It’s the OG. The indisputable GOAT of the franchise. The film introduces us to Laurie, who seemingly gets mixed up with Michael Myers at random (more on that in a minute). He begins to stalk her, intent on killing her, but as the multiple movies suggest, Laurie doesn’t go down without a fight. Of all the scream queens out there, Jamie Lee Curtis is the one to beat.
Halloween II (1981)
Picking up almost directly where the first left off, Michael and Laurie square up again—this time, ending in an all out hospital brawl. And while neither of them make it out unscathed, the fate of a central figure comes to a close… for now.
Halloween III: Season of the Witch
For purists, this film is garbage, largely because it doesn’t even feature Michael Myers. For horror fans, it’s become a cult favorite as the single standalone film in the franchise. There’s witchcraft, Stonehenge, and commercials. Make of that what you will.
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
Like, well, most fourth installments (except Land Before Time, which is a perfect franchise), Halloween 4 will leave you feeling deflated. As the title suggests, it does feature the return of Michael Myers, but it spends most of its time chasing the high of the first film with little to no effectiveness.
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
Good for Donald Pleasance for, presumably, working a multi-film deal into his contract.
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
To be frank, we’re still on the downward slope here, but Donald Pleasance returns as Dr. Loomis, offering a bit of consistency. This one also features Paul Rudd playing Tommy, the boy Laurie Strode babysat in the first film.
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
Great news: the timeline starts over with Halloween H20, which is an objectively terrible name for a subjectively decent movie. Following the events of 1981’s Halloween II, the film brings back Jamie Lee Curtis, alongside a list of upcoming actors from 1998. Michelle Williams! Josh Hartnett! Joseph Gordon Levitt! I mean, LL Cool J is here, too. This is a party.
Michael Myers is beheaded (and survives). Laurie Strode is thrown off a building (and dies—after 24 years in the franchise??). Make it make sense!
Rob Zombie really said, “I’m going to take this concept and just create my own universe.” Classic Rob. A bit of a reimagining based on the original, Halloween manages to give Michael Myers a bit more backstory (and falls heavily on Laurie Strode being Michael’s sister), but truly had no chance of unseating the original.
For some reason, Octavia Spencer and Weird Al Yankovich are in this sequel. That’s all I can remember because the rest of my mind is absolutely drenched in all the blood and gore that outweighs the rest of the movie.
In the 2018 reboot, Myers and Strode face off one more time. Reworking the timeline, this Halloween only incorporates the first film into its timeline. All these years later, Laurie is still vexed by Michael knowing he’s out there, though her family thinks she’s nuts. That’s fine… until he actually does show up again.
This one is on its way to theaters this year, following up on the massively successful reboot from 2018. Though it appeared that Myers was quite literally toasted in that house fire, he is back and Laurie Strode has someone on her side that she’s never had before: Judy Greer.
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