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Halloween (1978)

There's a saying in filmmaking that quite often "less is more". John Carpenter's Halloween embodies that rule to perfection. It might not necessarily scare today's audiences in the same way that some other films might do, but Halloween manages to capture a sense of dread and terror that few films are unable to do. It's a film that understands how important it is to build suspense and atmosphere. The scenes with Michael Myers just lurking around to Carpenter's iconic score are masterfully made. Yet, Carpenter also knows that you have to unleash that suspense into actual horror, which he does with a couple of well-made kill and chase scenes.

There are however a few things that bothers me. I don't understand why they felt the need to show Myers face. I think some of the kid acting is on the edge of being unbearable. I think the final few minutes are somewhat anticlimactic. Yet, this is a classic and a horror masterpiece.
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People who added this item 1088 Average listal rating (717 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.1
Halloween (2007)

Making this remake a better film than John Carpenter's classic was an impossible task, so director, Rob Zombie, did the only thing that was right. He added his own touch on it by delving into the psychological mind of Michael Myers. Which worked all right. But its nonetheless the gory rampage of the second half that works best. Simply because it's entertaining.

It's never scary or atmospheric. But as an alternative, more action-oriented version to the original, it works fine.
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Get yourself over the fact that this isn't about Michael Myers killing teenagers and you actually got a pretty decent horror film centered around Halloween. The amount of creativity and imagination that went into this film is something that should be celebrated, instead of loathed because of marketing reasons and that they tried to take the franchise in an other direction.
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People who added this item 803 Average listal rating (525 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 5.7

It's not a great film by any means, but there are so many memorable moments and scenes in it that it's the one that I'm most likely to have on in the background while doing other things.
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People who added this item 656 Average listal rating (431 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.6
Halloween II (1981)

It lacks much of the tension and suspense that the original Halloween had. The kills are also lacking a lot in creativity. Donald Pleasence is however is however really good.
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After Season of the Witch's failure, they decided to bring Michael Myers back in an attempt to get the franchise back to where it was. The result is a film that is overly familiar, but lacks the extra spice to be among the slightly "better" Halloween films.
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People who added this item 506 Average listal rating (320 ratings) 4.3 IMDB Rating 4.1

Resurrection is really dumb. But thankfully the pure stupidity of it all causes to chuckle a lot throughout the film.
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It's mostly just boring. A decent kill here and there, but lacking something to fill the time between those moments.
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It's just an absolute mess. There's nothing in it that feels remotely cohesive, and it's like they shot several different films at once, and somehow they all got mixed together. It doesn't make any sense at all. The kills are also completely unmemorable.
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People who added this item 479 Average listal rating (304 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 4.9
Halloween II (2009)

Rob Zombie took the Halloween franchise to pretentious and insane ways with his sequel to his remake. I absolutely hated it and I still can't wrap my head around why people let this happen.
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I rank the Halloween films that I've seen in what I think is the best to the worst of thr franchise.

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Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Jan 20 17:19
nice list. Halloween III for me would be the worst of them all. It has nothing to do with Michael Meyers. In my opinion the Top 3 are Halloween (1978) Halloween (2007) Halloween II
Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Dec 23 1:50
Halloween III was great, I hate the remake. One of the worst movies I've seen, but that's just me. Cool list! :)
Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Dec 23 17:02
Love Halloween 3, and I wish the series could have gone in the direction that film suggested - moving away from Michael Myers who was genuinely dull after two films and basically setting up various films based around Halloween as a holiday. The Silver Shamrock stuff fronted by the Old Man from Robocop is easily super-creepy.

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