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YMMV / Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later

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  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Right before Laurie decapitates Michael there's a moment where he starts to feel the mask on his head, and looks confused. This has led to many interpretations and it's never been confirmed - though it did allow Resurrection to use it to pull off Michael switching places with a paramedic.
  • Broken Base: Ignoring the continuity of the last three films. Some find it disrespectful to the franchise, while others are happy that the inferior films aren't considered canon. A third camp feels that this doesn't contradict anything that happened in the last three - as Laurie is mentioned to have faked her death - so the Jamie Lloyd films can still be considered canon even if the film doesn't acknowledge them.
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  • Complete Monster: Michael Myers. See here.
  • Contested Sequel: The film itself is somewhat polarizing. It was very well received by fans at the time of its release, and critics mostly agreed that, at the very least, it was the best Halloween sequel up to that point. It was praised for its simple and classy approach, its self-aware nods to the original film, the return of Laurie Strode, the excellent performances, and the unique focus on Laurie's struggle with trauma and alcoholism. Years later, some fans accused the film as being far too derivative of Scream, like almost every other slasher film of the late '90s. Also, some fans don't find Michael Myers remotely threatening or menacing because of the harsh beating he faced at the hands of Laurie Strode, and accuse this film as taking the edge off the character, which wasn't undone even with Rob Zombie's reboot. Still, there are some fans that swear by this film as their favorite sequel, even with the better-received 2018 sequel taking a similar approach.
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  • Fandom Rivalry: What with the 2018 film ignoring the continuity of the sequels and bringing Jamie Lee Curtis back, the fanbase is split over which entry is superior. Fans also debate over which entry's characterization of Laurie is better.
  • Fanon: Some fans theorize that Jimmy from Halloween II might be John's father. Mainly because his death isn't confirmednote  and he's outright confirmed to be alive in the TV Re-Cut. What's more is that Jamie in the previous three films has the same last name as him. This has led to some Wild Mass Guessing that Jimmy and Laurie got together, eventually faked their deaths out of paranoia and eventually split up.
  • Fanon Discontinuity:
    • Most fans generally like to pretend the franchise ends with this film, despite the Word of God that this Michael Myers was intended as a copycat killer - and Resurrection retconning the ending.
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    • They also ignore the Word of God that this Michael was just a copycat killer (hence the lack of burn scars on his hands and how easier it is for Laurie to subdue him).
    • The film itself has become subject to this for many fans over the years who dislike the heavy Scream influence that dominated the late 90’s, and felt it was all style but no substance. The release of the 2018 film affectively making this film non-canon hasn’t helped either.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Michelle Williams survives a serial killer trying to murder his own sister and nephew. Fast forward to Shutter Island where she herself is the victim of a serial killer. But it turns out she herself was the killer - and drowned her three children.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • It's Short, So It Sucks!: At only 86 minutes, some fans feel this is way too short a film. Especially for what was intended as a conclusion to the franchise.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Some praise the movie solely for Jamie Lee Curtis's return to the franchise, and her performance - which is considered one of her best.
  • Narm:
    • The infamous "ice skate to the face" kill when you stop and think about it.
    • Laurie's Catapult Nightmare at the start is a bit too over-the-top. Her drawn out screaming can cause laughter rather than fear.
    • Michael's reactions to being hit are impossible not to laugh at. There's his eyes bugging out in response to Laurie's Groin Attack. And earlier than that, after John punches him and Molly strikes him over the head, one might be forgiven for thinking they switched out his regular mask for one that's scowling in anger.
    • While "H20" part of the film's title represents "h-twenty", it’s meant to be read "H2O", the chemical formula of water, which caused some fans to joke about how it sounds more like the title of some kind of crossover between Halloween and Jaws.
    • Michael's CGI mask when he confronts Charlie is so distracting it can veer into this.
  • Never Live It Down: This sequel is frequently attacked for the choice of mask that Michael wears.
  • Nightmare Retardant: The scene where Michael stalks Charlie is a genuinely decent horror scene with good tension and atmosphere...that is quickly ruined by the appearance of Michael’s CGI mask.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Janet Leigh of course! It marks the only real time she and her daughter starred together - they had both been in The Fog but barely interacted - and they worked hard to make the scene feel important.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • The Scrappy: This films take on Michael Myers is widely seen as the worst incarnation of The Shape by many fans. Aside from the bad masks used throughout the film, many have criticized this Michael for feeling like a more generic serial killer, with rather bland mannerisms and movements that take away from the menace he was in previous movies.
  • Special Effect Failure: Michael's CGI mask in the scene where he confronts Charlie.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: After several installments containing Sequelitis after the second movie, Twenty Years Later is a considerably better film. Made even better by the fact that it utilizes Canon Discontinuity for everything after Halloween II.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • There's a deleted scene where Laurie learns from one of her students about the death of Jamie Lloyd, the daughter she abandoned to go into hiding for the duration of parts 4 through 6. Laurie excuses herself from the class, goes into a bathroom and promptly vomits.
    • Will's death, especially Laurie's reaction to it.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: John's friends don't get nearly enough screen time, despite some gifted actors playing them. While they do get some development, a lot more could have been done with them. Molly in particular never gets any scenes with Laurie - and we never see Laurie's overprotective attitude explored when it comes to who her son is dating.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: The instance under Special Effect Failure was done to evidently cover up a rather embarrassing looking mask - but it ends up veering into this territory instead.


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