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Every Halloween Movie Ranked

For Laurie Strode, it’s been a long road back to Haddonfield. After surviving the original night of terror against Michael Myers in the original 1977 Halloween, she has entered the slipstream of alternate timelines, at points lighting him on fire, decapitating him, or getting thrown off a roof by him. Meanwhile, other Halloween movies have her institutionalized, or shot dead by the police. One even ignores her existence completely, offering annoying TV commercial jingles and magic Stonehenge rocks in her place. (That was Halloween III: Season of the Witch by the way.)

But with the latest Halloween fresh in theaters (and Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her roots with this no-holds-barred version of Laurie, along with producer John Carpenter and original Myers player Nick Castle. But no matter which style or version your prefer in the franchise, we’re ranking every Halloween movie made and sorting them by Tomatometer!

Adjusted Score: 10052%
Critics Consensus: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers trades the simple, brutal effectiveness of the original for convoluted mysticism, with disastrously dull results.
Synopsis: An ancient Celtic ritual drives Dr. Loomis' (Donald Pleasence) patient to sacrifice an entire family in Haddonfield, Ill.... [More]
Directed By: Joe Chappelle

Adjusted Score: 12650%
Critics Consensus: The only thing this tired slasher flick may resurrect is nostalgia for when the genre was still fresh and scary.
Synopsis: Internet users watch six collegians as they spend the night in Michael Myers' (Brad Loree) childhood home.... [More]
Directed By: Rick Rosenthal

Adjusted Score: 13724%
Critics Consensus: Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers finds the series embracing crude slasher conventions with pedestrian scares, disposable characters, and aimless plotting.
Synopsis: Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) meets Mike's 9-year-old niece (Danielle Harris), who seems to know when he's going to kill next.... [More]


Halloween II (2009)

Adjusted Score: 23271%
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.
Synopsis: Evil comes home to roost, as unstoppable killer Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) returns to Haddonfield to restore his family, together... [More]
Directed By: Rob Zombie


Halloween (2007)

Adjusted Score: 31092%
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.
Synopsis: A psychiatrist (Malcolm McDowell) follows an escaped psychopath's (Tyler Mane) blood-soaked trail back to his hometown.... [More]
Directed By: Rob Zombie

Adjusted Score: 29933%
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.
Synopsis: Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) renews his hunt for killer Mike, who has escaped from the hospital once again.... [More]
Directed By: Dwight H. Little


Halloween II (1981)

Adjusted Score: 34734%
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.
Synopsis: A killer follows his injured target (Jamie Lee Curtis) to the hospital on Oct. 31 in Haddonfield, Ill.... [More]
Directed By: Rick Rosenthal

Adjusted Score: 42405%
Critics Consensus: Its laudable deviation from series formula not withstanding, Halloween III: Season Of The Witch offers paltry thrills and dubious plotting.
Synopsis: Two people (Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin) discover that a TV commercial will cue a madman's (Dan O'Herlihy) Halloween masks to... [More]
Directed By: Tommy Lee Wallace

Adjusted Score: 55543%
Critics Consensus: Halloween: H2O is the best of the many sequels, yet still pales in comparison to the original Halloween.
Synopsis: In hiding for two decades, a traumatized woman (Jamie Lee Curtis) learns her murderous brother has returned for her.... [More]
Directed By: Steve Miner


Halloween (2018)

Adjusted Score: 99504%
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.
Synopsis: It's been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. She... [More]
Directed By: David Gordon Green


Halloween (1978)

Adjusted Score: 103880%
Critics Consensus: Scary, suspenseful, and viscerally thrilling, Halloween set the standard for modern horror films.
Synopsis: John Carpenter's chiller about an escaped maniac who returns to his Illinois hometown to continue his bloody rampage.... [More]
Directed By: John Carpenter

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