All 14 Halloween movies ranked from worst to best

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8. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

Released in 1988, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers brought the iconic character of Michael Myers to the big screen after a hiatus of six years. The movie continues the story of the Halloween franchise and follows Michael Myers as he returns to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, to hunt down his niece, Jamie Lloyd, on Halloween night.

Directed by Dwight H. Little and written by Alan B. McElroy, Halloween 4 received mixed reviews upon its release, but it has since gained a cult following among horror fans. The movie features suspenseful chase scenes, gruesome kills, and a memorable performance by Danielle Harris as Jamie Lloyd.

Halloween 4 is regarded by some fans as one of the best sequels in the Halloween franchise, thanks to its effective use of suspense and horror. While it may not have the same level of critical acclaim as the original Halloween movie, it has its own unique charm and remains a beloved entry in the horror genre despite its many shortcomings.

7. Halloween: The Beginning (2007)

In 2007, filmmaker Rob Zombie took on the daunting task of rebooting the Halloween franchise with his movie Halloween: The Beginning. The movie serves as an origin story for Michael Myers, exploring his troubled childhood and the events that led to his transformation into a cold-blooded killer.

Starring Tyler Mane as Michael Myers and Scout Taylor-Compton as Laurie Strode, Halloween: The Beginning deserves praise for Zombie’s bold and unique take on the character of Michael Myers. And yes, there’s the classic excessive violence and disturbing imagery that fans of Zombie love.

Despite its divisive reception, Halloween: The Beginning has its own place in the Halloween franchise. Zombie’s direction and writing style gave the movie a dark and gritty tone that set it apart from other Halloween movies and makes it a standout of the bunch. It also paid homage to the original movie while putting a fresh spin on the story.