The William Shatner inside out mask, the one piece mechanic suit, tall and broad shoulders holding a knife.
The Scream Queen in all her glory stalked and terrified every Halloween.
A franchise that turned into a cult classic because to this day everybody knows the music and that no one can kill Michael Myers.
The year is 1963, the night: Halloween. Police are called to 43 Lampkin Ln. only to discover that 15-year-old Judith Myers has been stabbed to death, by her 6-year-old brother, Michael.
After being institutionalized for 15 years, Myers breaks out on the night before Halloween. No one knows, nor wants to find out, what will happen on October 31st 1978 besides Myers’ psychiatrist, Dr. Loomis.
He knows Michael is coming back to Haddonfield, but by the time the town realizes it, it’ll be too late for many people. — Massive Fan, IMDb
The Rise of a Franchise
Everyone knows that the secret to a good horror movie is in the details and the music itself. Without the suspenseful music, a horror movie can go from unusual to boring quite fast.
Despite John Carpenter directing the first movie only, his idea and creation inspired many directors to try their hands at the story Carpenter started between a deranged Michael Myers and his sister, Laurie.
With a bullet in the head, everyone thought it was the end of the killing spree and a psychotic mind. It was only the beginning.
The Following Halloweens
The sequel to the following popularity of Halloween II came out two years later and captivated the mind of the watchers with its suspense and many answers needed. Laurie, played by the talented Jamie Lee Curtis, stuck in a hospital with her brother coming after she was enough to live it up to the first Carpenter’s idea of the Myers.
Sadly, the third movie to the franchise, Season of the Witch, almost ruined the name. The movie, untied from Michael Myers or Laurie, had almost nothing to do with the Halloween movie name Carpenter created despite working for the screenplay. The tale of a small-town mask maker wanting to bring doom upon millions of children didn’t trigger the horror people were looking for from the fans.
Because of the Halloween III‘s monumental flop, it took no less than six years for Halloween 4 to come out reviving the franchise fans loved so much. The story is revolving around Michael Myers being comatose and transferred from one hospital to the next, had people on the edge of their seat when the masked man wakes up hearing about one of his relative alive.
The Revenge of Michael Myers, the fifth movie in the franchise, revolves around him waking up from a year-long coma going after his niece who survived his last rampage. Michael moves back to Illinois only to find his niece held in a psychiatrical institution because of his doing. The movie ended up a success, costing $6 million to make, it collected almost twice in profit.
The sixth installment, The Curse of Michael Myers, not a success as all the others still found its way into the heart of the Halloween franchise fans. The two constants being Michael Myers and his nemesis, Dr. Sam Loomis, his psychiatrist. The obscure abilities of Myers are tested while he goes after one distant relative tied to his family.
H20 came out on the big screen in 1998. I remember going with my friends to the theaters to watch the latest chapter in the lives of both Michael and Laurie Myers. The movie, well anticipated by the fans created a new following with a younger audience and revived the franchise. 20 Years Later brings Laurie back in the franchise with a new life and to my surprise, shown to be quite enjoyable.
Sadly, Halloween Resurrection didn’t enjoy the positivity H20 received. Everything seemed a bit off, down to Myers’ mask. Following the idea of the era of reality television show, a group of young people moved into the house of the psychotic killer, and of course, the deranged mind of Michael refuses to let it happen. The movie collected more than twice its budget, but the reaction of the fans wasn’t the one hoped for by the franchise.
H20 The Sequel?
A new Halloween in the making, pictures already out in the open, we are looking at the come back of Jamie Lee Curtis in the role of Laurie Myers about to meet her brother again. Brought back by John Carpenter himself, we can hope for a reunion that is worth the wait!
The idea of eliminating all the stories that happened following the first movie. It’s like going back to the beginning of the events in 1978 and what awaits soon between the two and I can’t wait!
Horror For Your Pleasure
Halloween is a cult classic. Every October, it is a delight to watch the franchise. Despite not all being worth the name, it is part of its history and what developed it into the classic that it is.
I give Halloween a solid 8 out of 10 for all the inspiration it brought the public and for the Scream Queen. I know I’ve only talked about the original franchise, but the prequel made by Rob Zombie of Halloween is also worth a watch!
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