Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

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Laurie Strode, now the dean of a Northern California private school with an assumed name, must battle the Shape one last time and now the life of her own son hangs in the balance.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 5.4/10 (27,788 voted)

Critic's Score: 52/100

Director: Steve Miner

Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Adam Arkin

On Halloween in 1963, Michael Myers murdered his sister, Judith. In 1978, he broke out to kill his other sister, Laurie Strode. He killed all of her friends, but she escaped. A few years later, she faked her death so he couldn't find her. But now, in 1998, Michael has returned and found all the papers he needs to find her. He tracks her down to a private school where she has gone under a new name with her son, John. And now, Laurie must do what she should have done a long time ago and finally decided to hunt down the evil one last time.

Writers: Debra Hill, John Carpenter

Jamie Lee Curtis - Laurie Strode / Keri Tate
Josh Hartnett - John Tate
Adam Arkin - Will Brennan
Michelle Williams - Molly Cartwell
LL Cool J - Ronald 'Ronny' Jones
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe - Sarah Wainthrope
Adam Hann-Byrd - Charles 'Charlie' Deveraux
Janet Leigh - Norma Watson
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Jimmy Howell
Nancy Stephens - Marion Chambers Whittington
Branden Williams - Tony Allegre
Beau Billingslea - Detective 'Fitz' Fitzsimmons
Matt Winston - Detective Matt Sampson
Larisa Miller - Claudia
Emmalee Thompson - Casey

Taglines: Blood is thicker than Water.


Official Website: Halloween: The Website of Michael Myers |

Release Date: 5 August 1998

Filming Locations: Canfield-Moreno Estate - 1923 Micheltorena Street, Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $16,187,724 (USA) (9 August 1998) (2607 Screens)

Gross: $55,041,738 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

In certain scenes, Michael can be seen wearing two different masks. The director decided well into production, to go with a different mask, so certain scenes were re-shot. Some scenes with the original mask can still be seen, and in one shot it had to be altered with CGI to replace Michael's old mask with the new one.

Continuity: Bottle cap on the bottle that Keri hands Will.

John: Mom, I am not responsible for you. That's it, I've had enough. I can't take it anymore mom. He's dead. Michael Myers is dead.

User Review

Finally a worthy sequel!!

Rating: 10/10

Halloween was, is, and will likely remain the greatest horror movie of all time. None of its sequels or imitators could even come close. Until now. Halloween H20 is a fantastic film. Unlike other films of this genre, it realizes that you need to care about the characters in order for the film to scare you. Gore does not equal terror. The original Halloween knew that and H20 knows it. It allows you to get to know the characters so you can root for them in the end. Unlike the Scream-type movies of today, teenagers are not the only ones with brains here. Jamie Lee Curtis gives a performance superior to her one in the original. Her character was destroyed from the events of the first film. We get to see her rebuild herself as she finally faces the fear that has haunted her for 20 years. Kudos to director Steve Miner. He creates a perfectly creepy atmosphere, allows Michael Myers to move like a person instead of a robot, and throws everything but the kitchen sink at us in a white knuckle ending. This is the first horror movie I went to in a long time where the audience SCREAMED with regularity. There were more screams in the last half hour of this movie than there were in SCREAM 1 & 2 combined. My only complaint is the over use of false scares. But other than that, this is a first class thriller that FINALLY does justice to the original HALLOWEEN. I give it ***1/2 out of ****.


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