These are the nights he came home…

When horror audiences consider the most iconic screen slashers of all time, they often cite the likes of Chucky, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and more, while more modern additions include Victor Crowley and Art the Clown.

However, is there truly any more knife-wielding antagonist more recognizable than Michael Myers?

Or, rather, is there any mask more iconic?

John Carpenter unveiled his terrifying vision of suburbia stalked by a psychopathic killer in 1978 and the franchise potential was clear. Indeed, the boogeyman – or The Shape, as he has been officially credited – returned in Halloween II three years later.

From there, the film series became a little trickier to navigate in terms of continuity.

As there are simply so many entries, it’s important to know just how to tackle them, and there’s no better month to do so than October. So, here’s how to watch the Halloween movies in order…

still from Halloween Kills final trailer, Universal Pictures, Miramax, YouTube

How to watch the Halloween movies in order

By order, we of course mean chronological order.

When people watch through a film series they’ll often wish to see a linear story unfold. Usually, it’s easy to shuffle around a franchise to make it fit chronologically.

However, the Halloween series offers multiple timelines, so there are actually a number of ways to tackle it:

  • Halloween (1978)
  • Halloween II (1981)
  • Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
  • Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
  • Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)

Or, you can try this storyline…

  • Halloween (1978)
  • Halloween II (1981)
  • Halloween H20: 20 Years later (1998)
  • Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

As for the newest entries…

  • Halloween (1978)
  • Halloween (2018)
  • Halloween Kills (2021)

The two Rob Zombie films from 2007 and 2009 are also remakes and separate from the aforementioned films, so you can watch them as their own thing.

Essentially, certain later entries decided to de-canonize previous films and instead follow up on the initial films. For example, this was done with Halloween (2018) and Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998).

Halloween Kills | Final Trailer

Halloween Kills | Final Trailer

What about Halloween 3?

Halloween III: Season of the Witch is a clear omission from the list, but one that is warranted because it doesn’t actually follow up or connect to any of the other films in the franchise.

Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace, the film ditched the Michael Myers continuity to tell an entirely different tale of terror.

Collider highlights that producers John Carpenter and Debra Hill agreed to return to the franchise with a third installment under the condition that Michael Myers remained dead after Halloween II.

The plan was to take the series into an anthology direction, with each new entry set during the titular holiday. However, the film was a commercial disappointment that almost derailed the franchise until Michael Myers’ eventual return in 1988.

So, if you want to fit it into your viewing order, you can put it in at the end or actually still play it after Halloween II as a fun little interlude of sorts; a palate cleanser.

Where to watch the Halloween movies

Now you know how to watch the Halloween movies in order, let’s talk about where you can actually access the films.

Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween 4, and Halloween 5 are currently streaming on UK Netflix; if you’re not in the UK then you can use a VPN. Alternatively, there are available to rent on such streaming services as Amazon Video.

Indeed, all other entries are available on Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play Movies etc.

So, you should have no trouble in tracking any of the 11 films down. As for the twelfth – Halloween Kills – it opens in cinemas on Friday, October 15th 2021.

Happy viewing and happy Halloween!

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