To date there have been 10 films under the Halloween umbrella. Nine have featured huge-butcher-knife-yielding Michael Myers (including two Rob Zombie reboots), and one starred an awful commercial that turned peoples’ heads into mush.
The most innovative, obviously, was John Carpenter’s 1978 classic. From there the franchise spiraled out of control, and Michael Myers went from a believable villain to superhuman spirit monster who could walk through plate-glass doors that could stop bullets. Yep. Bullets.
According to Michael-Myers.net, this is the order of the highest-grossing films in the franchise:
#1. Halloween (1978)
#2. Halloween (2007)
#3. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
#4. Halloween II (1981)
#5. Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
#6. Halloween II (2009)
#7. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
#8. Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
#9. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
#10. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
The order would be rearranged if we were to label them by watchability (The Curse of Michael Myers, despite starring Paul Rudd, is tough to get through). Still, like with Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th, it’s the character that we enjoy more than the lackluster scripts or unoriginality.
#1. The first Halloween was filmed in Pasadena, California and was originally titled The Babysitter Murders. The script, written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, was completed in 10 days.
#2. Tyler Mane played Michael Myers in both of Rob Zombie’s renditions; Mane joins George P. Wilbur as the only actor to portray Myers two times (Wilbur played him in Halloween 4 and The Curse of Michael Myers).
#3. The Curse of Michael Myers had an alternate ending that was included on the producer’s cut and was later leaked to YouTube. It deals with a cult and black magic and … ah, forget it. It’s not worth explaining. Spoiler alert: it’s not very good.
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