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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, as the life of her own son hangs in the balance.

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Steve Miner

Writers:

Debra Hill (characters), John Carpenter (characters) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Laurie Strode / Keri Tate
Adam Arkin ... Will Brennan
Michelle Williams ... Molly
Adam Hann-Byrd ... Charlie
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe ... Sarah
Janet Leigh ... Norma
Josh Hartnett ... John
LL Cool J ... Ronny
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Jimmy
Branden Williams ... Tony
Nancy Stephens ... Marion
Beau Billingslea ... Fitz
Matt Winston ... Matt
Larisa Miller ... Claudia
Emmalee Thompson ... Casey
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Storyline

20 Year's After Michael Myer's Massacre in Haddonfield. Laurie Strode faked her own death and traveled to California and took on the Identity Keri Tate. Michael finds out of Laurie's new Identity and travels to California to kill his Sister, Laurie must now take on her Brother with her Son's Life at Risk. Written by ahmetkozan

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Halloween 7 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,187,724, 9 August 1998

Gross USA:

$55,041,738

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,041,738
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The line "everyone is entitled to one good scare" is said by Norma to Laurie. Sheriff Brackett (Charles Cyphers) originally said it in the first Halloween (1978). See more »

Goofs

(at around 39 mins) In the classroom on the blackboard, the spelling of W.B. Yeats' name changes from the (wrong) spelling "Yates" to the correct "Yeats." See more »

Quotes

[Laurie, Will and the kids have just survived from Michael]
Will Brennan: Who was that?
Laurie Strode: My brother.
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Alternate Versions

On the FX Network Premire, there are several additonal scenes added for running time, and a lot has been edited.
  • In the opening, there are several extra shots of a goal post and interiors of Marion's house while Jimmy is checking it out.
  • Marion's death is totally different and there are extra policeman shots and Marion breaks the window and then is shown dying from the far away outside window P.O.V.
  • Sara's death is not shown and her body is never found.
  • There is an extra scene of Will carving a pumpkin and talking about his family.
  • There is a stalk P.O.V. shot of Micheal looking at thw people at the rest stop.
  • There is also a extra scene of Charlie and John walking downtown.
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Follows Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) See more »

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Written by Sabelle Breer and Rhett Lawrence
Performed by Sabelle
Courtesy of Work Records
A Division of Sony Music Corp.
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A surprisingly good sequel.
15 September 2011 | by D15Sebastian15See all my reviews

Most of the times, I think sequels are a bad idea. Even though Friday the 13th Part 2 manages to recapture the atmosphere of the original film, it was a pointless exercise. Why did Jason have to be alive? It detracted too much from the story of the first film. The same goes for a recent horror movie sequel, Paranormal Activity 2. I thought the first film was a good horror movie, and one of the few that would freak me out. The second one ruins both the faux-reality that is part of the reason why the movie is so effective. Having said that, I do try and make myself sit through series films like Nightmare on Elm Street, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Halloween. The kills are always fun to watch, but like the Saw movies, the sequels focused too much on the kills and not plot or characterization. In comes Halloween H20. This is a really good sequel. Halloween 2 wasn't a bad sequel. On the contrary. Unlike other slasher sequels at the time, Halloween 2 had real quality. The fact that they decided to make a Halloween 2 irks me a bit, but Halloween H20 was so good as a sequel and as a horror film that it more than makes up for it by concluding what I and other fans like to refer to as the "Halloween Trilogy" (Halloween, H2, and Halloween H20) or the "Laurie Strode Trilogy". The great thing about this movie is that Michael Myers is creepy again. The times in this film where you can only see him from a distance are quite unsettling. The other characters in the film aren't the usual suspects you see in a slasher film sequel. Sure, you got the four main horny teenagers hoping to have a fun Halloween night, but they are very likable and have a little bit of characterization. The film is about Laurie Strode's struggle to let go of her past. At least, during the first half of the movie it is. When Myers shows up once again to stalk and kill her, she decides to confront her past instead. The only bad part is that the film is over before it really feels like it has begun. The buildup to Michael's arrival at the campus was good. It allowed for some characterization and it allowed for some very creepy Michael Myers stalking moments. But when he arrives, the movie is almost over. He dispatches a lot of characters in no time at all and then in the next ten minutes he is dead. Other than this, this was a good film and it backs up the reason I feel the Halloween movies (or the ones that really matter, I guess) are some of the best slasher films ever made.


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