The Halloween ready reckoner

This was obligatory, really. Did you really think we'd let Halloween pass without doing a ready reckoner of the Halloween movies?

Rob Zombie's box office-conquering Halloween...

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).

Halloween

5 out of 5
Exceptional early slasher. Overly romanticised by fans, but essential viewing none the less.

Halloween 2

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2 out of 5
Immediately 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
3 out of 5
No Michael Meyers. No witch, either. Fun horror flick but completely out of place.

Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers

2 out of 5
More like an action movie. Had some interesting ideas that don’t really pan out. Good ending, mind.Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers
1 out of 5
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 Meyers

1 out of 5
Conspiracy theory about Michael Myers being the controlled by an ancient cult. Painfully stupid.Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
2 out of 5
Not the return to form it was billed. Wasted strong cast with a weak story brought to the screen with little life.

Halloween: Resurrection

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1 out of 5
An attempt to modernise the franchise falls embarrassingly on its face. Kung-fu Busta Rhymes, anyone?

Halloween (2007)

4 out of 5
Interesting remake. Not as good as the original, but brutal and featured a cracking ending.

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