As my time in Haddonfield drew to an end, I decided that I would conclude with a bit of fun by ranking the series. Given that it’s Halloween, I thought some recommendations may be warranted as I’ve just completely revisited the entire franchise. If you’re really interested in getting in a Michael Myers marathon for the holiday, I would recommend watching Halloween (Carpenter, 1978), Halloween II (Rosenthal, 1981) and Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (Miner, 1998). Together, they form a satisfying trilogy that prevents the tragic events of that fateful eve, all the while building towards the emotional after effects of the shocking attack. Tellingly, they’re the films that are more focused on developing Laurie than the Michael Myers mythology.
If you’re all about Halloween but want to watch something off the beaten path, or if you’re the Charlie Brown of Halloween and just think the holiday is too damn commercial, I cannot recommend Halloween III: Season of the Witch enough. Even if you disliked it originally, I think the time and expectation will provide a more sublime viewing this time around.
Anyways, here’s my ranking of the series on first reaction. No big paragraphs here, but I’ll link each one to the informal post in which I dissected each. The middle section was kind of hard to rank: