"Halloween: H20" is an almost perfect "end" to the Halloween Saga. I'll state why it is almost perfect at the conclusion of my review.
Apparently, Jamie Lee Curtis had the idea to do a 20th Anniversary Halloween film because she wanted resolution for her character, original "Halloween" heroine Laurie Strode. That is an inspired idea. "H20" sensibly ignores/disregards the events of "Halloween IV, V, and VI" (Great-- because I never bothered with those sequels, anyway). "H20" brings everything back full-circle by bringing everything back to Laurie. The original working title of this film was "Halloween 7: The Revenge Of Laurie Strode." Laurie may have survived the original murder massacre of her "brother" Michael Myers (which comprise the original "Halloween" and "Halloween II"), but she is, in many ways, a psychological and physical mess. In order to escape the terror of Michael Myers, Laurie faked her own death. Living under the new name of Keri Tate, she had a son named John (Josh Hartnett) and became a teacher at the exclusive and private Hillcrest Academy in California. She is also a "functional alcoholic", using several medications to help with her re-occurring nightmares of Michael Myers. As a mother, she is overprotective and paranoid, and John is growing tired of acting as his "mother's keeper." To be whole and free again, Laurie must battle Michael Myers on Halloween, 1998-- exactly 20 years after the original nightmare began.
"H20" functions successfully as a homage to other films; most specifically the original "Halloween" and Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" (1960), the classic horror film that inspired IT. A classmate tells John that if he remains so attached to his mother, he will end up running a deserted hotel off some deserted highway-- a direct reference to "Psycho." Janet Leigh, mother of Jamie Lee Curtis and star of "Psycho", has a small role as Laurie's secretary. We even see Leigh with the original car she famously drove in "Psycho." Recalling the original "Halloween", it is especially nice to see Nancy Stephens briefly reprise her role as nurse Marion Chambers from "Halloween" and "Halloween II." It is mentioned that Chambers was the devoted assistant and care-taker to Dr. Sam Loomis ( the late Donald Plesence) who pursued Michael Myers throughout "Halloween I, II, IV, V, and VI." Chambers' discovery that Michael Myers has broken into her home and stolen the private file on Laurie Strode sets the plot of "H20" in motion. When John's girlfriend Molly (Michelle Williams) asks why his family does not celebrate Halloween, he casually answers, "We have a serial killer in our family who kills people on Halloween." Of course, Michael Myers does show up at Hillcreast Academy for some 20th Anniversary murders. But, like the original "Halloween", the emphasis in "H20" is on suspense instead of graphic murders, so the body count is surprisingly low.
The climax/resolution between Laurie and Michael Myers is enormously satisfying; both dramatically and psychologically. It is an almost perfect "end" to the "Halloween Saga"; meaning that THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN "THE END." But somebody came up with "Halloween: Resurrection", which negates everything in "H20". But, as "H20" ignores/disregards "Halloween IV, V, and V", simply ignore the "Resurrection" and let "H20" be the perfect end to the Halloween series.
The Dimension Collector's Series DVD features a Behind The Scenes Featurette, a "Halloween Trivia Game", and a Music Video.