Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later (1998)

It's been twenty years since Laurie Strode encountered the wrath of Michael Myers.  Even though he assumed to have burnt to a crisp at Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, Laurie fakes her death, changes her name to Keri Tate and heads west to become the headmistress of a very posh school in Northern California.  Her personal life; however, is in shambles.  She's divorced, has a rocky relationship with her son, developed quite a potty mouth and has a liver screaming for help louder than she ever did.  Her witness protection plan ends up backfiring after Michael Myers, alive and well, offs Nurse Marion and finds out where Laurie is hiding.  Thus begins a final showdown between brother and sister after Michael shortens the class list and frees up a faculty parking space.  Even though a head did roll, this would not be the last family reunion.

I’ve had coffee breaks longer than Halloween H20.  But Jamie Lee Curtis is back!  Without an awful wig!  So all is forgiven.  Released at the height of the self-aware teen slasher movement of the late 90s, the film does a pretty good job of getting things back on track.  Although it has a lean body count, despite the perfect opportunity to have multiple teen deaths, and at times it appears to be a Dawson's Creek (1998-2003) episode, Laurie Strode has a pretty intense showdown against her brother.  The ending was quite definitive, and in my opinion, should’ve ended there.  But it is called showbusiness after all, and there was more money to be made. 

Halloween: H20 was filmed in Los Angeles, La Puente, Calabasas and Topanga Canyon, CA

Location: Pumpkin Carving House
Address: 4957 Melrose Hill St, Los Angeles, CA

Location: Marion Whittington/Chambers' House
Address: 4946 Melrose Hill St, Los Angeles, CA





Location: Jimmy Howell's House
Address: 4940 Melrose Hill St, Los Angeles, CA



When Michael pulls out of Jimmy's driveway, he's actually headed toward the cul-de-sac...

Location: Hillcrest Academy Entrance
Address: Browns Canyon Road, Chatsworth, CA

The entrance to Hillcrest was modeled after the entrance to the Canfield-Moreno Estate, where the bulk of the movie was filmed, and built up in the hills of Chatsworth to give it a more rural feel... 

Location: Hillcrest Academy
Address: 1923 Micheltorena Street, Los Angeles, CA    

The actual entrance to the Canfield-Moreno Estate...

This location as also John Milton's house in Scream 3 (2000).

Location: Highway 139 Rest Stop
Address: 1925 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, CA

Thanks to Robert Patterson at Set-Jetter for finding this location.  There are a few restrooms in Malibu Creek State Park that look quite similar.  The one used in H20 is just to the left of the visitor's entrance...

Main Street from Pleasantville (1998) was also constructed in this area.

Location: Downtown Summer Glen  
Address: Main St, La Puente, CA

Location: The Jewelry Store 
Address: 15814 Main Street, La Puente, CA 

Location: The Restaurant 
Address: 15819 Main St, La Puente, CA

Location: The Liquor Store  
Address: 15834 Main St, La Puente, CA

Location: The Ending
Address: N. American Cut-Off Road, Simi Valley, CA

Thanks to Paul H at Halloween Filming Locations for finding this location...

Locations Visited: November 2013, March 2016, June 2021, October 2022

Over the years, I've met a few of the cast and crew at horror conventions...

Steven Miner (Director)

Jamie Lee Curtis (Keri/Laurie)

Nancy Stephens (Nurse Marion)

Adam Hann-Byrd (Charlie)

Malek Akkad (Producer)

Related Locations:

Halloween (1978)Halloween II (1981)Halloween III: Season of The Witch (1982)Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995), Halloween (2007)Halloween II (2009)Halloween (2018)Halloween Kills (2021)Halloween Ends (2022)Halloween: 25 Years of Terror Convention (2003)Halloween: 30 Years of Terror (2008)Halloween: 35 Years of Terror (2013)Halloween: 40 Years of Terror (2018)Jamie Lee Curtis HorrorHound Weekend (2012)Halloween: 45 Years of Terror Convention (2023)


  1. I love this one.. I love the location, I love the foreboding music, and it just has that Scream feel to me. Also, I just watched it for the millionth time last night. xo, Topnya

    1. Yeah, the Canfield Moreno estate is in my top 5 places to still visit. It's one of my favorite sequels.