Friday, April 10, 2009

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (Film)

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Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (Film)

Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later also known as Halloween: H20 is the seventh film in the Halloween film series. Initially released in the United States on Wednesday, August 5, 1998, it was released in several European countries as well as Singapore, Israel, Australia, and Mexico in the months that followed.

This is the first film about the Michael Myers character to not feature Donald Pleasence. Pleasence had died shortly before the release of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers thus off-setting one of the key components of the series. This chapter is meant to be a direct sequel to Halloween II. The "H20" in the title refers to the film taking place in continuity (as well as the sequel and having been made) twenty years after the original. This is evident in the "20 Years Later" subtitle, not to water as some may think. Identifying films with abbreviations in marketing has been common since Terminator 2: Judgement Day (T2) in 1991.

The original working title for the film was Halloween 7: The Revenge Of Laurie Strode, due to this being a sequel to Halloween II, the title was, however, changed to Halloween: H20.


The movie features the return of Curtis's character from the first two Halloween films, Laurie Strode, now revealed to be living under the assumed name "Keri Tate". As Tate, Laurie has a seemingly perfect life with an intelligent son and a boyfriend, a great career (as a head mistress at a private boarding school in Northern California); however, Laurie is far from happy. The tragic events from 20 years previous still haunt her mind, and strongly take effect on her parental capabilities. To everyone, this is "just another Halloween," however Laurie still lives in constant fear.

But this year is different. Marion Chambers and her neighbours are murdered by Michael after he steals a file on Laurie Strode. Michael leaves to find Laurie. To mark the 20th anniversary of the happenings of 1978, her brother, serial killer Michael Myers, appears, and starts killing off her co-workers and students one by one. And for the first time in two decades, they meet again. Laurie escapes, but chooses to go back to the school to challenge Michael in a fight to the death. She finds him and attempts killing him several times. She finally pushes him off a balcony, causing him to apparently fall to his death, similar to the first film.

The police come and clean the mess and put Michael's corpse in a body bag, and in an ambulance. Laurie steals the ambulance with Michael's body in the back, but Michael is still alive and escapes the body bag, and again tries to kill her. She slams on the brakes, throwing him through the windshield. She then tries unsuccessfully to run him over. The vehicle tumbles down a cliff but she escapes, while Michael is trapped between it and a tree. He reaches out to her. She reaches for his hand, but then remembers everything he's done to her. She then pulls back and chops his head off with an axe, finally killing him. Michael's head rolls down the hill. Sirens are then heard approaching. Is this the end of Michael Myers?


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