New Jersey Stage 2015 - Issue 10 - Page 56

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) There may have been a mere three year gap between Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers and this film’s release but in that short time the landscape of the horror genre had changed immensely. The success of Wes Craven’s Scream meant Hollywood was suddenly taking a serious interest in a genre it had avoided since the early ‘80s. What this meant for the HalNewJerseyStage.com loween franchise was a budget the producers had previously only dreamed of, and a widespread theatrical release. Most importantly, with horror now respectable again, it meant a willingness on the part of Curtis to return to the role that ignited her career. After the unmitigated disasters of the fifth and sixth installments, the decision was made to 2015 - ISSUE 10 56