How to Watch All the Movies in Order

John Carpenter’sOriginal score for his smash hit movie “The First,” 1978. HalloweenThe classic, will always be the best.

From a small gory slasher film, to a major franchise with 13 installments. HalloweenIt’s certainly achieved something that few other scary movies can even imagine. HalloweenIt is like the Marvel of horror.

The events of HalloweenThe most recent film will (apparently), end in October 2022. Halloween is OverIt has been released. The epic, decade-spanning battle between Laurie Strode and Michael Myers (played here) will finally be revealed to the public. Jamie Lee Curtis).

The Watching HalloweenMovies are arranged chronologically in a very simple way. The release order is pretty straightforward, even though many films have flashback scenes (except in the remakes of 2007 and 2009),

However, many movies have adapted or ignored certain parts of the previous films. The recent trilogy actually ignored all other movies and served as a sequel.

Continue scrolling to see our guide for watching the Halloween franchise:


Jamie Lee Curtis in ‘Halloween’ (1978)
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‘Halloween’ (1978)

The original has remained the same after all these years. HalloweenThe movie is still a classic. It takes place in Haddonfield (Illinois) on Halloween night. Michael Myers, a serial killer, escapes prison and stalks babysitters. His psychiatrist in prison, Dr. Sam Loomis (played by Donald PleasenceHe spends the movie trying and finding him, believing that he will kill again.

Jamie Lee Curtis stars as Laurie Strode, an innocent but tough teenager whose night of babysitting is violently upended by Michael Myers, or ‘The Shape’ as he’s officially credited in the movie.

Director John Carpenter said that Curtis’ audition was memorable. Interview with Nerdist, the director said, “She was perfect and brilliant. She was that character.”

‘Halloween II’ (1981)

Compass International Pictures was quick to greenlight the film after its success. Halloween IICarpenter also wrote and directed the movie.

The story continues from the original movie: Michael is on the run after narrowly escaping Dr. Loomis. Laurie is taken to a nearby hospital and doesn’t have to wait long before Michael comes looking for her again.

What everyone always remembers from Halloween II is the big plot twist — spoiler alert! — that Michael and Laurie are actually brother and sister.

‘Halloween III: Season of the Witch’ (1982)

Many lists are missing the mark Halloween III: Season of the Witch because it doesn’t include Michael Myers.

Producers hoped that the Halloween title could be treated like an anthology. Each story would be linked only by the holiday. Season of the WitchIt was intended to be the first of many isolated movies, but it ended up being the last.

Starring Tom Atkins Stacey Nelkin, Halloween III This is less slasher-y, and more witchy, with science fiction elements as well. While it wasn’t necessarily received well at the time of its release, Halloween fans have embraced the movie over the years, and it’s now considered a cult classic.

How to Watch All of the 'Halloween' Movies in Order

Michael Myers in ‘Halloween 4’ (1988)
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‘Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers’ (1988)

The next movie saw the return of everyone’s favorite villain.

Halloween 4 was released in 1988 and focused on Laurie’s daughter, Jamie Lloyd, played by Danielle Harris. After the Freaky FridayThe actress decided not to return, and producers explained her absence by stating Laurie had died.

Halloween 4Some of the best moments include Donald Pleasence diving from an exploding truck.

‘Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers’ (1989)

The sequel to the franchise’s first film was released one year later. In it, Jamie is so traumatized by her encounter with Michael in the previous film that she’s institutionalized after attacking her foster mother.

Sadly, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael MyersIt holds the unfortunate distinction of being the worst-performing Halloween movie at box office. It received mostly negative reviews from critics and moviegoers, who described it as boring and unoriginal.

‘Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers’ (1995)

Produced by taking their time between movies, the producers tried to correct the course of the franchise in the next film.

The film stars a young star. Paul RuddTommy Doyle, who Laurie Strode was babysitting when we first met Michael, plays the role of Tommy Doyle. The movie is all over the place, with some of Michael’s evil genius explained with an ancient Druid curse.

The movie wasn’t exactly received well, and it effectively ended this installment of the Halloween films.

How to Watch All of the 'Halloween' Movies in Order

Adam Hann-Byrd, Jody Lyn O’Keefe, Josh Hartnet, Michelle Williams in ‘Halloween H2O’ (1998)
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‘Halloween H20: 20 Years Later’ (1998)

Fast forward to 1998, Curtis decided that she wanted to revive the iconic character.

To do this work, Halloween H20: 20 Years LaterThe three movies before it is largely ignored. This version of reality shows Laurie Strode faking her own death and moving to California with Michael.

The movie stars also Josh Hartnett Michelle WilliamsFresh off her Dawson’s Creek debut.

Halloween: Resurrection’ (2002)

Both critics and moviegoers agreed that this movie was a low-point in the franchise’s history. Featuring Busta RhymesThe movie was a significant shift in the franchise’s image. It featured Michael Myers dressing up to scare rivals on an online reality tv program.

‘Halloween’ (2007)

A story like this is bound to be remade.

The 2007 HalloweenMichael’s remake is also a bit of an origin story as viewers learn more about his journey to become the killer Michael fans know and love.

The movie stars Malcolm McDowellDr. Loomis Scout Taylor-ComptonLaurie and was directed Rob Zombie. This version also features the classic brother/sister plot twist.

‘Halloween II’ (2009)

Unlike the original sequel, the 2009 remake moves forward in time — two years to be exact.

Laurie, traumatized, is trying her best to put her life back together. Michael continues to hunt her down and kills others along the way.

The Zombie remakes received mixed reviews, but both did well at the box-office.

How to Watch All of the 'Halloween' Movies in Order

Jamie Lee Curtis in ‘Halloween’ (2018)
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‘Halloween’ (2018)

The 2018 HalloweenThis is not a sequel. It’s actually a direct sequel from the original film, ignoring all other pieces of canon, including the original Halloween II.

Director David Gordon GreenCast Andi Matichak as Allyson Nelson, Laurie’s granddaughter, and Judy Greer as Karen Nelson, Laurie’s daughter. Curtis was Laurie’s revenge-seeking, hardened version, and the movie audiences were completely enthralled.

‘Halloween Kills’ (2021)

Halloween KillsThe sequel, mirrored some aspects of Halloween II‘s tricks.

The movie takes place right after the previous film. It includes Laurie in a medical facility and Michael wreaking havoc for Haddonfield. He knows, just as he does best.

Reception was mixed. Some critics liked the fast-moving plot, while others thought it was a slasher movie.

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‘Halloween Ends’ (2022)

The next installment of the HalloweenIn October 2022, franchise was released.

Entertainment Tonight interviewed the author. Virus The actress thought about her final goodbye to Laurie Strode. She described her last day on set as “emotional,” saying, “I said a farewell to a group of people that I’ve made three movies with. I’ve said farewell to a woman who I’ve inhabited for 44 years.”