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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!

#11
Adjusted Score: 10.687%
Critics Consensus: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers trades the simple, brutal effectiveness of the original for convoluted mysticism, with disastrously dull results.
Synopsis: Picking up six years after the events of Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, this competently produced but ultimately... [More]
Directed By: Joe Chappelle

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 12.16%
Critics Consensus: The only thing this tired slasher flick may resurrect is nostalgia for when the genre was still fresh and scary.
Synopsis: Director Rick Rosenthal, who helmed the very first sequel to Halloween (1978), returns to the horror film series with this... [More]
Directed By: Rick Rosenthal

#9
Adjusted Score: 14.177%
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: Donald L. Shanks portrays the infamous murderer Michael Myers in the fifth Halloween effort, in which Myers sets out to... [More]

#8

H2: Halloween II (2009)
22%

#8
Adjusted Score: 23.866%
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: Filmmaker Rob Zombie returns to Haddonfield for this Dimension Films sequel that finds the murderous psychopath Michael Myers (once again... [More]
Directed By: Rob Zombie

#7

Halloween (2007)
26%

#7
Adjusted Score: 29.461%
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: "Halloween" is an entirely new take on the highly successful film and terrifying legacy that began in 1978. While revealing... [More]
Directed By: Rob Zombie

#6
Adjusted Score: 30.476%
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: This fourth entry in the Halloween franchise focuses on Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris), the niece of ubiquitous masked killer Michael... [More]

#5

Halloween II (1981)
30%

#5
Adjusted Score: 32.764%
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: Shaken and injured from her battle with unkillable psycho Michael Myers, Laurie Strode is taken to the Haddonfield Hospital for... [More]

#4
Adjusted Score: 43.766%
Critics Consensus: Its laudable deviation from series formula not withstanding, Halloween III: Season Of The Witch offers paltry thrills and dubious plotting.
Synopsis: In the third Halloween feature--which really has little connection to the previous two--the psychotic killer is a scientist (Dan O'Herlihy)... [More]
Directed By: Tommy Lee Wallace

#3

Halloween H20 (1998)
52%

#3
Adjusted Score: 54.931%
Critics Consensus: Halloween: H2O is the best of the many sequels, yet still pales in comparison to the original Halloween.
Synopsis: Laurie Strode, now the dean of a Northern California private school with an assumed name, must battle the Shape one... [More]
Directed By: Steve Miner

#2

Halloween (2018)
79%

#2
Adjusted Score: 95.232%
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: Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers,... [More]
Directed By: David Gordon Green

#1

Halloween (1978)
96%

#1
Adjusted Score: 103.459%
Critics Consensus: Scary, suspenseful, and viscerally thrilling, Halloween set the standard for modern horror films.
Synopsis: A young boy kills his sister on Halloween of 1963, and is sent to a mental hospital. 15 years later... [More]
Directed By: John Carpenter

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