Ranking The Halloween Films
Two more days ‘til Halloween/Halloween/Halloween/two more days ‘til Halloween/Silver Shamrock. That’s right, folks, Halloween is almost here and now is as good of a time as any to take a look back at the “Halloween” horror film franchise. Below I have provided my own personal ranking of all 10 “Halloween” films. On with the list!
- Halloween (1978)- Films just don’t get much better than this. The iconic score, the use of the frame, the atmosphere, the performances, John Carpenter’s direction- everything is pitch perfect here.
- Halloween 2 (1981)- The first sequel is a great continuation and companion piece to the original.
- Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers- An underrated atmospheric sequel that boasts a great performance by Scream Queen Danielle Harris.
- Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers- Honestly, I like both cuts of this movie. Even though part 6 drifts away from what was established in the first two films, the theatrical edition and the producer’s cut both offer up fresh takes on the mythology.
- Halloween H20: 20 Years Later- Years ago, this would have ranked higher on my list, but time hasn’t been particularly kind to this tame sequel. It’s perfectly watchable, but it feels watered down to be sure.
- Halloween: Resurrection- Despite having an ahead of its time internet reality show plot, this sequel suffers from bad writing and a truly bizarre cast. It does have some camp value though.
- Halloween 3: Season of the Witch- The third installment is “Halloween” in name only. This is far and away the most divisive sequel as it has a large fanbase as well as many detractors. Even though I dig the ending and certain elements of the movie, the film is too weird for its own good.
- Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers- Everything good about part 4 has been swept away in this generic and downright baffling sequel.
- Halloween (2007)- I respect Rob Zombie as a filmmaker and I appreciate that he decided to take a risk by telling a different story, but demystifying Michael Myers completely goes against what made the original film such a classic.
- Halloween 2 (2009)- Further proof that Rob Zombie and “Halloween” don’t mix.
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