5. ‘Halloween H20’ (1998)
Conceptually, “Halloween H20” is a lot more fun than it actually wound up being. Discounting the events of the fourth, fifth, and sixth films, it would serve as a direct sequel to the second film, with Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis, back for more) living in hiding and teaching at a prestigious boarding school. (Okay.) Clearly intended to cash in on the revived slasher craze (started by “Scream,” which directly referenced “Halloween” and whose screenwriter, Kevin Williamson, was involved heavily with “H20”), the film is largely unimaginative and a waste of Curtis’ considerable talents. Slack direction from Steve Miner gives a talented young cast (including Michelle Williams and Joseph Gordon-Levitt) very little to do. Also, the filmmakers had an infamously hard time getting the iconic mask right, resulting in several variations that were swapped out during production, including the utilization of an unsightly CGI version.