Halloween Franchise: Ranked

 

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I am a huge slasher hound when it comes to specific genres in horror. They play out like comic movies in a way to me and there are countless great one timers as well as full-fledged series and franchises. Whether they be goofy, poorly written or flat out make no sense logic or continuity-wise, they are always fun films to me. My personal favorites have always been the Friday the 13th films they were the first ones I watched as a kid and have always stuck with me. However, today I am going to rank every film in another franchise, a loopier and more confusing one at that. Halloween is perhaps a hell of a lot more historical for not creating but defining the slasher formula to what we know it as now but as a whole, its collection of films offer so many different ideas that the story has so many branching timelines it can get very confusing. However, I think that’s what makes it so interesting. The fact that we get a lot of different ways the story of Michael Myers is told is what makes it fun albeit very cheesy at times. So, lets delve into a messy yet compelling list of what my favorite, and least favorite, films in the Halloween franchise are.

11. Halloween: Resurrection

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Well, the last place was not very surprising. The gimmick of the live cameras in a haunted house already feels very dated and the casting of Tyra Banks and Busta rhymes doesn’t help either. Couple that with a badly written story, terrible pacing and some of the most memorable lines for the wrong reason in the franchise and that makes this film one that deserves to burn in a lake of fire.

10. Halloween (2007)

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This movie I really wanted to like when I first saw it. I loved House of 1000 Corpses and Devils Rejects so I figured I would have been a huge fan here. However, the realization is that Halloween’s potency lies within the fact that compared to a lot more slasher films of its day, it is a bit more tame with more atmosphere and this remake feels like a film made for pure grindhouse pleasures. The dialogue is laughable and while this Myers is brutal and a true force, the rest of the film around him doesn’t leave me as compelled and feels too trashy to be a faithful remake.

9. Halloween: H20

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I know I will get some hate for this one, but truth be told, I was never a huge fan of this movie. While it is nice to see some characters return, a lot of the supporting cast I am not a fan of with Laurie’s son and his friends as well as Myers. He looks goofy in this movie and the mask problem they had did no justice. I just don’t feel the magic I feel with a lot of the other sequels it just feels like its whole mood kind of follows the scream template.

08. Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers

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The last film for the Thorn trilogy sees the cult finally coming to realization and that Dr. Wynn, a minor character from the original, is responsible for Michael becoming evil. Yes, its bad, yes, its cheesy, but its honestly, I think the last fully tolerable Halloween film before the current resurgence. This was Donald Pleasance’s swan song if you will and while his exit is terrible, he puts on a good final performance. However, the sloppy writing and even two cuts of the film still can’t save it all the way though.

07. Halloween II (2009)

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With Zombies remake getting a sequel, it gave him a lot more room to play with and gave this one a lot more merit for doing its own thing. No longer a remake, this simply takes those characters and does something completely different with them. Loomis is portrayed more negatively by Mcdowell who really made it work and a lot of the dream sequences really give the Halloween season feeling. A step up and more original film.

06. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

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This sequel gets a ton of hate, but I have always enjoyed it for what it was. I know I am in the minority, but I really liked the mask here as well it had a lot of a creep factor to it. I also thought there were some good Ideas peppered throughout and some tense scenes. However, yes some of the writing needed some tightening as well as some of the hokey cinematography and score choices at times for what was an alright sequel in my eyes.

05. Halloween 2018

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This film was very anticipated for me and I think lived up way past its expectations. It definitely felt like a film for the fans of the franchise and kind of took the storyline of H20 and made it a lot more fun and made it feel a lot like a continuation of the original. It isn’t perfect but I honestly think it is one of the better sequels of any of the big slashers.

04. Halloween III: Season Of The Witch

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Arguably you can leave this film off the list but honestly this is film is quite underrated that any time I watch this franchise back to back, I always include it. It technically isn’t a sequel since it has literally nothing to do with Myers, but it really is well made and is a movie made to watch during Halloween time. The plot is bonkers including killer Halloween masks but trust me it is worth the ride. Also, it’s got Tom Atkins in it which is never a bad thing.

03: Halloween (1978)

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The classic that started it all. A top suspense film that pretty much personifies the entire holiday its based around. There aren’t enough good things to say about this movie, but it never was my favorite. For me it was always the good starting point for the franchise with some issues but still a ton of class.

02. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

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Myers returned after nearly a decade out of the spotlight with this terrific sequel. The opening title alone is perfect and perhaps that atmosphere makes this one feel the most like it is actually occurring on Halloween. The chase scenes are great, the score is terrific, and the cast is very tight and likeable. Overall a welcomed and very fun sequel.

01: Halloween II (1981)

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The first sequel has always been mandatory viewing every October for myself following very faithfully with the original and a more demonic Myers. I also absolutely love the score with this film as it is more synth heavy and more dread filled. The hospital setting I enjoy quite a bit and the finale is riveting and originally was meant to be the end of the franchise. It definitely is one of the most watched horror films in my collection.

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