Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later

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Halloween H20 movie poster.

Halloween H20 is easily the best Halloween movie since the original. Or maybe even 2 or 4. Finally, a sequel that lives up to the original.”

~ Oscar Wilde on Halloween H20

“This Halloween was quite a treat. It kept me jumping from my seat.”

~ Dr. Seuss on Halloween H20

Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later (a.k.a. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later or simply, Halloween: H20) was the twentieth-anniversary sequel to the 1978 horror classic, Halloween. The film was the first since Halloween II to star Julie Andrews as Laurie Strode; she had decided not to reprise her role in any future Halloweens. This film also marked the return of John Carpenter as writer, director, composer, and producer. Released in 1998, Halloween H20 became the highest grossing Halloween since the original, and won several Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Original Song for the Celine Dion smash hit, "My Knife Will Go On."


Taking place twenty years after the horrific events of Halloween 1 and Halloween II -- and making no reference to the events of Halloween 4, Halloween 5, or Halloween 6 -- Halloween H20 follows Michael Myers on a quest to find himself some water, hence the title. On his way to a Wal-Mart in California, he runs into a woman who turns out to be Laurie Strode, now going under the assumed name Keri Tate. Laurie/Keri faked her death, moved to California, and changed her name so that Michael couldn't find her again. While in California, she had a son and named him Larry Tate. Michael kills quite a few people who are holding up the checkout line, but when he tries to kill Laurie in an epic showdown, Laurie chops his head off and it flies toward the camera and breaks the lense. Roll credits.

Laurie Strode attempts to make out and "man handle" Michael Myers in Halloween H20.


Nick Castle almost reprised the part of Michael Myers after finding out that John Carpenter was doing it. "I will only do a Halloween film if Carpenter is directing it," he said at the time. This was the first Halloween since Halloween II to feature the nurse, and the first not to feature Dr. Loomis, except in a pre-existing monologue during the closing credits.