‘HALLOWEEN: H20’ Holds Up Even Better after ‘HALLOWEEN KILLS’!

Ok so here we are again, doing the whole John Carpenter Halloween “sequel” reboot hype machine again! But to be honest I’m not at all that hyped yet again this time around. As I stated In 2018, I found ‘Halloween: H20’ to be my favorite finale of the Laurie Strode vs Michael Myers saga.

It was exciting way back in 1998 to witness their epic familial final confrontation unfold on the big screen. It was a big deal for horror fans. Sure the movie was made during the hype of the “Scream” phenomenon and is a bit of a sign of the times of what horror was back then stylistically. The same could be said of horror movies set in the 1970s and 80s really, so I can’t really fault it for that. What it did bring was its own uniquely original story and wasn’t a basic retread of things we had already seen in the very first film. I like to refer to ‘H40’ as the “Force Awakens” of the franchise. I don’t consider that a big positive either, rather a sign of Hollywood’s continual laziness.

 So now we get the supposed long awaited sequel to the “sequel”, of an amazing movie that in my opinion ALREADY had an amazing sequel directed by John Carpenter himself. So already it seemed a bit pointless to me. Watching ‘Halloween Kills’ I continuously found myself wondering what really is the point of this all? What was this movie actually adding to the mythos of the Halloween franchise? To me it just seemed like more backtracking for no real reason and began to remind me of recent tired Hollywood retreads like ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’.

If you simply came to observe Michael Myers back in action, hacking and slashing random people to bits, then you were likely somewhat satisfied. To me though, my level of engagement started to quickly wane to the lows of the Rob Zombie era Halloween which ends up just being a boring flat downer. I also don’t think that this current sequel reboot features any real likable characters at this point either.  Sure it was cool to see Anthony Michael Hall back in a movie again, and I guess it was exciting(?) to see Jamie Lee Curtis again? Not sure if I give a damn anymore. Basically I feel like this movie simply took all of the most unique elements of Halloween 2 & Halloween 4 and squashed them into one bleak, brutal somewhat generic package. Nothing new to see here. If you’re going to go through this much trouble to re-tell a sequel series you’d better damn well make sure you’ve got something interesting and fresh going on in the plot.

To me ‘Halloween Kills’ offers nothing really. Just a collection of brutal kills, most feeling completely random and senseless. It left me completely underwhelmed for what was to come in the supposed final installment. However it also again completely improves the staying power, charm & heart of ‘Halloween H20’ as it ages like a fine bloody red wine.

I already got my Laurie vs Michael finale when it was a fresh idea, now it just feels like ‘Halloween: Ressurection’,  completely unnecessary….then again not surprising when a horror movie franchise is rebooted by the guy who directed ‘The Pineapple Express’ I guess. Well that being said if you dig H20 check out this new sweet video that really puts into perspective how much Hollywood screws with good ideas from Jamie Lee Curtis herself! 

2 comments

  1. Chris Gray

    I just watched both of them this past week and I can’t agree with your take on them. H20 felt way too much like “i know what you did last Halloween.” It didn’t feel remotely connected to the old ones. It had so many false scares I was completely burnt out on them before I’d even gotten to the 30 minute mark. Josh Hartnett was boring and lifeless. Ll cool j, a school setting? Blehh lol i didn’t like any of it. Not to mention that was by far the worst looking Micheal Myers they ever gave us. I never felt that it was him at all. Jamie lee was great. That was all I and say that worked for me. Halloween kills isn’t perfect but I loved that I can belive it is all connected to the original. I just wish they had chopped down a few parts that dragged on way too long. It’s fun that Halloween has become like a choose your own adventure book. Thanks to tall these sequels and remakes and reboots, you can take the story where you want. I dig it.

    • Peter Saturday

      Thanks for your comment Chris great to hear from you again Of course I can agree with some of your criticisms of H20! But to me it’s still the perfect finale and the original finale, I actually kind of dig the vibe of H20 as it does feel very nineties. This new one however to me feels lifeless, Bleak and generic. It’s basically terminator dark fate Halloween. But Hey at least Michael is back hacking and slashing. That all being said I think the new chucky series is great and far superior to Halloween kills.!

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