Ignoring the continuity of the last three films
of the Halloween
franchise, Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later
picks up the story of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis
). After faking her death to live in peace after the events of Halloween of 1978
, Laurie changes her name to Keri Tate, has a son, and becomes a headmistress for a high school far away from Haddonfield.
Michael Myers, however, has finally tracked Laurie down, and after two decades of waiting, he comes back into her life — and enters the lives of a number of students, including Laurie's son — in order to kill her once and for all...
Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later contains examples of the following tropes:
- Action Girl: Laurie has had just about enough of Michael's bullshit.
- Actor Allusion: Character played by Janet Leigh gets in a car that is similar to one she drove in Psycho, with a piece of film's score playing in the background.
- And Starring: There is "introducing Josh Hartnett". He has done quite well for himself ever since.
- Balls of Steel: Michael takes a knee to the groin, but barely reacts.
- Big Eater: Sarah. While preparing a massive amount of junk food for a Halloween party, she mentions she's got such an intense love of food that it's actually a goal of hers to get fat.
- Bloody Handprint: Laurie leaves a bloody handprint on the door of a closet, tricking Michael Myers into thinking she was hiding inside.
- Call Back: Michael lifting Will up with his knife after stabbing him is reminiscent of the infamous scalpel scene from Halloween II (1981).
- Camping a Crapper: Averted. A woman and her daughter go to a public bathroom and Michael Myers follows them in. After a tense scene in which the audience assumes he is going to kill them, he ends up stealing the woman's car keys instead.
- Canon Discontinuity: Everything that came out between Halloween II and this.
- Car Fu: Laurie hijacks an ambulance van with Michael in it, and runs it off a cliff in order to kill Michael once and for all.
- Caught in a Snare: Laurie has a snare trap set for Michael.
- Celebrity Paradox: One of the college students watches Scream 2. Even though the first Scream showed Halloween being played.
- Character Development: Laurie Strode, who goes from a Distressed Damsel to a badass Action Girl in this movie! Hell, she even provides the page image!
- Dangerous Key Fumble: Molly does this as Michael closes in.
- Department of Redundancy Department: The subtitle, considering on how H20 already means that it has been twenty years from the first film's events.
- Evil Overlooker: The poster had Michael Myers' Black Eyes of Evil looming over the frightened-looking protagonists.
- Foreshadowing: Laurie is teaching an English literature class on Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein. Molly, one of the students, responds to a question about the book and fate with this:
"I think that Victor should have confronted the monster sooner. He's completely responsible for Elizabeth's death. He was so paralyzed by fear that he never did anything. It took death for the guy to get a clue." She goes on to say that Victor finally confronts the monster because he "had reached a point in his life where he had nothing left to lose. I mean, the monster saw to that by killing off everybody that he loved. It was about redemption. It was his fate."
- This foreshadows the final scenes in the movie where Laurie finally decides to stop running from Michael Myers and confront her monster. After twenty years of living in fear and seeing her loved ones murdered, she had nothing more to lose. It was time to face her fears and end the nightmare.
- Genre Savvy: Laurie's not willing to take the chance of Michael coming back again, so she steals the ambulance taking away his body and cuts his head off.
- Groin Attack: Laurie knees Michael in the groin. It doesn't do anything except cause him to give her a nasty glare.
- The Hunter Becomes The Hunted: At the end Laurie turns the tables on Michael Myers and starts hunting him down with an axe.
- Mama Bear: In the original movie, Laurie had no qualms attacking Michael in self defense. In H20, she really let's him have it when he attacks her son.
- Nonchalant Dodge: Michael's response to Laurie's knife throwing act.
- Off with His Head!: Laurie beheads Michael in the end. The next film changed this greatly.
- Oddly Named Sequel
- Prolonged Prologue: The prologue goes for almost 20 minutes before the opening credits begin.
- Sassy Black Woman: Ronnie's wife.
- Say My Name: Laurie after she starts hunting Michael:
- Shout-Out: One character is named Norma Watson after PJ Sole's role in the first film adaptation of Carrie. Soles also played Lynda in the original Halloween.
- Stalker Shrine: It is revealed that Dr. Loomis' office is a shrine to Michael Myers, with three decades worth of newspaper clippings about Myers taped all over the office walls. To add to the creepiness, he also has high school photos of Laurie (Michael's sister) stuck to the wall too.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Marion Whittington and Doctor Loomis. Although it could be somewhat justified with Loomis, since actor Donald Pleasence did sadly pass away in 1995. At least his death was off-screen unlike Marion unfortunately.
- Took a Level in Badass: Laurie