The Halloween Franchise Is As Twisted And Messed Up As Michael Myers

Firstly, I love the Halloween movies. I really like the storyline, the character of Michael Myers and basically what a bad ass and mostly creative killer he is. I like the cozy town of Haddonfield where the films usually take place, and all the inhabitants; the whole lore behind the movies is very interesting to me.

But the timelines are all out of control and newcomers would likely be confused on where to start and what order to watch them.

This post will either help or confuse you. Let’s take a look at what’s going on.

halloweenOkay, so the movies start out with the famous Halloween. But don’t get this confused with the two other movies of the same name. Halloween (1978) will get you to where you want to go.

 

halloween 2Then came Halloween II, a direct sequel to the first that takes place on the same night and gives a reason why Michael Myers was so hell-bent on killing Laurie Strode, the protagonist of the first film. Okay, awesome.

 

halooween 3Halloween III is where things get wanky. Despite the name, this has nothing to do with the first two movies, and even the main slasher, Michael Myers, is nowhere to be found. It’s simply an unrelated movie that takes place on Halloween.

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Then we have Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, which brings us back to the world of the first two, as the title suggests. This time, he’s hunting a little girl who is his niece or something. As far as I can remember there are no returning characters from the first two other than the psychopathic killer and his doctor.

 

halloween 5Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers is a direct sequel to the fourth, taking place a year later. Very cool.

 

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Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers is unrelated to the fifth movie, but takes place in the same town and timeline. This delves into Michael’s background and why he’s so god-damn invincible and efficient at killing. It’s weird.

HalloweenH20posterHalloween H20: 20 Years Later. Don’t get this confused with the elemental combination of water, as I once did. As this title suggests, this takes place 20 years after the original movie, which means Laurie Strode faces off with Michael once again. It’s pretty cool.

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Halloween: Resurrection. I don’t even know what to say about this one. It is a direct sequel to H20, but only for like 5 minutes. Then Michael returns home and kills people on a reality show led by Busta Rhymes and Tyra Banks. Cuz…why not? It clearly was just a movie made for the sheer fun of it.

Okay, so far, with the exception of the third one, it’s a linear storyline that follows the same overall plot. But things are going to get a little messy now, sort of.

Halloween2007So next we have a remake. Halloween (2007) if you will. This is an updated version of the first movie basically that dedicates a decent amount of time into Michael’s childhood and why he became so bat-shit crazy.

 

Then we get a sequel to the remake called Hallhalloween 2 remakeoween II. Not confusing at all. This starts out like it’s going to be a remake of the second film, but then turns into it’s own storyline, taking place a year after the first remake.

 

There was going to be a third film in this new timeline, but it was canceled. Probably because of how not-so-good the second one was.

Okay, so now things are going to get really nuts.

halloween 2018Halloween again…The third time this movie is made. Halloween (2018) will do. But no, this is not a remake. This is a sequel to the very first movie, 40 years prior. And yes, it takes place 40 years after the original.

 

So wouldn’t that make it a sequel to Resurrection, you might be wondering?

No, this is a direct sequel to the first movie, and only the first movie. It ignores all the other movies. So pretend they don’t exist.

Doing this effectively wipes out the entire plotline that the original second movie established and which basically everything that happens afterwards is based around. So it’s kind of a big deal.

In other words, the sequel to Halloween is called Halloween. Yeah…

And there are two movies in production that are sequels to Halloween (2018). Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends. Well at least they are aren’t called Halloween II and III.

So let’s recap now. We’ve got an 8-movie series with the third having nothing to do with the other 7. The seven connected movies take place over 20 years with a whole slew of different characters, recurring characters occasionally mixed in, and the same killer throughout.

Then we have a remake of the first that spawned it’s own sequel story that is different from the original series that it started out remaking.

Then we have a trilogy of sequels that ignores the remake timeline entirely, and all but the first movie from the original timeline is erased, thus jamming it’s way in between the first two original movies and creating an entirely individual timeline but with the same characters from the first movie.

Some of these characters, or relatives of old characters occasionally showed up in other movies in the original established timeline, which makes it all the more confusing that they reprise their roles in a sequel to the same movie, but in a different timeline.

I write this post in jest, it’s not really that hard to understand. But that might be because I’ve been watching these movies for decades. It still might be a tad confusing for someone looking to get into the series, but I promise you’ll be able to wrap your head around it.

My Top 10 Movies Series

I was recently challenged to make a list of my Top 10 movies of all time. That wouldn’t be very exciting, as most of them would all likely belong to one series or two. So instead, I will do my Top 10 movie series.

So without further ado, here they are!

 

#10 Austin Powers

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These movies get better the older I get, probably because I was too young to get half the jokes when they first came out. They do an amazing job spoofing the old James Bond films, and the goofy jokes, and wackiness of everything gets me every time.

#9 Toy Story

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The first three movies are incredible. The fourth is good, but also kind of ruined my childhood. But as a series, it’s truly wonderful story of personal growth, friendship, loyalty and bravery, until the fourth… So many diverse characters and personalities make it fun and exciting to watch.

#8 Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy

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I can watch this trilogy all the time. The third one took a while to grow on me, but the first two are still two of my favorite super-hero films of all time, and considering they are 20 years old now, and made in a time before technology for such films really got going, that’s a pretty amazing thing to say.

I love the stories, and most importantly, the character relationships. I find them very gripping, and the emotion behind each character is amazing.

#7 American Pie

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I already did a series ranked on these movies. I am only referring to the four main movies. I haven’t seen any of the spin-offs. What I like about these movies so much, besides the incredible humor, is that everyone probably knows someone similar to all the characters in the movies, and can relate to each and every one of them. Not to mention, despite it’s crude, adult humor, there are very emotional issues the characters go through, which are all things people in real life have to deal with, thus allowing us to relate even more.

They are very powerful movies, propelled forward by outrageous humor.

#6 Jason Bourne

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These are probably my favorite action movies of all time. I am excluding Legacy in this. I didn’t really like that one.

I really enjoy the story and characters. This, amplified by the non-stop gun fights, car chases, and assassins fighting each other in hand-to-hand combat, makes for a really thrilling experience.

#5 Rambo

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Speaking of amazing action films, these are five of the best. What makes these better than the Bourne movies is Rambo. I really like his character. He’s this traumatized victim, struggling to find his way in life. Naturally, he is a quiet, innocent man that doesn’t want any trouble. But when trouble knocks on his door, all hell breaks loose, and he turns into a relentless, unstoppable killing machine. I think 1-3 and 5 are some of the greatest films ever made. And 4 is really good too.

I also like that each one brings awareness to real world problems, and they don’t hold back, showing some rather graphic things from time to time.

#4 Star Wars

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With 9 movies and 2 spin-off movies, there is a lot to talk about with Star Wars. I like every single film made, and only one did I ever dislike until I saw it three times. I can go on for days talking about what I like, but the whole connecting themes through three trilogies, the characters and how they grow and change, and everything about the force are probably my favorite things about it.

I really enjoy Lucas’ world building, and the technology he’s come up with as well.

#3 Avengers

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Some of the best coordinated action can be found in these movies. The first two are two of my favorite movies of all time, the third isn’t quite there, but is still incredible, and the fourth…meh…I didn’t really like it all that much.

But thanks to the first three, I can always go back and watch some truly jaw-dropping action.

#2 Captain America

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The first one is wonderful, the second is mind-blowing and intense, the third is easily the greatest action film ever made and will likely always hold that title in my heart. Steve Rogers is annoyingly likeable and it’s fun to watch how everyone he works with grows to like him, despite his often narrow-minded, tunnel-visiony sense of justice.

#1 Rocky

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I absolutely love everything about these movies. The emotion in each character can not be found anywhere else. It’s incredible to watch all these down-and-out characters grow personally, as well their relationships with others. The music is just as emotional and does an amazing job enhancing everything that happens.

Not to mention the training montages and fights are always exciting.

I will keep it short, cuz I could probably rant about these movies for a good long while. so let’s just say, it’s like seeing these movies for the first time every time I watch them, which is often.

One of my first posts ranks this series.

 

So ranking these was really hard. Rocky is absolutely my favorite series, and Halloween definitely belongs in the 10 spot, but the others are kind of up in the air as to what rank they place. Truthfully Jason Bourne and Rambo should probably be higher, but I don’t know. All I know is that these series’ have brought mucho goodness in my life.