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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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20 years ago, HE changed the face of Halloween. Tonight, he's back! See more »

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

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Halloween 7  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,038,646 (UK) (23 October 1998)

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$55,004,135 (USA) (27 November 1998)
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The majority of John Ottman's original score was rejected late in post-production and replaced with Marco Beltrami's scores to Scream (1996), Scream 2 (1997), and Mimic (1997). The producers wanted a darker, more Scream-like score, while Ottman's score wasn't strong enough to fit the bill. Some of what remained of Ottman's score was heavily edited and often was used for scenes for which they were not originally intended. Nonetheless, Ottman's music was later released in its entirety on an album entitled "Portrait of Terror", from Varese Sarabande Records. See more »

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When Michael Myers crashes through the window with the knife in his chest the knife is sideways as if tucked under his jacket, when Laurie Strode/Keri Tate inspects the body in the next scene it is as it should be, vertical as if thrust into the body See more »

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Laurie Strode: How about you? Are you tired of my bullshit?
Will Brennan: I'm a counselor; I'm attracted to it.
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Written by Scott Stapp (as Stapp) / Mark Tremonti (as Tremonti)
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Change of pace for the series....
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With the success of "the new" horror film genre started by Kevin Williamson's Scream, it was inevitable that it would Halloween H20. With Williamson in an unacknowledged, co-producer role, H20 added a bit of hip teen class to the Halloween series, with Dawson Creek's Michelle Williams, Jodi Lynn O'Keefe, and the debut of Josh Hartnett heading the cast along with scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis. Fans of the series have been let down with disappointing sequels soiling the reputation of the classic original, so it wasn't all bad when the producers of H20 made a controversial decision to ignore films 3-6 in the series. Set in a California posh secluded high school as opposed to Haddonfield, H20 is a taught film lasting no more than 80 minutes if you don't include the credits. In the short running time the film manages to pack in suspense and drama to satisfy both fans of the series and of the genre, with the film managing to keep both traditional and "new age" horror fans happy. In all, a healthy addition to the classic horror series, watch out for Halloween 8: Homecoming.


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