Retrospective Halloween

Welcome to the spooky season! It's officially time to break out the pumpkins and candy, bring out the costumes, and grab those horror movie marathons. This month, we're taking a look back at the classic horror movie franchise that started it all: Halloween.

Since the first film's release in 1978, there have been nine sequels and remakes of the John Carpenter masterpiece. That includes Rob Zombie's two fresh takes in 2007 and 2009 as well as the Blumhouse-produced sequel (Halloween 2018). Now, let's take a look back at 8 films in this Halloween retrospective.

Ready to revisit Laurie Strode's high-stakes battle with Michael Myers? From 1978 to 2018, we'll be exploring every movie in the series and finding out what made them so iconic. Whether you're a horror film buff or just a casual viewer looking for some nostalgic fun, get ready for an exciting retrospective of all things Halloween!

Halloween (1978): The Original Slasher That Started It All


Let's face it: without the original 1978 Halloween movie, there would be no slasher film genre as we know it today. It was John Carpenter's vision and drive that revolutionized horror for generations, creating an unforgettable story about a masked madman with a seemingly inexhaustible urge to kill.

The success of Halloween (1978) can be attributed to its stellar cast and tight plotting, along with the excellent direction from Carpenter himself. Every scene was carefully crafted with suspense in mind—from the eerie music to the slow build of tension before each inevitable shock—all to capture its viewers' attention from start to finish.

The killers' identity—Michael Myers—is kept shrouded in mystery throughout the entire movie, adding an extra layer of intrigue that makes you want to know what lies ahead. Moreover, this film spawned seven sequels that explore the motivations of Myers as the saga extends further and further into his twisted past.

Still considered one of the best horror films ever made, Halloween (1978) is truly a timeless classic that deserves all the praise it gets—and more.

Halloween II (1981): The Hospital-Set Sequel


Anyone who has watched the original Halloween knows that the movie can be best summed up with two words: nail-biting suspense. The 1981 sequel, Halloween II, continued the ride with a hospital-set setting.

In this movie, the iconic slasher Michael Myers escapes from police custody and sets his sights on Laurie Strode. He goes to the hospital Laurie is taken to and starts wreaking havoc and killing anyone in his way. The audience is left on the edge of their seat as they wonder if Michael will break through all of the security and get to her in time.

Besides being filled with thrilling chases and intense fight scenes, Halloween II also introduced a new element to the franchise - a backstory. We learn more about Michael's past at a mental institution and what traumatic events caused him to go on his murderous rampage.

All in all, Halloween II succeeds as an effective sequel that takes full advantage of its new setting while maintaining its predecessor's horror-movie charm.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982): The Odd One Out


The 1982 entry into the Halloween series, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, is an odd one out. It's the only film in the franchise with no Michael Myers, and tells a completely different story.

Instead of the 'bogeyman' element that drove many of its predecessors, Season of the Witch focuses on a story about a diabolical plot by an Irish cult to resurrect their dead gods through the use of a mystical mask, which causes those who wears it to be killed by supernatural forces.

The film wasn't well-received at the time, but has since gained attention from fans for its unique spin on traditional horror tropes. It also features groundbreaking special effects and clever use of robotic technology for its villainous robots, which were a hit with critics. As far as classic horror movies go, you can't ignore Halloween III's contribution to the genre.

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) & Halloween 5 (1989): The Revenge of Michael Myers


So what about the fourth and fifth entries in the series? Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) picks up after the events of the original, with Michael Myers waking up from a 10-year-long coma and going on a killing spree. This time around, he's targeting his niece, Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris), who is taken care of by her adoptive family.

In Halloween 5 (1989), Michael is still after Jamie. This installment reintroduces Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) as he attempts to protect Jamie from the murderous Shape. The movie also features another villain in the form of a psychic character called "The Man in Black" and also shows us that Michael has supernatural healing abilities.

The movies bring back many of the classic tropes associated with slasher flicks, including jump scares, suspenseful music, and bloody carnage. But while Halloween 4 and 5 carry the torch for slasher horror, they are criticized for being too reliant on jump scares and cheap thrills rather than suspenseful buildup of tension. Still, they provided fans with some spooky thrills — which is why these movies are still remembered fondly today!

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995): Cult of Thorn Trilogy Conclusion


The fifth installment of the franchise, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, marked the conclusion of the Cult of Thorn trilogy and is one of the more controversial entries in the series. It was met with a mixed reception at the time, and even today, there's debate around it.

Some fans appreciate how this movie builds on previous entries and adds depth to an already complex mythology. Others are less pleased with some key changes to Michael Myers' character that suggest his actions are due to an ancient Celtic cult's curse rather than pure evil as seen in previous films.

The Curse of Michael Myers introduces interesting elements like Jamie Lloyd played by J.C. Brandy, who is Laurie Strode's niece and also the protagonist in this chapter of the timeline — making her an ancestor of Jamie Lee Curtis's character from original movie! Though it has its flaws, it's worth watching for horror lovers due to its dark atmosphere and subtle nods to classic horror films.

Halloween H20 (1998) & Halloween: Resurrection (2002): Laurie vs. Michael, the Final Showdown


The eighth installment in the Halloween series, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) and the ninth installment, Halloween: Resurrection (2002) finally gave fans the ultimate showdown between Laurie and Michael. In H20, Laurie faked her death in order to disappear from her brother's radar, only to resurface twenty years later with a hidden agenda: destroy Michael Myers once and for all.

For many fans of the franchise, these two movies packed a powerful punch. Not only did they serve as a conclusion to Laurie's twenty-year battle with her brother, but it also featured some classic horror movie moments. From Laurie popping out of a closet when Michael was searching for her to an epic scream moment when she came face-to-face with him at the end of H20 — these films had everything that classic horror fans were looking for.

Unfortunately, in Halloween: Resurrection, despite Laurie surviving initially this time around as well, Michael finally got his revenge as he eventually killed her off in a thrilling fight scene that stole many people's breath away. It was an emotional roller coaster ride for fans who had been following Laurie's story since the 1978 original movie.


As we look back on the entire Halloween series, one thing is certain—Halloween has withstood the test of time. Whether you're a fan of the original or the most recent installment, the franchise has a little something for everyone. While the themes of horror, death, and suspense have been consistent throughout each movie, each chapter in the series offers a unique perspective of the age-old story of good versus evil.

Despite the flaws, the Halloween series proves to be a classic, and its continued success across different generations proves it. So, here's to another 40 years and 40 movies of everyone's favorite masked killer, Michael Myers.
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