Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) Ain’t Half Bad

Okay, wow. That was a lot better than the previous three Halloween movies. I wouldn’t necessarily say Halloween H20: 20 Years Later was good, but it was certainly far from bad. What really prevailed this one from previous sequals were it’s attempts to be more compelling which, for the most part, work fittingly. The dynamic relationship between Laurie Strode’s character (it was so refreshing to see her back!) and her son John, really amplified the film’s quality. It’s worth noticing that we’ve been given a significantly improved and more mature screenplay compared to the four previous entries. However, the scares haven’t truly improved, and suffers from leaving most of its trepidations up to cheap jump scares. It also suffers from trying to be more modernized and blockbuster-like, which is derivative because the element that made the first two Halloween movies special was their more claustrophobic and low-budgeted atmospheres. However, the final confrontation between Laurie and Michael was intoxicating and unbelievably satisfying. Despite its flaws and inability to break positive, new boundaries in the horror genre, I was still able to thoroughly relish this entry in the Halloween franchise. (Verdict: C+) 

A genuinely huge surprise for me was finding out Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in this movie. He’s in the beginning of the film, and I had no idea he was apart of this project. He’s one of my favorite actors/filmmakers working today, so that was a serious treat to witness!

This movie is a part of my list: Ranking The Halloween Films From Best To Worst 

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