Halloween: Each film in the series ranked from worst to best

Photo: Halloween (1978).. Image Courtesy Shudder
Photo: Halloween (1978).. Image Courtesy Shudder /

In preparation of the new Halloween movie (it’s just a few months away!) we list the existing Halloween movies from the worst to the best.

“You can’t kill the boogeyman.”

To celebrate the trailer of the new and highly anticipated Halloween 2018 movie coming out on October 19 of this year, we have gathered all of the Michael Myers-filled features (excluding the Rob Zombie versions — they would be tied for last) and ranked them from the worst of the bunch to the best and supreme Halloween film.

8. Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)

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This is absolutely the most forgettable Halloween movie of the bunch. Honestly, if you made me tell you the plot right now, I couldn’t. This movie gave Michael the stupid cult-y plot-line that everyone pretends never happened. This is most definitely the worst of the installments.

7. Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

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This movie wasn’t great. It began with the death of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), in which there was no justice at all. Outside of that, I appreciate the inclusion of the found footage style which was all the rage thanks to The Blair Witch Project, but this movie was unsuccessful in its attempt. Honestly, had they included more found footage and less “Trick-or-treat, Mother$*&#@%” then this movie might have done better. I rather enjoy the idea of a found footage movie with Michael Myers.

6. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)

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Not as good as Halloween 4, but little Danielle Harris stuck around for a second film. The plot to this one is really showing off the supernatural chops to Michael Myers and it’s a little regrettable. Although much more memorable than The Curse of Michael Myers, it still isn’t one of the best. Plus, the mask in this movie is truly terrible.

5. Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later (1998)

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I enjoyed this movie for the most part. While it was confusing to show Laurie Strode again after the lame “she died in an off-screen car accident” plot in Halloween 4, I was happy to have a familiar face and the movie was pretty exciting. I’m not a big fan of Josh Hartnett, but it was the ’90s and the cast of this movie makes it super dated. Still, it’s pretty fun if it’s on TV and you’re bored.

4. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

“Happy happy Halloween, Halloween, Halloween! Happy happy Halloween, Silver Shamrock.” This was the only installment that didn’t include Michael Myers. Due to that fact, it wasn’t very successful but it has its charms. I appreciate what the movie was trying to do and the homage it paid to the first movie. It also remains one of the most talked about Halloween movies. Some people love it and some hate it, but either way, people feel strongly about it.

3. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

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They made the right choice and brought back Michael. Again, I hate that they moved this plot forward with Laurie’s death that we didn’t even see, but this movie gave us a new family member to the Myers clan. Introducing us to wee little Danielle Harris and her big acting skills made this movie a memorable one. While this is where the silliness of the Halloween franchise really started, this is placed high because of Harris and its popularity.

2. Halloween II (1981)

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While this one isn’t the best, Halloween II still stayed as close to the original as it could. It sold out to a more sensational feel, but still maintained the intensity that the first movie created. From here on out, the movies got sillier and sillier and never truly had the same suspense of the first two. You could feel the ’80s influencing this movie, but they tried to make it feel like the same night. Failed…but tried. It’s still great, though. Plus, they used the ironic happy intro music for a horrific movie moment, which at the time, wasn’t ironic but something fairly new.

1. John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978)

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The one that started it all, there was no way in Hell this wasn’t going to be number one. This low budget film made by a group of friends has gone down in history as one of the most influential horror films ever made. This movie truly breathed life into a new genre: the Slasher film. It introduced Jamie Lee Curtis to the world and made an instant Scream Queen. This film can neither be remade, nor duplicated and will forever be the best.

Next: Halloween 2018 trailer is finally here!

What is your favorite Halloween movie? Did you agree with our list or did it send you into rage mode? Let us know in the comments! While you’re here, check out the five things we hope to see from the new movie.