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poguesfan 10-04-2011 02:53 AM

Rank the Halloween Series
 
1. Halloween (1978): John Carpenter's original slasher masterpiece, that spawned a sea of imitators, has lost none of its impact 33 years later. We all know the story, young Michael Myers butchers his sister on Halloween night, is then locked away in a loony bin, only to escape 15 years later. He returns to his old stomping grounds, catches the eye of lovely, virginal, girl next door Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and begins to stalk and eventually tries to kill her and her friends on Halloween night; with Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance) hot on his trail. As before, 30 plus years on, this movie is still one of the best horror films ever made and became a blueprint for all the slasher films to copy, but never surpass, during the early 1980s. Donald Pleasance is fantastic in this one, as the obsessive Dr. Loomis, who will stop at nothing to catch Michael Myers. Jamie Lee Curtis makes a convincing heroine, and you really feel her fear and isolation. Nick Castle (The Shape) is the still the best actor to to portray Michael Myers. His body movements and gestures alone make him even more terrifying. Not an overly gory film; but it didn't need to be, none the less the kills come across very brutal in some places (the best one being the poor son of a bitch who is picked up and then stabbed through the chest against the kitchen door, only to be left hanging up there, while Michael childishly watches.) Scary, unrelenting, brooding, and atmospheric, Halloween still remain to this day a seminal horror flick.

2. Halloween 2 (1981): Picking up the same night as the events of the first film, Laurie Strode; the lone survivor of the horrific night is transferred to Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, but Michael is far from finished with her. He continues to pursue her, with the ever presistent Dr. Loomis hot on his heels. Underrated second entry, suffered from unfair comparisons to the original. The gore qoutient is increased this time around, with the kills becoming ever more graphic (one chick is dunked into a heated whirlpool, another is hooked up to a blood machine and sucked dry; you get the idea.) Not as suspenseful as the original, with a few glaring confusions throughout; like why is the hospital empty, with the exception of Laurie, it seems that no other patients exist. Also, Michael Myers is now given a back story, which dilutes his impact. We now learn that he is Laurie's brother, while it makes sense just a tad, I was always perplexed about John Carpenter's decision to go this route. I always found Michael far more terrifying when he was just the Shape. We as the audience, never understood the motive to his madness, he was just pure evil. The Boogeyman. Stuntman Dick Worlock steps into Michael shoes this time around, and does a very reasonable job, not on par with Nick Castle, but still Michael is frightening to watch. The end sequence is handled quite well, the kills are rather inventive, and the suspense is on target, just don't expect the magic of the original.

3. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988): Michael comes too after being in a coma for years, only to return to Haddonfield to find and kill his neice Jamie played by genre favorite Danielle Harris. Dr. Loomis also returns in hot pursuit. Rather entertaining fourth entry, picks up right away with some very nice kills and some very well-crafted suspense scenes. Michael is back alright, this time George Wilbur is the man behind the mask, and his Michael is one pissed off motherfucker. Michael kills more people in this movie with just his hands and he now seems to possess super-human strength. Danielle Harris is lovely as Jamie, and she really brings a sense of fear and innocence to her character. Good show young lady. Her foster sister Rachel (Ellie Cornell) also comes across as a take charge kind of girl. The two make quite a good team, especially against Mr. Myers. Donald Pleasance, always puts in a good performance, this time around his Loomis is more obsessive, which makes you think if he is just as crazy, if not more so, than Michael Myers is. Very well crafted suspense scenes, especially the ending, make up for a rather dull middle half and some rather lousy secondary characters.

4. Halloween H20 (1998): It's been twenty years since Laurie Strode survived that traumatizing Halloween night. She has been suffering from night terrors and has gone through years of extensive therapy to help her try to forget that awful night. She is now a school mistress at a very posh private school is Northern California, with a 17 year old son. But, her new life is about to be shaken, as her not-so-dead brother tracks her down for a little family reunion of his own. Filmed twenty years after the original movie, disregards the others sequels (with the exception of 2) entirely and continues the storyline between Laurie and Michael. Released at the height of the "Scream" craze, this over stylized entry suffers from a very weak plot, a dull storyline, some rather uninspired kills, and very weak supporting players (I'm looking at you LL Cool J). Finally, it seems like this movie is what would happen if Michael Myers accidentally wandered onto the set of Dawson's Creek or Gossip Girl. However, the final showdown between Laurie and Michael rocks the house, with Ms. Curtis flexing her muscles and finally confronting her brother once and for all. Not a bad movie, just painfully mediocre.

5. Halloween 5 (1989): Michael continues to stalk his neice Jamie, who now seems to have a psychic link with her uncle, with Dr. Loomis and a mysterious man in black hot on his heels. Tired and pointless fifth entry is too confusing for its own good. Jamie, who, with no explanation what so ever, now has a psychic link with Michael Myers. More unlikable characters (WTF, was up with that mute kid!!!!) are presented only to be killed off in various gory ways. With the character of Tina, coming across as one of the most annoying cunts ever to grace a horror film; man I couldn't wait for this broad to die, and she ends up surviving a lot longer than I wanter her too. One of the biggest mistakes this movie makes is killing off Rachel (Ellie Cornell) from the last film, twenty minutes into the movie. I totally liked her character in the fourth entry, and it was almost a slap in the face to the fans when she goes out the way she does this time around. Director should be ashamed of himself. Not too many positive accolades for this entry, some of the kills are nice (the pitch fork one being the highlight,) the ending sequence is rather suspenseful, but at the end of the day it adds up to a total lost cause. Not as horrible a movie as you have read about, but certainly one of the least entertaining entries in the franchise.

6. Halloween 3: Season of the Witch (1982): The only Halloween movie that doesn't feature Michael Myers, instead, it's about an evil Irish toy maker, that plans on wiping out all of the children around the world, with his special brand of masks, on Halloween night. Third entry takes a complete departure from the series into an almost "Twilight Zone" scenerio; which was John Carpenter's original idea with the series to begin with. The new approach angered most fans, who demanded the return of Michael Myers. For what's worth, I applaude it for trying something different, however, even as a stand alone film, it just plain reeks. Even genre favorite Tom Atkins can't save this turd of a movie. Also, I fucking hate that damn catchy Silver Shamrock song that is played at nausea throughout the movie.

7. Halloween: Resurrection (2002): Laurie Strode is now in a mental institution only to have Michael track her down and eventually finish the job. He then returns to Haddonfield and his old house, only to find a group of reality show morons are shooting a special Internet broadcast in his home. Happy homecoming indeed. Awful seventh entry, features some of the worst characters in the entire franchise. I wanted to kick my television screen in when Busta Rhymes started karate kicking Michael Myers. Seriously stop putting rap stars in horror films, I see that it appeals to a wider audience, but the novelty has worn thin. They bring nothing to their characters and only exist to grate the audiences' nerves. Michael looks bored in this film, the kills are unoriginal, and the story lack any kind of suspense or scares. One of the worst of the series.

8. Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1996): Michael Myers is once again after his neice Jamie and now her new born child. After disposing of Jamie, he then tries to track down her offspring in Haddonfield. Confusing, stupid, and utterly appalling sixth entry makes no sense at all. Apparently Michael is now controlled by a Druid cult, who want Jamie's child to start a new rebirth of evil. Ludicrous story telling, really makes you wonder what the writers for this pile of shit were smoking, when they decided to take the series in this pointless direction. Suppose "Producer's Cut" helps explain more about the story, but after watching this steaming pile of cespool shit, I find it very hard to believe that the director's cut could be any much better. Watch out for a very young Paul Rudd, making a complete ass of himself.

Halloween (2007) and Halloween 2 (2009): Rob Zombie's totally uneccessary remakes of John Carpenter's classic original. We are treated to a new backstory of Michael Myers, who wouldn't you guess it comes from a broken home. He snaps one Halloween night, kills his sister, step-dad, and the sister's boyfriend. He is then confined to a mental hospital, under the care of Dr. Loomis (played here by Malcolm McDowell) He escapes one night and tries to track down his estranged sister Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton). Two words to describe Mr. Zombie's take on the Halloween movies. WHITE TRASH!!!! Horrendous dialogue, totally unlikable characters, over-the-top killings, and a tired retread of the original's source material, make these movies some of the most embrassing and and pathetic attempts to revitalize a classic horror movie. Even filling the movies with genre favorites like Brad Douriff, Sid Haig, Dee Wallace Stone, and Caroline Williams can't save these clunkers. A complete waste of time!!!!!!

ilovemovies 10-04-2011 04:14 AM

Halloween H20 - 7/10
Halloween 4 - 7/10
Halloween 2 - 7/10
Halloween - 7/10
Halloween Resurrection - 7/10
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers - 6/10
Halloween 5 - 5/10
Halloween (2007) - 4/10
Halloween 2 (2009) - 1/10
Halloween III - 0/10 (been a LONG time since I've seen it though)

jaw2929 10-05-2011 03:19 PM

Mine would go something like this:

1. Halloween (original)
2. Halloween 4
3. Halloween 2 (original)
4. Halloween H20

After those, it doesn't really matter. I mean Part 6 & 5 were OK (6 being better than 5), Resurrection was horse-shit with Busta Rymes doing Kung-Fu on Myers... Halloween 3 wasn't even a Myers-related entry and the two remakes really suck in comparison to the originals. Though despite myself, I'll probably still end up buying 'em. :p

SpikeDurden 10-26-2011 01:13 PM

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urbanlegend23 10-26-2011 07:37 PM

1. Halloween (9/10)
2. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (8/10)
3. Halloween (2007) (8/10)
4. Halloween II (8/10)
5. Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers (4/10)
6. Halloween: Resurrection (3/10)
7. Halloween II (2009) (1/10)
8. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1/10)

I've still got to see V and VI to complete my viewing of this series.

III is probably the worst film I've ever seen in my life and Zombie's II isn't far behind.

I don't really 'get' some of the criticism levelled at H20. It's a really suspenseful, well-written entry into the series and Jamie Lee Curtis gives a tour-de-force performance. It's a lot more polished-looking than many of the others too. It satisfied the gorehound in me with some pretty grotesque kills. Curtis' confrontation with Michael at the end is simply awesome. I liked the in-jokes directed at Jason Voorhees, Psycho and the Scream trilogy, and I don't believe it's "Michael Myers meets Dawson's Creek" as some do. I'm not a passionate fan of the series but don't all of the films feature teenage victims? Just because this one has Michelle Williams and was made in 1998 somehow makes it different/worse than the rest? To me, it's easily the best of the franchise behind the masterfully suspenseful original..

BloodFrenzy 10-26-2011 09:32 PM

Halloween - 9.5/10 Brilliant
Halloween 2 - 7/10 Meh...Kinda overated
Halloween 3 - I think I'm the only person who hasn't seen it
Halloween 4 - 6/10 Scary fun
Halloween 5 - 5/10 Also scary fun
Halloween 6 - 4/10 A cult whaat??
Halloween H20 - 5/10 Least scary Mikey
Halloween Resurrection - Don't want to see it
Halloween (Rob Zombie) - 7.5/10 Am I the only one who like this?
Halloween II (Rob Zombie) - 5/10 White horse my ass. What a muddled mess

urbanlegend23 10-26-2011 09:47 PM

I liked Zombie's 2007 remake a lot. I used it to prefer it to the original film however a recent remake of the latter changed my mind. It was very different to the original and fleshed out Myers' story which is something I actually loved - a carbon-copy remake would've been boring.

Too bad about the completely awful second film though. It was a visually ugly film, horribly directed, and so all-over-the-place with its "character development". Malcolm McDowell's performance is pretty embarrassing. The scenes showing Michael without a mask were horrible (who would've pictured him to look like, well, Rob friggin Zombie) and anytime Sherri Moon came on-screen with her douche white horse I felt like throwing my remote at the TV. It was a disaster and the worst film of 2009.

Shadow Master 10-26-2011 09:47 PM

I haven't seen Halloween III yet and only saw the Rob Zombie films once each and have to see them again to see how they hold up for me. So for now I'll just rank the original series minus Season Of The Witch.


Halloween (1978)
Halloween II (1981)
Halloween H20
The Return Of Michael Myers
The Curse Of Michael Myers
The Revenge Of Michael Myers
Resurrection


Love 1, 2, 4 and H20, and even like 6 (I haven't seen the Producer's Cut, though). 5 is meh and Resurrection is an insult.

Evil Ed 10-27-2011 11:17 AM

Halloween
Halloween 2
Halloween 3
Halloween H20
Halloween 6
Halloween Resurrection
Halloween 4
Halloween (RZ)
Haloowen 2 (RZ)
Halloween 5

MisoGenie 10-27-2011 04:04 PM

These films are too hard to rate, honestly. I would put them all about on the same level, so here are the ones I enjoy the most:

Halloween-The Curse of Michael Myers

And I enjoy all of the ones from then on the least, including the remake. (I haven't seen its sequel yet, but have no desire to.) I really like this series, but after the death of Donald Pleasance things went downhill.

MikeMovie 10-27-2011 04:11 PM

of the ones I've seen

Halloween 8/10
Halloween 2 8/10
Halloween 3: Season of the Witch 7/10 (I hated it when I was a kid. I thought it couldn't possibly be the third in the trilogy. I felt I had been tricked. But I liked it more when I got a little older)

And that's all the ones I've seen enough to rate.

I've also seen Zombies remake... Haven't seen his sequel. Don't wanna...

Halloween 4/10

Scotch 10-28-2011 12:36 AM

1. Halloween
2. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
3. Halloween II
4. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
5. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
6. RZ's Halloween
7. Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
8. Halloween Resurrection
9. Halloween III: Season of the Witch
10. RZ's Halloween II

oh-dae-su 11-20-2011 08:27 PM

1. Halloween - 9/10
2. Halloween II - 7/10
3. Halloween III: Season of the Witch - 7.5/10
4. Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers - 6/10
5. Halloween V: The Revenge of Michael Myers - 6.5/10
6. Halloween VI: The Curse of Michael Myers - 5/10
7. Halloween VI: The Curse of Michael Myers Producers Cut - 3/10
8. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later - 7.5/10
9. Halloween: Resurrection - 7/10
10. Halloween (2007) - 0/10
11. H2 - 0/10

Best: Halloween
Worst: Halloween (2007)

horrorfan678 09-01-2012 02:50 PM

Best two

Halloween (1978)

Halloween III: Season of the witch (1982)

The rest suck, and are made by profiteers, not filmmakers.

Antonio141 09-01-2012 05:25 PM

1. Halloween (Original): A+
2. Halloween II (Original): A
3. Halloween-H2O: A
4. Halloween 4: B
5. Halloween 5: B-
6. Halloween (Remake): C
7. Halloween 6: C-
8. Halloween III: D
9. Halloween: Resurrection: D-
10. Halloween 2 (Remake): F

PSU80 09-02-2012 07:30 AM

1. Halloween (original)
2. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
3. Halloween II (original)
4. Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
5. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
6. H20: Twenty Years Later
7. Halloween III: Season of the Witch
8. Rob Zombie's Halloween
9. Rob Zombie's Halloween 2
10. Halloween: Resurrection

Cronos 09-02-2012 08:06 AM

Halloween
Halloween III: Season Of The Witch
Rob Zombie's Halloween
Rob Zombie's Halloween II
Halloween II
Halloween VI: Producer's Cut

Order the rest as you like, they're on an equal level of unwatchable garbage.

athf1980 09-04-2012 10:43 PM

Halloween
Halloween 4
Halloween 2
Halloween h20
Halloween remake
Halloween 5
Halloween 6

have not seen Halloween 3, 7 or sequel to the remake

ggtimmo 09-16-2012 09:31 PM

I love the series, but honestly HALLOWEEN and HALLOWEEN 2 are easily the best in my opinion. They are the most orignial and best made.

Film Fan BeAm2k 10-11-2012 02:48 AM

Halloween
Halloween 2
Halloween H20
Halloween 4
Halloween 5
Halloween 3: Season of the Witch
RZ's Halloween
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
RZ's Halloween II
Halloween Resurrection

son_of_arrow 10-24-2012 04:28 PM

I am having a hard time believing so many shmoes dig H20 so much, I can barely look at the cover without feeling nausea...

HalloweeN - 10/10 (just can't beat this one)
Halloween III - 8/10 (for originality and fun! Love Tom Atkins!)
HalloweeN 4 - 8/10 (the score and cinematography alone treats me)
Halloween II - 7/10 (awesome old-school feel, a bit too similar to the original)
Halloween 6 - 6/10 (great atmosphere and murder, Brother Cain!)

Oh Boy....

Halloween 5 - 4/10 (at least it had Loomis?... great title graphic!)
Halloween 8 - 2/10 (the deleted "Johnny angel" scene was boss)
Halloween 7 - 1/10 (uhhh... when Laurie screams Michael was pretty good)

I won't rank the remakes along side the originals 'cause they're just aside the series IMO. And to paraphrase a fellow shmoe on this thread "White horse my ass!!"

LeperMessiah 11-02-2012 02:26 AM

1)Halloween
2)Halloween 4
3)Halloween 2
4)Halloween H20
5)RZ's Halloween
6)Halloween 5
7)Halloween 6
8)a tie between Halloween 3 and Busta's Halloween

Slausen 11-10-2012 04:43 PM

1. Halloween 9/10
2. RZ's Halloween 2 9/10 (YES ...)
3. Halloween III 8/10 (Yes ...)
4. Halloween 2 6.5/10
5. Halloween 4 5/10
6. RZ's Halloween 5/10
7. H20 4.5/10
8. Halloween 6 3/10
9. Halloween 5 2.5/10
10. Halloween Resurrection 2/10

jd95 06-04-2013 10:19 AM

These films also became parodies of themselves. I think the plots for H4-6 where ideas thrown into a hat, shaken, and picked randomly. I thought the whole cult angle would be interesting when it was first brought up in ... H4 I think, but it turned out to be total crap. Remember when that guy in black broke Michael out of jail? That seemed badass, but that guy turned out to be nothing. Not to mention the fact the seeing Michael sitting in a jail cell with his mask on was asinine.

The original though. Man, was that good.

The R. Zombie remakes were pretty useless too.

magjournal 06-04-2013 11:50 AM

01 Halloween [1978] (4/4)
02 Halloween II [1981] (3/4)
03 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (3/4)
04 Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (2.5/4)
05 Halloween: Resurrection (2.5/4)
06 Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (2/4)
07 Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (2/4)
08 Halloween [2007] (1.5/4)
09 Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1.5/4)
10 Halloween II [2009] (1/4)


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Kevin Smith fan 10-05-2013 01:40 AM

1.Halloween 2
2.Halloween
3.Rob Zombie's Halloween
Halloween 4: Return of Michael Myers
Halloween 3: Season of the Witch
Halloween: H20
Halloween 5: Revenge of Michael Myers
Rob Zombie's Halloween 2
Halloween: Resurrection
Halloween 6: Curse of Michael Myers

boondocksaint77 11-13-2013 10:35 AM

Of the ones I've actually seen.
 
Halloween (78)
H20
Halloween 2
Halloween (07)
Halloween 6
Halloween 2 (remake)
Halloween 3

magjournal 11-28-2013 12:49 AM

01. Halloween [1978]
02. Halloween II [1981]
03. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
04. Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
05. Halloween: Resurrection
06. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
07. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
08. Halloween III: Season of the Witch
09. Halloween [2007]
10. Halloween II [2009]

I know people really despise Halloween: Resurrection but I find it to be silly fun. The only ones I don't really like are 08, 09, and 10 (and 08 isn't too bad, just average).

EDIT: I notice I posted before and my feelings seem to have changed on the films. A lot of them just grew on me more. They're mostly fun flicks.


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