Rating The Halloween Movies From Worst To Best

Halloween is just ten days away now here in 2016. Soon it will be time to get the candy ready for the little ones who will come knocking adorned in scary outfits while an endless supply of horror movies will be plastered all over television screens for anybody who has since grown out of feeling nauseous eating free bags of candy.

There are many horror movie classics but now is a suitable time as any to rate the series of horror films that many would agree fits the holiday more than most, the Halloween horror film series. Ten movies in the famous horror franchise have been made so far, including the two reboots, with a new one planned for a theatrical release next year.

This editorial is going to briefly examine and rank all ten movies, from worst to best.

Halloween Resurrection (2002)


A binding contract was attached to star actress Jamie Lee Curtis to at least make a cameo appearance in what was then the eighth instalment of the Halloween franchise. That is exactly the kind of appearance she went for when she only stayed during first 10 minutes of this desperate dreck of a sequel.

The routine ongoing narrative of Michael Myers stalking one of his family members was seemingly all used up by this point, and so scriptwriters had the knife wielding maniac chasing after teenagers that were occupying the Myers house for one Halloween night while footage of their venture beamed all across America for the nation to see on their own screens. Naturally, things take a turn for the worst when the killer doesn’t take too kindly in having intruders stay at his childhood home.

The film was critically panned and the signs were there that the franchise had dried up and a reboot was planned several years later.

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)


Psychic connections were the theme in this 4th sequel in an effort to combat the tedium that was setting in. Character development of Myers an interesting road to take but fans did not respond too positively about giving him a human soul, something that completely contradicted John Carpenter’s vision of Michael Myers being nothing but an unstoppable force of evil.

Halloween 5 is a slow, plodding movie that had some good ideas at its core but did not know how to execute them in an interesting way. The only saving grace was the splendid performance by Donald Pleasence, who gave his all in a movie that didn’t quite deserve it.

Halloween: H20 (1998)


Jamie Lee Curtis had the idea of returning the Halloween films to its roots by disposing of the current storyline and continuing after the events that occurred in the first film. Or is that the second film? H20 seems a little confused about this, judging by what is explained.

H20 may have had good intentions in honoring the legacy of the original but it’s soap opera type style of filming was ill fitting. Even the prestigious Halloween theme sounded something that could have been lifted from a day time tv programme! Running at a mere 1 hour and 20 minutes before the end credits roll, Halloween: H20 is there and gone without effect.

Then there is the much talked about constantly changing appearance of the famous white Myers mask throughout the film, together with an actor that did not even bother to watch any of the past Halloween films before donning the mask, which all leads to a film that feels only half cooked.

Halloween II (2009)


There seems to be a little bit of a hate bandwagon when it comes to discussing Rob Zombie’s sequel to his 2007 reboot of the John Carpenter classic. As with Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, there are two versions of Halloween II available, the Director’s cut being slightly better. This mini review will focus on the theatrical version.
Scout Taylor Compton’s Laurie Strode is still traumatised about the events that occurred the previous year on Halloween night, but things are about to get a whole lot worse when Myers returns to stalk her once again.

Unfortunately, the film undermines Michael Myers by revealing that he had been killing due to hallucinations he had been suffering of his mother and his younger self. It wouldn’t be far fetched to suggest that Zombie had the Friday 13th films on his mind when penning the script due to similarities.

Halloween II isn’t as bad as it is heavily made out to be but that does not mean it is very good, either.

Halloween (2007)


Inevitably, 2007’s reboot generated a lot of criticism and general disdain but fans would have to accept it, anyway. Imagine the 1978 film incorporated with elements of the heavy metal music scene right down to the way characters are presented and you pretty much have correctly pictured this film.

The first two acts explore Michael and his past, something that the original pictures only scratched the surface of, but director Rob Zombie seemed content in just imitating what happened in the original film when finalising his vision. Or lack thereof.

Halloween 2007 is an entertaining movie but lacks the technical creativity of it’s original counterpart. However, it could have been much worse.

Halloween III: The Season of the Witch (1982)


Michael Myers was dealt with, supposedly on a permanent basis, at the end of Halloween II and John Carpenter came up with the idea for the franchise to extend itself by containing a different story with each ongoing sequel.
While Halloween III had a primary idea, the film just felt all too different and non fitting in the wake of the impact that the first two films had on audiences. It is now often said that Halloween III is a fine film, it just should never have been related to the Halloween franchise which is hard to disagree with. Otherwise, Season of the Witch contains enough 1980’s camp, gore and suspense on it’s own merit and is actually a decent chilling little flick.

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)


The sixth entry has quite an interesting and controversial history! It took nearly twenty years for the fan titled Producer’s Cut version of Halloween VI to finally be legitimately released. This mini review, however, will focus on the theatrical version that was released in cinemas in the mid 1990’s.

Known to be a low point in Michael Myers’ reign, the theatrical version isn’t as bad as it was made out to be in retrospect. The pace is slick enough and George Wilbur delivers another spine tingling performance as Myers despite looking to have put on a few pounds. But the backstory explanation of the insanity of Michael is admittedly underwhelming. The conclusion is almost a replication of the ending of Halloween 5 leading to the belief’s that either the filmmakers got lazy or there were no ideas left for the imagination to conceive.

There are worse entries but Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers is an overextension that was not seemed to have been thought out too well, something that is all too familiar when a studio pumps out sequel after sequel.

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)


Ignoring the events of Halloween III, Halloween IV continues 10 years after the happenings of Halloween II with Myers in a coma and inflicted with various burn scars. Predictably, he awakens and this time wants to kill his niece who is living in his hometown of Haddonfield. Donald Pleasence returns as Dr. Loomis who is in hot pursuit once again.

Halloween IV is probably one of the better sequels, incorporating some of the same creepy atmosphere that Carpenter once employed in his low budget original, albeit with some of the gore now ramped up for good measure.
This movie also particularly stands out for containing one of the best and shocking endings that served as a huge bombshell that could have potentially altered the direction of the entire series! The next movie was determined not to bear that responsibility which is a shame for us.

Halloween II (1981)


Rick Rosenthal may have been responsible for the disaster that was Halloween: Resurrection but at least he had a helping hand from John Carpenter when he directed this first sequel. Halloween II contained some of the elements that made the original a standout classic including a haunting score by Carpenter and Alan Howarth, who would go on to invent his own renditions of the theme for future sequels.

The inevitable final chase sequences are nearly as suspenseful as the one that came before them and the subplot which revealed that heroine Laurie Strode was actually Michael Myers’ sister was a creation that filmmakers would go with for years to come when they were to continue building the Halloween movie legacy.

Halloween (1978)


Is this surprising? Probably not. But the original 1978 classic that would go on to inspire a countless number of slasher movies throughout the 1980’s and earn the Halloween franchise over $200,000,000 is still the best for it’s inventive filming camera techniques and chilling score. There is little character development, yet Halloween did not require it. Sometimes the acting can take a turn for the cheesy but thankfully that is only in spurts.

Jamie Lee Curtis, in her first movie role, played Laurie with a certain innocence that would go on to be replicated with many “final girl victims” in the future but eventually showed an inner strength that eventually showed to be a match for the terror that awaited her. It would be unchivalrous to not mention the presence of British actor Donald Pleasence who elevated Halloween above what would have probably been an average picture in his absence.

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Would You Spend A Night Alone In Dracula’s Castle?


(PCM) Two very lucky (or unlucky) winners, depending on how you look at it, could win a chance to stay overnight in Dracula’s Castle on Halloween night courtesy of AirBNB. Bran Castle, otherwise known as Dracula’s Castle, is located just north of Bucharest, Romania isolated in the foothills of the Carpathian mountains. The rules for the contest jokingly state “No garlic or garlic-scented items allowed, including perfume!” as obviously one wouldn’t want to ward off the Count.

Two people will be allowed to rest in velvet covered coffins in the secluded area of the castle referred to as The Counts crypt and will spend the entire night complete alone together in the creepy castle. In all seriousness, can you really think of a better way to spend Halloween eve? AirBNB launched the promotional contest which will pick the castle’s first ever overnight guests since Romania’s post-World War Two communist regime expelled the owners, the Habsburg royal family, almost 70 years ago. The castle is currently a well-known tourist attraction and museum in the region, however this will mark the very first time that they have allowed an overnight stay.

It is worth nothing that Castle Bran was never actually a part of Bram Stoker’s famous novel “Dracula”, however Romania’s notorious 15th century ruler Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), whose life inspired the book, may have rested his head there at one point in time.

Airbnb said the winning pair will tour through the castle’s labyrinth of dark corridors to eventually discover a secret passage to the grand dining room. There, an intimate candlelit dinner will await, prepared in a traditional way, exactly as described in Bram Stoker’s novel: “A hearty, blood enriching meal of robber beef steak and paprika hendl chicken.”

“Bran Castle is where the legend of Dracula was born, and I have many stories to share as I guide the guests through the dark secret passages of the castle for a private unveiling of its many mysteries,” said Dacre Stoker, a descendant of Bram Stoker who will play the role of Jonathan Harker, a character from the novel.

Would you be willing to enter the contest and sleep in a coffin for the night? We think it definitely sounds like an epic adventure, but one that we will most likely sit out this time around!


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Ten Tips From Temple Grandin To Help Parents Of Children And Adults With Autism


(PCM) As the mother of a ten-year-old son with autism, I confess that I am overprotective. I definitely have the tendency to be too overly helpful, and look the other way when my son doesn’t always deliver, in an effort to always make his life journey just a little easier. But in fact, I am not preparing him to grow up and lead an independent and productive life.

On a recent autumn day Temple Grandin told me, if we don’t give our loved ones “a gentle and loving push” they will not reach their potential. She also asked me to spread the word to other caregivers of those children and adults with autism and other special needs. This advice is helpful for children with autism, but it is really sound practice for all children – those with autism, as well as typical children.

In my hour-by-hour and day-by-day effort to keep my son’s frustration level low and maintain a smile on his adorable face, I sometimes choose to help him, fix his problems, give into his demands and let him coast when it comes to homework, household chores or other responsibilities.

But after spending a recent life-altering day at a suburban Baltimore conference sponsored by Future Horizons featuring Grandin, I am re-thinking my plan.

I have heard some of this advice from therapists, friends and my loving mother, but when Grandin,the world renowned autism advocate, educator and author, tells you perhaps youlisten a little more closely.

Grandin’s fear is that those children and teens we protect now will end up in their bedrooms and basements playing video games or with other electronics and never live up to their full potential, what ever that may be.

When asked how we as parents get over the tendency to coddle our children with special needs Grandin replied, “We’re going to have to get over it, or the kids not going to go anywhere in their lives.”


She urges parents to“let go” a little at a time, and let their children both succeed and fail, and continue to “stretch” these children and adults so that they may thrive. This stretching, loving push and future job skills and training, will allow our children to have more independence, self-esteem, confidence, and a better quality of life.

Many of these tips and suggestions are detailed in “The Loving Push: How Parents and Professionals Can Help Spectrum Kids Become Successful Adults,” (Future Horizons), an important guide written by Grandin and Debra Moore.

In her book, “The Loving Push,” Grandin includes eight family stories, plus chapters about how to get your loved one on the autism spectrum off the computer (iPad, TV, video games, DVD player or other electronics) and back to caring about their lives.It also has advice on building each of our child’s strengths, regardless of his or her ability level, and gets them on the path for a successful and meaningful life.

10 Tips I learned from Autism Advocate Temple Grandin:

  1. Wean children, teens and adults with autism off the video games and other electronics, down to one hour per day.
  2. Replace the time spent on electronics with home and community activities. Figure out what your loved one with special needs enjoys and follow those interests: music or art lessons, therapeutic horse back riding, cooking, fitness programs, swimming, church or synagogue programs etc. Heading outside for a walk or a bike ride – just getting out and exploring the world around them.
  3. Find “volunteer work or paid employment” for those individuals with autism. In the 1950s there were newspaper routes, so find the replacement. Require that your son or daughter help with dishes, laundry, getting ready for school, dog walking, yard work, and any other tasks or chores. The goal: to take responsibility and learn a genuine work ethic starting at a young age.
  4. Take your child shopping for a small item – a pen or a loaf of bread. Teach them how to interact with the store clerk and how to make change. Keep practicing these skills until they are mastered.
  5. Try new things. My son says no the first time I mention nearly everything, which makes it impossible for him to try anything new. But after months of suggesting drawing, painting and other crafts, he finally said yes. He now asks me to sit at the kitchen table and draw. I have proudly put his art work of trains, trucks and dinosaurs all over my kitchen. The bonus: during the time spent on drawing he is interacting with me or a friend and he is away from his iPad.
  6. Try involving your child in a community based activity like Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, 4H or other programs that will encourage social skills and keep him engaged. Find a troop or program that is known for its kindness to special needs and keep looking until you find one. One local karate program asked me and my son to leave after two lessons saying we weren’t the best fit; the second program we went to embraced us with open arms.
  7. Play board games to help your child with turn taking and other social skills. Some of the old favorites take time and will keep your child engaged. This is also a good way to help the child learn patience.
  8. Help them discover their passion – that early interest that could help him or her with a future job or career. Once you find that passion, nurture it. Who cares if your house is filled with rocks, modeling clay, dinosaurs or science books. It doesn’t matter if it is music, animals, art, or computers – it very well could lead to a future skill, and with the right job training and encouragement ensure your teen or adult has a bright and employed future.
  9. Use positive reinforcement – it leads to positive results. Give your child choices instead of constantly barking: “No,” “Don’t do that,” or “Stop.” Pick two preferred activities and say, “Do you want to draw today or go to the park?”
  10. Stretch the child or adult with autism and other special needs a little more each time and pull back the protective parental instincts a little more. It will be healthier for both of you, and lead to positive results for the entire family.

For more information about Temple Grandin and “The Loving Push,” please go to: www.FHAutism.com or call: 1-800-489-0727.

To follow Debra andAdam’s adventures with dinosaurs and more go to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/1wallacemediaservices/

For Suburban Philadelphia programs, events and life skills opportunities go to the Autism Cares Foundation, www.autismcaresfoundation.org. Or call 215-942-2273.

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Gaining Insight From The Walking Dead Panel At New York Comic Con! Did We Get Any Answers?


(PCM) Of course very little information could be revealed during the hour long panel for AMC’s hit series “The Walking Dead” as we gear up for the highly anticipated season seven mid-season premiere. We did, however, see that emotions were running high among the cast members as they all agree that the upcoming premiere will be one of the series most intense and heartbreaking yet. It also happens to mark another milestone for the series, as the season seven premiere will be episode 100!

One of our beloved characters will meet their fate at the hands of Negan and his barbed-wire bat Lucille and despite all of our in-depth analyzing  we still can not say with certainly just who we think will meet their bloody end. Many are predicting that it will be Glenn if the show chooses to follow the comic book series, while others are saying that it is either Abraham or Eugene … or perhaps even God forbid … Daryl! The anticipation is killing us, but we are just going to have to wait and see!


The show’s New York Comic Con panel was moderated by Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick and took place on the stage a New York’s famed Madison Square Garden. We were amazed to sit back and take in the atmosphere, as fans, many who waited in line for hours, absolutely lose their minds as the cast was introduced to the stage. Sadly, Andrew Lincoln was absent from the panel due to a scheduling conflict, however he did send over a hilarious letter of apology explaining his absence which was read to the crowd by Norman Reedus.

Obviously, the prank war is still going on strong between both Reedus and Lincoln, as Reedus shared with the crowd the story about Lincoln’s payback for the glitter bomb prank. Lincoln took Reedus’s motorcycle and sent it out to the middle of the lake with a blow-up sex doll posed on top. What are we going to do with those two…geesh!

During the panel producer Scott Gimple praised the performances from the cast saying “The performances this year were astounding” and producer Robert Kirkman claims that he is having great fun keeping the season opener cliffhanger a secret. Actress Lauren Cohan who plays Maggie on the show was actually brought to tears when asked a question by moderator Chris Hardwick regarding the journey and hardships her character has been through, throughout the series. She graciously thanked the fans for their unwavering love and support and humbly said “we would not be here if not for you guys, I love you”.

We are aware that Morgan is not part of Negan line-up, so of course we are going to see more of his journey in the upcoming season. Hardwick asked actor Lennie James about the transition to which he replied “For those people who are begging for Morgan to go back to being a killer … be careful what you wish for”.  Actor Michael Cudlitz shared some heartwarming details about Abraham’s relationship with Sasha and actress Danai Gurira who plays Michonne revealed that the Governor is “small potatoes” compared to a ruthless character such as Negan.

At the end of the panel we were treated to an early sneak peek for the upcoming premiere which will air on AMC on Sunday, October 23 at 9:00pm ET/PT. The clip left us even more on the edge of our seats than before and leads to even more speculation and mixed emotion.  The internet is a abuzz after watching the clip nearly 5 million times. Many are looking at the direction of the blood flow on Rick’s cheek to determine which character lost their life and some speculate that when Rick is dragged into Negan’s trailer after threatening his life, this could be where we see Rick lose his hand, as he did in the comic book series.  Also there are additional clues in the clip such as Daryl’s blanket laying on the ground in front of the blood splatter and upon extremely close inspection of the blood/guts on the ground a piece of jewelry which may or may not be Maggie’s engagement ring from Glenn can be spotted, although additional rumors swirl that it was Abraham’s ring and he was going to propose to Sasha.  So many questions!!! Check it out below:

‘Price Is Right’ Three-Way Tie Makes History!


(PCM) History was made on the long running CBS game show “The Price Is Right” when not one, but three, contestants each spun a different combination of $1.00 on show’s infamous and colorful big wheel during the episodes Showcase Showdown.

When a contestant spins a combination of $1.00 between two spins they are immediately rewarded with a $1,000 bonus and a chance to spin again. Host Drew Carey appeared amazed when all three contestants each spun a combination of $1.00 in their two spins, delightfully pumping his fist in the air. There have been other ties in the show’s history, however all ties in the past included a contestants spin landing directly on the $1.00 space. Never before have three contestants all added up to $1.00 during the combination of two spins.

The CBS game show has been on the air for the past 45 years, so this is without a doubt an important milestone. The contestant celebrated their big wins by jumping around the stage and embracing one another in a group hug! Congrats!


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Target Stops Selling Clown Masks Just Weeks Before Halloween


(PCM) In response to all the various sinister/creepy clown sightings across the nation, retailer giant Target has revealed that they will stop selling clown masks just weeks before Halloween. The company said in a statement that they will be removing all clown masks from their 1,800 stores and their online shopping site as well.

The company claims they made the decision in response to the “sensitivity to the issue at hand” regarding all the creepy clown sightings that have been reported and are leaving people on edge. The clown sightings began back in August when a clown was spotted near a South Carolina apartment complex attempting to lure young children into the wood. Since then there have been dozens of reported clown sightings in various states that have led to major school lock downs and several arrests.

People are scared and the clown sightings have even prompted McDonald’s to put their famous clown mascot Ronald McDonald on hiatus for a bit until the craze dies down a bit. Targets decision comes just a mere two weeks before Halloween when according to the National Retail Federation, consumers will spend an estimated $8.4 billion on costumes. Looks like we won’t be sending in the clowns this Halloween season!

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