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Halloween (franchise) (1978- Present)

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Halloween is an American horror franchise that consists of eleven films, as well as novelscomic booksmerchandise, and a video game. The films primarily focuses on serial killer Michael Myers who was committed to a sanitarium as a child for the murder of his sister, Judith Myers. Fifteen years later, he escapes to stalk and kill the people of the fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois. Michael’s killings occur on the holiday of Halloween, on which all of the films primarily take place. The original Halloween, released in 1978, was written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, and directed by Carpenter. The film is known to have inspired a long line of slasher films.

Eight sequels have since followed. Michael Myers is the antagonist in all of the films except Halloween III: Season of the Witch, the story of which has no direct connection to any other film in the series. In 2007, writer-director Rob Zombie made a remake of the 1978 film. A sequel to the 2007 remake was released two years later. A direct sequel to the original film that ignores all sequels was released in 2018.

The films collectively grossed over $620 million at the box office worldwide. The film series is ranked first at the United States box office—in adjusted 2018 dollars—when compared to other American horror series. Both the original film and the 2018 sequel have received critical acclaim, while the other films have received mixed or negative reviews from both fans and critics.

Halloween Films

FilmU.S. release dateDirector(s)Screenwriter(s)Producer(s)
HalloweenOctober 25, 1978John CarpenterJohn Carpenter and Debra HillDebra Hill
Halloween IIOctober 30, 1981Rick RosenthalDebra Hill and John Carpenter
Halloween III: Season of the WitchOctober 22, 1982Tommy Lee WallaceTommy Lee Wallace
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael MyersOctober 21, 1988Dwight H. LittleDhani Lipsius, Larry Rattner & Benjamin Ruffner and Alan B. McElroyPaul Freeman
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael MyersOctober 13, 1989Dominique Othenin-GirardMichael Jacobs & Dominique Othenin-Girard and Shem BittermanRamsey Thomas
Halloween: The Curse of Michael MyersSeptember 29, 1995Joe ChappelleDaniel FarrandsPaul Freeman
Halloween H20: 20 Years LaterAugust 5, 1998Steve MinerRobert Zappia and Matt Greenberg
Halloween: ResurrectionJuly 12, 2002Rick RosenthalLarry Brand and Sean Hood
HalloweenAugust 31, 2007Rob ZombieRob ZombieMalek Akkad, Andy Gould and Rob Zombie
Halloween IIAugust 28, 2009
HalloweenOctober 19, 2018David Gordon GreenJeff Fradley, Danny McBride & David Gordon GreenMalek Akkad, Jason Blum & Bill Block
Halloween KillsOctober 15, 2021Scott Teems, Danny McBride & David Gordon Green
Halloween EndsOctober 14, 2022Paul Brad Logan, Chris Bernier, Danny McBride & David Gordon Green
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