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Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  5 August 1998 (USA)
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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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According to H6 writer Daniel Farrands, who wrote an early draft of the film, said there was originally a scene scripted and supposedly filmed where a student in Laurie's class does a report on a book called "The Halloween Murders", in an effort to tie all the movies together. This was dropped however, when it was decided by the director and producers to ignore "H3-6" so as to concentrate more on the Laurie Strode aspect of the story. See more »


When Sarah is riding up the elevator along with the dead Charlie his eyes are open and he is facing forward. In the next shot his eyes are closed and he is facing to Sarah's side. See more »


Ronny: Ah, Fuck Me Shit.
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References Halloween II (1981) See more »


Written by Sabelle Breer and Rhett Lawrence
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Change of pace for the series....
7 July 2001 | by (Banbury, England) – See all my reviews

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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