Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

Directed by Steve Miner.  Written by Robert Zappia and Matt Greenberg.  Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Michelle Williams, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Adam Hann-Byrd, Adam Arkin, Janet Leigh, LL Cool J and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Plot: Michael comes after Laurie again, who is now the dean of a private school


This movie erases Halloween’s 4,5 and 6.  Laurie Strode is alive and well, she never had a daughter, but she does have a son, John (Hartnett).  John has been going to her private school and living under her heavy-handed rules for far too long and he wants out.  So, on his 17th birthday, he decides to lie to his mother.  Instead of going on a class trip, he hunkers down at the private school with his small clique and they party.  Or at least, they begin to party.  But that’s when Michael shows up.  Just like he did when Laurie was 17.

I love all the homages in this movie.  Especially Janet Leigh being all maternal to Laurie’s character and having the Psycho music play quietly while she walks toward her retro car.  I love all of this movie in general.  I think it’s horrifically intense and awfully scary.  He’s not my favorite Michael though.  He’s bedhead Michael.  But at least he walks right.


I completely love this one.  It’s my 3rd favorite in the franchise coming behind only one and two.  DJ, however, does not like this one like I do.  We’re like 30 points apart in scoring.  It’s like we watched a different movie or something.  But even he admits that if you’re a Michael Myers fan, you’ll probably like this.  And I think you’ll love it.

DJ’s score: 58.  My score: 87.

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