Friday, October 29, 2021

31 Halloween Movies 2021 - Week 4

22. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers - Both Michael and Dr. Loomis somehow survived the end of Halloween 2, and we're back to the usual after the last movie's detour. This time Michael is after Laurie's daughter Jamie, who lives with a foster family. This was better than the 2nd movie and provided an interesting setup for future movies.

23. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers - Immediately following the last movie, Michael regains his strength and resumes his chase of Jamie, who now has a psychic link with him and can sense what he's doing. During this movie I decided that as much as these movies are mostly typical slasher stuff, they still manage to have a generally higher quality than other franchises.

24. Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers - Several years after the events of the previous movie, Jamie has a baby. Several characters from previous movies including Dr. Loomis and Tommy Doyle (played by Paul Rudd!) as well as some of Laurie's relatives have to protect him not only from Michael but from a cult that wants to use him for their own purposes. This was a good conclusion to the "Thorn Trilogy" that started with 4.

25. Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later - This skips the last four movies and serves as a direct sequel to the first two, where Laurie is suffering from PTSD and hiding under a false identity (although she did fake her death in a car accident, which might be enough to allow the other movies to still be canon). This is very much a product of the late 90s, with actors like Josh Hartnett and a 3rd Rock from the Sun-era Joseph Gordon-Levitt in supporting roles, which would have been a big deal at that time. The movie itself is pretty good. 

26. Halloween: Resurrection - To the surprise of no one, Michael managed to survive H2O's seemingly definitive ending, and he takes aim at a group of college students filming a reality show in his childhood home. This was one of the worst entries in the franchise, and that's all I have to say about it.

27. Halloween (2018) - In yet another case of retconning many of the previous movies, this is a sequel to the original movie, where 40 years later Laurie is still traumatized by what happened and has been preparing for Michael's possible escape ever since. This was a great bounce back from Resurrection, and is on par with the best of the franchise.

28. Halloween Kills - Picking up right where the last movie left off, the whole town of Haddonfield gets involved in trying to take Michael down, to disastrous results. This wasn't at the same level as the last one, but still pretty good.