In Celebration Of The Holiday, This Slasher Saturday Is Dedicated To The ‘Halloween’ Franchise.
Slasher movies were started by ‘Psycho‘ or ‘Peeping Tom‘ but ‘Halloween‘ skyrocketed the genre. This week’s Slasher Saturday has to be about the franchise starring Michael Myers. With 10 movies, a remake & a remake sequel, and a third movie that is totally off topic, ‘Halloween‘ is one of the wildest horror franchises. As recently as May 2016, original director John Carpenter has signed on to produce a new ‘Halloween‘ film produced by Miramax and Blumhouse. This will be the 11th film in the franchise and proves the longevity of the Michael Myers-led series.
Below are every ‘Halloween‘ movie ranked from worst to first!
10. Halloween II (2009)
- How could Rob Zombie miss the mark this bad? I breakdown his 2007 remake later in the list but ‘Halloween II‘ from 2009 kicks things off. Everything Zombie attempted with this movie was later done better in his film ‘Lords Of Salem‘ but that doesn’t help his second attempt with Michael Myers.
9. Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers (1995)
- This is one of the lowest moments in the franchise and almost killed Michael Myers forever. Starring a young Paul Rudd and a rather plump killer, ‘Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers‘ took the franchise down a rather odd route. Mixing the occult while attempting to add a backstory only hurt the movie.
8. Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
- Concept was ahead of its time. Reality TV was just starting to hit a new level and ‘Halloween: Resurrection‘ decided to jump on that. That doesn’t excuse casting Busta Rhymes & Tyra Banks in a ‘Halloween‘ movie. Also, how the hell do you kill Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) off after a shitty retcon of the ‘H20‘ finale?
7. Halloween III: Season Of The Witch
- I actually don’t hate ‘Season Of The Witch‘. I think it’s a super fun movie for Halloween time but the glaring problem is that it doesn’t belong in the ‘Halloween‘ series. The filmmakers wanted to take the franchise in a different direction and it left a bad taste in the mouth’s of viewers.
6. Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers
- This has to one of the worst looking Michael Myers mask in franchise history. Like many series in a long-running franchise, the worst thing about ‘Halloween 5‘ is how forgettable it is. It was right before they introduced the terrible Curse of Thorn mythos but after the great 4th film starring Danielle Harris.
5. Halloween (2007)
- I ranked this higher than most would but honestly, the remake of ‘Halloween‘ from 2007 is really not that bad. Sure, Rob Zombie has a love for horrible people and white trash but his aesthetic works. He added backstory to Myers that didn’t ruin the character and allowed him to still be this unstoppable force of evil.
4. Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers
- After taking a break with ‘Halloween III: Season Of The Witch‘, the franchise went back to stories about Michael Myers. This was different though as he hunts down his niece, the daughter of the presumed dead Laurie Strode. Young Danielle Harris does great as Jamie, the niece, and launched herself into horror fame.
3. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
- ‘Halloween H20‘ should have been the finale of the franchise. This completes the story of Michael Myers & his sister Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) while providing an entertaining movie. 20 years after the original, the dynamic between the two haves changed dramatically. Laurie is ready for Michael this time!
2. Halloween II (1981)
- ‘Halloween II‘ picks up right after the 1978 film but was filmed years later. This is one of the few times that a ‘Halloween‘ movie without John Carpenter as director actually hit the right marks. Michael Myers is even more terrifying than the first movie and Jamie Lee Curtis stakes her claim as the number one Scream Queen.
1. Halloween (1978)
- For the first time in Slasher Saturday history, the original in the franchise takes the first place. Nothing can top the 1978 John Carpenter ‘Halloween‘ movie. This defined horror for decades to come, crafted the slasher sub-genre, and launched many careers. Who doesn’t love ‘Halloween‘?! Also, what about that iconic score!?
Thank you for checking out the third installment of Slasher Saturday!
Next week will be the Pinhead-led ‘Hellraiser‘ franchise.
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