In this weeks episode of the Halloween Rewatch, Cory and Nathan get back to the core of the franchise a celebrate the true triumph as they discuss “Halloween H20: 20 Years Later.”

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Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998):

On October 29, 1998, Dr. Sam Loomis’ former colleague Marion Chambers returns home to Langdon, Illinois, to find that her house had been burglarized. Her teenage neighbor Jimmy and his friend Tony call the police. Marion discovers that the file on Laurie Strode, Michael Myers’ sister, is missing. She immediately rushes back over to Jimmy’s house, where she finds him and Tony dead. Michael Myers suddenly appears and attacks Marion before slitting her throat, killing her. The police arrive just as Michael leaves the house with Laurie’s file. Two investigators discuss what they know about Loomis’ life. Having survived the explosion at Haddonfield Memorial Hospital in 1978, Loomis was under Marion’s care at this house before dying, presumably from natural causes. However, even after nearly 20 years, Loomis refused to believe that Michael was dead, and devoted the rest of his life to studying all information about his former patient. The two investigators then enter his private study, completely untouched by Michael’s burglary, and find that the walls are covered with photographs, sketches, and newspaper articles about Michael; from the murder of his sister Judith, to the stealing of her tombstone, to the murders in 1978, as well as articles on Laurie Strode, including her supposed death in an automobile accident.

Meanwhile, in California, Laurie is living a seemingly perfect life with her teen son John and his girlfriend Molly, and has a career as the headmistress of Hillcrest Academy, a private boarding school where John attends. However, Laurie is far from happy, as the tragic events from 1978 still haunt her and lives in fear that her brother may return. Laurie has tried to get her life together with the hope that Michael would never come after her again. She ultimately faked her death in a car accident, and then relocated to California under an assumed name, Keri Tate.

While a woman and her daughter are at a rest stop, the two narrowly avoid Michael, who steals the woman’s car. At the academy campus, the students leave for an overnight field trip at the Yosemite National Park. Later that evening, John and his girlfriend Molly are having a Halloween party in the basement with their friends, Charlie and his girlfriend Sarah. Charlie goes off into the kitchen and is killed by Michael. Sarah finds Charlie’s body and tries to escape via the dumbwaiter, but Michael savagely disfigures her leg before stabbing her to death. John and Molly go searching for their friends and are pursued by Michael through the school grounds. Laurie saves them as Michael corners them. Eventually he and Laurie come face-to-face for the first time in two decades.

Laurie manages to get John and Molly to safety, before heading back to face Michael herself. She decides to return to the school to face Michael once and for all. Laurie succeeds in stopping Michael, but is not satisfied until she knows that he is truly dead. After Michael is loaded into an ambulance, Laurie steals the ambulance with his body. Michael re-animates and attacks Laurie, who swerves and the ambulance drives off the road. Michael tumbles out and is pinned between the ambulance and a fencepost. He reaches out to Laurie, wordlessly pleading for help, and Laurie approaches him warily. She seems to consider helping him, but looks into his eyes and abruptly reconsiders, and decapitates Michael with a fire axe, finally killing him.

Summary:

This film is truely a return to form for the franchise. The series had become so damn convoluted with druids and Thorn and Men in Black, that it was such a relief to see they decided to just ignore all that baggage (or garbage) and had Michael facing off against Laurie Strode. This film also gives you a conclusion that leaves you feeling that Halloween can be viewed as a simple trilogy (Parts 1, 2 and H20). Is this scary? No. But it is tense and thrilling and the filmmakers brought a freshness to the characterisations. Strong recommend.

What’s Up Next?:

Cory and Nathan will be completing the Jamie Lee Curtis Horror Rewatch as they discuss “Virus”.

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