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Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

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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.



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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. Written by Will

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for terror violence/gore and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 August 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Halloween 7  »

Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,187,724 (USA) (7 August 1998)


$55,004,135 (USA) (27 November 1998)

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Did You Know?


The movie was made after a suggestion by Jamie Lee Curtis. She wanted to "20-year Anniversary" movie with John Carpenter, but the director declined. See more »


Laurie removes the top from a vodka bottle, guzzles, hands the bottle to Will who also takes the top off. See more »


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Written by Pat Ballard
Performed by The Chordettes
Courtesy of Barnaby Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing, Inc.
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A wonderful movie
21 December 1999 | by (Otterlo, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

A wonderful movie. This sequel tried to be better than the first part, but it didn't. I even think that part 4 is better than this one. It was a little short too. These are the only negative things about this movie. Like I said in the first sentence, it's a great movie. lots of suspence, drama and it was scary too. I liked the way Jamie Lee acted in this movie and the fact that Laurie Strode came back in the series. They ignored part 4, 5 & 6.

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