Friday, May 18, 2012

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

1998 Slasher Film

Director: Steve Miner

Writer: Robert Zapia & Matt Greenberg

Cinematography: Daryn Okada

Running time: 86 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: The face of pure evil is back for Laurie Strode. 20 years later.........

Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode/Keri Tate
Josh Hartnett as John Tate
Michelle Williams as Molly Cartwell
Adam Arkin as Will Brennan
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe as Sarah Wainthrope
Adam Hann-Byrd as Charlie Deveraux
Janet Leigh as Norma Watson
Nancy Stephens as Marion Chambers
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jimmy Howell
LL Cool J as Ronald "Ronny" Jones
Lisa Gay Hamilton as Shirley "Shirl" Jones
Chris Durand as Michael Myers

Laurie Strode, now the dean of a Northern California private school with an assumed name, must battle the Shape one last time and now the life of her own son hangs in the balance.

Awards: None

The reports that Kevin Williamson's original treatment for "H20" included a scene in which "Halloween 4" through "6" are acknowledged as being "in continuity" and "canon" are completely accurate. The scene did exist, and involved a bitchy student at Keri/Laurie's school giving a class report on the "Haddonfield Murders", and going into great detail about Jamie Lloyd, Danielle Harris and JC Brandy's character from "Halloween 4" through "6". The student talks about Jamie losing her parents in an auto accident, as was the explanation in those sequels for Laurie Strode's absence. (In fact, the only reason for Laurie to be in the Witness Production Program with her son under an assumed name as "Keri Tate" at all was because the original story for "H20" was conceived like this, with "Halloween 4" through "6" in continuity, and Williamson thus being required to create an explanation for Laurie's "death" in the previous movies and her subsequent resurrection.) The student's report chronicles Jamie's being hunted and eventually killed by her uncle, Michael Myers. Upon hearing this oral presentation in the classroom, a grief-stricken Keri/Laurie then retreats to a restroom and throws up. This scene was of course omitted from the actual film.



3 star out of 5 stars

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