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The Blumhouse Trilogy: Halloween (2018), Halloween Kills (2021), and Halloween Ends (2022)
Given the sour taste that Resurrection left and the mixed to negative reception that the remake series got, the logical step for many was to go into the sequel department again, only this time, making this a direct sequel to the 1978 film and ignoring the rest. Halloween (2018) does just that, with Michael having been held in Smith’s Grove after being shot by Loomis for the past 40 years. Laurie is still traumatized over what happened all those years ago, going into full on survivalist mode, and has a strained relationship with her daughter Karen (Judy Greer). Around this Halloween, Michael escapes from a transportation bus and makes his way back to Haddonfield to kill again, this escape being aided by the replacement Loomis, Dr. Sartain (Haluk Bilginer) who wants to observe his patient in the wild. Laurie runs around the town hunting down Michael with the aid of Deputy Hawkins (Will Patton), who helped capture Michael all those years ago. This culminates with Laurie, Karen, and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) trapping Michael in Laurie’s basement, triggered to burn the house and hopefully Michael.
Given that Halloween Kills (2021) hasn’t come out yet, there isn’t much to go on about what happens aside from the idea that Michael escapes the basement and Laurie gathers an angry mob to hunt down the killer. It is also difficult to speculate how this will lead to the next sequel, Halloween Ends (2022), but this will be updated when the time comes.
Rob Zombie’s Duology: Halloween (2007) and Halloween 2 (2009)
After Resurrection, Rob Zombie was given the green light to remake the original film with his own twist, and there are many changes that make Halloween (2007) a Rob Zombie film, for better or for worse. The first half of the film serves as an origin story of sorts meant to explain why Michael turned out the way he did, coming from an abusive household and dealing with bullying at school. Loomis (Malcolm McDowell) is brought in to help Michael with his problems but the young Myers goes on his first killing spree that night, killing his stepdad, his sister Judith, and her boyfriend. We then follow Michael as he is in Smith’s Grove under the treatment of Loomis, losing his humanity and slowly turning more and more into the killer that we are familiar with in the past films. The rest of the film is pretty much a beat for beat remake of the original, with Michael killing people in Haddonfield looking for his sister Laurie (Scout Taylor-Compton), ending with her shooting him in the head.
Surprisingly, we got a sequel two years later that does manage to go into a vastly different direction compared to its predecessor, opening with a condensed version of the original Halloween II of Laurie being in the hospital chased by Michael, only for that to turn out to be a dream. It is then we get the real Zombie Halloween 2 (2009), with a traumatized Laurie struggling with everything that happened that night and unable to live with her friend and would-be-victim Annie (Danielle Harris) and Annie’s dad Sheriff Brackett (Brad Dourif). Meanwhile, Loomis has written a book to capitalize on the events, which reveals the familial connection between Michael and Laurie; all the while, Michael has been roaming around and begins to head back to Haddonfield at the behest of his ghost mom. These three characters reunite at the end where Michael and Loomis end up getting killed, while Laurie gets sent to a mental institution, with the implication that she has the same murderous tendencies as her brother now.
The One-Off Anthology: Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
And now to mention the one-off film in the series that doesn’t have anything to do with Michael Myers, an interesting ‘what-if’ regarding what kind of film series Halloween could have been if Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) was a success. The story itself is a vast departure from the slasher films that the series has been and would end up staying, as it focuses on the Silver Shamrock company, run by Conal Cochran (Dan O’Herlihy), that makes Halloween masks in the small town of Santa Mira. After an incident where a shop owner holding one of the Silver Shamrock masks arrives at his hospital (later killed by a strange figure that blows himself up right after), Dr. Dan Challis (Tom Atkins) and the man’s daughter Ellie (Stacy Nelkin) go to investigate Silver Shamrock and find out what the mysteries are behind it. It is revealed that Cochran placed pieces of Stonehenge in the tags of the masks that trigger the deaths of whomever is wearing them during the 9 PM TV transmission on Halloween Night, meant to evoke the sacrifices that occurred ages ago during the Festival of Samhain. There is also that many of the workers (and the guy who killed Ellie’s dad) turn out to be androids that are meant to keep that information secret. The film ends with hesitation on whether Dan can stop the transmission before 9 PM, possibly suggesting that millions of people are most likely dead at the end of this Halloween.
And that is the overall timelines of the Halloween franchise so far. Given that Halloween Kills comes out shortly, this will probably be updated when enough time has passed to avoid spoilers. We hope this provided those unfamiliar with the series some information of how the movies are connected (or aren’t) or for those who have seen the movies before, just offering a quick refresher before the new movie comes out.
Halloween Kills (2021) Official Trailer