More than four decades later, there is still no one who can kill the masked man. We have more than one movie in which the deadpan, masked, and heartlessly evil Michael Myers sows terror and leaves a trail of deaths, each more horrible than the other, in which no one wants to cross paths for obvious reasons. The story goes that a madman escapes from a mental institution, returns to his hometown wearing a cheap William Shatner mask, and murders three innocent teenagers without mercy, emotion, or motive. With this eerily simple premise, John Carpenter officially kicked off the Halloween franchise with the title Halloween – 94%, which spawned a franchise seemingly as indestructible as its leading killer.
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With all those years and counting, the iconic slasher branches out into multiple timelines, multiple reboots, a broad tradition involving old cults and young actors who garnered attention with their appearance in these films, which led to a career that they surely did not imagine. It all started with a project whose reduced budget of $ 300,000 made it possible for a director and writer to create an atmospheric and tense film in 1978 that became the most successful independent film in history for at least the next two decades and, consequently, step, established the formula of slasher cinema that remains in force to this day.
Halloween – 94%
Made with art, haunting music, a high level of taste, and most importantly suspense and relentless scares, Carpenter’s classic about a masked madman terrorizing babysitters remains a staple of the untouchable genre. It doesn’t seem hyperbole to say that Halloween it is one of the best movies of all time. Halloween, the most successful indie film of its day, spawned countless slasher copycats. It has never been improved. Innovation and low-fidelity art still dazzle; the tension still tightens.
Halloween Kills: The night is not over yet – 63%
After a flawed but energetic and lively reboot, Halloween Kills brings the series down with a thud again. This is such a spotty movie that it makes some of the worst installments in the franchise seem a bit quaint in comparison. The plot is a strange mess where the secondary characters who had a few lines in the first movie return, more or less so that they can all be mutilated and killed in an anticlimactic way. Halloween became popular not because of mythology and relationships but because of its extraordinary craftsmanship on a small budget. Curtis, of course, gives it his all, but Halloween Kills leaves her on the sidelines, as if he had learned nothing from doing that the first time or two.
Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later – 51%
H20 is arguably the best of the Myers sequels, with suspense, light humor, and a poignant cameo from Janet Leigh (star of Psycho and mother of Curtis). H20 marks the first and only time this series has given us something close to a close in the Laurie and Michael saga. Our long-suffering heroine turns into a beast in a vengeful ending that is extraordinarily satisfying – so of course it all picked up again four years later in the abysmal Resurrection.
Halloween III: Empire of the Witches – 33%
After the first sequel, Carpenter and Debra Hill experimented with the franchise, intending to turn it into an anthology series without Michael Myers. The first attempt was this bloody science fiction tale about deadly masks for children. Although the attempt to innovate is appreciated, it was a critical and box office flop on release, gradually became a cult classic with a large following, critically reviewed as well, and is a wonderful film on its own terms.
Halloween II – 31%
A continuation of that night of Halloween which begins moments after the first movie ended, Halloween II It performed well at the box office, but received nothing like the first glowing critical reception. The most critical mistake is in the writing: the once resourceful Laurie is now passive, in a hospital bed for most of the film. Screenwriter Carpenter has also expressed regret over the family plot twist; Michael is scarier when his court is as systematic as it is seemingly random.
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers – 29%
After the anthology’s focus didn’t take off, Halloween turned to now be hell-bent on terrorizing Laurie Strode’s daughter. Many horror fans love this movie for its energetic (spin-off and relatively sloppy) devotion to what made the first movie work. Like the original, it lacks cynicism. It doesn’t have the technical prowess of Carpenter, or anything like that, frankly, but the spirit of the original film is there.
Halloween: The Beginning – 25%
Of this list, the 2007 film is the one that has divided people the most. It’s hard to deny that Rob Zombie’s financially successful reboot shows a disdain or outright misinterpretation of what made Carpenter’s movie special. No one needed to know that Michael’s mother was a stripper. This film, although it was one of the most profitable Zombie Halloween, failed to convince the critics. Carpenter’s pace was flawless and this one doesn’t quite pull it off.
Halloween II (H2) – 19%
TO Halloween II it does only slightly better than its immediate predecessor because it is less of a Halloween movie and more of a company Rob zombie hyper stylized in the vein of indie horror movies that tend to do quite well. Unlike playing on the phone with the elements that worked the first time, it is more entertaining, although often ridiculous and even more excessive in its graphic violence. Fortunately, it sometimes turns out that what seems ridiculous can at least be a huge success.
Halloween 5 – 14%
Halloween 5 it’s not technically as bad as the entry that came later, but at least it’s interesting enough. This entry in the franchise is proof that the slasher series had lost all sense of what made it good in the first place. For many this is the worst mask in the franchise on Michael’s head and who could blame the guy? Not content with being boring, the film offers the exact number of nods to something bigger but also confusing. The problem is that its mistakes throw the film off a cliff and not even suspense can save it.
Halloween: Resurrection – 12%
Not much more to say about Halloween: ResurrectionAside from its premise, Michael Myers stalking the crew of an internet show filming in his old Haddonfield home isn’t necessarily as bad as in other movies. But the irony of a movie called Resurrection being so lifeless literally threw Laurie Strode off a roof before blasting his way through murders that could have been taken from any studio horror movie released in the early 2000s. Apparently , each franchise is entitled to an unforgivable chapter.
Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers – 6%
The fact that a movie can hold the credit of featuring Paul Rudd “and still be so disgusting is a more heinous crime than anything Michael Myers has ever done. Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers it’s the cinematic equivalent of not knowing what to do with your hands in a public setting, just a misunderstanding of what makes this franchise terrifying. It’s also deeply unpleasant, as, tragically, this would be the actor’s final movie performance, and as hard as he tries, and you know he tries, even he can’t get over the monotony of this overdone mess.
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