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« Reply #60 on: October 31, 2007, 05:32:32 pm »



Theatrical release poster
Directed by Steve Miner
Produced by Moustapha Akkad
Malek Akkad
Bob Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
Paul Freeman
Written by John Carpenter
Debra Hill
Matt Greenberg
Starring Jamie Lee Curtis
Josh Hartnett
Adam Arkin
Michelle Williams
LL Cool J
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe
Adam Hann-Byrd
Janet Leigh
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Nancy Stephens
Music by John Ottman
Cinematography Daryn Okada
Editing by Patrick Lussier
Distributed by Dimension Films
Release date(s) August 5, 1998
Running time 86 min.
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Language English
Budget $17 million
Gross revenue $55,041,738
Preceded by Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
Followed by Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
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« Reply #61 on: October 31, 2007, 05:34:02 pm »


Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later (or 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, although with a stretch of the imagination, the previous three films could be incorporated into its continuity. 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. 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 film's original tagline was also supposed to be "Blood is thicker than water". A reference to the H20 in the title. But when it was decided to release the film in August, the tagline was changed to "This summer, terror won't be taking a vacation".

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« Reply #62 on: October 31, 2007, 05:35:39 pm »


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 dedicated boyfriend, a great career (as a head mistress at a private boarding school in Northern California); however, Laurie Strode 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 Strode still lives in constant fear.

But this year is different. To mark the 20th anniversary of the happenings of 1978, her psychotic 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 manages to escape, but instead of leaving, chooses to go back, in an attempt to restore her life, 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 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. However, 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, then pulls back. And while remembering everything he's done to her, she chops his head off with an axe. Michael's head then rolls down the hill.

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« Reply #63 on: October 31, 2007, 05:37:01 pm »


Before H20 was even released, Dimension Films had plans for a follow-up sequel already in active development. It was appearently entitled Halloween H2K: Evil Never Dies. H20 takes place twenty years after the original 1978 Halloween installment. H2K would have taken place in the year 2000.

Kevin Williamson, creator of Dawson's Creek and Scream, was involved in various areas of production on this particular sequel including coming up with the treatment that the film was based on. Although not directly credited, he provided rewrites in character dialogue, which is seen heavily throughout the teen moments. Willamson was not credited as a co-writer, but Miramax/Dimension Films felt his involvement as a co-executive producer merited being credited.


Cast
Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode/Keri Tate
Josh Hartnett as John Tate
Michelle Williams as Molly Cartwell
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe as Sarah Wainthrope
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jimmy Howell
Chris Durand as Michael Myers
LL Cool J as Ronald 'Ronny' Jones
Adam Hann-Byrd as Charles 'Charlie' Deveraux
Adam Arkin as Will Brennan
Janet Leigh as Norma Watson
Nancy Stephens as Marion Chambers Whittington
Director Steve Miner also has an uncredited cameo as the School Financial Advisor
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« Reply #64 on: October 31, 2007, 05:38:12 pm »


In terms of total gross, Halloween: H20 is the second biggest box office hit in the Halloween series behind the 2007 Halloween remake directed by Rob Zombie. It was released on August 5, 1998 in the US and later in many other countries. H20 cost $17 million to make, and made over $73 million in worldwide box office receipts, over $21 million in DVD/video rentals, not including sales. When including inflation, this film, in box office totals alone, made over $100 million at the box office.

Critical reception was far more positive than it had been for any of the sequels. Many critics agreed that this was the best Halloween film since the original. From its simple atmosphere to its well-developed heroine Laurie Strode, the film gathered a lot of attention from both critics and the world at large.[1]

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« Reply #65 on: October 31, 2007, 05:43:26 pm »



•   John Carpenter was originally in the running to be the director for this particular follow-up since Jamie Lee Curtis wanted to reunite the cast and crew of the original to have active involvement in it. Carpenter, himself, opted out since he wanted no active part in the sequel.
•   Jamie Lee Curtis' mother has a role in the movie as Norma, the secretary of Curtis' character. Originally the character, Norma Watson, was to be played by P. J. Soles, who was featured in the original Halloween as Lynda. Soles also played a character named Norma Watson in the film Carrie, and the role was conceived as an in-joke referencing the two films. However, Soles (or her agent) never accepted the role, and instead the *producers brought in Janet Leigh. The name "Norma" also worked as a nod to Leigh's role in Psycho. In Norma's final scene in the movie, the theme from Psycho can be heard as she walks over to a car which is an exact duplicate of the car she drove in the Alfred Hitchcock film.
•   The original music score was composed by John Ottman , but some music from Scream was added to the chase scenes later. John Ottman expressed some displeasure about this in an interview featured on the Halloween: 25 Years of Terror DVD released in 2006. Ottman's score was supplemented with music from Scream, Scream 2, and Mimic by a team of music editors as well as new cues written by Marco Beltrami during the final days of sound mixing on the film. Dimension Films chief Bob Weinstein demanded the musical changes after being dissatisfied with Ottman's score.
•   There was much controversy on-set over Michael Myers' mask. There are no-less than 4 different masks in the film.
•   There are various clues throughout the film that are similar to the Scream films: In Molly and Sarah's dorm room, they are watching Scream 2 before School Counselor Mr. Brennan stops by to check on them. The scene showing on their television set is when Cici, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, is talking on the phone with the killer thinking it's her boyfriend. This actually creates an ironic and somewhat puzzling, metaphysical dilemma, as a clip from the original Halloween is shown on a TV in Scream.
•   Originally Halloween: H20 was to be a direct sequel to Halloween 6. It was unsure which storyline it would follow as there are two versions of Halloween 6. In the end, it was decided to exclude Halloween 3-6, and be a direct sequel to Halloween 2.
•   Although Halloween: H20 never acknowledges Halloween 3-6, it does not disregard them either. Nevertheless, due to elements that are crucial to the story of Halloween: H20 it strongly encourages fans as well as the audience to infer that the movie omits the sequels 3 through 6 due to the references by Josh Hartnet's character John Tate as well as the homicide detective that Myers' body has never been found; however, in Halloween 4, Michael was under custody of Richmond Federal Pen Rehab Hospital for 10 years (1978-1988) while Michael was in a coma and the events following his escape would not have been missed by the media.
•   During the prologue credits, Dr. Samuel J. Loomis' dialogue from the first Halloween about Michael's incarceration is spoken. The studio, instead of opting to get the original audio, decided to use a sound-alike actor named Tom Kane to provide the voice over.
•   During the dedication message, Donald Pleasence is spelled incorrectly as "Pleasance"
•   The total body count onscreen and off is 6 (Not including the Paramedic that Laurie supposedly depacitated in the end- Thus Halloween: Resurrection)
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« Reply #66 on: October 31, 2007, 05:44:58 pm »



The movie offers two possible explanations for the fact that Laurie has supposedly died some time prior to the fourth film. In this film, it is established that Laurie had faked her death many years prior, thus her assumed name. But additionally, this film contains dialogue which indicates that Michael Myers has not been heard from in the twenty years since the night depicted in the first two films. This conflicts with the events of the fourth, fifth and sixth films and thus suggests that this film occurs in some separate continuity, apart from the three previous sequels. As originally conceived, the plot device in which Laurie has faked her death was written explicitly to account for her reported "death" in Halloween 4, and the original story treatment featured scenes where Laurie's daughter Jamie Lloyd was mentioned and mourned. The movie is, however, commonly seen as a partial reboot of the series, an attempt to retcon out Halloween 3, 4, 5 and 6 and rewrite the story in a similar fashion to the book Brian's Winter by Gary Paulsen.

The movie also features the return of Nurse Marion Chambers-Wittington, who appeared in the first two films as an associate of Dr. Loomis. In Halloween, she was the nurse who drove with Loomis to the asylum when Myers made his escape, and she returned in Halloween II.

The Halloween comic book series, published by Chaos Comics in 2001, attempted to bridge the continuity between Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers and Halloween H20, but in doing so made the plot of Halloween: Resurrection (unreleased at the time) impossible.

Additionally, "Halloween: Resurrection" established a retcon that changed the ending of Halloween: H20 somewhat. The writer of the sequel suggested that it was not actually Michael Myers who was decapitated in the conclusion of H20, but rather a paramedic with whom Michael switched clothes and the mask.

Also in the beginning the year book which has Laurie Strode's picture circled says Class Of '78 when in fact should read Class of '79 being she was still in school in '78 and wouldn't graduate until the following year.

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^ Rotten Tomatoes' Critical Reception Synopsis w/Pull Quotes
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« Reply #67 on: October 31, 2007, 05:46:16 pm »



Directed by Rick Rosenthal
Produced by Malek Akkad
Bob Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
Written by Characters:
John Carpenter
Debra Hill
Story:
Larry Brand
Screenplay:
Larry Brand
Sean Hood
Starring Jamie Lee Curtis
Brad Loree
Busta Rhymes
Bianca Kajlich
Sean Patrick Thomas
Katee Sackhoff
Luke Kirby
Thomas Ian Nicholas
Ryan Merriman
Tyra Banks
Billy Kay
Music by Danny Lux
Cinematography David Geddes
Editing by Robert A. Ferretti
Distributed by Dimension Films
Release date(s) July 12, 2002
Running time 94 min.
Country 
Language English
Budget $15 million
Gross revenue $30,354,442
Preceded by Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
Followed by Halloween (2007)
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« Reply #68 on: October 31, 2007, 05:56:05 pm »


Halloween: Resurrection is a 2002 horror film, directed by Rick Rosenthal. It is the eighth film of the Halloween franchise. It builds upon the continuity of Halloween: H20 and just like the former, effectively ignores the continuity established during the 4th, 5th, and 6th installments.

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« Reply #69 on: October 31, 2007, 05:59:05 pm »



The film begins three years after the events of Halloween: H20. Laurie Strode, the main character of the first two installments as well as H20, has been confined to a mental institution on the counts of murder. A retcon is established in which Laurie did not really decapitate Michael Myers at the end of the previous film, but rather a paramedic with whom Myers forcefully switched clothing and his mask. Laurie pretends to be heavily medicated, but in reality dodges her pills and prepares herself for the inevitable confrontation with Michael Myers. When Myers does appear, Laurie lures him into a trap, but before she can kill him for good, he turns the tables on her and she presumably dies after being stabbed and falling from the roof of the institution, giving a kiss to Michael before falling.

A year later, a group of six college students win a competition to appear on a reality show on which they are to spend Halloween night in the childhood home of Michael Myers. Their mission is to find out what led him to kill. The investigation is done in the style of the MTV reality show, Fear and is broadcast live on the internet. The participants think the show is entirely for entertainment purposes and that the stunt will earn them some publicity and scholarship money. While in the house, the event goes horribly wrong as Michael returns home and one by one, kills the students and the crew involved in the broadcast. Soon, all but one of the college students are murdered. Using her PDA and penpal on the outside, Sara escapes. Ultimately, only Sara Moyer and Freddie Harris, the host of the show, survive. Toward the end Myers dies of electrocution and is taken to a morgue, where a frightened female mortician slowly opens his body bag. He opens his eyes and the mortician screams as the screen goes black and the final credits begin to roll.


 
Cast
Brad Loree as Michael Myers
Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode
Busta Rhymes as Freddie Harris
Bianca Kajlich as Sara Moyer
Sean Patrick Thomas as Rudy Grimes
Katee Sackhoff as Jenna "Jen" Danzig
Daisy McCrackin as Donna Chang
Luke Kirby as Jim Morgan
Thomas Ian Nicholas as William "Bill" Woodlake
Ryan Merriman as Myles 'Deckard' Barton
Tyra Banks as Nora Winston
Billy Kay as Scott
Gus Lynch as Harold
Lorena Gale as Nurse Wells
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« Reply #70 on: October 31, 2007, 06:00:33 pm »


Halloween Resurrection was released on July 12th 2002 in the US to extremely poor reviews; which didn't change when it was later released in other countries. Its opening weekend on US screens raked in $12,292,121 and overall the film earned a moderate $30,354,442.

It garnered an 11% on rottentomatoes.com. Lou Lumenick of the New York Post said, “It’s so devoid of joy and energy it makes even ‘Jason X’ look positively Shakespearian by comparison.” Dave Kehr of the New York Times said, “Spectators will indeed sit open-mouthed before the screen, not screaming but yawning.” Peter Travers of Rolling Stone magazine said, “Every sequel you skip will be two hours gained. Consider this review life-affirming.” Joe Leydon of Variety said, “[Seems] even more uselessly redundant and shamelessly money-grubbing than most third-rate horror sequels.” Glenn Lovell of the San Jose Mercury News was slightly more positive: “No, it’s not as single-minded as John Carpenter’s original, but it’s sure a lot smarter and more unnerving than the sequels.” In fact many critics as well as fans debate that the series should have ended with the death of Micheal Myers in H20. Fans of the series say that this movie was only made to reawaken the series so the producer could make more money off of it.

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« Reply #71 on: October 31, 2007, 06:09:20 pm »


Halloween: Resurrection contains more film errors than any other two movies in the series combined.[1] Listed below are a few:
•   There is no blood on the sheets when the sanitarium's guard head is found in the dryer despite him being decapitated moments before.
•   When Michael Myers brandishes his knife. Any time the knife is shown, an audible, metallic 'SHHHING!' is heard, as though the weapon is being pulled out of a sheath or scabbard. Even when the knife is being held still, the sound effect is still heard.
•   When Harold is recalling Michael's 'credentials', he refers to Hillcrest academy, claiming that Michael killed four students. However, Michael only killed two; Sarah and Charlie. He also never mentions the police officer or doctor Michael killed in Halloween II despite mentioning the three nurses and the paramedic.
•   When it flashes back to how Michael Myers survived the end of H20, we see the paramedic that he subdues and switches places with. The paramedic is overweight, yet the figure of Michael Myers throughout the rest of H20 and the flashbacks from Resurrection after the switch remains the same as the real Myers.
•   When Michael kills Rudy all of his knives are now gone but when he chases Sara around the house he has another knife with blood on it.
•   When Michael gets his head cut off by Laurie the eyes of the severed head are wide open in H20 both and in flashback scene. When they remove the mask from the head, the mask is suddenly different, but the eyes are now closed.
•   The trap Laurie sets for killing Michael simply involves dropping him two stories from the roof of the sanitarium, however Laurie has seen Michael fall from similar heights after sustaining severe wounds in the movies Halloween (multiple gunshots) and H20 (multiple knife wounds and an axe wound) without any success.
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« Reply #72 on: October 31, 2007, 06:15:13 pm »



Directed by Rob Zombie
Produced by Malek Akkad
Bob Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
Rob Zombie
Andy Gould
Patrick Esposito
Written by 2007 Screenplay:
Rob Zombie
1978 Screenplay:
John Carpenter
Debra Hill
Starring Malcolm McDowell
Scout Taylor-Compton
Danielle Harris
Kristina Klebe
Tyler Mane
Daeg Faerch
Music by Tyler Bates
Cinematography Phil Parmet
Editing by Glenn Garland
Distributed by Dimension Films
Release date(s) August 31, 2007
Running time 109 min.
Country 
Language English
Budget $15,000,000[1]
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« Reply #73 on: October 31, 2007, 06:34:41 pm »



Halloween is a reimagining of the 1978 film of the same name. The film was written, produced, and directed by Rob Zombie, and was released in the United States and Canada on August 31, 2007 and is scheduled to be released internationally throughout October 2007. UK release date September 28, 2007. The film stars Malcolm McDowell, Sheri Moon Zombie, Tyler Mane, Brad Dourif, Danielle Harris and several unknowns in other roles, including Daeg Faerch as young Michael Myers, Hanna R. Hall as Judith Myers, Kristina Klebe as Lynda Van Der Klok, and Scout Taylor-Compton as Laurie Strode.

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« Reply #74 on: October 31, 2007, 06:36:28 pm »


On Halloween in Haddonfield, Illinois, Deborah Myers (Sheri Moon Zombie) is called into her son Michael's (Daeg Faerch) school after the principal becomes concerned with Michael's behavior, as well as the discovery of a series of Polaroids of dead animals Michael keeps in his locker. Present at the meeting is Dr. Sam Loomis (Malcolm McDowell), a child psychologist, who informs Deborah that Michael displays the warning signs of a psychopath and urges her to allow him to further assess the boy. Earlier that day, Michael had been bullied in the bathroom over a flier advertising Deborah's strip club, where she was a star dancer. Michael followed one of the bullies (Daryl Sabara) into the woods and brutally beat him to death with a sturdy tree branch. That night, Michael goes home and murders his mother's boyfriend Ronnie (William Forsythe), his sister Judith (Hanna R. Hall), and her boyfriend Steve (Adam Weisman). Deborah returns home to find Michael bloodied and sitting on the porch with his baby sister Laurie in his arms. Michael is convicted of first degree murder and taken to Smith's Grove Sanitarium, where he is placed under the supervision of Dr. Loomis. For the first eleven months, Michael cooperates with Dr. Loomis, claiming no memory of killing anyone. Deborah visits him regularly, where he shows her the papier-mâché Halloween masks he has been constructing in his room and wearing all day. One night, Michael befriends orderly Ismael Cruz (Danny Trejo), an ex-con who teaches Michael to cope with incarceration by internalizing himself. Michael takes the advice literally, entering a state of semi-catatonia. Shortly thereafter, he kills a nurse (Sybil Danning) who claims he couldn't be related to Laurie through a picture; Deborah Myers, who saw the event, returns home that night and kills herself. For the next fifteen years, Michael (Tyler Mane) continues making his masks and not speaking to anyone. Dr. Loomis, wanting to move on with his life, retires, deeming his former charge a true psychopath and writing a book about his time working with Michael. Michael is scheduled to be transported to maximum security, but breaks free of his chains, murdering all of his guards, and escapes. He finds his way to a truck stop and murders a driver (Ken Foree) for his clothes. Michael returns to his childhood home and retrieves a kitchen knife and a Halloween mask he stole from his sister's boyfriend from underneath some floorboards.

The story shifts to Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton), and her friends Annie Brackett (Danielle Harris) and Lynda Van Der Klok (Kristina Klebe) on Halloween. Throughout the day, Laurie witnesses Michael watching her from a distance. That night, she heads to the Doyle residence to watch their son Tommy, who persistently asks her about the boogeyman. Meanwhile, Lynda meets with her boyfriend Bob (Nick Mennell) at Michael's childhood home, where they drink beer and have sex. After they finish, Michael appears, murders them, and then heads to the Strode home, where he murders Laurie's parents. Having been alerted to Michael's escape, Dr. Loomis comes to Haddonfield looking for Michael. After obtaining a .357 Magnum handgun, Loomis approaches Annie's father, the town sheriff, telling him that Michael has returned home and that people's lives are in danger. Sheriff Brackett (Brad Dourif) and Dr. Loomis head to the Strode home, Brackett explaining along the way that Laurie is actually Michael Myers' baby sister. He was the responding officer the night of Deborah Myers' suicide; not wanting the infant to grow up with the stigma of being related to Michael, he faked her disappearance and left her at a nearby hospital.

Meanwhile, Laurie gets a call from Annie, who is babysitting Lindsey Wallace (Jenny Gregg Stewart) across the street from the Doyle home; Annie convinces Laurie to watch Lindsey long enough so she can have sex with her boyfriend Paul (Max Van Ville). Annie and Paul return to the Wallace home; during sex, Michael murders Paul and beats Annie until she is unconscious. Bringing Lindsey home, Laurie finds Annie on the floor, bloodied, and calls 911. She is attacked by Michael, who chases her back to the Doyle home. Sheriff Brackett and Loomis hear the 911 call and head to the Wallace residence. Michael kidnaps Laurie, and takes her back to his home. At the Myers home, Michael approaches Laurie and tries to show her that she is his younger sister. Unable to understand, Laurie grabs Michael's knife and stabs him before escaping the house; Michael chases her, but is repeatedly shot by Dr. Loomis. Loomis and Laurie are just about to leave when Michael grabs Laurie and heads back to the house. Loomis intervenes, but Michael kills him by crushing his skull. Laurie takes Loomis' gun and runs upstairs; she is chased by Michael, who, after cornering her on a balcony, charges her head-on and knocks both of them over the railing. Laurie finds herself on top of a bleeding Michael. Aiming Loomis' gun at his face, she repeatedly pulls the trigger until the gun finally goes off just as Michael's hand grips Laurie's wrist.

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