Halloween: All the Michael Myers movies and the order in which to watch them

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Halloween is one of the longest-running and best-loved horror sagas of the history of cinema. Begun in 1978, inspired by the brilliant couple formed by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, to date it has fourteen feature films that have expanded, explored and retraced history several times.

At the heart of this long series of films are two characters: a particularly ruthless killer, embodiment of absolute evil e a woman who wishes to kill at any cost but che always or almost always manages to escape him. 

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The killer is called Michael Myers and made his debut in the cinema in 1978, at a time when the horror genre begins to merge and hybridize with other strands, such as science fiction. The protagonist of some of the most famous experiments in this sense is John Carpenter.

With Halloween horror blends with psychological thriller which, film after film, explores the deep and traumatic experiences of the protagonists, the genesis of their personality.

The traumatic events removed from the collective memory and their effects are based on religious and pagan myths, to the point of making an unscrupulous man the embodiment of absolute and demonic evil.

Jason Blum, Malek Akkad, Bill Block
Jamie Lee Curtis is the protagonist of Halloween Kills

Halloween has the great merit of having drawn boundaries for its history which then turned into a series of real rules like that. Rules then resumed at epigones and successors just as lucky as Friday the 13th or Nightmare.

In addition to giving birth to one of cinema's most iconic assassins, Halloween has also created its iconic counterpart, transforming Jamie Lee Curtis into a great horror icon, a real one scream queen.

Let's retrace all the stages of the cinematic history of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode together in the films that told them. 

All the films of the Halloween saga

The order in which to watch the saga

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Halloween: Night of the Witches (1978)

Original title: Halloween

Regia: John Carpenter

Film script: John Carpenter and Debra Hill

The first, great chapter of the saga. One of John Carpenter's masterpieces, which - as remembered very well by the character of Randy in Scream - established the rules of the slasher movie.

Michael Myers' story begins when, at the age of 6 and for no apparent reason, he kills his older sister Judith. On Halloween night.

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Locked up in a psychiatric institution called Smith's Grove, Michael is kept away from society because even his doctors believe he is evil. Indeed: the very essence of Evil.

Fifteen years after Judith's murder, Michael escapes from Smith's Grove and starts hunting down a girl named laurie strode, leaving behind a trail of corpses.

On October 31, Dr. Loomis, Michael's psychiatrist, tracks him down to haddonfield, his hometown, and try to stop him before he kills Laurie ...

Costing just over three hundred thousand dollars, Halloween became a blockbuster, grossing over seventy million. And starting a long series of slasher movies that attempted to replicate its success.

Jamie Lee became the most famous scream queen, Donald Pleasence was inextricably linked to the character of Dr. Loomis and the film became a ritual for the annual celebration of Halloween, with collective visions and screenings in cinemas around the world.

 

Halloween II - The Lord of Death (1981)

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Halloween II: the movie poster dated 1981
Halloween II: the movie poster dated 1981

Original title: Halloween II

Regia: Rick Rosenthal

Film script: John Carpenter and Debra Hill

The first and most successful Halloween sequel picks up where the first chapter left off.

Distraught and terrified, Laurie Strode is hospitalized as Dr. Loomis and the sheriff try to capture Michael, who is not dead as Loomis believed, Myers chases Laurie to the hospital. Meanwhile, the girl begins to remember her past and her childhood, and to understand why Michael is so determined to kill her ...

Despite the heroic sacrifice of Dr. Loomis, who blows himself up to save Laurie and eliminate Michael once and for all, Myers survives.

Laurie Strode, once again, will have to escape from what no longer appears to be a mortal man.

Initially distributed in Italy only with the title The lord of death, the film is full of splatter scenes, a genre that was very popular at the time.

Halloween II cost over two and a half million dollars and grossed just over twenty-five, proving to be a great commercial success.

 

Halloween III - Lord of the Night (1982)

Original title: Halloween III: Season of the Witch

Regia: Tommy Lee Wallace

Film script: Tommy Lee Wallace

The first film in the saga not to be signed by John Carpenter, not even for the script, and it shows. Also because, as an exception to this long list, it's not about Michael Myers.

The plot tells of Dr. Daniel Challis (Tom Atkins), grappling with a series of murders that revolve around the Silver Shamrock, a mysterious multinational that produces the most popular masks for Halloween.

It turns out that its owner, Conal Cochran (Dan O'Herlihy), is plotting something terrible ...

Considered a stranger to the saga due to the absence of Myers and Laurie, the film grossed a decent amount at the box office, paying off ample, but only thanks to the attractiveness of the title.

The attempt by Wallace, future screenwriter and director of the television adaptation of It, to denounce the consumerism American and the overwhelming power of multinationals, failed miserably. Also for the choice to depart from the slasher movie and from the splatter, to propose a more type of horror cerebral, not appreciated by those who expected to discover the new adventures of the most famous cinematic serial killer of the time.

 

Halloween 4: Return of Michael Myers (1988)

Trancas International Films
The Halloween poster 4
The original Halloween poster 4

Original title: Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

Regia: Dwight H. Little

Film script: Alan B. McElroy

After the separate chapter, we return to Michael Myers who, exactly ten years after his first massacre, returns to Haddonfield in search of his granddaughter Jaime, whom he wants to eliminate (as he always wanted to do with all the members of his family).

Laurie Strode died in an accident but Michael, who has been in a coma for a long time, wakes up when he learns that Laurie had a daughter.

A revived Doctor Loomis, sensing that Myers is returning to his hometown to kill the baby, does everything to stop him. But he'll have to get the better of someone else ...

Thanks to the return of Donald pleasence, the only actor in the original cast to agree to play this fourth installment, the film grossed more than the previous chapter of the saga, amply repaying the cost of about $ 5 million.

 

Halloween 5 - Michael Myers' Revenge (1989)

Original title:Halloween 5

Regia: Dominique Othenin Girard

Film script: Dominique Othenin-Girard, Michael Jacobs and Shem Bitterman

As usual Michael Myers - believed to be dead - is actually still alive, cared for by a man who takes care of him. On Halloween, a year after the events of the previous film, Michael suddenly regains his strength, massacres the man who saved him and sets out in search of his XNUMX-year-old granddaughter Jaime to kill her.

At the decisive moment, however, Michael hesitates when the girl calls him uncle. He takes off his mask and shows humanity ... Except then to return to the monster of all time.

Stopped by Dr. Loomis, determined to get it over with, Michael will be captured by the police. But a mysterious figure makes him escape. It will be a massacre. And for Jaime there seems to be no peace ...

Despite the negative reviews, the film grossed double its budget - about 3 million dollars - in the opening weekend alone in the US.

The first version of the script involved Jaime being like his uncle, becoming a evil character. It was then rewritten leaving it as Myers' prey, also in view of the sequel.

 

Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)

Original title: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

Regia: Joe Chapelle

Film script: Daniel Farrands

Next to Michael Myers, already frightening of his own, now there are the adepts of a sect, the Cult of the Thorn, to which belonged the man who six years earlier had made Michael escape.

Following the cult's mad plan, the man had caused Michael and Jaime, now nearly sixteen, to father an heir to Evil.

The girl gives birth to a boy and then, learning the plans of the sect, runs away to hide the child.

Michael is sent on her trail and finally manages to kill her, but without finding the baby.

This chapter, cost 5 million dollars, has grossed just over 15 in total and was one of the most criticized for the heaviness of the plot, which put a fifteen years old at the center of a shocking plan.

But it matters because it reveals the source of theimmortality of Michael, linked to the sect. 

Doctor Loomis also appears in this sixth film, trying to keep Jaime's son safe.

 

Halloween - 20 Years Later (1998)

Original title: Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

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Regia: Steve Miner

Film script: Matt Greenberg and Robert Zappia

Back in style for the twentieth anniversary of the saga, which reports Jamie Lee Curtis in its original role.

Laurie Strode, whose family had died in an accident, had also been killed in an accident, at least according to information released by Loomis and the police to keep her safe from Michael Myers.

The woman is alive and well and, under the false name of Keri Tate, is the principal of a prestigious private school.

Dr. Loomis died recently (as did his interpreter Donald pleasence, who disappeared in 1995 after shooting the last film) but Michael manages to track down Laurie thanks to the archive kept by the old nurse who worked with Loomis (who is regularly killed).

Laurie has a son, who studies at her school, and on the Halloween anniversary she is afraid that Michael will find him and kill him. Michael shows up at the school, and begins a massacre. 

After escapes and chases, Laurie finally puts an end to Michael's life, beheading him.

A huge budget, well 17 million dollars, for a total US box office gross of 55.

Jamie Lee Curtis enjoys playing his most famous character and the production plays with references and homages.

In the cast there is also the great Janet Leigh, the protagonist of Psycho, mother of Jamie Lee Curtis in real life.

 

Halloween - The Resurrection (2002)

Original title: Halloween: Resurrection

Regia: Rick Rosenthal

Film script: Larry Brand and Sean Hood

The one for the twenty-year anniversary should have been the last chapter of the saga ... But no. Michael Myers is resurrected to return to hunt Laurie and haunt the cast of a reality show shot at his old Haddonfield home.

It turns out that Laurie hadn't beheaded Michael, but an ambulance nurse that Michael had dressed like him.

Locked up in a psychiatric hospital, Laurie is hunted down by her brother again. It's been three years since the events of the previous film and Michael Myers finally gets the better of it, killing Laurie after over twenty years of trying.

He then returns to Haddonfield, to hide in the house he grew up in, and begins killing the boys chosen to participate in a TV show shot in that house.

A budget that is still very rich, over 15 million dollars, for 12 in the first weekend, up to 37 of total takings worldwide.

The film was very little appreciated by fans of the saga, which was based on Laurie's ability to survive Myers.

By killing her, the authors put the final word to the original Halloween story.

 

Halloween - The Beginning (2007)

Original title: Halloween

Regia: Rob Zombie

Film script: Rob Zombie

Written and directed by Rob Zombie, the remake of the 1978 original also includes several elements that tell the story prequel: Michael Myers, a child, starts killing small animals and then carrying out the murder that causes him to be locked up.

We are told her story, along with Laurie's story. It is therefore a reboot, with the addition of different elements and a different ending.

There is also one alternative, shot by Zombie and included in the special contents of the home video editions of the film.

A film considered sufficient by the public, precisely for the choice not to make a faithful remake of the original, a masterpiece considered untouchable even by Zombies, obviously. 

The role of Dr. Loomis is played by the great M, while the former role of Jamie Lee Curtis switches to Scout Taylor Compton (Nashville).

A budget of 15 million dollars, for 30 of box office only in the opening weekend in the United States.

 

Halloween II (2009)

Original title: Halloween

Regia: Rob Zombie

Film script: Rob Zombie

Zombie is also directing the sequel to his reboot, departing even further from Halloween II in the original version.

Good success at the US box office (costing 15 million dollars, has grossed almost 38), in the rest of the world it has not had the same luck.

The film chronicles Laurie's discovery of her true identity and continues to tell us about Michael's path to insanity. Dr. Loomis writes a successful book on facts, while Michael - indestructible - hunts down Laurie, who is plunging into a deeper and deeper nightmare and has a hard time distinguishing reality and imagination.

- interpreters are the same as in the previous film, except for the young Michael: in the first chapter written and directed by Zombie he was played (as a young man) by Daeg Faerch (Hancock), here replaced by Chase Vanek (Vanessa's diary).

 

Halloween (2018)

Original title: Halloween

Regia: David Gordon Green

Film script: David Gordon Green, Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley

For the XNUMXth anniversary, Jamie Lee Curtis returns to play Laurie Strode in what is heralded as (yet another, at this point) final confrontation with Michael.

Too bad that, as you may recall, Laurie was killed by Michael in Halloween - The Resurrection.

But this film comes across as its own, in a way: according to the plot, Michael remained in prison for 40 years after the 1978 murders and Laurie moved on with her life. To awaken the killing spree of Myers is a crew shooting a special on the crimes of Halloween.

The new version tells how Laurie and Michael (with his original interpreter, Nick Castle) come face-to-face again in Haddonfield, after Michael's escape from prison. As if everything else had never happened.

Eleventh film of the saga, bears the signature of John Carpenter as an executive producer and was received with great enthusiasm by both critics and audiences, earning almost cash in the US 78 million dollars debut (against a budget of 10).

 

Halloween Kills (2021)

Original title: Halloween Kills

Regia: David Gordon Green

Film script: David Gordon Green, Danny McBride and Scott Teems

Green had originally thought of shoot the eleventh and twelfth films of the Halloween saga together, but then he preferred to start with Halloween and wait for the public reaction. 

Halloween Kills is the direct sequel to Halloween and first reveals how Michael Myers managed to escape the trap given to him by Laurie and her daughter and granddaughter. 

Obviously follows a very long trail of blood that runs through the streets of Haddonfield. Laurie instead spends the movie in the hospital, wound, exactly as it happened in the first sequel to the founding film.

A change in Michael's nature emerges in this feature film: Laurie reveals how every attempt to kill him makes him stronger. Halloween Kills makes it canon that Myers is immortal and unstoppable: this time his power seems to have no limits. 

On an international level, the film - presented in the prestigious setting of the Venice Film Festival - has grossed 131 million dollars. 

 

Halloween Ends (2022)

Universal
halloween ends

Original title: Halloween

Regia: David Gordon Green

Film script: David Gordon Green, Danny McBride and Paul Brad Logan, Chris Bernier

Halloween Ends is the thirteenth and currently the last chapter of the saga: should arrive in cinemas around the world in October 2022. 

The film is expected to resume the events of Halloween Kills and bring the trilogy directed by David Gordon Green to a close. Not much is known about the plot, but Jamie Lee Curtis described it as "shocking", assuring it "will make fans of the saga very angry". 

There should also be references to the pandemic in the film. 

 

The order in which to watch the saga

In addition to the classic chronological order in which this guide presents Halloween movies, there are other viewing sequences to uncover the story of Michael Myers. 

As Rob Zombie's reboots add valuable information about the characters' past and history, they are also eventful deviant with respect to the course of the narrative, the suggestion is to watch the first two chapters followed by the reboots. To then continue with the saga, excluding the third chapter which as we know has a plot completely to itself and can easily be seen last (or even skipped).

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Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode in a scene from the movie Halloween, as she is grabbed by Michael Myers' hand breaking through a glass door

I would also suggest postponing the eighth chapter, the one in which Laurie is eliminated (as she appears in the two anniversary films for 20 and 40 years).

So here is the suggestion to cover all the films, perhaps on the occasion of Halloween night:

Suggested order for viewing:

  • Halloween: Night of the Witches (1978)
  • Halloween II - The Lord of Death (1981)
  • Halloween - The Beginning (2007)
  • Halloween II (2009)
  • Halloween 4: Return of Michael Myers (1988)
  • Halloween 5 - Michael Myers' Revenge (1989)
  • Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
  • Halloween - 20 Years Later (1998)
  • Halloween (2018)
  • Halloween Kills (2021)
  • Halloween Ends (2022)
  • Halloween - The Resurrection (2002)
  • Halloween III - Lord of the Night (1982)
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What would October be without the Halloween atmosphere? The Halloween film saga was born from this holiday, relaunched in 2018 and 2021 by director David Gordon Green with two sequel chapters. In 2022 the new trilogy closes with the film Halloween Ends, out in Italian cinemas on October 13, of which you can see the trailer below:

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