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Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

John Carpenter’s classic 1978 chiller gets a 1990s makeover, although in the hands of director Steve Miner the emphasis here is still firmly on frights rather than in-jokes.

Jamie Lee Curtis, back as Laurie Strode, is now a recovering alcoholic and headteacher at an exclusive boarding school. The problem is her murderous and seemingly indestructible brother, Michael Myers, is keen to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his original massacre.

Laurie’s rebellious son John (Josh Hartnett), his girlfriend Molly (Michelle Williams) and the school security guard (LL Cool J) will become Michael’s newest victims unless Laurie can conquer her greatest fears and put evil in its place once and for all.

The older and wiser Curtis steals the show from the teenage TV pin-ups (Third Rock from the Sun star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the now-obligatory “big name” killed off before the opening credits), but Miner’s direction is merely efficient and lacks Carpenter’s assured touch.

Laurie Strode/Keri Tate
Jamie Lee Curtis
Michelle Williams
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Josh Hartnett
Will Brennan
Adam Arkin
LL Cool J
Jodi Lyn O’Keefe
Adam Hann-Byrd
Janet Leigh

Steve Miner