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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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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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Due to its shoestring budget, the prop department of the 1978 original had to use the cheapest mask that they could find in the costume store: a Star Trek William Shatner mask. They later spray-painted the face white, teased out the hair, and reshaped the eye holes. Shatner admitted that for years he had no idea his likeness was used for this film. It was only during an interview that someone mentioned his mask was being used. He has since stated that he is honored by this gesture. See more »


Near the end of the movie, when Laurie is driving away with Michael in the back of the coroner's van, it shows her going around the same turn in the road twice. See more »


Norma Watson: Oh. Miss Tate. I didn't mean to make you jump. It's Halloween. I guess everyone's entitled to one good scare.
Laurie Strode: I've had my share.
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References Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) See more »


Written by Sabelle Breer and Rhett Lawrence
Performed by Sabelle
Courtesy of Work Records
A Division of Sony Music Corp.
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2 March 2000 | by (Mississippi) – See all my reviews

Ok, so in this film there are some good sides and bad sides. One is of course the return of Laurie Strode. But one area where it is weak is the mistake of not tieing in parts 4-6 with this one. That would have gave the film more depth in my book. But all in all this film was a great chapter in the saga.

I give it a 8 out of 10 rating.

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