Halloween H20 (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Halloween H20 (1998)



Critic Consensus: Halloween: H2O is the best of the many sequels, yet still pales in comparison to the original Halloween.

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Laurie Strode, now the dean of a Northern California private school with an assumed name, must battle the Shape one last time and now the life of her own son hangs in the balance.

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Jamie Lee Curtis
as Laurie Strode/Carrie Tate
Josh Hartnett
as John Tate
LL Cool J
as Ronnie
John Cassini
as Cop No. 1
Jody Wood
as Cop No. 2
Chris Durand
as Michael
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Critic Reviews for Halloween H20

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (14)

H20 is far more character-driven than any of its predecessors.

October 19, 2018 | Full Review…
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While Carpenter's film was all about economy and a skilful use of empty space, Miner's busy compositions have a cluttered feel that is echoed by superfluous orchestral music.

August 16, 2007 | Full Review…
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I'm currently stuck watching the revival of a movie form that appalled me the first time around, then disappeared from view after a torrent of thoughtless re-workings that resembled bloody tape loops.

November 15, 2002 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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...Steve Miner is no Carpenter.

April 12, 2002 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Halloween: H20 is as stylish and scary as it is ultra-violent. It brings back a stunning Jamie Lee Curtis in the role that made her a star and it's a work of superior craftsmanship in all aspects.

February 21, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Taken as a sequel to Halloween, this is just above average; taken as a sequel to Halloween Two, which is where most of its backstory comes from, it looks terrific.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Halloween H20


Besides a stupid title that has nothing to do with water and some bland characters who are just there to die, at least this seventh Halloween movie has some original moments and fun deaths, even if the build-up is much better than the payoff (which is rather dumb, I would say).

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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One of the best horror movies I've seen in my life. Its both entertaining and very well acted by Jamie LEe Curtis, and has one of the best ending climaxes to a horror movie I have ever seen

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

Now we come to a horror series that, in my opinion, long overstayed its welcome in the sequel and remake department. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later is probably one of the best attempts at a true sequel while at the same time being entertaining in and of itself. This time around, we get to know Laurie Strode (who has been in hiding) and her son, spending time in their lives before the eventual build-up to the clash between Laurie and Michael. Unfortunately, this film feels very tired and doesn't really bring anything new to the table. Despite bringing back Michael's sister, it feels weak. Michael isn't all that interesting in this one either and, to be fair, hasn't really been so since the original film. This is also yet another retroactive sequel that takes place after the events of the first two films and ignores sequels 4-6. This could have been a great opportunity to tie together the contuinity of the series for a change, but they screwed the pooch on that and made the selling point and ultimate focus of the film the battle between Laurie and Michael. The murders aren't all that interesting, the score is pretty lame and the overall length of the movie feels much shorter than it actually is. It's not too bad, but it could have benefitted from a little more bloodshed, a bit more of a build-up, a better actor to play Michael and a better continuity for the series as a whole. I have a feeling that someone should have taken this away from Moustapha Akkad early on and this series wouldn't have been such a mess, but oh well. It's ok for what it is, but like most of these movies, it could've been better.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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