Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) - Episode 73
“Oh, we've got a psychotic serial killer in the family who loves to butcher people on Halloween, and I just thought it in bad taste to celebrate.” We follow up John Carpenter’s trailblazing original with a look at the first sizable-budgeted stab at resurrecting the Halloween franchise - before David Gordon Green, there was Steve Miner’s 1998 rebootquel Halloween H20: 20 Years Later.
From a treatment by era-defining teenternatinment maestro and Dimension Films golden boy Kevin Williamson, we wipe away a decade of Thorn-related, increasingly mad low budget sequels with a direct follow-up to 1981’s Halloween II. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode, now Keri Tate, in hiding as headmistress of a leafy, secluded California private school attended by her 17 year old son John (breakout star Josh Hartnett). John and his friends (including Dawson’s Creek alum Michelle Williams as John’s girlfriend) bail out of a camping trip to hide away for a spot of ill-advised teen shenanigans on campus, on the very night that Michael Myers comes looking for his sister to finish what he started two decades before.
A financial success on release - the highest grossing since the original - and credited with reviving the fortunes of a film series that had fared worse than its main slasher competition over the preceding years, the gang takes another look at a film which benefited from the remarkable box office one of its direct antecedents in Scream, and ask whether that film’s self-referential, smart-alec influence was a boon for Michael, or if the mask had permanently slipped.
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