Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

Character: Molly Cartwell
Directed by: Steve Miner
Written by: Debra Hill (characters), John Carpenter (characters), Robert Zappia (story & screenplay), Matt Greenberg (screenplay)
Other cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Adam Arkin, LL Cool J, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Janet Leigh, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Release date: August 5, 1998
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Running time: 86 mins

After faking her death and changing her name to evade the murderous Michael Myers, Laurie Strode, now a teacher at a Southern California private school, is again targeted by her nemesis. Most of the school goes away on a trip, but her son John stays behind along with his girlfriend and a couple of other kids. John is now the age that Laurie was when Michael first attacked her friends, and she is scared and seemingly over-protective. But her fears are proved right when Michael returns to town, stalking first the teens and then Laurie herself.

Michelle: “It’s exhausting. The 12th take of running in the dark, and you’re not very coordinated and your lungs hurt and there’s a knife at your back. You have to sort of keep that level of fear going all night. You have to keep that tension in your shoulders and that out of breath thing. It’s hard work being in a horror movie.”

“The director was great, and Jamie [Lee Curtis] is…amazing. I had no idea what to expect going into it, and she exceeded everything I could ever have imagined. She’s phenomenal. Words don’t do her justice.”

Notable Mentions
• Working titles included Halloween: The Revenge of Laurie Strode; Halloween 7; and Halloween 7: The Revenge of Laurie Strode.
Dawson’s Creek creator Kevin Williamson was originally asked to write the script for this movie. He turned down the offer, but ended up writing a fourteen page treatment that was eventually adapted, by different writers, into the movie’s final script.
• For her performance in this film, Michelle was nominated for a Young Artist award for “Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress”.