Halloween (film series)

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The Halloween Series is a wildly popular series of horror films revolving around the holiday Halloween, the small town of Haddonfield, IL, and a masked serial killer/mass murderer named Michael Myers. The story was created by now-legendary director John Carpenter and has been hailed, praised, damned, condemned, ignored, honored, and otherwise noticed by the general public.

Films

Halloween

Main article:Halloween (film)

The movie that started it all. Michael Myers kills his sister, Judith, and is sent to Smith's Grove-Warren County Sanitarium under the care of Dr. Loomis. First he kills Annie Brackett, then Bob, then Lynda, and by the time he gets to Laurie Strode, Loomis shoots Michael six times and leaves him for dead... only for Myers to vanish!

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Halloween II

Main article: Halloween II

Michael follows Laurie to the hospital where he gets lazy and starts watching TV. He falls asleep and then Loomis sets the hospital on fire, making it asplode, killing everyone inside... Except for Michael.

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Halloween III: Season of the Witch

Main article: Halloween III: Season of the Witch

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Has nothing to do with Michael Myers, so let's just skip it. It's a damn good movie, though. Should be if Tom Atkins is in it.

Halloween 4: Michael Myers Is Done Napping

Main article: Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

Michael wakes up from his decade-long nap to find out that Laurie Strode mysteriously vanished without a trace. and left behind her seven-year-old daughter, Jamie Lloyd. Once again, Loomis stops Michael and leaves him for dead. But the dude just won't die! Not even a redneck lynch mob or a police firing squad can stop him.

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Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

Main article: Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

Halloween 4 all over again, except Michael Myers's mask suddenly changes seconds after surviving the police firing squad from that film's climax. Jamie is mute for half the movie and has a telepathic connection to Michael. There's some mysterious Man in Black, who randomly shows up in the film without explanation and breaks Michael Myers out of jail at the end, killing all the police officers. There's a stuttering kid in a pirate costume named Billy. There's this totally 80s chick named Tina, whom mast fans find annoying. (I don't.) There's these bumbling clown cops. There's even another guy named Michael who's basically a Fonzie ripoff. But it's better than it sounds. However, it's just redundant.

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Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

Main article: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

Few people saw this 1995 installment, but it is revealed that Michael Myers is part of some weird Druid cult called Thorn that is telling him to kill his bloodline, and that he himself will die once the rest of his family has. The film was released direct-to-video outside of North America. This film also marked the final appearance of Donald Pleasence as Dr. Loomis, as he died during the filming. Then the editors sliced and diced the film to pieces to minimize Loomis and prevent him from appearing in the next film.

The Producer's Cut lived on through bootlegs until it was screened at New Beverly Cinema (in 35mm, no less) and then finally officially released (in HD, no less) in 2014 as part of Anchior Bay and Scream Factory's Halloween box set.

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Halloween: H20

Main article: Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later

Taking place twenty years after the original Halloween, Halloween H20 focuses on Michael Myers going to the store to buy a bottle of water, where he runs into Laurie, who faked her death years earlier. He doesn't kill anybody in this film aside from customers who are taking too long at checkout. It was the highest at the box office in 1998 and won a few Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Original Song for Celine Dion's "My Knife Will Go On."

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Band on the radio… Creed

  • Nurse Marion Chambers… Nancy Stephens
  • Ronny… LL Cool J
  • Will Brennan… Adam Arkin
  • Psycho cameo… Janet Leigh

Halloween: Resurrection

Main article: Halloween: Resurrection

Not worth documenting. Michael Myers terrorizes a stupid reality TV web show that films at his house.

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  • Michael Myers… Brad Loree
  • Freddie Harris… Busta Rhymes
  • Forgot her name… Tyra Banks
  • Sara Moyer… Bianca Kajlich
  • The other characters… Who cares?
  • Laurie Strode… Jamie Lee Curtis

Halloween Remake

Main article: Halloween (2007 film)

In 2007, Rob Zombie remade Halloween in a white trash style with over-the-top blood and gore and gratuitous swearing inserted into every other word. The film was released on August 31, 2007. It was commercially successful, but critically derided, as most slashers are. It was also divisive among fans.

Halloween Remake, Part II

Main article: Halloween II (2009 film)

Dissatisfied with the few shreds of fidelity to the original classic that managed to weave themselves into his remake, Rob Zombie reimagined his reimagining, taking cues from Heaven's Gate. The movie has at least 3 cuts, but few people have bothered to see any of them, thus provoking the producers to can Zombie whenever they would make a future installment.

Halloween (2018)

Main article: Halloween (2018 film)

In 2010, the Weinsteins planned a 3D film without Zombie. The idea was scrapped. In 2015, the Saw sequel filmmakers were announced to helm a "recalibration" entitled Halloween Returns. That didn't happen either, due to the Weinsteins losing the rights to Halloween.

In 2016, in what sounded like an April Fool's joke, it was announced that Blumhouse had picked up the rights and would be doing a new film with John Carpenter. Comedy vets David Gordon and Green and Danny McBride were announced as director and co-writers, respectively. In 2017, it was announced that Jamie Lee Curtis would be returning as Laurie Strode.

The film, entitled Halloween, will be released October 19, 2018.

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