„Halloween"-Order: The timelines of the slasher films

In 2020 “Halloween Kills” will hit the cinemas. Here you can find out which films you must have seen beforehand and why you can simply ignore one of the eleven films.

There are now eleven films in the “Halloween” series. The twelfth part will be in cinemas in 2020. So that you don’t lose track, you will find an overview of all films and important information about the complicated chronology of the franchise in this article.

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The complete “Halloween” series by publication date

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“Halloween” order: which film belongs in which timeline?

In retrospect, the timeline of the “Halloween” story was interrupted several times, rewritten and thus divided into different rows. We’ll sort out for you which films in the franchise belong together.

At the beginning it wasn’t actually intended that “Halloween” would have a sequel at all. In 1978, director John Carpenter originally just wanted to make a horror film. In the classic genre, Michael Myers kills his sister as a child and is sent to an institution. 15 years later he breaks out on Halloween evening and hunts Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her friends in the small town of Haddonfield, armed with a William Shatner mask and a kitchen knife. Because this film was so successful, a direct sequel was created that even takes place on the same night: “Halloween II”.

“Halloween” order: “Halloween III” stands alone

After the success of “Halloween II”, the producers came up with the idea of ​​producing a horror film for Halloween every year that deals with a completely new topic. In “Halloween III” a doctor tries to kill as many children as possible with the help of prepared scary masks. However, this film has nothing in common with the original “Halloween”. Therefore, fans of Michael Myers can safely omit this part.

The continuation of the “Halloween” sequence: “Halloween IV-VI”

When “Halloween III” turned out to be a financial flop, people thought back to the beginnings of the franchise. Michael Myers was brought back and let loose again on the residents of Haddonfield. Laurie Strode, the heroine of the first two parts, did not return, however. Instead, apart from the main storyline, she was pronounced dead after a car accident. Michael’s psychiatrist Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance), who appeared in the first two films, appeared in “Halloween IV-VI” for it. So these three sequels together with the first two films form a relatively coherent plot.

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The complete order:

  • “Halloween – The Night of Horror” (1978)
  • “Halloween II – The horror returns” (1981)
  • “Halloween IV – Michael Myers Returns” (1988)
  • “Halloween V – The Revenge of Michael Myers” (1989)
  • “Halloween VI – The Curse of Michael Myers” (1995)

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The order with “Halloween: H20 and” Halloween: Resurrection

Hardly three years after “Halloween VI”, “Halloween: H20” was released. However, this did not tie in with its predecessor, but ignored everything that came after “Halloween II”. Jamie Lee Curtis is back as Laurie Strode on “H20”. Now grown up, her past overtakes her in the form of Michael Myers. Both “H20” and “Resurrection” tie in with “Halloween II”, but play many years later.

The complete order:

  • “Halloween – The Night of Horror” (1978)
  • “Halloween II – The horror returns” (1981)
  • „Halloween: H20″ (1998)
  • „Halloween: Resurrection“ (2002)

Rob Zombie’s “Halloween” reboot

In 2007 there was the first reboot of the “Halloween” series. “House of 1000 Corpses” director Rob Zombie took responsibility for the rebirth of the franchise. “Halloween” is a direct remake of its 1978 namesake, while “Halloween II” continues the story but makes little to no reference to “Halloween II” from 1981.

The complete order:

  • „Halloween“ (2007)
  • „Halloween 2″ (2009)

The current “Halloween” series

In 2018 a film called “Halloween” was released for the third time. However, this is not a complete reboot, because “Halloween” (2018) picks up where “Halloween” (1978) left off and is therefore a direct sequel of the classic. All other films in the “Halloween” franchise are ignored. Laurie Strode is back, now at an advanced age, and has been preparing all these years for Michael Myers to come back one day – and in fact, she’s facing him again soon. The sequel with the title “Halloween Kills” will appear in 2020. A third sequel in the series is already being planned: “Halloween Ends” should hit cinemas in 2021.

The complete order:

  • “Halloween – The Night of Horror” (1978)
  • „Halloween“ (2018)
  • „Halloween Kills“ (2020)
  • „Halloween Ends“ (2021)

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