The Halloween Movies
1978, the year which John Carpenter gave us "Halloween" one of the greatest slasher movies in the history of cinema. Over the years there have been 8 official "Halloween" movies a re-imagining from Rob Zombie as well as a sequel to the reimagining plus several fan made films and shorts involving the legendary character of Michael Myers. It is testament to Carpenter's original "Halloween" that there is still interest in Michael Myers over 35 years after he was introduced and there always seems to be rumours over a possible new "Halloween" movie. So in honour of the series which had one rollercoaster of a journey here is The Movie Scene's walk through of the original 8 "Halloween" movies which contains spoilers.
1 - Halloween (1978)
In the town of Haddonfield, Illinois 6 year old Michael, dressed in a clown costume, walks up stairs and proceeds to murder his sister. It is an act of violence which leads to young Michael being committed to the Smith's Grove Sanatorium where psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis takes a deep interest in to what caused Michael to snap and so brutally murder his sister. Fifteen years later and Michael manages to escape from the Sanatorium and makes his way back to Haddonfield where his attention turns to Laurie Strode. After Loomis arrives and the police try to find Michael things come to a head as Michael tries to kill Laurie and Dr. Loomis repeatedly shoots him, ending him backwards through a first floor window and on to the lawn below... full review of Halloween
2 - Halloween II (1981)
Having blasted Michael through the window Dr. Loomis is horrified to see that Michael has gone leading to Dr. Loomis and the police frantically searching all over Haddonfield for the masked maniac. Meanwhile Laurie in a traumatized state has been taken to the local hospital where no one aware that not only is Michael still alive but he has followed Laurie to hospital to finish off what he started. That means in the halls of the hospital more people become victims of Michael as Dr. Loomis uncovers whilst Michael is after Laurie as she was his sister but was given up for adoption when she was only a baby. Having arrived at the hospital Dr. Loomis finds Laurie but find them selves trapped in an operating room with Michael forcing Loomis to set fire to the place so that Laurie can escape whilst Michael stumbles to the floor engulfed in flames... full review of Halloween II
3 - Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
Dr. Daniel Challis is called into hospital when a man arrives in a catatonic state clutching a Halloween mask and uttering warnings that they are going to kill everyone. When the man is murdered whilst he rests in his hospital bed and the murderer commits suicide by setting fire to themselves in the parking lot Challis becomes intrigued, joining forces with the victim's daughter Ellie Grimbridge to try an uncover what is going on. Their investigations lead them to the Irish community of Santa Mira where Conal Cochran runs the Silver Shamrock novelty business which is not only behind this years most popular Halloween masks but also an annoying advert with a hypnotic rhythm. As Challis digs into Cochran's enterprise he unearths his sinister plans involving witchcraft, the masks and the music in the adverts to take control of all the children who wear his masks... full review of Halloween III: Season of the Witch
NB: "Halloween III" was by intention nothing to do with Michael Myers with John Carpenter having decided to take the Halloween franchise off on a different path of each one being a different scary story. But when "Halloween III" failed at the box office his plans were scrapped and the return of Michael Myers was planned for the next movie. Having said that there are some very loose connections in "Halloween III" as there is an advert for the original "Halloween" shown briefly on a TV screen and Jamie Lee Curtis is the voice of a phone operator.
4 - Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
Having survived the fire at the Haddonfield hospital a decade earlier Michael Myers has been in a coma at the Ridgemont Federal Sanatorium. But during a secret transfer Michael awakens from his coma when he hears that Laurie had died in a car crash but had a daughter by the name of Jamie Lloyd. When the heavily scarred Dr. Loomis hears of Michael's transfer he is not surprised when news arrives that the ambulance has been in an accident and there is no sign of Michael anywhere. Knowing Michael as well as he does he knows he will head to Haddonfield, so Loomis also heads there to inform the police and bring protection to Jamie who lives there with the Carruthers family. Things come to ahead when Jamie and her friend Rachel are involved in a battle with Michael as they try to drive away and Michael appears to be have been killed having flown across the road when Rachel slammed on the breaks. But as Jamie went over to see Michael he is not dead and the nearby police fill him with lead leading to Michael falling in to an abandoned mine shaft. Back home things take a sinister turn when Jamie wearing a clown mask raises a pair of sisters in a deadly manner... full review of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
5 - Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
Having been shot numerous times and fallen into a mineshaft Michael makes his way to the home of a hermit who takes pity on him and bandages him. A year later and Dr. Sam Loomis is convinced that Michael is still out there as no body was ever found and is currently obsessed with Jamie who is being kept in the Haddonfield Children's clinic due to her seizures. Loomis is convinced that there is some sort of psychic/telepathic connection between Michael and Jamie and is going to use Jamie to lure Michael in to a trap which he succeeds in doing when Michael arrives in town to find and kill Jamie. But after the police take Michael in to custody a mysterious man in black arrives and breaks him out of prison... full review of Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
6 - Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
6 years after the mysterious stranger broke Michael out of jail, Jamie finds herself on the run from a cult who having kidnapped her and forced her to have a baby. Knowing that Michael is going to becoming after her and her baby she heads to Haddonfield where before Michael finds and kills her she leaves the baby with Tommy Doyle who all those years earlier had been babysat by Laurie. Tommy is as obsessed with Michael Myers as Dr. Loomis is and he even lives across the road from the old Myers house where Laurie's uncle and aunt now live and is convinced this Halloween is going to see Michael return. With the help of Laurie's cousin Kara, Tommy tries to keep the baby safe whilst luring Michael back to the sanatorium where the mysterious stranger is revealed to be Dr. Loomis's colleague who is part of a cult who wants to help Michael complete his mission to kill his entire family. But Tommy manages to subdue Michael with a ton of tranquilizers with Loomis arriving in time to come face to face with his nemesis... full review of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
7 - Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
After faking her own death many years earlier Laurie Strode has changed her name to Keri Tate and now is in charge of a private school where her 17 year old son John is a student. But whilst Keri has tried to move on with her life she is still haunted by the events of twenty years earlier and her brother Michael with frequent nightmares leading her to a life of medication and alcohol to try and deal with it. With Halloween just a few hours away Keri is on edge more than ever and she has every right to be when Michael shows up at the school and not only comes face to face with his sister but also hid nephew John. With Michael dispatching any student who gets in his way Keri is going to have to face her fears and kill Michael once and for all which she does when having killed Michael she steals the ambulance he is in and decapitates him... full review of Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
NB. So basically when we got Halloween H20 it wiped out Halloween 3, 4, 5 and 6 ignoring everything which happened in those movies. But that wasn't always the plan and there had been a scene written which would have tied in the character of Jamie Lloyd and what happened in the previous Halloween movies in to the story except it was decided it would over complicate things and so the decision was taken to just ignore those previous movies.
8 - Halloween Resurrection (2002)
As it turns out Laurie/ Keri didn't finish the job as before she decapitated the man in the mask Michael had switched places with a paramedic and smashed his larynx so he couldn't tell Laurie what had happened. Struggling to deal with the fact she murdered an innocent man and the fact that her killer brother is still out there Laurie is committed to a sanatorium. When Michael inevitably shows up to kill Laurie she tries to kill him but he outwits her and strikes the fatal blow first.
Having returned to Haddonfield and the abandoned family home Michael discovers that an internet reality show has filled the place with cameras and plans to film college students living in the creepy building. Well what is a masked murderer meant to do when college brats invade his home other than to start killing them? But over the years having been shot, burned and fallen from great heights amongst other things Michael finds himself being electrocuted... full review of Halloween Resurrection
So ends the original series of Halloween movies which were a rollercoaster of good and bad yet even those bad movies are strangely entertaining when you watch the entire series in a horror-thon. Of course then we have had Rob Zombie's reimagining of the original "Halloween" with a lot more graphic violence and a bit of a different focus, Zombie also gave us a sequel to his re-imagining of "Halloween" which the less said about that the better as it is just a violent turkey. As for the future there are still rumours of a third new Halloween movie in the making but as of writing nothing seems to be set in stone.
It is also worth mentioning that if you do a search for various characters such as Laurie Strode, Michael Myers, and Dr. Sam Loomis you will find a fair few other Halloween movies such as "Happy Halloween 3". Don't be fooled as these are fan films, shorts and various other unofficial off shoots which in fairness I haven't watched but I am sure if any were any good we would know about them.