Films with their own YMMV pages:
- Awesome Music: The main theme. Seriously, try listening to it without getting the chills. Just try it.
- Complete Monster: Michael Myers is a cold-blooded serial killer with a hatred of teenage sexuality and a fondness for carving knives. After killing his sister at the age of six, Michael breaks out of prison as an adult and goes on a killing spree through his hometown of Haddonfield, on his way to kill his surviving sister, murdering three of her friends before targeting her. He's stopped, but the horror doesn't end there, as the series spits into two timelines. In both of them Michael returns repeatedly, making numerous attempts on Laurie, her daughter Jaime, and anybody else who gets in his way. In Jamie's timeline, he finally kills Jamie and then targets her newborn baby note In that same movie, it was initially believed he was under the control of an evil cult, but he proves his evil is beyond anyone's control when he massacres them too. In the H20 timeline, after tracking Laurie down, he fakes his death by switching places with a paramedic, who was killed in his place by Laurie, before tracking Laurie down in an insane asylum, and later kills people filming a reality TV show in his house a year after his goal was seemingly complete. Incapable of feeling empathy, and driven by a loathing of seemingly everybody he encounters, the unstoppable and perpetually silent Michael helped to define the slasher movie as we know it, and remains one of the most bone-chillingly evil slasher villains.
- Cry for the Devil: The remakes try to depict Michael's childhood as depressingly broken. Whether you do feel sorry for the guy is up in the air.
- First Installment Wins: The first film is a universally praised horror classic. The sequels... exist. How well they hold vary from fan to fan to say the least.
- Franchise Original Sin: A huge negative on the franchise is Michael's inner machinations being explained as they end up downplaying the horror. The explanations start to creep in at around the fifth installment, but all of this actually started with the second film. Michael's reason for attacking Laurie is revealed as them being siblings and Michael leaving behind graffiti reading "Samhain" suggest that he's connected to the occult. These were contested, but eventually accepted for most fans as Michael was still a mystery at the time and the twist is kept for both timelines of the original and in Rob Zombie's reboot.
- It Was His Sled: Michael is Laurie's sister. A lot of people know this by now since both timelines of the original franchise kept this twist and the remake doesn't even bother hiding the fact.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: The success of comedian Mike Myers makes it a bit hard to take a villain with that name seriously.
- Sequelitis: Most of the sequels are considered to be unable to measure up to the original, with Resurrection being regarded as the series' nadir and the Rob Zombie-directed reboots being a Love It or Hate It affair.
- Surprisingly Improved Sequel: IV and H20. Both came after two lackluster sequels, both showed the influence of the slasher trends of the day.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Though the original film is deservedly a classic, the Halloween series could have spawned some far more interesting stories if the studio had gone ahead with John Carpenter's original plan of making it Genre Anthology about stories set on All Hallows' Eve instead of just turning it into (what quickly became) a generic Slasher Movie series.
- Uncanny Valley: The original Michael Myers Halloween mask was a William Shatner mask, spraypainted white and with the hair frizzed out and eyeholes altered. The effect is downright creepy.
- Villain Sue: Michael in the Devil's Due comics.
- The Woobie:
- Never mind that he is one of the few characters who doesn't get horribly murdered, does anything good ever happen to Dr. Loomis?
- Jamie Lloyd. Her mother died in a car accident, her uncle is a monstrous killer who is dead-set on killing her, is kidnapped by the Thorn cult at the end of Revenge and she is killed off at the start of Curse (and Producer's Cut of the film reveals that that her baby is the result of Michael raping her).
- Laurie, especially in Zombie's 2. Not only does she lose her friends but, going by canon, she loses her daughter to Michael (Thorn canon), loses her family (H20/HR canon), and either ends up becoming that she is a Myers or becoming crazy and getting shot dead by the police (Zombieverse).
- Actually, Lindsey Wallace, as depicted in a comic series in the H20 timeline, could easily rival Jamie in terms of having a depressing, downer outcome. In this series, it shows that after the events in the first Halloween, she became an absolute wreck - getting addicted to drugs, becoming clinically depressed and paranoid of Michael Myers. Her fears come true when he does begin stalking her for real. What does she get for all the grief and pain she suffered since she was a child? Michael slicing her tendons and murdering her anyway. Basically, if you want this series to end on anything resembling a not totally depressing ending, you're going to want to stop watching after Halloween II.
Heck, (for those who hate total bummers) the first two movies could be seen as the true original John Carpenter canon. Even Carpenter stated that Part 2 was intended as the end of the Michael Myers story arc and that Mike did indeed die for good. Part 4 and onwards could be seen as Sequelitis
/fanfic/re-boots. Applying Canon Discontinuity
by acknowledging only the first two films as "canon" would, according to John Carpenter, actually be canon. If you want to get in the Halloween
films but prefer "happier" endings & Good triumphing over Evil (or something to that effect), just enjoy the first two films and see Laurie Strode & Dr. Loomis as the quintessential awesomesauce "Horror Movie Heroes".
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