*Excluding the Rob Zombie movies, because I have no interest at all in watching them.
The Halloween franchise was/is a weird one. I know a lot of people who love this franchise, but I’m not very sure why. I frankly think there’s only 1 great movie in the franchise, 3 good ones, 2 that are merely okay, and 3 that can be considered bad/horrible. And remember I’m not even talking about the Rob Zombie movies because I had no interest in watching a reboot of the franchise, at least not one without Jamie Lee Curtis. Either way, I’m still ranking the franchise aside from Zombie’s reboot and sequel from worst to best.
9. Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
When Busta Rhymes is the best part of your movie, there is something seriously wrong with your movie. Everyone can agree that this is the worst Halloween movie by far, not because there aren’t other bad movies, (they are) because this is the bottom of the barrel when it comes to horror movies. They killed off our heroine Laurie within the first 10 minutes and left us with a bunch of unlikeable characters that we don’t care about for the rest of the runtime. I will give the movie props for being ahead of times with the live streaming aspect of the plot and Busta Rhymes genuinely laugh though I believe that was unintentionally but other than that this movie is garbage and should have never been made.
8. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
This movie has many problems that cause it to be one of the worst sequels in the franchise. Undermining the great ending to H4 being the most glaring, but the other most noticeable problem? Halloween 5 is bland and boring! I am not lying when I say that I fell asleep twice while watching this. It’s that boring. The characters just like in Resurrection are unlikable, there’s no one to root for in this movie expect Jamie. Loomis is at his absolute worst here, and for some reason, they killed Rachel, Jamie’s adoptive sister and focus on her friend instead? I cared about Rachel, I don’t care about her friends. The filming reeked with rewrites and boy does it show. The movie is just fulled with bizarre and horrible decisions made by the writers.
7. Halloween: The Curse of Micheal Myers (1995)
This edges out Halloween 5 for me because it’s not as bland and boring, also it has Paul Rudd who I love. But this movie is not a good movie, I dislike a lot of things in this movie more than I liked. The movie tries to do too many things at once with this cult and a man in black character that was introduced in the last movie that I didn’t care about it then in that movie and I didn’t care about it in this one. Jamie was killed after having Micheal’s baby and that was probably what I hated most about this movie. We already know that Micheal is a monster, why did they decide to make him a pedophile and introduce incest into this franchise. Neither were necessary and both held me back from completely enjoying the movie. I will say what I did like about this movie was the tone and atmosphere, while I was watching it felt like I was watching a movie set during Halloween and I can’t say the same about some of the movies in this series, but it’s not enough to save this movie.
6. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
I’m sorry people! I really am, I know this movie has a cult following and so many people love it and I don’t. I don’t hate it like some of the movies on the list, but I don’t like it and it’s not because there’s no Micheal Meyers. The only thing I hate about this movie is the gross unnecessary romance between Tom Atkins and Stacey Nelkin’s characters. I’m sorry, but Tom could have been her father that’s how big the age difference is between them and I could not get over that. Moving over to what I actually really liked and had wished the franchise kept going with the analogy series they had in mind at first and I like the plot of Season of the Witch. The thing I don’t like about this movie is its execution of the plot. I felt the plot of the movie wasn’t executed as well as it could have been. I think there was a lot more they could have done and when the movie was over I stuck with all the potential ideas that I felt the movie skipped out on. It’s a goofy, weird movie and I think I was expecting something else. Maybe I’ll change my mind about this movie, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.
5. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
I expected to really enjoy H20. It had a lot of things going for it. Jamie Lee Curtis is finally back since the first sequel which gave me a lot of hope that this would be the sequel that I loved, but at alas that was not the case. I found H20 to be very middle of the road. There’s nothing particularly wrong with it, but there’s nothing I found to be amazing either. H20 came out after Scream and wow does it show. H20 is an immediate reaction to Scream and that’s neither a bad or a good thing. It just shows it feels like it’s trying to be something it’s not, which can be said about many of the sequels in the series, but I really felt it here. H20 is fine, I guess. Having Jamie Lee Curtis back and a great confrontation with Micheal was fun, but I was expecting something more.
4. Halloween II (1981)
This is one of the good sequels, but I don’t have many thoughts on it. What I enjoyed most about this movie is that it picks right off after the first film where it feels more like a part two than an actual sequel. It takes place mostly as a continuation of the first film and I enjoyed it as much. I think it needs to be watched alongside the first film or it doesn’t work as well. My only negative with it is that Jamie Lee Curtis doesn’t have much to do in this film at all. She’s asleep for most of the film and has nothing to for the whole film, but that being my only nitpick, you know that this was an improvement over some of the later sequels.
3. Halloween 4: The Return of Micheal Meyers (1988)
I liked this movie a lot surprisingly. I didn’t expect much because I knew Jamie Lee Curtis wasn’t apart of the movie and that we would be dealing with her daughter instead, but Danielle Harris makes this movie. Without her performance, this movie fails at just every level. However, Danielle Harris carries this movie with this touching performance that you have to feel for her. I also liked her adoptive family and her relationship with her adoptive sister Rachel. It’s the same basic plot with Micheal coming after his last remaining family member, but with Danielle’s performance and her relationship with her sister makes this one of the better Halloween sequels in my opinion.
2. Halloween (2018)
After watching Halloween 5, 6, H20, Resurrection back to back and then Halloween (2018), can I just say this was such an improvement in quality it was insane. This truly feels like a worthy sequel to the original Halloween. It does have its fair share of problems though. I could have done without the teenage drama and the bad twist with the doctor that felt like it was recycled from Halloween 6. Also, there was a lot of things that were indeed recycled from other films in the series, I still think this is the best sequel in the series. I loved the ending of this movie, and I am glad that this is how I end my viewing of the Halloween franchise at least for the moment until we get the next two movies. This franchise doesn’t know when to stop, now do them?
1. Halloween (1978)
I hoped you all knew that this would be number one. There couldn’t have been anything else as number one. Halloween (1978) is a classic of the horror genre and the reason why is what horror is today. Halloween may not be the first slasher, but it did popularize the genre. Your favorite horror movie (if it isn’t Halloween) probably wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Halloween I’m betting. Halloween isn’t the best movie ever, but it was an accomplishment and a staple of horror that you have to respect for what it did to the genre more than anything else.