Director: Steve Miner
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Adam Arkin, Michelle Williams, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, LL Cool J, Jodi Lynn O-Keefe, Nancy Stephens
I can't, I'm having my nipples pierced.
Halloween Water? hahahhahahahahah
~Every jackass in 1998 who thought they were telling an original joke.
As the stock in this series was seriously plummeting, luck struck the Halloween franchise's side. Scream came out and resurrected interest and acclaim in the slasher film. The film also played as a love letter to films like Halloween. Also, Halloween was happening upon its 20th anniversary. This brought Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter back out of the woodwork to try and give this thing another go in celebration. Shit was about to get real. Dr. Loomis might not be around any more but Laurie Strode was coming home!
There was a giant decision made here that has, very stupidly, divided fans for this film. It's brought an angst toward this movie that has ZERO to do with the actual quality of the film. The decision was made to sever all ties with the previous 3 films (the Jamie Lloyd/Thorn Trilogy). This new one would serve as the defacto Halloween 3 instead of the follow up to Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers. Yes, erasing things from continuity stinks. I liked little Jamie just as much as everyone else. I wanted to see where Tommy, Kara, Danny and baby Steven were going at the time, too. But, now being an adult, having 15 more years of film experience behind me, I've realized this is one of the best decisions the franchise ever made. With Curtis' and Williamson on this project and coming in the wake of Scream, this was going to attract a bigger audience than all that came before. Both Halloween 5 and 6 were becoming much more "inside baseball" and more tight knit continuity wise. People were going to get severely confused walking into this, because most general movies goers (sucky as it is) don't do homework or don't want to do the required homework.
Because of this decision, the project became appealing to the film's director, Steven Miner. Steve and Jamie Lee Curtis had previously worked together on a film called Forever Young. But, its not that pedigree that made him an awesome choice for the job. Steve had directed Friday the 13th Part 2 and Part 3 (he also served as a producer on the 1st). He was a veteran when it came to the slasher. His Part 2, is also one of the strongest slasher films of all time. The funniest thing, is in interviews Steve always said he was making a sequel to the original, no sequels counted. Ah, but Steve, if you were, you wouldn't have a story here. I think he meant that he was making a sequel to Michael's original night of attack.
The film harkens back to becoming a more simple film playing in suspense and restraint. However, the masterwork of Carpenter isn't really there. Where H20 WANTS to be have the stalking Michael, its instead other people's POV during Michael's haunts and never Michael. In the original and somewhat imitated well in Halloween II, POV shots aside, we feel like we are in Michael's shoes being the voyeur at times. It gives the audience member a level of discomfort and leaves the character onscreen lackadaisical not knowing they are being watched. While yes, this movie was during that period in horror with "self aware" characters, this is not what I'm talking about. Every time we get Michael but he's not attacking, its because some character sees him or knows that he's there, if you catch my drift. It creates for less suspense and a weaker build to the chase.
Next Time: Unfortunately, it wasn't the end. Damnit, you guys are make me watch this damn thing again. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
I'll leave you with one more negative thing from this movie: