The Bizarre Timeline of the Halloween Films

By: Nick Vita

Halloween Kills, the newest installment to the Halloween franchise, will be released in October. This will be the 12th film to a series that was supposed to end after the second movie. Michael Myers always seems to find a way to resurrect and return to the big screen though. With so many additions and remakes, the timeline to these movies got tangled quickly. I’ll try my best to pull apart each movie, and put them in a logical order, just in time for the new movie to confuse everything again.

Things start off simple enough. The first Halloween introduced us to Laurie Strode, a high school student tasked with babysitting her neighbor’s kid on Halloween night. She gets stalked by a creep in a mask, Michael Myers. The only backstory we have about him is that when he was much younger, he killed his sister. He was put in a psych ward but escaped 15 years later. The movie ends with Laurie escaping death when Dr. Sam Loomis, Michael’s doctor, shoots him six times. Michael falls off a balcony into the front yard of the home, Laurie was babysitting. When Dr. Loomis looks over the edge… Michael is gone.

Halloween II picks up right where the first one leaves off. It’s described as “More of the night he came home.” Laurie is sent to the hospital after some minor injuries, where of course, she again gets stalked by Michael. We learn that the two are really siblings. This is where some of the mystery of Michael goes away. By the end of the movie, Michael is shot in both eyes. He swings his blade blindly around the hospital, hoping to pierce the skin of Laurie and Dr. Loomis. It’s an awesome scene. Dr. Loomis has had enough of Michael though. He blows him and himself up. Laurie escapes once again and watches as Michael walks down the hallway, completely on fire. He falls face first to the ground. The nightmare is finally over.

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This is where John Carpenter wanted to go in a different direction. The title of Halloween is so vague that the story could be about anything. The story of Michael Myers was complete, so Carpenter went in an anthology direction, where the story would be different every time. Halloween III: Season of the Witch had nothing to do with Michael Myers, which confused audiences. The story was about a mask company that wanted to resurrect Samhain. Not a bad movie, but people didn’t want this.

The title of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers says it all. Michael was back to slaughter the town of Haddonfield once again. Dr. Loomis also survived somehow. Laurie had apparently died in a car accident, so she didn’t have a role in this film. She did, have a daughter though, Jamie, who became the main character. Michael wants to kill her for family reasons described in later films. At the end, Michael is “killed” and falls down a mine shaft. Jamie kills her foster mother and is shown wearing a clown costume and holding a bloody pair of scissors. She was supposed to be the next killer, but nothing ever came of this, and Michael returned once again.

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Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers opens right where four left off. Jamie is in the hospital, traumatized by her actions. This is where the franchise takes a turn for the worst. Jamie and Michael are connected telepathically. That’s the best way I can describe it. At the end, we are introduced to a mysterious man wearing all black.

The sixth film, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers is so bad. The reason for Michael being immortal and going on a killing spree is because of a cult named Thorn. He was cursed and had to kill his entire bloodline to save the world or something like that. He kills Jamie, but it’s revealed she had a kid! They really destroyed this franchise.

Up to this point the films went in a logical order. The studio saw how crazy they were getting though and threw everything out the window. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later brought back Laurie. She had faked her death to hide from Michael. The movie takes place after the second Halloween, wasting mine and everyone else’s time with 4-6. The ending shows Laurie chopping Michael’s head off. The nightmare is finally over… again.

Of course, that wasn’t really Michael though! Laurie had actually chopped off the head of some paramedic after Michael swapped clothes with him, in the next sequel Halloween: Resurrection. Laurie felt terrible and was put into a mental hospital. In like the first 20 minutes of this movie, Michael actually kills Laurie on screen. It’s confirmed she died. The rest of the movie was god awful, so let’s move on.

It seemed like the franchise was finally over. That’s when Rob Zombie came in and remade the first two movies, again throwing everything we knew out the window. This time, it was shown that Michael came from a broken home. Laurie is still related to Michael in these ones. There is more of the telepathic connection, but now it’s between Laurie and Michael. At the end Laurie kills Michael and basically takes his place, kind of like how Jamie was going to do that. Rob Zombie didn’t make anymore after this one though, thank God.

In 2018, the timeline was completely ripped apart. Halloween 2018 takes place right after the first one. Laurie and Michael are no longer related, and Michael was apparently caught after falling off the balcony in the first movie. All the movies after the first one never existed. This is cannon too, so it has to be accepted. Michael is burned at the end of this one, kind of like the original sequel. Soon we will be getting a sequel to the sequel that disregarded the sequels. Hopefully the timeline won’t see too many changes again.

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