10 harsh realities of rewatching Halloween movies | Pretty Reel

Although Halloween Ends claims to put the series to bed forever, true horror hounds know they probably haven’t seen the last of Michael Myers. Like any long-running movie series, the Halloween movies have their fair share of ups and downs, but there are a few glaring issues that stand out when revisiting the classic movies.

From completely inept characters to entries in the series that are simply not scary, Halloween offers a host of harsh realities to be reckoned with during all of the many sequels and reboots. While each movie series has its own set of issues, there are certain aspects of the Halloween franchise that are too important to ignore.

Dr. Loomis is mostly useless

Donald Pleasence’s veteran craft was one of the reasons the original Halloween was such a great movie, but his Dr. Sam Loomis character presents more problems than solutions throughout the series. Although he may have the best of intentions, Loomis continually messes things up and repeatedly puts others in mortal danger.

Loomis’ experience with Michael gives him a Captain Ahab level of dedication to bringing down the killer, but after the first film, the doctor is mostly in the way. He inadvertently causes Ben Tramer’s death in Halloween II, and in nearly every movie he appears in, he’s notably absent when Michael tracks down the Last Girl.

Does Halloween take place in Illinois or California?

Generic and simple, Haddonfield’s setting was chosen to be as close to a typical small American town as possible. While this was intended to piss off viewers who saw parallels in their own communities, it actually presented a plethora of problems for a film production shot entirely in California.

Throughout the original film, the evergreen streets of Pasadena are covered in fallen leaves to simulate the experience of a midwestern fall, but the illusion is weak at best. The film’s brilliant writing and execution was enough to distract viewers from this egregious fault, but the obvious disparity in location hurts the film in later reviews.

Laurie Strode’s Not-So-Special Return

One of the biggest selling points of the new film trilogy was that the show’s original star, Jamie Lee Curtis, would return to reprise his role. Although fans rejoiced to see Laurie Strode back on screen, the thing is, Curtis’ return wasn’t all that special.

Halloween has always been one of Jamie Lee Curtis’ best movies, and she’s never been shy about coming back to get Michael another hack. From her first comeback in Halloween II to her story in H20 and Resurrection, Curtis has always been eagerly paying it back for the series that made her famous. Although she still puts on a standout performance, Curtis’ seven appearances make her a common sight throughout the franchise.

The Halloween timeline is a mess

In an age of reboots, remakes, and sequels aplenty, it’s not unusual for the timeline of a movie series to get a little muddy. Halloween, on the other hand, has gone muddy and has become a veritable quagmire of confusing, confusing storylines that seem to be scrapped or restarted with each new iteration.

David Gordon Green’s films kept things simple by ignoring everything that came after the original film, but it’s hard for fans to forget the character details that were revealed in other sequels. Often considered one of the most confusing film franchises of all time, viewers can’t be scared when too distracted by a messed up timeline.

The end of Halloween was disappointing

Completing a series that spanned nearly half a century is a daunting task, and while Halloween Ends injected new ideas into the franchise, the ending was bound to be disappointing. The series showed Michael Myers to be an unstoppable killing machine, and how he was ultimately dispatched ruined everything that came before.

The man who had survived multiple gunshot wounds and a huge house fire was rendered useless by a kitchen appliance in a truly laughable moment. While its final ending was far more cathartic and fit well into the story the movie was telling, its sudden weakness was a contrived storyline that wasn’t true to character.

Laurie Strode’s Motivation

One of the things Halloween 2018 did well was follow the life of Laurie Strode and tell the story of a woman truly haunted by her experience. While it’s a more realistic portrayal of trauma, its motivation throughout David Gordon Green’s trilogy is a bit confusing.

Laurie has built her whole life around the assumption that Michael will come back to polish her, but she really has no reason to think that would happen. Stripping away the whole sibling angle of Halloween II, the more recent movies revert Michael back to his original form as a random killer, and he has no real motivation.

Halloween 3 was really awesome

Audiences totally rejected Halloween III: Season of the Witch when it was released in the early 80s because it had nothing to do with Michael Myers. However, over time, the abandoned spin-off film has actually stood the test of time as one of the few good Halloween sequels.

With a fresh idea and a spooky plot, Season of the Witch promised to take the franchise in a new direction as an anthology series. Although it didn’t take off, it’s still considered one of the best films in the Halloween series and far superior to the deluge of cheesy sequels that Michael Myers was resurrected for over the following decades.

Captain Kirk’s Ghastly Masks

Simplicity was key to the original Halloween movie, and the eerie white mask obscuring Michael’s face was the thing that sealed the whole movie. Captain Kirk’s repurposed mask gave the killer an aura of anonymity and helped contribute to his personality known only as The Shape.

Unfortunately, as the sequels progressed, the masks began to move further and further away from the original film’s creepy face. Even in Halloween II, the visibly stretched mask made Michael look completely different, and in Halloween 5, the mask was almost unrecognizable. Capturing the creepy simplicity of the original was difficult, but replicating the mask should have been the costume department’s first priority.

Michael stops being scary

While the movies are still known for the most shocking murders of Michael Myers, the oversaturation of the character has diminished Michael’s fear factor a bit over the years. In the original film, he was the almost ethereal embodiment of evil called The Shape, but over time, he’s become just another heavy slasher jerk.

Things came to a head during the Thorn trilogy, where the once great antagonist was reduced to a mere pawn in a much larger plot. Even before that, the repetitive nature of the sequels caused Michael to lose much of his shine, and it stopped being very scary after he was proven to be completely invincible.

Nobody Understood Why Halloween (1978) Was So Good

It’s only on rare occasions that a movie sequel manages to capture the spirit of its predecessor, and Halloween has never really seen a sequel that understands why it was so effective. 1978 was a moment that can never be replicated, and the tone of the film reflected the very specific anxieties of an extremely violent decade.

The movie wasn’t hair-raising because of the details; Halloween was effective because of what it represented to the average small town in America. Michael was not a supernatural monster but an unmotivated killer who could be anyone’s neighbor. Instead of updating these ideas to fit modern times, the sequels instead opted to turn The Shape into a generic product to be copied over and over again.

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