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May 17, 2011

Movie Review: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers and Halloween H20: 20 Years Later - Double Feature (Blu-ray)

About a month or so ago there came news that Echo Bridge Entertainment was distributing certain Dimension Films titles. Two of those titles, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers and Halloween: H20 have been bundled up into a double feature release for the Blu-ray market. Before I go too much further in my review of the disc I'd like to warn anyone who has not seen Halloween H20: 20 Years Later that there is a spoiler involving LL Cool J. It's tiny, but a spoiler nonetheless. Now off to Haddonfield!

Buy Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers / Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later (Miramax Double Feature) [Blu-ray]

For the most part I really think both films are "middle of the pack" Halloween films. Neither are as bad as Rob Zombie's trash, but neither are as entertaining as the original, part II or Season of the Witch. In "Curse", Tommy Doyle (Paul Rudd) is a Michael Myers-aholic who really wants to track down the legendary killer from Haddonfield. Dr Loomis (Donald Pleasence) is still kickin' but he's retired.. that is until the possibility of Michael stalking again becomes a reality.

Halloween: Curse of Michael Myers really trys to be something different by adding a cult of Myer worshipers to the mix and it's quite effective. The original producer cut (which was considerably longer) isn’t present on this disc. That cut fills some of the glaring holes and adds more background film. With that said, this is still a very enjoyable entry even with Paul Rudd's overacting. I'm a big Rudd fan and this was early in his career so he gets a pass.

Now H20 on the otherhand, is a bit of a disappointment. Bringing back Jamie Lee Curtis doesn't help give a jolt to the series as some may have thought. Laurie Strode ( Jamie Lee Curtis, of course) has found a new life as headmistress of a prep school. Little does she know her big brother Mikey, the persistent fucker that he is, is back and looking to hack her and her son John Tate (Josh Hartnet)to bits. Hartnet brings his A game and manages to do a serviceable balsa wood impression. Nothing says charisma like a Josh Hartnett performace. John and his friends now become intertwined with his mother issues with her bro.

The most amazing thing in the whole movie is that it has one of the worst death scenes in any horror movie that I’ve seen. Strodes flame, Will Brennen (Adam Arkin) fills Ronald “Ronny” Jones with a full clip of bullets. Ronny doesn't die a gruesome death at the hands of Myers but…ADAM ARKIN!! Poor LL. Another thing that irks me is Strodes constant failure to kill Myers. Laurie has really put a lot of effort trying kill her brother, why doesn’t she just use some of that Activia she hawks on televevision...wakka wakka.

No extras are included for either film, just a static menu. The quality isn’t too bad; it’s just not “Blu-ray” quality. These are bargain releases so that’s expected. For what you will be paying the set's priced right.

RIP "Ronny" ( That security guard from H20)

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