Tis the season! The first Halloween movie is one of the few horror movies that is widely recognised as a classic by film enthusiasts from beyond the genre. The theme music is instantly recognisable to even the most casual cinema-goer and man in the mask is unquestionably iconic.
While Halloween has had a telling influence over some of the finest horror movies of the last thirty years, its own follow-ons have never been able to step out of the originals shadow. You’ll notice from the reviews that I liked the remake. If you all disagree, take it to the comments section. I just enjoyed the film and am not at all precious about the original, which is a classic but certainly flawed (please see the end when Michael Myers removes his mask to reveal that he is just a sort of awkward looking guy).
HalloweenExceptional early slasher. Overly romanticised by fans, but essential viewing none the less.
Halloween 2Immediately picks up where the last left off. In story, not in quality. Better than you’d expect but far from perfect.Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch
Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael MyersMore like an action movie. Had some interesting ideas that don’t really pan out. Good ending, mind.Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers Features great photography. Otherwise, this film is baffling mess of bad decisions rush released to capitalise on the success of part 4.
Halloween: The Curse OF Michael MeyersConspiracy theory about Michael Myers being the controlled by an ancient cult. Painfully stupid.Halloween H20: 20 Years Later Not the return to form it was billed. Wasted strong cast with a weak story brought to the screen with little life.
Halloween: ResurrectionAn attempt to modernise the franchise falls embarrassingly on its face. Kung-fu Busta Rhymes, anyone?
Halloween (2007)Interesting remake. Not as good as the original, but brutal and featured a cracking ending.