Ranking the Halloween Movie Franchise: Worst to Best

Ranking the Halloween Movie Franchise: Worst to Best

  • By Movie Moments
  • Nov 02
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Alright, buckle up, you crazy bastards! We've been terrorized by the Halloween franchise for over four damn decades, serving up scares, thrills, and some iconic moments. Michael Myers, that relentless masked dude, has been slashing through sequels, reboots, and retcons like nobody's business. Now, as we gear up for the next one, let's take a ride through the Halloween series, ranking these flicks from the absolute worst to the ones that don't make you want to throw your popcorn at the screen.

Halloween: Resurrection (2002) Starting our list is “Halloween: Resurrection.” This installment marked a low point for the series, as it deviated from the core elements of suspense and horror that made the original so iconic. The inclusion of a reality TV show gimmick and a lackluster plot left fans yearning for the good old days.


Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) Next up is “Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.” The sixth installment in the franchise attempted to delve into the origins of Michael’s evil, introducing a convoluted storyline involving a cult. While it had some redeeming moments, it ultimately left fans wanting more.


Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) “Revenge of Michael Myers” suffers from a lackluster plot and the introduction of some bizarre supernatural elements. Despite a strong performance from Donald Pleasence as Dr. Loomis, it couldn’t escape the franchise’s mid-80s slump.


Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) “Return of Michael Myers” brought the series back to life after a three-year hiatus. While it rekindled interest in the franchise, it lacked the originality and suspense of its predecessors. However, the introduction of Jamie Lloyd added an intriguing layer to the story.


Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) “H20” was a welcome return to form, ignoring the events of some of the less successful sequels. Jamie Lee Curtis reprised her role as Laurie Strode, now living in fear of Michael’s return. It managed to recapture some of the suspense and tension that made the original so memorable.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) A polarizing entry in the series, “Season of the Witch” ditched Michael Myers entirely, opting for an entirely different storyline involving evil masks and a sinister corporation. While it deviated from the core Halloween formula, it remains a cult classic in its own right.


Halloween II (1981) The direct sequel to the original, picks up right where its predecessor left off. It may not have had the same level of suspense as the first film, but it continued to build on the tension and delivered some memorable scares.


Halloween (1978) John Carpenter‘s original masterpiece, set the gold standard for slasher films. It introduced us to the iconic Michael Myers and made babysitters the world over rethink their career choices. Its simplicity and relentless tension make it a classic that still terrifies audiences to this day.


Halloween (2018) Taking the top spot on our list is the 2018 sequel. Ignoring all previous sequels (except the original), this film served as a direct follow-up to the 1978 classic. Jamie Lee Curtis returned as Laurie Strode, and the film masterfully balanced nostalgia with modern horror elements, revitalizing the franchise and proving that the shape of evil can still terrify audiences.

The Halloween movie franchise has had its ups and downs over the years, with some entries failing to capture the magic of the original, while others breathed new life into the series. As we eagerly await the next installment, it’s clear that Michael Myers and the Halloween franchise continue to hold a special place in the hearts of horror fans worldwide.

What's your favourite Halloween movie?


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