Halloween is an American horror franchise that consists of ten slasher films, novels, and comic books. The franchise focuses on the fictional character of Michael Myers who was committed to a sanitarium as a child for the murder of his older sister, Judith Myers. Fifteen years later, he escapes to stalk and kill the people of Haddonfield, Illinois while being chased by his former psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis. Michael's killings occur on the holiday of Halloween, on which all of the films primarily take place. The films collectively grossed over $366 million at the box-office worldwide. The original Halloween, released in 1978, was written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, and directed by Carpenter. The sequels have had various writers and directors attached to them. Michael Myers is the antagonist in all of the films except Halloween III: Season of the Witch, the story of which has no direct connection to any other Halloween film in the series. Carpenter, who had a hand in writing the first sequel, has not had any direct involvement with the rest of the films. The film series is ranked fourth at the United States box office–in adjusted 2008 dollars–when compared to other American horror franchises. The first Halloween film is credited with beginning a long line of slasher films inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. The franchise began when the first novel appeared less than a year after the release of the first film, and then seven sequels have followed. In 2007, a remake of Halloween was produced, with a direct sequel released two years later.


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Several studios are negotiating with Miramax to obtain the rights to the Halloween franchise.

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The Shape targets three of Riverdale's most beloved characters in brand-new, Archie/Halloween crossover artwork.

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With Halloween Ends killing Michael Myers, perhaps the franchise should consider the anthology plan.

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The triplex that Jamie Lee Curtis' character lived in during the original Halloween is now on the market for nearly $2 million.

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Halloween exists in a dual state of haunting gothic and nostalgia. By turning the color off on the TV, we are moving it further into the past.

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This is our guide to the Rotten Tomatoes ranking of the Halloween franchise, starring Michael Myers, AKA the horror of Haddonfield.

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David Gordon Green’s Halloween reboot sequel trilogy demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of what makes John Carpenter’s Halloween so scary.

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Blue Steel saw Jamie Lee Curtis taking on another psychotic, violent killer in Katheryn Bigelow's intense character drama.

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Halloween: A Guide to Understanding the Multiverse

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George P. Wilbur, Stuntman and Halloween Franchise Star, Dies at 81

George P. Wilbur portrayed Michael Myers in the 4th and 6th Halloween films.

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John Carpenter Says Original Halloween Was His 'Best Experience' as a Director

The smoothest and most fun experience John Carpenter ever had on a movie set was when he was filming the original Halloween.

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Halloween: How Michael Myers' Mask Has Evolved Over the Years

The iconic Michael Myers Halloween mask has undergone several changes throughout the years.

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Some characters in the Halloween franchise deserved much better send-offs than what they got in the sequels.

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Halloween Ends: Who is Corey Cunningham?

Halloween Ends introduces a new villain through its surprise twist, but who is Corey Cunningham?

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Halloween II: The Original Slasher That Defines the Genre Today

The slasher genre wouldn't be where it is today without the 1981 sequel to John Carpenter's Halloween.

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James Winburn, Stuntman for Original Halloween's Michael Myers, Dies at 85

James Winburn was behind the mask for the ending scene when Michael Myers is shot and falls off a balcony.

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Halloween Ends Finally Helps Peacock Crack Nielsen's Top 10 Streaming List

Peacock hadn't been able to break into Nielsen's top 10 list for streaming content until Halloween Ends.

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Kyle Richards Talks Final Return as Lindsey Wallace in Halloween Ends BTS Clip

A new clip provides a sneak peek at the bonus features of the Halloween Ends home media release.

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Halloween's Townsfolk Made the New Movies So Much Better, and Here's Why

What is a town without its people? Through Haddonfield's fantastic casting and clever everyday dialogue, the Halloween series feels lived in and real.

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