John Carpenter brought us one of the greatest horror icons in 1978's Halloween, and Michael Myers has continued to terrify audiences -- not to mention Jamie Lee Curtis' scream queen supreme, Laurie Strode -- for decades.
|Highest Rated Movie:||96%||Halloween|
Critics Consensus: Halloween largely wipes the slate clean after decades of disappointing sequels, ignoring increasingly elaborate mythology in favor of basic - yet still effective - ingredients.
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak
Director: David Gordon Green
H2: Halloween II (2009)
Critics Consensus: Zombie shows flashes of vision in the follow-up to his Halloween reboot, but they're smothered by mountains of gore and hackneyed, brutal violence.
Starring: Tyler Mane, Scout Taylor-Compton, Danielle Harris
Director: Rob Zombie
Critics Consensus: Rob Zombie doesn't bring many new ideas to the table in Halloween, making it another bloody disappointment for fans of the franchise.
Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Brad Dourif, Tyler Mane
Director: Rob Zombie
Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
Critics Consensus: The only thing this tired slasher flick may resurrect is nostalgia for when the genre was still fresh and scary.
Starring: Busta Rhymes, Tyra Banks, Jamie Lee Curtis
Director: Rick Rosenthal
Halloween H20 (1998)
Critics Consensus: Halloween: H2O is the best of the many sequels, yet still pales in comparison to the original Halloween.
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Michelle Williams
Director: Steve Miner
Critics Consensus: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers trades the simple, brutal effectiveness of the original for convoluted mysticism, with disastrously dull results.
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Paul Rudd, Mitchell Ryan
Director: Joe Chappelle
Critics Consensus: Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers finds the series embracing crude slasher conventions with pedestrian scares, disposable characters, and aimless plotting.
Starring: Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence, Wendy Kaplan
Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard
Critics Consensus: Halloween 4: The Return Of Michaels Myers may bring the series' masked killer back into the fold, but fails to offer the visceral scares and inventiveness of the original.
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Ellie Cornell, George P. Wilbur
Director: Dwight H. Little, Mark Cullingham
Critics Consensus: Its laudable deviation from series formula not withstanding, Halloween III: Season Of The Witch offers paltry thrills and dubious plotting.
Starring: Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dan O'Herlihy
Director: Tommy Lee Wallace
Halloween II (1981)
Critics Consensus: Halloween II picks up where its predecessor left off - and quickly wanders into a dead end that the franchise would spend decades struggling to find its way out of.
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Jeffrey Kramer, Charles Cyphers
Director: John Carpenter, Rick Rosenthal
Critics Consensus: Scary, suspenseful, and viscerally thrilling, Halloween set the standard for modern horror films.
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Kyes
Director: John Carpenter