Halloween: A Complete Guide to Horror's Weirdest, Most Unpredictable Franchise (2023)

The story of Halloween in Haddonfield, Illinois was told and retold: the night in 1963 that an angelic 6-year-old Michael Myers, dressed in a clown suit, brutally murdered his teenage sister, followed by the night 15 years later , again on Halloween, when he broke out of a mental institution in his famously mutilated William Shatner mask to take virgin babysitter Laurie Strode, a.k.a.Jamie Lee Curtisin the role that would make her the ultimate scream queen.

As Laurie, Curtis has battled the immortal, quiet but single-minded Michael Myers in seven of the 13 filmsJohn Carpenter’sHalloweenfranchises - including the latest trilogy, a trio of revamped sequels that launched in 2018 and reimagined Laurie's adult life but still showed her being stalked and pursued by the killer. Directed byDavid Gordon Green, the (supposedly) last part of the trilogy,Halloween ends, coming this weekend.

The new film stars Laurie, now with decades of experience behind her, watching Michael, waiting for him to return for one final round of leisurely, unstoppable violence.

Of all the iconic horror franchises, none quite as quirky and unpredictable as this one. Although the original filmHalloween(1978) is Carpenter's signature film, being the only one in the series he directed. He then co-wrote and produced a sequel with his collaboratorDebra Hill, but her subsequent attempt to keep the series from becoming formulaic would result in it meandering in random, clipped directions.

As a result, most horror franchises stick to their core concept and expand on it over timeHalloweenFranchise keeps getting lost and restarting - hence the shaky continuity of the latest trilogy. The only thing we can say for sure about the entire franchise timeline is that the first two films are paired and will be released back-to-back on the same night. After that, the franchise goes haywire, spinning through one-offs, sequels, and remakes that constantly overwrite each other.

This cyclical quality may also be the reasonHalloweenis so enduringly popular - you definitely don't need to have seen every movie in the franchise to understand what's happening or to enjoy the next one. For the comingHalloween ends, it helps to have seen the previous two films in the revised trilogy, but seeing the rest is certainly not a requirement.

Of course, there's another facet of the series' enduring popularity that can't be overlooked, and that's the game of cat-and-mouse between Laurie and horror's most relentless killer. So if you're a Michael Myers fan, you've come to the right place: let us guide you through the films and tell you which ones are must-haves for casual wearHalloweenFan and which are skippable (most of them, but there's some candy in the Halloween piñata!).

The Rules by Michael Myers

Before we begin: With a franchise this contradictory, it's good to establish which parts of the filmsareconsistent. This way when you refresh yoursHalloweenMovies, it doesn't matter if you skip some. Here are the franchise's main rules - all of which, unsurprisingly, involve its iconic villain.

1) Michael Myers always wears his mask — and he never, ever speaks.

In none of the films is he seen without his mask. The Shatner masks have become clothHorror Movie Legend. As for his voice, he's only heard speaking in one film that explores his childhood - before he became a monster. Furthermore? Nada.

2) Michael is usually referred to as "The Shape" and is always referred to as a boogeyman at some point.

A laudatory tradition that began in the first two films and has been revived intermittently over the years, The Shape is back for the latest trilogy. The boogeyman has remained a constant.

3) Michael is always obsessed with Laurie Strode or her closest relatives.

The reason for this is revealed in the second film, and all subsequent films have retained this explanation for their context.

4) Michael never walks. Healwayswalks slowly behind its victims and is never in a hurry.

Part of what's terrifying about Michael is that he's easily the most laid-back serial killer in history. It never accelerates beyond a leisurely stroll and often seems almost careless in its attempts to fend off its prey. Of course, he almost always gets it in the end.

5) Michael cannot be killed.

This is obvious but worth noting. Throughout the franchise, he will survive multiple gunshots, stabbings, explosions, car crashes, electrocution, being run over, having his skull smashed in, being set on fire multiple times, and (sort of) being decapitated.

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Halloween(1978): The one who founded an entire genre

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Keyword:"The nightIScame home!"

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Is it a trick or a treat?Definitely a treat.

Halloweenis famous for many reasons. He single-handedly ushered in the era of the slasher film. It's John Carpenter's breakout film, a low-budget indie that made an astronomical profit and launched his career. It has one of the most famous soundtracks and horror themes in history, written by Carpenter himself. It remains an impossibly chilling film, packed with lingering and now iconic footage of his killer stalking bucolic suburbs, biding his time or casually watching his kills. And, most importantly, it introduced us to one of horror's most iconic villains, destined to be mentioned in the same breath forever as Freddy and Jason.

Halloweenis often credited as the first example of the slasher subgenre of horror and for introducing the world to the concept of the Final Girl: the one girl normally chosen for her virginal qualities and allowed to survive the cinematic massacre of her all counterparts.

Except none of those things are true. The slash-happy giallo genre of Italian noir thrillers is olderHalloweenby about a decade, and two earlier slasher films gave us the prototypical Final Girl: Tobe HoopersTexas Chainsaw Massacreand the Canadian cult classicBlack Christmas, released a few months apart in 1974.

Halloween, however, slashers and Final Girls burst into the mainstream, thanks in large part to the appeal of Jamie Lee Curtis as the wily if mostly helpless Laurie Strode.

Laurie embodied the Final Girl trope from the start: she was "too smart" for boys and dressed like a shabby housewife, in contrast to the other girls with their trendy fashions and sexual exploration; In other words, she embodied the kind of chaste virtue that ensured her survival. But Curtis managed to play that role with a kind of fierce, gleaming slyness beneath the passive exterior — and two decades later, on her return to the franchise after a long hiatus, she would truly shake off the helpless act once and for all.

The other main character ofHalloweenis an unlikely one, but a fan favorite nonetheless: Michael's avid therapist, Dr. Loomis, played by the always crazydonald please, who would remain the heart of the franchise until his death.

Then there's the specter of Michael himself, played primarily by the actor (and later established director).Nik Schloss. As a horror villain, Michael ranks very high on the "too incredible to be effective" gauge, but there's something genuinely and indelibly terrifying about him from the moment he shows up as a kid on his first killing spree in a harlequin costume , at the time he returns to silently stalk Laurie's suburban neighborhoods, dangling a knife and wearing a mask that's dirty, mottled, and still creepy as hell.

Halloween II(1981): The one who sealed the formula

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Keyword:"More of the nightIScame home." (I guess modern horror was still working out how to really market this franchise thing, huh.)

Is it a direct sequel?And.

Is it a trick or a treat?For trueHalloweenFans, it's a treat, albeit an arduous one.

Halloween 2, also written by Carpenter and Hill, picks up immediately after the first film, still on the same Halloween night. Of course, while Loomis leads the police across town looking for Michael, our killer takes it to the hospital where Laurie is recovering from her injuries and proceeds to kill all of the staff to get to her. The film ends with the shocking revelation that Laurie belongs to MichaelMiscellaneousSister who was born too young to know him and has been shielded from the truth all her life - until, of course, on Halloween, her past literally caught up with her.

What makes this film notable among the franchises is that it sets the central conflict between Michael and the town of Haddonfield itself. Haddonfield is the only "character" who appears consistently throughoutHalloweenseries (minus the runaway, which is the third film), and his relationship with Michael changes in interesting ways over the decades.

How movies go, thoughHalloween 2is not very good. Relegated to an even more useless role than in the first film, Laurie spends the film disabled due to her injuries. And even though we're only on the second film, the murders already feel formulaic and superficial; Gone are the creatively displayed corpses and carefully arranged murder tableaus staged to heighten the horror of whoever finds them.

Whether it's because it's the same night and he's been on his feet all day running from the law, or because at some point he apparently took six bullets in his chest and headHalloween IIMichael is pretty "whatever" about how the bodies fall. However, he can fake a really dumb cop by pretending to be dead, and he clearly enjoys that part, so you do it Mikey.

Halloween 3: Season of the Witch: The's a whole different story

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Keyword:"The night nobody comes home."

Is it a direct sequel?No, it has nothing to do with anything elseHalloweenFilm.

Is it a trick or a treat?☠️ This movie is a dirty prank for everyoneHalloweenFans, but it's worth checking out just for the weirdness - especially for John Carpenter completists.

ToHalloween 2, Carpenter and Hill shared a vision for the future ofHalloween: Turn it into a series of anthology films instead of continuing the Michael Myers story. As such,Season of the Witch, directing and screenplayHalloweenProduktionsdesigner Tommy Lee Wallace, has nothing to do with the previous two films, apart from recalling a single vague line in the second film about how Samhain, October 31st, was a Druidic holiday often accompanied by ritual sacrifices.

Today we are used to horror franchises expanding from their original storylines and thanks to more recent series likeParanormal ActivityandThe incantation. butSeason of the Witchlacked any connective tissue compared to its predecessors and strayed too far from the formula fans had expected. As a matter of fact,Season of the Witchactually made the originalHalloweena film that exists within its plot that has utterly destroyed any semblance of continuity.

Season of the WitchInstead, he walks a fine line between Lovecraftian horror and corporate sci-fi dystopia, planting himself in California rather than Illinois and foreshadowing a horrifying global Halloween Night conspiracy, all originating in a tiny rural areacompany city. Frequent carpenter employeeTom AtkinsStars as a middle-aged doctor who is driven insane after a patient dies at the hands of mysterious suits for a company that sells Halloween masks. Yes, that's a real sentence I just wrote.

The film meanders between Atkins' often far-fetched investigations and sinister events surrounding the factory and her town, while the company owner is a cross between an evil Willy Wonka andHerr Summerisle, monitors everything. The whole ridiculous plot comes to a head with about as much coherence as you would expect based on everything I just wrote.

predictable,Season of the Witchwas a box office flop, ending Carpenter and Hill's hopes of turning the franchise into an anthology series. But then it gradually became a cult classic among horror fans; You can see his influence on modern horror films likecottage in the forest, and its fans argue if it had been a standalone film calledSeason of the Witch, his reception would have been very different.

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Also the soundtrack to itSeason of the Witch, again composed by Carpenter, has a theme entitled "Chariots of Pumpkins," and it isFantastic.

Movies No. 4–6 (1988–1995): Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers,Halloween 5: Revenge of Michael Myers, andHalloween: The Curse by Michael Myers the ones who deserted Laurie for cute kids and evil druids

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Headlines: "This evening,HE IS BACK!"; "Michael is alive. AND THIS TIME THEY ARE READY!”; "Terror never rests in peace."

Are they direct sequels?Yes, easy.

Are they tricks or treats?☠️ TRICKS, don't be fooled - we checked out these movies so you don't have to.

I have to say for the record that Donald Pleasence is a really great actor. His appearance in Outback HorrorWake up in shockis unforgettable. He was a perfectBond villain. He's been nominated for four Tony Awards! But he toolovedchewing the landscape, and the middle period of theHalloweenFranchise,Iin the dr. Loomis becomes the unlikely main character, gave him enough to grit his teeth.

The fourth and fifth films, produced in 1988 and 1989 respectively, attempt to continue the saga of the Strodes and Michael Myers without Jamie Lee Curtis. A bunch of new writers and directors came into the franchise and killed Laurie Strode in an offscreen car crash, replacing her as the focal point of the story with her reinvented 8-year-old daughter, an annoyingly angelic little girl named Jamie. All three films are generic teen slashers with little Spielberg kids and a raging Pleasence in the middle.

In the end nothing happensHalloweenHowever, 4 or 5 is really important because the sixth movie kills Jamie outright to make room for a new set of victims (includingclueless-era Paul Rudd) and a whole lot of crazy new storyline: Michael apparently fathered a son by his niece Jamie (wtf) while she was still a part of a full fledged goth cult (wtf!!) for about a decade (wtf!).Anothervast druidic conspiracy orchestrated by the head of Michael's sanatorium to mystically implant Michael with superhuman sociopathy becauseHALLOWEEN. WTF!!!

But none oftheno matter becauseHalloween 6was widely hated, flopped at the box office, and then its absurd plot was also completely ignored by every other film that followed.

One interesting thing about these films is Haddonfield's increasing self-awareness as an unspoken figure in the Michael Myers story. The police become an overzealous, hapless army opposed to Michael's eventual return, while the townsfolk believe he's finally gone, turning him into a veritable urban legend. The latest trilogy returns to that idea and expands on these three films in a way most others doHalloweenfilms do not.

The main attraction of this wayward middle part of theHalloweenSaga is Dr. Loomis from Pleasence. Armed only with a pathetic and flimsy pistol, Loomis seems to be the only character who can keep facing Michael and survive to tell the story. And Pleasence always manages to walk a fine line between stone cold sanity and madness that makes Loomis vulnerable and lovable even when he's at his most aggressive.

Unfortunately, Pleasence died after filming but before the release of the sixth film dedicated to him. And without him, there was really only one other person who could hold itHalloweenflame burns.

Halloween H20: 20 years later(1998): The one where Laurie’s back

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Headlines:"The nightYOUhit back!"; "Terror isn't going on vacation this summer." (This one makes sense considering the film was released in August.)

Is it a direct sequel?Yes, as the title says.

Is it a trick or a treat?Honestly, this is a treat!

Director Steve Miner wisely brought Jamie Lee Curtis back into the franchiseH20completely ignoring everything that happened in films 3 through 6 aside from the barely mentioned car accident that initially killed Laurie Strode. Here we learn that she faked her own death, moved to California, and became the principal of a private school under an assumed identity. Michael tracks her down anyway, just in time for her son's 17th birthday, and the madness begins again.

Two things stand out when you look at itH20.The first is how much the '90s helped push the treatment of women in horror films, and how starkly different the grown-up Laurie is from her tepid, frightened younger self. While she's still clearly traumatized by what happened to her, she's also built an amazing life as an academic and a mother — and now she's ready to fight to keep that life.H20is the first film in which one of the women targeted by Michael, or indeed any of the victims, actually tries to fight back, rather than just walking around in fear for most of the film. And the film takes it a step further by having Laurie decide to stay and confront Michael even if she has the chance to escape.

The second is how much ofScream had an immediate impact on horror films. (At one point the film shows his group of teenagers watchingscream 2on Halloween night.)H20is much more character-driven than any of its predecessors and revolves around Laurie and her relationship with her son (Josh Hartnett). This is the moment when you can see thatHalloweenProducers have finally figured out that horror franchises can be about more than just horror.

Halloween: Resurrection(2001): The one in which Michael kills Laurie

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Keyword:"Evil finds its way home."

Is it a direct sequel?Apparently it's a loose sequelH20, but we reject this premise.

Is it a trick or a treat?☠️ WORST TRICK, stay away unless you like cheesy early internet nostalgia and loads of fuzzy found footage tricks.

Halloween: Resurrectionis so trending for summer 2001 that it isfastWorth watching for the cheesy aspects of The Time Capsule: the impact of early reality television, the advent of online relationships, and of course the way it both worksScreamandBlair Witch Projecthad led to a trend of so-meta-it-hurt horror films that experimented with found footage and shaky cameras. Here you can see a bunch of college students watching and cheering on a bunchMiscellaneousCollege students — and for some reason Busta Rhymes — as they invade the old Myers house for a live reality show on TV, which of course turns into a house of horrors as Michael does a slice-and-dice shows up.

Where is Laurie during all this you ask? Gone is the assertive survivalist Laurie fromH20. The film robs her of her new life and puts her in an institution as a result of the ending of that previous film. Then it kills her within the first 10 minutes and rocks the show as she kisses Michael on the mouth and promises "see you in hell".

Wasresurrectionthis is completely missedHalloweenit just isn'tHalloweenwithout Michael fighting a specific group of characters. As far as thatHalloween 4-6worked, they worked because Michael was still following the Strode family and Dr. Loomix fought. Take away that connection and you have a formulaic slasher film that no amount of clever stylization can cover.

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Halloween(2007) andHalloween II(2009), also known as Rob Zombie'sHalloween

Headlines:"Evil has a destiny"; "Family is forever."

Are they direct sequels?No, these are spiritually faithful remakes of the first two films.

Are they tricks or treats?Very spicy treats.

From the emotionally charged opening scene, where we begin to realize we're looking at a picture of Michael Myers' deeply dysfunctional personal life before he snapped and continued his childhood rampage, Rob Zombie takes it onHalloweenannounces itself as something different, a cut above all other films in the franchise bar der Erste.

By giving Michael a backstory similar to those that often spawn real-life serial killers, the film humanizes him and belies the idyllic "terror comes to the suburbs" aspect of all previous films. The film also delves into an aspect of his story that has so far only been described in hindsight: his psychotherapy sessions with Dr. Loomis, played here byMalcolm McDowell. zombies second movie,Halloween II, extends this interest in psychology to Laurie Strode (played this time byScout Taylor-Compton), exploring the emotional and psychological connection between her and Michael.

Like all Rob Zombie films, these are steeped in violence and profanity, but the deranged atmosphere helps make Michael feel more interesting than any previous films - he's both a superhuman killer and a boy who's clearly affected by the sociological factors is driven to turn people into sociopaths. As far as horror movies go, these are among the better offerings of the 2000s crop of gritty slashers.And because it's still about Michael Myers, it all feels epic and larger than life in a way few of these other films do.

Halloween(2018): The one in which Laurie is a paranoid survivor

Keyword:"40 years later, evil returns home."

Is it a direct sequel?Yes, they are direct sequels to the first two films.

Trick or treat?A treat!

The 2018 film should feel very familiarHalloweenfans. Curtis' Laurie is back in full survival (and survivor) mode. Her family, particularly her adult daughter Karen, has spent most of her life mistaking Laurie for a paranoid renegade conspiracy nut, hoarding guns, and rhapsodizing about the day Michael Myers will return. Their tune changes quickly once Michael actually returns to Haddonfield.

This version ofHalloweenis a direct homage to the originalHalloweenin many ways. It expects its viewers to know and love the original film and respond to its echo years later. Especially thisHalloweenis fully aware of whatHalloweenMovies Do It Best: Let Michael Myers terrify viewers as he carries out his regularly scheduled sinister rampage through Haddonfield.

Halloween-Kills(2021): The one in which Haddonfield is the star

Keyword:"Evil dies tonight."

Is it a direct sequel?Yes, it's a direct sequel to the 2018 film.

Trick or treat? ☠️A skippable slog.

For a franchise that includes a surprise incest baby and two separate druid conspiracies, it speaks volumes that this film is one of the most boring of the series. Pick up after the 2018 movie,Halloween-Kills, according to the originalHalloween II, zooms out to focus equally on Laurie and the town of Haddonfield. It's 20 percent formulaic killings and 80 percent random crowds of townsfolk chanting, "Evil dies tonight! Evil dies tonight!” ad nauseam. Spoiler alert: Evil doesn't die tonight, but someone else dies in the final brutal moments - and the ramifications of that death will likely carry over into the latest film.

Halloween ends(2022): Could it be the very last Halloween movie? (Dubious.)

The upcoming film jumps five years into the future after the events of the previous two films and promises us one final (??) showdown between Laurie and Michael. In that film, Laurie has vowed to kill herself if it means take down Michael once and for all — but we've seen her attempt that before, only to be brought back from death for another franchise reboot.

However, this is theHalloween13th film of the franchise – andWe know what they say about number 13. Is that Laurie's lucky or unlucky number? We'll find out soon.

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Halloween endshits theaters and streams on Peacock on October 14th.

Update, October 13, 2022, 11:00 a.m.:This story was originally published in 2018 and has been updated to include the latest entries in theHalloweenFranchise.

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What is the number 1 Halloween movie? ›

According to video-on-demand service Vudu, Hocus Pocus is the most-watched Halloween movie of all time.

Why does Halloween 3 fit into series? ›

It was originally intended to turn Halloween into an anthology series, offering a different Halloween storyline every year. The only connection this movie has with the others in the series is a scene where a trailer for John Carpenter's original 1978 Halloween is seen on a TV.

Is Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween 4? ›

Why Didn't Jamie Lee Curtis Return for 'Halloween 4'? By the time The Shape returned for 1988's Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Jamie Lee Curtis had quit horror.

Is Laurie Michael Myers sister? ›

Meanwhile, Dr. Loomis discovers that Laurie is Michael and Judith's sister; she was put up for adoption after the death of their parents, with the records sealed to protect the family. Realizing that Michael has killed one sister and now wants to kill the other, Loomis rushes to the hospital to find them.

Who is Laurie to Michael Myers? ›

It's towards the end of the film, in a scene with Loomis and his colleague Marion Chambers, that the divisive twist is revealed: Laurie Strode is Michael Myers' sister. The moment those words were spoken, the franchise was changed forever.

How many movies has Halloween killed? ›

To date, the Halloween franchise consists of 13 films (the most recent installment, Halloween Ends, was released on October 14, 2022).

Who is the best Michael Myers? ›

James Jude Courtney in 'Halloween,' (2018), 'Halloween Kills,' (2021), & 'Halloween Ends' (2022) At no time has anyone played Michael Myers three times until James Jude Courtney.

What is Halloween rated R for? ›

Why is Halloween Ends rated R? The MPAA rated Halloween Ends R for bloody horror violence and gore, language throughout and some sexual references.

How is Jamie related to Michael Myers? ›

In the films, Jamie is the daughter of Laurie Strode, who died off-screen in a car accident in the time between Halloween II and 4. As such, she is also the niece of the series' main antagonist, Michael Myers, and becomes her uncle's new primary target after he learns about Laurie's death.

How old is Michael Myers? ›

Michael's exact age from the movies and their sequels is also complicated due to the timelines. Halloween (1978): Six years old (1963) and twenty-one years old (1978). Halloween II: Twenty-one years old. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers: Thirty-one years old.

Why isn t Michael Myers in Halloween Ends? ›

Perhaps the best way for the series to continue without Myers is for John Carpenter to continue his anthology plan. The reason Michael was not present in the third film was because Carpenter actually intended for Halloween, the movies, to be an anthology.

How did Michael Myers have a baby? ›

It should be noted that in The Producer's Cut of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, it is heavily implied that the Cult of Thorn forced Michael to rape Jamie and got her pregnant, resulting in him being the father of the baby.

Why can t Jamie talk in halloween 5? ›

Due to the trauma of the previous Halloween, Jamie has also lost her ability to speak and suffers from irregular seizures and nightmares.

Who is the father of Jamie's baby in Halloween 6? ›

Steven Lloyd is a minor character in the Halloween series. He is the only son and child of Jamie Lloyd and serial killer Michael Myers, also being the latter's grand-nephew. Steven is one of the few surviving members of the Myers family. His appearance was in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.

Is Michael Myers obsessed with Laurie? ›

because she is his sister in most movies. while in the most recent ones, she was the only one to ever survive him, son he became obsessed with her and won't stop until she is dead, and his killing won't likely end there either.

Does Laurie know Michael is her brother? ›

While unconscious, Laurie had a dream wherein she saw images of her brother at a young age and she recalled her mother telling her that she was actually adopted. Waking from this dream, Laurie began to slowly grasp her connection to Michael Myers, though she had yet to realize that he was, in fact, her brother.

How did Michael know Laurie is his sister? ›

Laurie's father asks Laurie to drop the keys off at the Myers house and that is where and how Michael first sees Laurie.

Who is Michael Myers baby sister? ›

Laurie Strode was born Cynthia Myers on February 22, 1961. She was the youngest of three children of Donald and Edith Myers. When Laurie was only two, her six-year-old brother, Michael, brutally murdered their older sister, Judith, with a butcher knife. Michael was sent away following the incident.

Why did Michael Myers start killing? ›

As a child, Michael was admitted into a psychiatric hospital for the murder of his older sister, Judith Myers. After 15 years of captivity, Myers broke out of the asylum and started his killing spree, with the intention to murder his remaining family relatives and anyone who would get in his way.

How many children did Laurie Strode have? ›

However, despite the Halloween franchise giving Laurie three children—Jamie, John, and Karen—across three timelines, for some reason, the franchise has always kept the fathers of these children a mystery.

Is Michael Myers Immortal? ›

In the original continuity, yes, Michael Myers is indeed immortal. However, in the new continuity, he appears to be a supernatural being, but he is certainly flesh and blood (for now).

Who is Michael Myers based on? ›

'Michael Myers' was the real-life name of the head of the now-dissolved British company Miracle Films. Myers, after meeting producer Irwin Yablans, distributed John Carpenter's previous film Assault on Precinct 13 in England in 1977. His name was chosen as a tribute to this success.

Which Halloween character has the most kills? ›

Michael Myers, the slasher with the most kills, has been terrorizing Haddonfield, Illinois, since 1978 (though his very first kill happened in 1963 when he murdered his older sister), and he has even traveled to California to continue killing, as he did in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later when he learned Laurie (Jamie Lee ...

Who is Michael Myers weakness? ›

Michael has a disorder called catatonia. Michael Myers is sometimes disabled from moving whenever he either sits or stands. This makes sense because it explains why Michael walks after his victims rather than running.

Who has more kills Jason or Michael Myers? ›

How many kills does Michael Myers have compared to Jason? But by 1993, Jason continued his streak and killed over 100 people. However, his last film happened in 2009, and he's surpassed Michael Myers' body count with close to 200 victims.

Who is the scariest Michael Myers actor? ›

Nick Castle

He returned to the franchise for the H40 trilogy: Halloween (2018), Halloween Kills (2021), and Halloween Ends (2022). His performance as Michael Myers remains so creepy and unsettling for horror fans, and let's not forget about what he contributed to the H40 trilogy, as well. What is this?

Are there any inappropriate scenes in Avatar the way of water? ›

There is no sex or overt nudity in Avatar: The Way of Water. Just as in the first movie, the Navi wear little clothing. During one early scene you can see a Navi floating in a tank and her breast (including nipple) is shown. But it's very brief and not the focus of the moment.

Does Halloween Kills have any inappropriate content? ›

For 21 and up. Parents should know that this show is inappropriate for people undec 21 and up because this show has a lot of bad things like, killing, guns, sex, violence, people getting hit by a car, all of the curse words, smoking, beer, and wine.

What are the trigger warnings for Halloween movie? ›

The MPAA rating has been assigned for “horror violence and bloody images, language, brief drug use and nudity.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes nudity, a brief, interrupted sexual encounter, some kissing, brutal slasher-movie violence that involve deaths by stabbing, impaling, pummeling and fire as well as ...

Is Jamie Laurie's daughter in Halloween? ›

In the Halloween movie series, Laurie Strode has three children. The first is Jamie Lloyd (as played by Danielle Harris, then later J.C. Brandy); the second is John Tate (as played by Josh Hartnett); and the third is Karen Nelson (as played by Judy Greer).

How did Michael know Jamie was his niece? ›

Michael enters the home and goes into Jamie's bedroom. He looks through her shoe box, the pictures of Laurie confirming the girl's identity as his niece.

Who is Laurie Strode granddaughter? ›

Nationality. Allyson Nelson is one the main characters in Halloween (2018) and Halloween Kills (2021). She is the granddaughter of Laurie Strode, daughter of Karen Nelson, niece of Jamie Lloyd and cousin of Steven Lloyd.

What does Michael Myers eat? ›

Halloween Deleted Scene Pays Sick Tribute to Michael Myers' Appetite for Dog. A cut scene for Halloween shows the brutal aftermath of Michael Myers targeting a pet in Haddonfield.

How many kids does Michael Myers have? ›

They have a son and two daughters.

How old was Michael Myers when he first killed? ›

Victims. Michael Myers made his first appearance in the original 1978 film, Halloween, although the masked character is credited as "The Shape" in the first two films. In the beginning of Halloween, a 6-year-old Michael murders his teenage sister Judith on Halloween, 1963.

How many kills does Michael Myers have? ›

Night of the Living Dead (1968) KILL COUNT: RECOUNT (NEW!) Michael Myers is the main antagonist of the Halloween franchise and one of the longest-living killers in the horror genre. Over the course of 8 movies (Excluding Rob Zombie Remakes) Michael has killed 92 people.

Why did Laurie keep Michael's mask? ›

Laurie, with the help of Allyson, managed to unmask and kill Michael and it was later revealed that she also kept Michael's mask as a memento of her victory and personal growth throughout the events of the franchise's films.

Why did Corey turn evil in Halloween Ends? ›

Corey's mother refuses to allow him any semblance of privacy or a normal life needed by a grown adult--her influence further fuels his repressed anger that eventually results in him killing her during his Halloween night killing spree.

Does Michael Myers have a wife? ›

Mike Myers

How many kids did Michael Myers mom have? ›

How many kids did Michael Myers mom have? For an answer and an explanation, keep on reading! In the Halloween movie series, Laurie Strode has three children.

What did Michael Myers do to his niece? ›

Michael turned on the machine, the whirring blades disemboweling and ultimately killing his niece. Jamie's son is later discovered by Tommy Doyle, the boy Laurie Strode babysat in the first film.

When did Laurie Strode have Karen? ›

Karen Strode was born in 1980 to a nineteen year old Laurie Strode in Haddonfield after a drunken encounter with an unknown man. At some point, she and her mother moved into a secluded house on the outskirts of town as Laurie began preparing for Michael Myers' impending return.

Which Halloween does Jamie have a baby? ›

On October 31, 1989, Michael Myers and his niece Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris) have been abducted by a mysterious stranger in black at the Haddonfield Police Station. Six years later, teenage Jamie (J. C. Brandy) has been impregnated and her baby is born on Halloween Eve.

Did Jamie become a killer in Halloween? ›

It has gone in so many directions. At the end of Halloween 4, the sweet little girl brutally attacked her foster mom, becoming just like her Uncle Michael. It was a bold move, but the filmmakers chickened out in Halloween 5. The mom was revealed to have survived and Jamie's murderous ways were never mentioned again.

Who does Jamie get pregnant? ›

4 revealed that Jamie and Cristina has a son. The yet-unnamed baby boy is now the second 7th-generation Dutton in the show. In Yellowstone season 5, Jamie Dutton has a secret weapon that could give him the upper hand against both John and Beth: Jamie and Cristina's baby son.

Why did Michael spare Corey? ›

One theory explaining why Michael did not kill Corey is because he saw they were not so different. After they were charged for their crimes, they were ostracized by Haddonfield and left to dwell on their feelings of resentment.

How many sisters did Michael Myers have? ›

Michael Myers was born on October 19, 1957. He had an older sister named Judith and a younger sister. The family resided in a two-story house at 45 Lampkin Lane in the suburban town of Haddonfield, Illinois.

What order do you watch the Halloween towns? ›

Here's How to Watch All the 'Halloweentown' Movies in Order
  • “Halloweentown” (1998) Disney. The first “Halloweentown” film sets the stage for all to come. ...
  • “Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge” (2001) Disney. ...
  • “Halloweentown High” (2004) Disney. ...
  • “Return to Halloweentown” (2006) Disney.

What is the order of the Halloween movies? ›


Do you need to watch the old Halloween movies in order? ›

The Halloween franchise now includes 12 movies, but you don't need to watch them all one after the other since they don't follow a chronological order. Halloween is a spooky time of time of year and what better way to get in the mood than with a horror movie and slasher movies always bring out the screams.

What movies do I need to watch before Halloween Ends? ›

1978's Halloween spawned a number of sequels and a reboot duology. Those movies are fantastic classics of horror, but 2018's Halloween marked a relaunch of the franchise. That means, for Halloween Ends, three movies are most relevant: Halloween (1978), Halloween (2018), and Halloween Kills.

Which Halloween timeline is canon? ›

Timeline #1

For better or worse, this is essentially our “original” timeline, and it includes all of the first six films in the series, with the exception of Halloween III: Season of the Witch.

What age is Michael Myers in the first Halloween? ›

On a cold Halloween night in 1963, six year old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister, Judith. He was sentenced and locked away for 15 years. But on October 30, 1978, while being transferred for a court date, a 21-year-old Michael Myers steals a car and escapes Smith's Grove.

What is the scariest Halloween movie in the series? ›

Every Halloween Movie Ranked
  • #1. Halloween (1978) 96% #1. ...
  • #2. Halloween (2018) 79% #2. ...
  • #3. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) 53% #3. ...
  • #4. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) 51% ...
  • #5. Halloween Ends (2022) 40% ...
  • #6. Halloween Kills (2021) 38% ...
  • #7. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) 33% ...
  • #8. Halloween II (1981) 32%

How many Michael Myers movies are there in total? ›

To date, the Halloween franchise consists of 13 films (the most recent installment, Halloween Ends, was released on October 14, 2022). The very first Halloween movie came out in 1978, introducing us to Michael Myers, a ruthless killer who seeks out his first victim at the age of six.

Why is there no blood in the first Halloween movie? ›

Yablans specifically wanted no blood or gore in "Halloween."

Rather, he wanted a character-driven, compelling drama with "all the right scares in all the right places." "I had this idea we could orchestrate the scares and manipulate the audience," said Yablans.

Why is the first Halloween movie rated R? ›

MPAA explanation: violence, sex, profanity.

How old is the oldest Halloween movie? ›

Halloween (1978)

Halloween, the 1978 film directed by John Carpenter, is the iconic horror movie classic that started it all.

Is Halloween Ends gonna be the last movie? ›

The answer appears to be that no, there will not be a sequel to Halloween Ends – at least not a direct one. David Gordon Green has been adamant that this will be the final film in his trilogy, while Jamie Lee Curtis has also appeared to confirm that it will be her last hurrah as Laurie Strode.

How tall is Michael Myers? ›

Michael Myers, recently portrayed by Tyler Mane in Halloween (2007), is depicted as 6 foot 7 inches (2.01 m) tall. Michael Myers was played originally by Nick Castle in Halloween (1978) at the height of 5 foot 10 inches (1.78 m). Michael Myers is the main antagonist of the slasher movie franchise, Halloween.

Is it the same Michael Myers in all Halloween movies? ›

Individual films:

Michael Myers is the antagonist in all of the films with the exception of Halloween III: Season of the Witch, a story with no direct connection to any other film in the series. In 2007, writer-director Rob Zombie created a remake of the 1978 film.


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