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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.


Steve Miner


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


Twenty years after Michael Myer's massacre in Haddonfield, Laurie Strode faked her own death, traveled to California, and took on the identity Keri Tate. Michael discovers 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It's going to be one hell of a family reunion. See more »


Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Kevin Williamson was one of the screenwriters hired to write a script after Jamie Lee Curtis agreed to return, and he was said to have actually finished a draft or two with Curtis' input, involving a radically different ending. His version was not officially used, but he did several re-writes on set based on his treatment for the movie that became the final, filmed version. Williamson was not credited in the end as per WGA rules, which state that additional writers on sequels have to write at least 33% of the script to receive an on-screen credit. See more »


Scream 2 is playing in the background in one of the scenes. However, the original Scream had the first Halloween playing in one of its scenes, thus effectively negating the universe the Halloween movies take place in. See more »


Sarah: Paging Inconsiderate: Party of One. Okay Charlie, no sex games till I've eaten.
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Crazy Credits

The film is dedicated to the memory of Donald Pleasence who played Dr. Loomis in previous films in the series. See more »

Alternate Versions

The FX televison cut includes the following:
  • A Micheal POV shot of the kid trying to grab the corkscrew from the drain
  • The FX televison cut removes the following:
  • The entire "pierce my nipples" line from Will(the counselor) is cut along with the "date-rape" response. The scene is edited as if the conversation never took place.
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: Halloween (2018) (2018) See more »


Halloween Theme
Composed by John Carpenter
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User Reviews

A great sequel.
23 October 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

After so many poor follow ups, H20 serves up thrills and spills, with the franchise managing to go bigger, and yet get back to basics.

It's well acted, very well paced, and entertaining from start to finish. It's also nice to see the hunted become the hunter, great to see Laurie get revenge on her sadistic brother.

Curtis is great, Hartnett is cool also, although why's he wearing a shirt six sizes too big for him?

Some great moments, it's very suspenseful, kind of builds on the success of the Scream franchise, it very much has that vibe as opposed to it's predecessors.

One of the best. 8/10

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Release Date:

5 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Halloween 7 See more »


Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,187,724, 9 August 1998

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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