H2O, in this reviewers opinion, the only worthy addition to
the Halloween saga since Halloween 2, coincidentally H2O
was written under the premise that parts 3-6 never happened. Unfortunately
this is where the series should have permanently concluded, it
brought back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode and it ended on
a high note with near perfect closure. However, this near perfect
ending was sadly undone once the awful Resurrection hit
the theatres, and unfortunately from what I understand, yet ANOTHER
sequel is in the works. All for the love of money I suppose.
While I think the ending is near perfect, H2O as a whole
is hardly that, early on we discover that much of the movie is
going to be predicated on “pop-up” scares, that is, things that
aren’t really scary, just something quickly and loudly popping
up on screen, to sum that formula up in one word. LAME.
Also prevalent were the ever popular Hollywood horror cliché’s,
idiot cops, stupid teens, disconnected phones, convenient power
outages, and Michael’s incredible intelligence, and knack for
finding just what he needs despite the fact that he’s pretty much
a mindless psychopathic killer.
H2O also finds Michael’s character way too skinny, not
moving and behaving the same, and sporting a different white “Shatner”
mask that doesn’t quite cut it. I think my biggest gripe however
has to be a completely uncharacteristic killing from Michael using
a hockey skate, I think the writer’s were thinking Jason for that
one, not Mr. Meyers.
I know that it probably sounds like I hate the movie, when truthfully,
I really do like it, and quite a bit at that, it’s just that it
takes a while to get rolling, but once it does, H2O gives
us back some of that classic Halloween horror feeling.
Granted, it’s not spot on like the original 2, but more like Halloween
1 & 2 with some Scream’isms lightly sprinkled over it.
The writer’s did a good job creating a back-story as to what’s
gone on the last 20 years (Laurie’s got a son, changed her identity,
etc). One of the coolest things to me were the nods towards Psycho
the biggest of which is the late Janet Leigh (Jamie’s mom in real
life), the car from Psycho, and a line or two referencing
Norman Bates’ attraction to his mother.
If you’re a fan of the Halloween movies, I’d highly suggest
giving this one a look-see if you haven’t already, definitely
not the strongest sequel you’ll ever see, but I did enjoy seeing
Jamie Lee reprise her role as Laurie. Like I said, it’s just too
bad they didn’t end the saga with this movie.
8 out of 10 really gnarly leg breaks.