characters are confidently established and we feel we know them as Michael Myers stages his assault.
I’m glad the creators decided to finally switch the setting from Haddonfield, Illinois, to a wholly different locale across the country. Haddonfield was getting tired. The plot is similar to “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer,” which was released a few months later. “H2O” is arguably the second best sequel in the series after 4 and is at least on par with 5.
It’s great to have Jamie Lee as the ‘final girl’ again. Michelle Williams also appears on the female front. She was only 17 during shooting and cute as can be. The attractive Jodi Lyn O’Keefe is also on hand.
The film runs 1 hour, 26 minutes and was shot in Southern Cal (La Puente, Silver City, Chatsworth, Calabasas, Universal City and Los Angeles).
20 years later…and worth the wait
John Carpenter’s 1978 ‘Halloween’ is wholly deserving of its status as a horror classic. To this day it’s still one of the freakiest films personally seen and introduced the world to one of horror’s most iconic villainous characters Michael Myers.
Which is why it is such a shame that not only are all of the sequels nowhere near as good but that the decline in quality is so drastic. Ok, the original ‘Halloween’ is very difficult to follow on from, but most of the sequels could at least looked like effort was made into them. The exception however is ‘Halloween H20: 20 Years Later’. It’s not perfect and nowhere near as great as the original, but it’s the only sequel that’s above average, let alone good and by far the best since the original. It does a great job breathing fresh life into a series that had gotten stale as quick as one can down a can of coke gone flat and such a welcome addition after the badness of the fifth and sixth films.
‘Halloween H20: 20 Years Later’ has its flaws. It is too short and at times erratically paced, sometimes rushed and then taking a bit of time to get going after the opening. There is not enough breathing room for development of characterisation, which generally is shallow apart from the central relationship and the script tends to be weak (not unexpected, though actually it’s far worse in the previous sequels, at least it sounds complete).
On the other hand, ‘Halloween H20: 20 Years Later’ is the best-looking of the sequels, the first half in particular being close in style to the autumnal look of the original, something that none of the previous sequels did. The editing is coherent, it’s not shot too darkly and there is an eeriness to the setting which can be properly appreciated as a result. The music is a welcome return to being an asset than a drawback like in the previous two sequels. While not quite a character of its own like in the original, it adds to the atmosphere and enhances it.
Luckily there’s nowhere near as much unintentional camp, out of place humour or bizarre subplots or idea that muddle the story. Instead much of the film is fun and there is a tension, creepiness and suspense, even poignancy at times, that the previous sequels were sorely lacking in. The deaths are the most creative and shocking since those in the original, while the opening scene is unsettlingly tense and the ending is creepy and touching. The central relationship is handled quite well.
Although the characters are underdeveloped, none of them are annoying and they do have enough personality to stop them from being too dull. The direction is in control of the material and is at least competent and often well above that, especially in the second half when the film really does come alive. Of the sequels, ‘Halloween H20: 20 Years Later’ is by quite some way the best acted, Jamie Lee Curtis’ wonderful performance being the film’s best asset.
In summary, the best of the sequels/follow ups and worth the wait. 7/10 Bethany Cox
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 26 min (86 min)
Genre Horror, Thriller
Director Steve Miner
Writer Debra Hill, John Carpenter, Robert Zappia
Actors Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Adam Arkin
Country United States
Awards 2 wins & 12 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 1.78 : 1 (open matte), 2.35 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length 2,453 m (Spain)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (4K) (2022 remaster), Dolby Vision, Super 35
Printed Film Format 35 mm