Halloween H20: 20 Years Later is a 1998 American slasher film and the seventh installment in the Halloween film series. Directed by Steve Miner, the story was developed and created by Robert Zappia. The screenplay was written by Zappia and Matt Greenberg. It stars Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role as Laurie Strode with additional roles played by Adam Arkin, Michelle Williams, Adam Hann-Byrd, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Janet Leigh, Josh Hartnett, LL Cool J and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The film was released on August 5, 1998, twenty years after release of Halloween (1978), and ten after the one of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), to mark the 20th anniversary of the original Halloween (1978).
It is a direct sequel to John Carpenter's Halloween and Halloween II and ignores the events that transpired in the fourth, fifth, and sixth installments, rendering them as non-canon in this film. Set twenty years after the events of the first two movies, H20 centers on a post-traumatic Laurie Strode living in fear of Michael Myers, who attempted to kill her all those years ago. When Michael eventually appears, Laurie must face evil one last time, while the life of her teenage son hangs in the balance.
The film received mixed reviews from critics, praising the script, direction of Steve Miner and the performances of Jamie Lee Curtis and Josh Hartnett, but received criticism for certain plot points (such as ignoring some of the previous films) and its short running time.
A sequel, Halloween: Resurrection, was released in 2002, with Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role as Laurie Strode.