When John Carpenter began making his low-budget horror movie about a guy killing babysitters, he couldn't have known what the impact his slasher would make in the horror film industry today.
After its theatrical release back in 1978, Halloween would soon become the foundation of all films in the slasher genre. Carpenter's original nightmare would soon help give a footing to other slashers, like Friday The 13th and Wes Craven's masterpiece A Nightmare On Elm Street, while also giving the boogeyman a place in the spotlight with a massive amount of Myers-related horrors following.
As Hollywood likes to do, it grabbed Michael Myers, our beloved masked killer, by the bottom of his jumpsuit and released nine (and counting) horror flicks detailing Michael's bloody path.
Over the next 40 years, the boogeyman known as Michael Myers has been built up, ruined, rebuilt and subsequently ruined again, through its many many sequels.
While some of those films just weren't any good, you can't ignore the franchise's lasting impact on the horror industry.
With Michael Myers returning to Haddonfield once more on Oct. 19 for Michael and Laurie's final (?) showdown, it's time to look back at the Halloween franchise to decide what films were the best and what ones didn't make the cut in the franchise's long history.
10. Halloween: ResurrectionIMDb synopsis:
"Three years after he last terrorized his sister, Michael Myers confronts her again, before traveling to Haddonfield to deal with the cast and crew of a reality show which is being broadcast from his old home."
Despite the film being called Halloween: Resurrection, it did anything but resurrect the series, and ironically enough, this film actually killed the film's ongoing sequel craze because it was just not good...like at all.
Not only does this film bring Laurie Strode's story to an uneventful and pretty awful end, which is a total disgrace to the character Jamie Lee Curtis crafted back in the fall of '77 when she was cast as Strode, it also failed at telling the story that it originally set out to do...like?!?!
The idea of having a film crew explore Myers' home only for him to return and kill everyone could have been really cool, but with the odd documentary style, horrible jokes, and the overall generic scares, this film is truly only for the diehards of the franchise.
"After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the mental institution and immediately returns to Haddonfield to find his baby sister, Laurie."
Rob Zombie has many talents. Aside from being a musician, he's also a pretty talented filmmaker. Thanks to the massive success of films like House Of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects, Zombie began getting quite the following within the horror community.
So, when the musician/filmmaker decided to breathe some life into Michael Myers, fans were understandably excited...until they saw the film.
Taking on an iconic film and reworking it is pretty tough for anyone, and while this film isn't bad, once you compare it to Carpenter's masterpiece, it doesn't even come close and it was kind of doomed from the start.
While the filmmaking and visuals of this film are unique to Zombie and make it bearable, there's only one massive issue in this film: Zombie made this film his own, which, I know is contradictory but give me a second to explain.
In doing so, he decided to give more of Zombie-certified dialogue, gross amounts of gore and let's not forget the worst part of it all: a backstory to the character of Michael Myers...While the dialogue and gore is a signature of Zombie and can be overlooked, the backstory with Myers' is where this film falls short.
With Myers being this scary force, not knowing his history makes him much scarier and more dangerous. So, by knowing this backstory and why he's doing these awful murders, it does take away from that mystery of the boogeyman, which was what made Carpenter's Michael so much scarier.
8. “Halloween 6: The Curse Of Michael Myers”
"Six years after Michael Myers last terrorized Haddonfield, he returns there in pursuit of his niece, Jamie Lloyd, who has escaped with her newborn child, for which Michael and a mysterious cult have sinister plans."
So...here we have Halloween 6, and this one is kind of difficult to place in a spot. I've decided to go with the theatrical release as opposed to the producer's cut, which made this film far lower on the list than what it would have been.
This movie was interesting, but unfortunately, not even Paul Rudd could save the theatrical release of this film. Cursed, quite literally, with extensive reshoots and a very troubled production, it's amazing this film even saw the light. So..does this mean I should be nice about it? No.
It's just terrible.
As I've previously noted, giving the boogeyman more of a backstory does hinder its overall effect, and having Michael being this evil force thanks to some cult does take away his scary appeal. Adding to the fact that the whole plot of this is kind of confusing, doesn't really help the cause.
Now...if you were to watch this Halloween, it's highly recommended to watch the producer's cut. The backstory of this weird cult is explored more in-depth and it actually makes for a pretty interesting watch, especially at the end where we see the beloved Dr. Loomis take on this curse.
7. Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers
"One year after the events of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), the Shape returns to Haddonfield once again in an attempt to kill his now-mute niece."
The spot that this film falls under might be a little controversial for some of the franchise's most die-hard fans...and that's okay (because it was tough putting it here, just so you know.) The end of Halloween 4 set this movie up for a pretty interesting adventure. Instead of turning Myers' niece Jamie into an evil sharp weapon-wielding maniac like her uncle, like Halloween 4 so beautifully set out to do, they made her a troubled mute girl that sometimes has visions of her uncle's murders.
Why? Why wouldn't you go with the logical continuation....W H Y.
Anyways, this film isn't nearly as bad as Resurrection, but it does tend to be a drawn out, not so scary and illogical to its predecessor....plus the mask is pretty awful in this film.
While those are some pretty glaring negatives, this film also introduces one of the most interesting elements for its next film, Halloween 6, and that is the Thorn Cult. While it doesn't really make sense in this film, it's a good set up for the next one...so it's good and a bad all mixed into one...much like this entire film.
6. Halloween 2 (2009)
"Laurie Strode struggles to come to terms with her brother Michael's deadly return to Haddonfield, Illinois; meanwhile, Michael prepares for another reunion with his sister."
Shockingly enough, Zombie's Halloween 2 does hit a pretty high mark on this list because it's one that sort of goes away from the franchise while still being a movie about Michael Myers (more on that later.)
Zombie's first film focused entirely on Michael, and while getting a look-see into his life was interesting, it lost a lot of people because there was no mystery left of Myers.
This one, however, is more centered on Laurie's side of the story and her attempt at recovering from the trauma of the events that happened years earlier. Of course, viewers get to see a bloodbath of death and destruction from Michael along the way, until he and Laurie have their long-awaited confrontation.
This film, while not the best, gave Zombie a chance to really experiment with his version of the franchise. While it's overly gore-y in some parts, the overall story is pretty solid and it's a surprisingly good ending to his vision of the Michael Myers and Laurie Strode saga.
5. Halloween H20: 20 Years LaterIMDb synopsis:
"Laurie Strode, now the dean of a Northern California private school with an assumed name, must battle the Shape one last time and now the life of her own son hangs in the balance."
Horror went through some pretty huge changes between the 1978 release of Halloween to the 1998 release of Halloween H20. With horror flicks having their "final girl" become less of a victim and more of a force to be reckoned with, H20 saw a major evolution in Laurie Strode's character.
Laurie being the aggressor against Michael isn't the only big changes that the franchise went through for this film. Having gone through four sequels of varied success prior to this film's release, the creators of this film decided to go back to what works in the Myers' mythology.
Ignoring the cult stuff and the fact that Jamie is Laurie's daughter, the film is set to be a direct sequel to Halloween 2, and it's very clearly evident of that with how close they paid homage to those original two movies. Plus, you get a nice little trilogy of the three films...
4. Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myer
"Ten years after his original massacre, the invalid Michael Myers awakens on Halloween Eve and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven-year-old niece. Can Dr. Loomis stop him?"
After stepping away from Myers for one film, the creators decided to go back to the mythology of Michael Myers for Halloween 4. The return of Myers was the beginning of very confusing plot points that would plague the series to come, but that's not necessarily this film's fault.
If anything, this film was the set up to what could have been a really interesting dynamic, if, you know, the Halloween 5 creators actually knew how to continue a story.
This film, unfortunately, doesn't reach the heights that its predecessors were able to accomplish, but at its core, it was a “Halloween" movie through and through. Not only did this film have the typical "cat and mouse" games that Michael likes to play with his victims, but it's also pretty scary and it builds to an amazing finish....like a really good twist ending and WHY DIDN'T “HALLOWEEN 5" CONTINUE WITH IT.
3. Halloween 2 (1981)
"While Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt for Michael Myers, a traumatized Laurie is rushed to hospital, and the serial killer is not far behind her."
The 1981 Halloween movie was a real-deal sequel to Carpenter's nightmarish tale. With most of the franchise, creators have had to find a way to bring back the villainous Michael Myers, but the plot to this one was gift-wrapped and sent to the horror flick's director, Rick Rosenthal.
For the people who thought the first film lacked in any major horror or gore element, this film is for you. Rosenthal upped the blood and body count in this film, and while guts and gore are present, the film does lack at a real pace. Trying to mimic Carpenter's perfected slow build from the 1978 original, this film tries that and consequently fails at that creepy pace.
The film, while lacking in overall movement, does have a huge plot line introduced that's the basis to all the following Halloween films, and that's the fact that Michael Myers is actually killing off his bloodline (thanks to Laurie being his sister, ya' know.)
2. Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch
"Kids all over America want Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran."
Ah, yes, a Halloween movie that doesn't feature our masked killer is high on the list, and for good reason.
Appreciation for Halloween 3 has only come in recent years, thanks to people finally realizing just how good this movie is. As some might know, John Carpenter didn't want to live in the shadows of the shape for the entire franchise. In fact, Carpenter has gone on record to share that his original plans for the "Halloween" franchise were to make it an anthology series centered on the holiday.
Unfortunately for Carpenter and the fans who can see just how fantastic Season Of The Witch actually is, popular demand really wanted our famed masked killer. While they can't be to blame, they are missing out on a pretty great film...now let's talk about it.
Focused on Halloween masks and an evil scientist who devises a plan to execute the mass murder of millions of children around the world in the way of wearing his Halloween masks. It's a messed up plot but oh my, it's so good, and truly a pretty interesting, and satisfying, piece of sci-fi horror.
While this film doesn't have the same scary takeaway as the film's with Myers in them, don't let that fool you...this film is pretty scary.
1. Halloween (1978)
"Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again."
Given the fact that this movie inspired a whole slew of movies, it's hard to pick any other Halloween film that isn't the original film as the best in the franchise.
While it's been 40 years since the original terrorized its way into the minds of audience members, that doesn't mean it has lost its menacing effect. Sure, horror movies have evolved in their scares in recent years, but Carpenter's classic has stood the test of time in the scares department.
Thanks to the simple nature of the plot, the fantastic execution from all parties involved (from the DP to the scenic designers, this film was executed beautifully) and the horrifying score that was crafted by Carpenter himself, have helped make this movie not only the best in the franchise, but one of the best horror films of all time.
With the new Halloween movie almost to theaters, and the holiday almost here, it's a given you'll be seeing more of these rankings pop up on your timeline. While I'm not saying this is the correct ranking, I think it's a pretty good one (but I'm totally biased!)
Where would you place the Halloween movies, would you give Halloween 3 the recognition it deserves?! Let me know by commenting below!
Halloween is almost here and while most of us are busy getting our scares on, that doesn't mean the spooky holiday is for everyone.
With horror movies not being something that everyone cares for during the Halloween-season, I've decided to compile a list of the best horror movies that aren't actually scary.
So, without further ado, let's check out the 10 best Halloween movies (that's perfect for all you scaredy cats!)
If there's one movie series that screams Halloween and not scary, it's Disney's cult-classic Halloweentown. Whether you're a pre-teen to a twenty-something, this movie is a classic and a must see for the holiday season.
2. Hocus Pocus
If there's one movie besides Halloweentown that calls out to your childhood for best Halloween movie, it's got to be Hocus Pocus. The beloved Disney movie pops up quite a bit during the holiday season, and for good reason, it's amazing. The film isn't too scary and the fall aesthetics is what dreams are made of. Plus, the only thing the Sanderson sisters will do is put a spell on you!
3. All Tim Burton movie ever
This may or may not have been a good idea to combine. Tim Burton is the master of children's horror and he does it pretty well. These movies are absolutely perfect for this time of year because it still gives us creepy vibes, but no nightmares (especially not those of the Freddy Krueger kind!)
Here's some good ones:
1. Nightmare Before Christmas
2. Edward Scissorhands
4. Corpse Bride
4. The Harry Potter series
Okay.So Harry Potter is technically not a horror movie, nor is it a movie that you have to watch for Halloween, but that's fine because this series is still perfect for a Halloween binge-session. There are eight movies in the Harry Potter-verse, and they go from cute to dark throughout the series' progression.
With witches and wizards to muggles and flying broomsticks, the Harry Potter movies are perfect for any binge-a-thon you'd want for a Halloween scare (but not really.)
Goosebumps may have been a mini-series in the '90s and not a film, but that's probably okay.
The series' took inspiration from R.L. Stine and as if the books weren't creepy enough, they turned his horrifying children's tales into things we can watch onscreen. While this may primarily be a scary film for a younger audience, there's still some chills and thrills you'll find in adulthood.
Did you agree with my list?
Let me know! What's your favorite non-scary horror movie?!
Shane Dawson's name might ring a bell for anyone of us who have watched a Youtube video a time or two. Being one of the first real-deal Youtubers, Shane has made a lengthy career doing skits, eating food, making conspiracies, and as of late, incredible video series that rival what anyone is doing.
These new video series, with the help of cameraman and co-editor Andrew Siwicki, have been something that many fans have been obsessing over.
Announced a few days ago, Shane will be doing a deep dive into the highly controversial life of Jake Paul, and ahead of his new series' release, I've decided to go back to the very beginning of Shane's new video series format and pick out five of his best video series.
Check out Shane's best videos below!
1. The Secret Life Of Jeffree Star
Probably one, if not his most successful, video to date, "The Secret Life Of Jeffree Star" was the video that gave Shane the credit he's deserved. Jeffree is considered a pretty controversial Youtuber, and what was nice about this series is the fact that it really dived into what Jeffree's world is like aside from the glitz and glam that most people get to see. Not only do we see a deeper side of Jeffree, fans also got a chance to see just how successful he really is (especially with his businesses!) This is one of Shane's bests, and it's set the tone of just how amazing one could be with a video camera.
2. The Truth About Tanacon
Tanacon was a mess. You know it, I know it, we all know it. The important thing about this video series was the fact it highlighted both parties, not just one side of the playing field. Moving into a more investigative side of things, Shane was able to piece together some of the nightmares that were Tanacon with this video series.
3. Shane's dad series
The video series that could be credited for starting it all is Shane's dad series. The three-part series is one of Shane's more serious videos, and it's easily the most personal on his Youtube. The video is emotional, honest, and most important of all, it's real.
4. The Grav3yardGirl series
This video series is a little more all over the place. Starting out the series with titles like "$10,000 makeover" and "$40,000" surprise weekend," it's revealed (four videos in) that the real reason for the mini vacation was to help Grav3yardGirl's channel. Once the actual premise of the video series kicked in, fans got to see a side of Bunny that hasn't been revealed...like ever. Additionally, we got to see some ghost hunting adventures, which is always a fun time.
5. Switching lives with Trisha Paytas
Trisha Paytas, much like Jeffree Star, is a little controversial. While this video didn't dive as deep as the Jeffree Star video, it was a stepping stone of what's to come. The dynamic between Trisha and Shane is so refreshing, and you can tell the two have been friends for a very long time. Switching lives with the Mukbang queen couldn't have been easy, but Shane did perfectly...with a glitter Starbucks cup in hand.
Do you agree with my list? Let me know in the comments below!
In a world where there are so many binge-able Netflix shows, finding the right one can seem like a total nightmare. While it might seem impossible to pick, there's one show you might have been sleeping on that you should highly consider adding to your watchlist: the CW teen drama, "Riverdale."
It's just the right mix of drama, romance, and never-ending cliffhangers, making the two seasons (and counting) something you'll want to start watching immediately. So, without further ado, here are eight reasons you should add Riverdale to your watchlist:
1. The best cliffhangers of all time
Starting off with a murder kind of sets the tone for just how many ups and down you'll face when watching a show like Riverdale. Every episode has the right amount of suspense (we'll get to that later), and the show runners seem to know just when to keep you wanting more — meaning the cliffhangers can get pretty intense. Oh, you wanted to know if this character died? Welp, you're gonna have to stay tuned for the next episode, and that's just how we like it.
2. Fan theories
I mean, the show started off with murder...how can fan theories not be a thing?! Between the question of who killed Jason Blossom to who is the infamous Black Hood (and so much more), the fans of Riverdale are super sleuths that can give Betty and Jughead a run for their money on cracking a case.
3. The ships (Bughead, etc.)
Death and destruction may follow the small town, but that doesn't mean we can't have some romance. We've got your Bughead (Betty and Jughead), Choni (Cheryl and Toni), and Varchie (Veronica and Archie)...and there's a ton more. You obviously can't have a teen show without some romance, and Riverdale sure doesn't lighten up on the serious relationship goals throughout its seasons.
4. There's a perfect balance between dark and light
As we've touched on, this show has a lot of mystery and suspense, but it also has a lot of sweet moments between friends too. With such a mixture, the show's creators have spent a good amount of time pairing the suspense with the light-hearted moments, which makes the horrors that fall into the laps of Archie Andrews and his friends that much worse.
5. The Southside Serpents (and maybe Even the Ghoulies)
What's a show without some drama, and luckily for us, the Southside Serpents are pretty good at bringing some chaos in the quaint town of Riverdale. The gang may get a bad rep because they're on the wrong side of the tracks, but don't let that fool you into thinking some of the members in the Serpents aren't as bad as they seem (I mean, they do have Jughead after all). Between the fierce loyalty, the members, and the fact that their king is FP Jones, a.k.a. Skeet Ulrich, you can't really go wrong in loving the mischievous bunch.
6. The *many* storylines
Sure, you've got the key storylines that run the show but there's also soooo many sub-plots that this show thrives off of. Much like the balance of mystery and cutesy stuff, the show also gives its main storylines a breather with smaller ones. While the multiple storylines can seem like a lot, the show does them in a way that makes sense and isn't overwhelming.
7. The actors IRL
The cast makes any show, and Riverdale is certainly no exception. The bond between the real-life cast members is easy to see in interviews and social media posts, and it's even evident as they play their characters on the show. Taking their real friendships and putting them in their characters not only helps make the scenes believable, but it also rings true to the most important thing about the show: friendships are everything.
8. It talks about important issues
The show may be a light teen drama with true crime elements, but surprisingly, it deals with some pretty major issues. One of the most important? The time Cheryl is nearly sexually assaulted at the hands of Nick St. Clair. Without giving anything away, the moment is finished by showing just how strong women can be — something that's especially important in a post-Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement world.
Of course, there are more reasons to watch Riverdale, but these eight items are a good starting point for you to consider watching this show full of drama, chaos, and incredibly talented actors.