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Halloween: H20 (1998)
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Review Date: August 05, 1998
Director: Steve Miner
Writer: Robert Zappia and Matt Greenberg
Producers: John Carpenter, Paul Freeman, Debra Hill
Actors:
Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode. Josh Hartnett as John Tate
Plot:
Laurie Strode (Curtis) has moved on with her life. She is now the headmistress of a private school, of which her son is a proud 17-year old member. She's changed her name and assumed a new identity, because she still fears that her crazy little brother, who murdered her friends and sister twenty years ago, will return and try to kill her again. Halloween night approaches. Michael Myers returns. Let the killing begin.
Critique:
The horror genre is back, and so is Mr. Kevin Williamson's wonderful touch on all things scary. This movie's packed with all the screams, cheers, laughs and gross-outs that you could swing a spooky stick at. It's everything you ever looked for in a scary popcorn movie. Period. And on those fronts, this movie delivers just like SCREAM (8/10), SCREAM 2 (7/10) and I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER (7/10) did over the past couple of years. All films signed by Kevin Williamson. Advised be those who did not care for any of the previously mentioned films, to avoid this teenage-bludgeoning, blood-letting, LL Cool J-costarring funfest.

In case anyone is worried about not having seen any of the previous Halloweens-don't worry, the whole back-story is explained pretty quickly, and frankly, the story is that this man with the eerie mask is f-cked up real bad, and wants to kill people, most prominently his sister. The film does start off a little slow, and did offer up one too many "fake scares" in my humble opinion, but once the action gets going, it really takes off! Another cool thing about this movie is that it's barely an hour and a half long. It doesn't get bogged down in explanation after explanation, but does demonstrate various ways in which a psychopath could stab people. Speaking of which, there are at least two PSYCHO references in this movie, one alone, coming from Ms. Psycho herself, Janet Leigh, who has a throwaway part in this film as the school's secretary.

People screamed, people laughed, people screeched (Mrs. JoBlo got the guts scared out of her), people farted...let's just say that people had a blast! (Mind you, I saw this film on the first showing of the first night that it came out. Real horror fans only, please.) Oh yeah, and did I mention that John Carpenter's "theme to Halloween" remains one of the eeriest scores to run a movie over? Good stuff. All in all, if you're a horror fan, and like all of the other Kevin Williamson-based films, there's no good reason why you shouldn't truly enjoy this one (Besides the fact, that it's not jam-packed with hip, young, successful Hollywood stars and starlets.) And if you don't dig horror, well, I guess there's always THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY (7/10)!

Note: Double up on the salsa for this one. Trust me, the nachos will thank you later.
(c) 2014 Berge Garabedian
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