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Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later logo


1998 | 86 MINUTES | 2.35:1




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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  • Jamie Lee Curtis
    • as Keri Tate (Laurie Strode)
  • Adam Arkin
    • as Will Brennan
  • Michelle Williams
    • as Molly
  • Adam Hann-Byrd
    • as Charlie
  • Jodi Lyn O’Keefe
    • as Sarah
  • Janet Leigh
    • as Norma
  • Josh Hartnett
    • as John Tate
  • LL Cool J
    • as Ronny
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt
    • as Jimmy
  • Braden Williams
    • as Tony
  • Nancy Stephens
    • as Marion Chambers Whittington
  • Beau Billingsley
    • as Fitz
  • Matt Winston
    • as Matt
  • Larissa Miller
    • as Claudia
  • Emmalee Thompson
    • as Casey
  • David Blanchard
    • as Waiter
  • John Cassini
    • as Cop #1
  • Jody Wood
    • as Cop #2
  • LisaGay Hamilton
    • as Shirl
      • (voice)
  • Chris Durand
    • as Michael Myers
  • Tom Kane
    • as Dr. Loomis
      • (voice)


  • Directed by
    • Steve Miner
  • Written by
    • Robert Zappia
  • Story by
    • Kevin Williamson
      • uncredited
  • Executive Producers
    • Moustapha Akkad
    • Bob & Harvey Weinstein
    • Cary Granat
      • uncredited
  • Produced by
    • Paul Freeman
  • Associate Producer
    • Malek Akkad
  • Composed by
    • John Ottman
    • Marco Beltrami
      • uncredited
  • Edited by
    • Patrick Lussier
  • Director of Photography
    • Daryn Okada


When Marion discovers Jimmy’s body, the ice skate has made a clean cut into his face. However, an ice skate would shatter the skull and cause a jagged incision.

Molly and Sarah are watching Scream 2 in their dorm room. The original Scream film clearly establishes Halloween as a fictional movie, and even features clips from the movie in it.

As Laurie roams the halls for Michael, the wound on her shoulder is visible before he drops from the pipe to attack her.

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Dimension Films and Jamie Lee Curtis were both in favour of killing Michael Myers for good at the film’s conclusion, but Moustapha Akkad notably balked at the idea, as he refused to let Michael die.

With a run time of 86 minutes, Halloween H20 is the shortest Halloween film in the franchise, eclipsing the record that had just been set three years earlier by The Curse of Michael Myers.

Laurie Strode was supposed to walk by the actor Mike Myers during the lunchtime scenes, but the actor declined to do a cameo.

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Release & Reception

  • Release Date: August 5, 1998
  • Budget: $17,000,000
    • Equivalent to $26,919,969 in 2020
  • Opening Weekend: $16,187,724
    • Equivalent to $25,633,707 in 2020
  • Domestic Gross: $55,041,738
    • Equivalent to $87,160,111 in 2020
  • IMDb: 5.8/10
  • MetaCritic
    • MetaScore: 52/100
    • User Score: 7.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 52%

Elliott’s Personal Ranking: 6/11

Home Video



Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later (1998) - Second Draft
  • Second Draft.
  • Written by Robert Zappa.
  • Story by Kevin Williamson.
  • Dated December 23, 1997.
  • 97 pages.

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Halloween H20 - Treatment
  • Treatment
  • Written by Kevin Williamson.
  • Undated, but likely from 1997.
  • 7 pages.

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Alternate Versions

While not as intense as its predecessor, Halloween H20 features a workprint and a television cut. Though the television version features alternate footage and deleted scenes, the workprint is rather close to the film’s final cut. In addition, the film also features some deleted scenes that have never surfaced, and some that may have been filmed.