John Carpenter’s original music for his 1978 hit, the first Halloweenwill always be a classic.
From a small bloody slasher film to a huge franchise with 13 sequels, Halloween it certainly achieved what few other horror movies could even dream of. Halloween is like the Marvel of the horror genre.
Events from Halloween through the latest film will (allegedly) end in October 2022 when Halloween Ends was released. And hopefully audiences will finally find out who will win the epic, decade-long battle between Michael Myers and Laurie Strode (played by Jamie Lee Curtis).
Watching Halloween the chronological order of the films is quite simple. Although many of the films include extensive flashback scenes (with the exception of the 2007 and 2009 remakes), the release order largely follows the chronological order of events.
However, many of the subsequent films adapt or ignore certain other contributions. In fact, the recent trilogy ignored all the other films and worked directly as a sequel to the original film.
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After all these years, the original Halloween the movie is still a classic. Set in Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween, a deranged serial killer named Michael Myers escapes from prison and stalks babysitters. His psychiatric doctor in prison, dr. Sam Loomis, who he plays Donald Pleasencespends the film trying to find him, believing he will kill again.
Jamie Lee Curtis stars as Laurie Strode, an innocent but tough teenager whose babysitting night is violently canceled by Michael Myers, or ‘The Shape’ as he is officially credited in the film.
Director John Carpenter said Curtis’ audition was unforgettable. In an interview with Nerdist, the director said: “She was perfect and brilliant. She was that character.”
‘Halloween II’ (1981)
After the success of the first film, Compass International Pictures quickly got the green light Halloween IIwhich was also written and directed by Carpenter.
The story line picks up where the first movie left off: Michael is on the loose after narrowly escaping Dr. Loomis. Laurie is taken to a nearby hospital and doesn’t have to wait long before Michael starts looking for her again.
What everyone always remembers from Halloween II is the big plot twist – spoiler alert! — that Michael and Laurie are actually brother and sister.
‘Halloween III: Season of the Witch’ (1982)
Many lists leave it out Halloween III: Season of the Witch because it doesn’t involve Michael Myers.
The producers hoped that they could treat the Halloween title as an anthology, with separate and distinct stories connected only by the holiday. Season of the witches was meant to be the first of many of these isolated films, though it ended up being the only one.
In the main roles Tom Atkins and Stacey Nelkin, Halloween III is a little less gritty and a little more wizard, with elements of science fiction. Although not necessarily well received at the time of publication, Halloween fans have embraced the film over the years, and it is now considered a cult classic.
‘Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers’ (1988)
Everyone’s favorite villain is back in the next movie.
Halloween the 4th was released in 1988 and focused on Laurie’s daughter, Jamie Lloyd, who she plays Danielle Harris. After Freaky Friday actress backed out of her return, the producers explained her absence by saying that Laurie had died.
Halloween the 4th includes some great moments, including Donald Pleens jumping off an exploding truck.
‘Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers’ (1989)
The next film in the franchise was released just one year later. In it, Jamie is so traumatized by her encounter with Michael in the previous film that she is institutionalized after attacking her foster mother.
unfortunately, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers bears the unfortunate title the worst performing Halloween movie at the cash register. It was also met with mostly negative reviews, with critics and moviegoers describing the film as unoriginal and boring.
‘Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers’ (1995)
In the next film, the producers tried to correct the course of the franchise, taking time between films.
He plays a young man in the film Paul Rudd as Tommy Doyle, the kid Laurie Strode babysat all those years ago when we first met Michael. The film is all over the place, and some of Michael’s evil genius is explained by an ancient Druidic curse.
The film was not very well received and practically ended this part Halloween movies.
‘Halloween H20: 20 Years Later’ (1998)
Fast forward to 1998, when Curtis decided she wanted to revive her iconic character.
For this to work, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later basically ignores the three films that came before it. In this version of reality, Laurie Strode has faked her own death and moved to California, where Michael goes on a violent rampage following her.
The film also stars Josh Hartnett and Michelle Williamsfresh from her Dawson’s Creek debut.
‘Halloween: Resurrection’ (2002)
Critics and moviegoers alike agreed that this film was a low point for the franchise. Featuring Busta Rhymes dressing up as Michael Myers to scare competitors on an online reality TV show, the film set the tone for the franchise.
With this legendary story, a remake will eventually happen.
in 2007 Halloween the remake is also somewhat of an origin story for Michael as viewers get a lot more detail about how he became the killer that all fans know and love.
Movie stars Malcolm McDowell as dr. Loomis and Scout Taylor-Compton as Laurie and directed by him Rob Zombie. This version also includes a classic sibling twist.
‘Halloween II’ (2009)
Unlike the original sequel, the 2009 remake moves forward in time – two years to be exact.
A traumatized Laurie tries to put the pieces of her life back together, while Michael hunts her down again, killing several people along the way.
In general, the Zombie remakes received mixed reviews, although both performed well at the box office.
2018 Halloween not a reboot. It’s actually a direct sequel to the original movie, ignoring all other parts of the canon, including the original Halloween II.
Director David Gordon Green respect Andi Matichak as Allyson Nelson, Laurie’s granddaughter, and Judy Greer as Karen Nelson, Laurie’s daughter. Curtis returned as a hardened, vengeful version of Laurie, and movie audiences completely flipped.
‘Halloween Kills’ (2021)
Halloween Killssequel, reflects some of the Halloween II‘s tricks.
The film takes place right after the previous film and involves Laurie in the hospital and Michael wreaking havoc on Haddonfield. You know, how he does it best.
In terms of reception, the fast-paced action worked well for some critics, while others said it was just another slasher film.
‘Halloween Ends’ (2022)
Next installment in Halloween franchise was released in October 2022.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonightthe A virus the actress reflected on the final parting with Laurie Strode. She described her last day on set as “emotional”, saying: “I said goodbye to a group of people I’ve made three films with. I said goodbye to the woman I have lived with for 44 years.”