H20 is a really great completion of the story if you just focus on Halloween and Halloween II. Jamie Lee Curtis is amazing as this shrivelled and permanently neurotic victim who's never escaped her demons and chooses to repress them through alcohol and just pure denial. That being said the overall presentation felt like more of your typical 90s horror than the Original Halloween. I admit trying to compare any horror to the original is unfair, but whilst I did enjoy it I can't help but think its clearly caught up in the 90s era and style rather than the 70s/80s themes Carpenter ensured dominated his film. Its better than Halloween IV (only other I watched simply for Craig calling it a nice timeline between Halloween II and H20 as well as a great ending), but I think the first two films are comfortably the best in the series. With every passing film Michael becomes more and more of your cliche 'greatest hits' villian and less the mysterious and enigmatic terror he was in the first two films. Donald Pleasance was great in everyone I saw though, really sells the horror and destruction that is Michael Myers to absolute perfection.
The ending to Halloween IV was brilliant though. Wasn't a great fan of the movie as a whole, but god damn was the ending terrific.
Oh shit I'd been meaning to ask you if you watched H20 yet, yeah it does feel way too much like a generic 90s Slasher in the way it's filmed but the story does make up for it, ending is superb too, I mean it's a bit dumb but those final two minutes where Michael's pinned under the ambulance are great, shame Ressurection changed that so:
The first 10 minutes of H20 are pretty great too I thought, it was pretty cool of them to bring back the nurse from 1 & 2 for that and Joseph Gordon Levitt gets an Ice Hockey Boot to the face (I also love how they had the black detective there talking about how Michael would be 9 years younger than him because there had been alot of jokes about how Michael would be too old in the timeline)
Also you watched Prison Break didn't you? The girl that got the dumb waiter dropped on her leg played Gretchen Morgan in that, took me a fucking eternity before I realised (although it also took me twenty minutes to realise that the random Scottish old man who stumbled around in Skyfall was Albert Finney so I do that much too often (No revealing that Albert Finney plays a Scotsman in Skyfall is not a spoiler, fuck you))
Yeah, I rewatched IV after recommending it and I apologise, I forgot how dumb the whole posse shtick was, Pleasance is still great though and that ending was glorious, just the sort of ambiguity I like for the series, unlike V and VI (FUCK FUCK FUCK THEY WERE DUMB (Although V does have one great scene where Loomis confronts Michael in the Myers' house (Which has somehow became a gothic mansion inbetween II and V) and he just... talks to him for like 3 minutes, Michael just stands listening as Loomis pours his heart out and doesn't attack until Loomis tries to take Michael's knife and it's just... great)). Also I only just realised it's a rare extended cut of H20 that makes the references to Jamie Lloyd, so yeah, double apologies.