Ranking the Halloween Franchise

Connor Adamson

Connor is currently studying Law at Villanova University. When he isn’t swamped by law readings, he watches plenty of films and sometimes writes about them. He hopes to be the most qualified evaluator of John Grisham based films at the end of law school.

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  1. dsubnet0 says:

    The Globals rank them thusly:
    Halloween
    HII
    H4
    HIII
    H5
    H20
    Curse
    Reboot
    Reboot sequel
    Resurrection

    IOW, reboots lower than your ranking, H20 way lower, HII way higher. To what would you attribute these discrepancies? Cultural impact/memory? Nostalgia padding?

  2. Connor Adamson says:

    In the course of writing this article, I took a look at other articles ranking the franchise, other folks comments on discussion boards relating to films, etc. to get a feel for how other felt with these.

    The more “horror junky” fans put HII pretty high and some even think it surpasses the first film. So I don’t know if I can call it nostalgia padding for that one, but again I don’t know the ages of the people making such comments either. I just know for myself that I didn’t feel all that enrapt by it like I did for H20. H20 was the strongest in the character department aside from the Zombie films and perhaps that’s where the discrepancy comes. I might value character moreso than the typical horror fan would who rank all of these sequels. But that might not be a fair assumption. It’s the only one I got.

    As to the Zombie films, I think they’re overly trashed upon. They’ve got the “anti-reboot” prejudice against them out of the gate, a prejudice I usually share to be fair. But it seems like most think Zombie is too concerned about being gore-filled and violent than actually being creepy. But compared to some of the later Halloween films, this is still more competent than the nonsense of 5-7 films (H20 excluded).

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