Halloween is an American horror franchise that consists of nine slasher films, novels, and comic books. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Horror fiction is broadly Fiction in any medium intended to scare unsettle or horrify the audience A media franchise is an Intellectual property involving the characters, setting, and Trademarks of an original work of media (usually The slasher film (sometimes referred to as bodycount films and dead teenager movies) is a Sub-genre A novel (from Italian novella, Spanish novela, French nouvelle for "new" "news" or "short story A comic book (often shortened to simply comic and sometimes called a comic paper or comic magazine) is a Magazine or Book of narrative The franchise focuses on the fictional character of Michael Myers who was committed to Smith's Grove Sanitarium as a child for the murder of his older sister. Appearances Michael Myers is the primary antagonist in all of the Halloween films with the exception of Halloween III Season of the Witch, as that Fifteen years later, he escapes to stalk and kill the people of Haddonfield, Illinois while being chased by his former psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis. Fictional character biography Tenure at Smith's Grove 1963 - 1978 In November 1963 Loomis receives the six-year-old Michael Audrey Myers under his care Michael's killings occur on the holiday of Halloween, on which all of the films primarily take place. Halloween, or Hallowe’en, is a Holiday celebrated on the night of October 31.
The original film, Halloween, was released in 1978. Halloween is a 1978 American independent Horror film set in the fictional midwestern town of Haddonfield, The year 1978 in film involved some significant events Top grossing films (U Written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, and directed by John Carpenter, the sequels have had various writers and directors attached to them. John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American Film director, Screenwriter, producer, film score Debra Hill ( November 10, 1950 &ndash March 7, 2005) was an American Screenwriter and Film producer who Michael Myers is the antagonist in all of the films except Halloween III: Season of the Witch, which has no direct connection to any other Halloween film in the series. Halloween III Season of the Witch is a 1982 Horror film and the third installment in the ''Halloween'' 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 United States of America —commonly referred to as the The first Halloween film is credited with beginning a long line of slasher films inspired by Hitchcock's Psycho. Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE (13 Psycho is a suspense / Horror film directed by auteur Alfred Hitchcock, from the Screenplay by Joseph The franchise began when the first novel appeared less than a year after the release of the film, and eight sequels have followed.
The original Halloween (1978), written and directed by John Carpenter, tells the story of Michael Myers as he stalks and kills teenage babysitters on Halloween night. Halloween is a 1978 American independent Horror film set in the fictional midwestern town of Haddonfield, John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American Film director, Screenwriter, producer, film score Appearances Michael Myers is the primary antagonist in all of the Halloween films with the exception of Halloween III Season of the Witch, as that Babysitting is the practice of temporarily caring for a child on behalf of the child's parents The film begins with six-year-old Michael (Will Sandin) killing his seventeen-year-old sister Judith (Sandy Johnson) on Halloween 1963. Short life Judith Myers is a 17-year-old high school girl Seen as cute and innocent in the original but rebellious and crude in the remake Sandy Johnson (born July 7, 1954) is an American model and actress. He is subsequently hospitalized at Smith's Grove Sanitarium. Fifteen years later, Michael (Nick Castle and Tony Moran) escapes and returns to his hometown where he stalks Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her friends as they babysit. Nick Castle (born September 21, 1947) is an American Actor, Screenwriter and Film director, best known for his role Jamie Lee Curtis (born November 22 1958 is a two-time Golden Globe -winning BAFTA -winning and Emmy -nominated American Film The film ends with Michael being shot six times by his psychiatrist, Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence). Fictional character biography Tenure at Smith's Grove 1963 - 1978 In November 1963 Loomis receives the six-year-old Michael Audrey Myers under his care Donald Henry Pleasence, OBE, (5 October 1919 – 2 February 1995 was an English stage and film actor.  Halloween II (1981) picks up where the events of Halloween left off. Halloween II is a 1981 Horror film set in the fictional Midwest town of Haddonfield Illinois, on Halloween night 1978 Michael's body is missing from the front lawn, where it fell when Loomis shot him. Michael follows Laurie to the local hospital, killing everyone who gets between him and Laurie. The story reveals that Laurie is actually Michael's sister: she was given up for adoption as an infant. Michael corners Loomis and Laurie in an operating room, where Loomis causes an explosion as Laurie escapes. Michael, engulfed in flames, stumbles out of the room toward Laurie before finally falling dead. 
The story line of the third Halloween film, subtitled Season of the Witch (1982), has no connection to the previous two Halloween films. Halloween III Season of the Witch is a 1982 Horror film and the third installment in the ''Halloween'' series. Season of the Witch follows the story of Dr. Challis (Tom Atkins) as he tries to solve the mysterious murder of a patient in his hospital. Thearon "Tom" Atkins of Cincinnati Ohio, was a television news anchorman and politician of the Republican party He, along with the patient's daughter Ellie (Stacey Nelkin), travels to the small town of Santa Mira, California. The pair discover that Silver Shamrock Novelties, a company run by Conal Cochran (Dan O'Herlihy), is attempting to use the mystic powers of the Stonehenge rocks to resurrect the ancient aspects of the Celtic festival, Samhain, which Cochran connects to witchcraft. Daniel O'Herlihy ( May 1 1919 — February 17 2005) was an Academy Award -nominated Irish Film Actor Stonehenge is a Prehistoric Monument located in the English county of Wiltshire, about west of Amesbury and north of Salisbury Celtic polytheism refers to the religious beliefs and practices of ancient Celts, prior to the Christianization of the Celtic-speaking lands Samhain (ˈsaʊn or /ˈsɑːwɪn/ Irish /ˈsˠaunʲ/ from the Old Irish samain) is the word for November in a few Gaelic languages Cochran is using his Silver Shamrock Halloween masks to achieve his goal, which will be achieved when all the children wearing his masks watch the Silver Shamrock commercial airing Halloween night. Challis contacts the television stations and convinces all but one of the station managers to remove the commercial. The film ends with Challis screaming for the final station to turn off the commercial. 
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), as the title suggests, features the return of Michael Myers (George P. Wilbur) to the film series. Halloween 4 The Return of Michael Myers is a 1988 independently-released Horror film and the fourth installment in the ''Halloween'' series George Peter Wilbur is an actor who played Michael Myers in Halloween 4 The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween The Curse of Michael Myers The film reveals that Michael survived the fire in Halloween II but has been in a coma since that night. While being transferred back to Smith's Grove, Michael comes out of his coma and overhears that Laurie Strode, who died in a car accident, has a daughter, Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris). Early life Jamie Lloyd was born in Haddonfield, Illinois. Her biological mother is Laura "Laurie" Strode (born Myers and her father is unknown Danielle Andrea Harris (born June 1, 1977) is an American Television and Film Actress, perhaps best known for her roles Michael escapes the transport heads to Haddonfield in search of Jamie. Fellow survivor Dr. Loomis also goes to Haddonfield after learning that Michael has escaped transfer. Eventually the town residents track Michael down and shoot him several times before he falls down a mine shaft.  Picking up directly where the previous film ends, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) has Michael (Don Shanks) surviving the gunshots, and the fall down the mine; he stumbles upon a hermit who bandages him up. Halloween 5 The Revenge of Michael Myers is the 1989 sequel to the popular Horror film, Halloween. One year later, and showing signs of a metaphysical connection to Jamie, Michael tracks Jamie to a local child mental health clinic. Using Jamie as bait, Loomis manages to capture Michael. The film ends with Michael being taken into police custody, only to be broken out of jail by a mysterious stranger, all dressed in black. 
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) picks up the story approximately six years after the events of The Revenge of Michael Myers. Halloween The Curse of Michael Myers is a 1995 Horror film and the sixth installment in the ''Halloween'' series. The mysterious stranger who broke Michael out of jail kidnaps Jamie Lloyd (J. C. Brandy) in an effort to obtain her illegitimate child. Justine Chelsea Brandy (born November 15, 1975) is an English Actress. Jamie escapes with her newborn, with Michael (George P. Wilbur) in pursuit. Michael kills Jamie and continues searching for her baby; the infant is found by Tommy Doyle (Paul Stephen Rudd)—the young boy who was babysat by Laurie Strode in the first film—who brings it home for safety. Paul Stephen Rudd (born April 6, 1969) is an American Actor of stage, screen and Television. It is revealed that Michael is driven by the Curse of Thorn, which forces a person to kill their entire family in order to save all of civilization. Thorn, or þorn (Þ þ is a letter in the Anglo-Saxon and Icelandic Alphabets It was also used in Medieval Scandinavia The mysterious stranger is revealed to be Dr. Loomis’s colleague, Dr. Wynn (Mitchell Ryan), who is part of a group of people who protect the chosen individual so that they may complete their task. Mitchell Ryan (born January 11, 1928) is an American actor most recently known for playing Edward Montgomery (Greg's father on the sitcom Dharma & With the help of Kara Strode (Marianne Hagan), Laurie’s would-be cousin, Tommy keeps the infant from Michael, who slaughters Wynn and his followers. Marianne Hagan is an American actress who has starred in film and appeared on television Michael is finally subdued by Tommy, who injects him with large quantities of tranquilizers inside the Smith’s Grove Sanitarium. The film ends with Loomis walking back into the sanitarium to find Michael. 
The events that transpire between Halloween 4 and Halloween 6 are effectively ignored in 1998’s Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later. Halloween H20 Twenty Years Later (or Halloween H20) is the seventh film in the Halloween film series This film opens twenty years after the events of the second film. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) has faked her own death so that she could go into hiding from her brother Michael. Now working as the head mistress of a private school under the name Keri Tate, Laurie continues to live in fear of her brother’s return. Her own son, John (Josh Hartnett), attends school where she teaches. Joshua Daniel Hartnett (born July 21, 1978) is an American Actor. Laurie’s fear becomes reality when Michael (Chris Durand) shows up at the school and begins killing John’s friends and eventually he and Laurie come face-to-face. Laurie manages to get John and his girlfriend (Michelle Williams) to safety, but decides to return to the school to face Michael once and for all. Michelle Ingrid Williams (born September 9 1980 is an Academy Award -nominated American actress. Laurie succeeds in stopping Michael, but not satisfied until she knows that he is truly dead, Laurie steals his body and decapitates Michael.  Halloween: Resurrection (2002) picks up three years after H20, and reveals that Michael swapped clothes with a paramedic—crushing the paramedic’s larynx so that he could not talk—and that was who Laurie killed. Halloween Resurrection is a 2002 Horror film and the eighth installment in the Halloween film series The larynx (plural larynges) colloquially known as the voicebox, is an organ in the Neck of Mammals involved in protection of the Unable to deal with killing an innocent man, and the fact that Michael was still out there, Laurie is committed to a mental institution. Michael (Brad Loree) shows up at the institution, but Laurie captures him. Her fear of making the same mistake twice gets the better of her, and when she attempts to remove Michael’s mask he surprises and kills her. Michael travels back to his family home in Haddonfield, but finds a group of college students filming an Internet reality show. Reality television is a genre of Television programming which presents purportedly unscripted dramatic or humorous situations documents actual events and usually features ordinary Michael proceeds to kill everyone, until he is finally electrocuted by the only surviving student, Sara Moyer (Bianca Kajlich), and the show’s creator Freddie Harris (Busta Rhymes). Bianca Maria Kajlich ( "KY-lick" born March 26, 1977) is an American Actress. Trevor George Smith Jr, (born May 20 1972 better known as Busta Rhymes, is an American actor and Musician of Jamaican descent 
A remake of the original Halloween was released in 2007. Halloween is a 2007 remake of the 1978 slasher film of the same name. This film focuses on the events that lead Michael Myers (Daeg Faerch) to kill his family. Daeg Faerch (ˈdeɪg ˈfɛrk born September 27) is a Danish-Canadian actor It also identifies Laurie as Michael’s sister early on, which was something not done in the original film, but was retconned into its sequel. Retroactive continuity is the deliberate changing of previously established facts in a work of serial fiction Michael shows early signs of psychopathic behavior at the age of ten, possessing an affinity for torturing and killing animals. On Halloween, Michael murders a school bully, his sister, and her boyfriend, as well as his mother’s boyfriend. He does not harm his infant sister, but acts more as her protector. Committed to Smith’s Grove Sanitarium, Michael closes himself off from everyone, only concerning himself with his papier-mâché masks. Papier-mâché ( French for 'chewed-up paper' because of its appearance sometimes called paper-mâché, is a construction material that consists of pieces of Seventeen years later, Michael (Tyler Mane) escapes and heads to Haddonfield to find his younger sister, with his psychiatrist Dr. Tyler Mane (born Daryl Karolat; December 8 1966) is a Canadian Actor and former professional wrestler who worked for Loomis (Malcolm McDowell) in pursuit. Malcolm McDowell (born Malcolm John Taylor; 13 June 1943 is an English Actor. Michael finds his sister living with the Strode family. After killing all of her friends and family, Michael kidnaps Laurie and attempts to explain through the use of a picture that he has kept of himself and Laurie that she is his sister. Unable to understand, Laurie fights back; she is saved by Loomis, who guns down Michael in an empty pool. Michael returns, kidnapping Laurie again, but this time the two fall over a balcony. With Loomis’s gun pointed at an unconscious Michael’s face, Laurie begins firing through the empty bullet casings until firing the last remaining bullet just as Michael’s hand grabs her wrist. 
After viewing John Carpenter's film Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) at the Milan Film Festival, independent film producer Irwin Yablans and financier Moustapha Akkad sought out Carpenter to direct for them a film about a psychotic killer stalking babysitters. Assault on Precinct 13 is a 1976 American action / thriller movie inspired by the Howard Hawks Film Rio Bravo Milan (Milano Milan (listen) is one of the largest cities in Italy, located in the plains of Lombardy. A film festival is the presentation or showcasing of Films in one or more Movie theaters or screening venues A film producer is a person who creates the conditions for making movies. Irwin Yablans (born July 25, 1934, in Brooklyn New York, United States) is an independent film producer and distributor Film finance is a very secretive and little understood aspect of Film production. Moustapha Akkad (مصطفى العقاد ( July 1 1930 &ndash November 11, 2005) was a Syrian American Film producer  Yablans explains, "I was thinking what would make sense in the horror genre, and what I wanted to do was make a picture that had the same impact as The Exorcist. The Exorcist is a 1973 American Horror film, adapted from the 1971 novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty, " Carpenter and Debra Hill began drafting a story titled The Babysitter Murders, but the title was changed at Yablans request, suggesting the setting be changed to Halloween night and naming it Halloween instead. Debra Hill ( November 10, 1950 &ndash March 7, 2005) was an American Screenwriter and Film producer who  Mustapha Akkad fronted the $325,000 for the film's budget, even though he was worried about the tight schedule, low budget, and Carpenter's limited experience as a filmmaker. He finally decided to finance the film after Carpenter relayed the entire film to Akkad, "in a suspenseful way, almost frame for frame", and opted not to take any fees for directing the film.  The low budget forced wardrobe and props to be crafted from items on hand or that could be purchased inexpensively; this included the trademark mask worn by Michael Myers throughout the film. Production designer, art director, location scout and co-editor Tommy Lee Wallace created Michael's mask from a William Shatner Halloween mask, purchased for $1. Production designer is a term used in the movie and Television industries to refer to the person responsible for the overall look of a filmed event such as films The term art director is a blanket title for a variety of similar job functions in Advertising, Publishing, film and Television, the Internet Location Scouting is a vital process in the Pre-production stage of Filmmaking and Commercial photography. Tommy Lee Wallace (born September 6, 1949) is an American Film producer, director and Screenwriter. William Alan Shatner (born March 22, 1931) is a Canadian double Emmy - Golden Globe - and Saturn Award -winning 98.  The limited budget also dictated the filming location and time schedule. Halloween was filmed in 21 days in the spring of 1978 primarily in South Pasadena, California. South Pasadena is a City in Los Angeles County, California, United States. An abandoned house owned by a church stood in as the Myers house. Two homes on Orange Grove Avenue in Hollywood were used for the film's climax. 
|"We investigated a number of 3-D processes [. . . ] but they were far too expensive for this particular project. Also, most of the projects we do involve a lot of night shooting – evil lurks at night. It's hard to do that in 3-D. "|
|— Debra Hill (writer/producer) on putting Halloween II into 3-D. See also [[stereoscopy]] In film the term 3-D (or 3D) is used to describe any visual presentation system that attempts to maintain or recreate moving images |
Following the success of Halloween, Yablans and Akkad began working on Halloween II, which boasted a much larger budget than its predecessor: $2. 5 million. Irwin Yablans and Moustapha Akkad invested heavily in this film, even though John Carpenter refused to direct. Most of the film was shot at Morningside Hospital in Los Angeles, California, and Pasadena Community Hospital in Pasadena, California. Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West Pasadena ( is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States.  There was initial discussion about filming Halloween II in 3-D, but the idea never came to fruitation. See also [[stereoscopy]] In film the term 3-D (or 3D) is used to describe any visual presentation system that attempts to maintain or recreate moving images After Halloween II was released, Carpenter and Hill were approached about creating a third Halloween film, but they were reluctant to pledge commitment. The pair agreed to participate in the new project only if it was not a direct sequel to Halloween II, which meant no Michael Myers.  Most of the filming took place on location in the small coastal town of Loleta in Humboldt County, California. Humboldt County is located on the far North Coast of California. Familiar Foods, a milk bottling plant in Loleta, served as the Silver Shamrock Novelties factory, but all special effects involving fire, smoke, and explosions were filmed at Post Studios. 
After Halloween III was released, Michael Myers was brought back into the franchise with 1988's The Return of Michael Myers, where he has stayed for the remainder of the series. Four more sequels would follow, between 1988 and 2002, after The Return of Michael Myers before the series would take a break for five years. On June 4, 2006, Dimension announced that Rob Zombie, director of House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects, would be creating the next installment in the Halloween franchise. Events 781 BC - The first historic Solar eclipse is recorded in China. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Dimension Films is a motion picture unit currently a part of The Weinstein Company. Robert Bartleh Cummings (born January 12, 1965) better known by his Stage name, Rob Zombie, is an American Musician For the song of the same name see House of 1000 Corpses (song House of 1000 Corpses is a 2003 exploitation The Devil's Rejects is a 2005 exploitation Horror film written and directed by Rob Zombie. Bob Weinstein approached Rob Zombie about making the film, and Zombie, who was a fan of the original Halloween, and friend of John Carpenter, jumped at the chance to make a Halloween film for Dimension Studios. Halloween is a 1978 American independent Horror film set in the fictional midwestern town of Haddonfield, John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American Film director, Screenwriter, producer, film score  Before Dimension went public with the news, Zombie felt obligated to inform John Carpenter, out of respect, of the plans to remake his film.  Carpenter's request was for Zombie to "make it his own [film]".  During a June 16, 2006 interview, Rob Zombie announced that his film would combine the elements of prequel and remake with the original concept, and there would be considerable original content in the new film. Events 1487 - Battle of Stoke Field, the last dying breath of the Wars of the Roses. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. 
Zombie wanted to reinvent the character, as he felt Michael, along with Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Pinhead, had become too familiar to audiences, and as a result, less scary. Freddy Krueger is a Fictional character from the ''A Nightmare on Elm Street'' series of films Appearances Fictional character biography Pinhead was not always a Cenobite, but was in fact once human  The idea was to delve deeper into Michael Myers's back story. Appearances Michael Myers is the primary antagonist in all of the Halloween films with the exception of Halloween III Season of the Witch, as that Michael's mask was even given its own story, to provide an explanation as to why he wears it, instead of having the character simply steal a random mask from a hardware store, as in the original film.  Zombie wanted to bring Michael closer to what a psychopath really is, and wanted the mask to be a way for Michael to hide. Psychopathy ( is a psychological construct that describes chronic immoral and Antisocial behavior  Moreover, Michael would not be able to drive in the new film, unlike his 1978 counterpart who stole Loomis' car so that he could drive back to Haddonfield.  Zombie also wants the Dr. Loomis character to be more intertwined with that of Michael Myers, as opposed to what Zombie saw, in the original film, as showing up merely to say something dramatic.  Although Zombie was adding new content to the film, he chose to keep the character's trademark mask and Carpenter's theme tune intact for his version. 
|1. Halloween||John Carpenter||Debra Hill & John Carpenter|
|2. John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American Film director, Screenwriter, producer, film score Debra Hill ( November 10, 1950 &ndash March 7, 2005) was an American Screenwriter and Film producer who Halloween II||Rick Rosenthal|
|3. Richard L "Rick" Rosenthal Jr Rosenthal helped launch Sean Penn 's career when he cast the then-unknown actor in the title role of the 1983 film Bad Boys Halloween III||Tommy Lee Wallace||Debra Hill & John Carpenter|
|4. Tommy Lee Wallace (born September 6, 1949) is an American Film producer, director and Screenwriter. Halloween 4||Dwight H. Little||Alan B. McElroy||Paul Freeman|
|5. Dwight H Little (born February 9, 1947) is an American Film director, also well-known for directing films Halloween 4 The Return Alan B McElroy is an American Writer, Film director and producer. Halloween 5||Dominique Othenin-Girard||Michael Jacobs, Dominique Othenin-Girard & Shem Bitterman||Ramzi Thomas|
|6. Halloween 6||Joe Chappelle||Daniel Farrands||Paul Freeman|
|7. Joe Chappelle is an American film and television director and producer Halloween H20||Steve Miner||Robert Zapia & Matt Greenberg|
|8. Stephen C Miner (born June 18, 1951) is an American film and Television director. Matt Greenberg is an American Screenwriter and producer, most notable for his work in Halloween H20 Twenty Years Later and 1408 Halloween: Resurrection||Rick Rosenthal||Larry Brand & Sean Hood||Paul Freeman & Michael Leahy|
|9. Sean Hood (born August 13, 1966) is an American Screenwriter best known for horror films and more recently psychological thrillers Halloween||Rob Zombie||Malek Akkad, Andy Gould & Rob Zombie|
John Carpenter composed the music to the first three films. Robert Bartleh Cummings (born January 12, 1965) better known by his Stage name, Rob Zombie, is an American Musician For Halloween, Carpenter chose to use a piano melody played in a 5/4 time rhythm instead of a symphonic soundtrack. The piano is a Musical instrument played by means of a keyboard that produces sound by striking steel strings with Felt covered hammers In Music, a melody (from Greek μελῳδία - melōidía, "singing chanting" also tune, voice, or The time signature (also known as " meter signature" is a notational convention used in Western Musical notation to specify how many beats Meter or metre is a concept related to an underlying division of time characteristic of western music A symphony is a Musical composition, often extended and usually for Orchestra. Critic James Berardinelli calls the score "relatively simple and unsophisticated", but admits that "Halloween's music is one of its strongest assets. James Berardinelli (born September 1967 is an Online Film critic. " Carpenter stated in an interview, "I can play just about any keyboard, but I can't read or write a note. " In the end credits, Carpenter bills himself as the "Bowling Green Orchestra" for performing the film's score, but he did receive assistance from composer Dan Wyman, a music professor at San José State University. San José State University, commonly shortened to San José State and SJSU, is the founding campus of what became the California State University system 
The score for Halloween II is a variation of John Carpenter's compositions from the first film, particularly the main theme's familiar piano melody played. The score was performed on a synthesizer organ rather than the piano used for Halloween.  One reviewer for the BBC described the revised score as having "a more Gothic feel". The reviewer asserted that it "doesn’t sound quite as good as the original piece", but "it still remains a classic piece of music". 
Music remained an important element in establishing the atmosphere of Halloween III. Just as in Halloween and Halloween II, there was no symphonic score. Much of the music was composed to solicit "false startles" from the audience. The startle reaction, also called the startle response, startle reflex or alarm reaction, is the Response of mind and body to a sudden unexpected The soundtrack was composed by John Carpenter and Alan Howarth, who had also worked on the score for Halloween II. The score of Halloween III differed greatly from the familiar main theme of the original and its first sequel. Carpenter replaced the familiar piano melody with a slower, electronic theme played on a synthesizer with beeping tonalities. Tonality is a system of Music in which specific hierarchical pitch relationships are based on a key "center" or tonic.  Howarth explains how he and Carpenter composed the music for the third film:
"The music style of John Carpenter and myself has further evolved in this film soundtrack by working exclusively with synthesizers to produce our music. This has led to a certain procedural routine. The film is first transferred to a time coded video tape and synchronized to a 24 track master audio recorder; then while watching the film we compose the music to these visual images. A master recording is an original Recording, from which copies may be made The entire process goes quite rapidly and has 'instant gratification', allowing us to evaluate the score in synch to the picture. This is quite an invaluable asset. "
The Halloween franchise—when compared to the other top-grossing American horror franchises such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, Child's Play, Friday the 13th, the Hannibal Lecter series, Psycho, Saw, Scream, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and adjusting for the inflation—is the fourth highest grossing horror franchise in the United States (approximately $495. A Nightmare on Elm Street is an American horror franchise that consists of eight Slasher films a television show, Child's Play is a Horror film series created by Don Mancini, with the independent horror film Child's Play released on November Friday the 13th is an American horror franchise that consists of eleven Slasher films a television show, Novels Origin and development Thomas Harris has given few interviews and has never explained where he got inspiration for Hannibal Lecter but in a documentary for Hannibal Rising Psycho is a suspense / Horror film directed by auteur Alfred Hitchcock, from the Screenplay by Joseph The Saw series is a Horror film franchise created by director James Wan and Screenwriter Leigh Whannell. 6 million).  This list is topped by Friday the 13th at $585. 8 million, followed closely by the Hannibal Lecter film series with $557. 1 million.  The Nightmare on Elm Street series is third with $500. 3 million, followed by Halloween, and then Scream with $380. 6 million.  Psycho at $356 million, Saw with 306 million, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with $302. 3 million, and the Child's Play film series with approximately $173. 2 million round out the list. 
|Film||U. S. release date||Box office revenue||Reference|
|United States||Outside U. S.||Worldwide|
|Halloween||October 25, 1978||$47,000,000||$8,000,000||$55,000,000|||
|Halloween II||October 30, 1981||$25,533,818||-||$25,533,818|||
|Halloween III: Season of the Witch||October 22, 1982||$14,400,000||-||$14,400,000|||
|Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers||October 21, 1988||$17,768,757||-||$17,768,757|||
|Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers||October 25, 1989||$11,642,254||-||$11,642,254|||
|Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers||September 29, 1995||$15,116,634||-||$15,116,634|||
|Halloween H20: 20 Years Later||August 7, 1998||$55,041,738||$17,958,262||$73,000,000|||
|Halloween: Resurrection||July 12, 2002||$30,354,442||$7,310,413||$37,664,855|||
|Halloween*||August 31, 2007||$58,272,029||$19,810,316||$75,418,461|||
|Halloween film series||$275,129,654||$58,124,070||$333,253,724|
*Note: Updated April 1, 2008. Halloween is a 1978 American independent Horror film set in the fictional midwestern town of Haddonfield, Events 1147 - The Portuguese, under Afonso I, and Crusaders from England and Flanders conquer Lisbon after a Year 1978 ( MCMLXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar) Halloween II is a 1981 Horror film set in the fictional Midwest town of Haddonfield Illinois, on Halloween night 1978 Events 637 - Antioch surrenders to the Muslim forces under Rashidun Caliphate after the Battle of Iron bridge. Year 1981 ( MCMLXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Halloween III Season of the Witch is a 1982 Horror film and the third installment in the ''Halloween'' series. Events 202 BC - Hannibal Barca, leader of the Carthaginians, is defeated by the Roman legions under Scipio Africanus Year 1982 ( MCMLXXXII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar) Halloween 4 The Return of Michael Myers is a 1988 independently-released Horror film and the fourth installment in the ''Halloween'' series Events 1512 - Martin Luther joins the theological faculty of the University of Wittenberg. Year 1988 ( MCMLXXXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar) Halloween 5 The Revenge of Michael Myers is the 1989 sequel to the popular Horror film, Halloween. Events 1147 - The Portuguese, under Afonso I, and Crusaders from England and Flanders conquer Lisbon after a Year 1989 ( MCMLXXXIX) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar) Halloween The Curse of Michael Myers is a 1995 Horror film and the sixth installment in the ''Halloween'' series. Events 522 BC - Darius I of Persia kills the Magian usurper Gaumâta securing his hold as king of the Persian Empire. Year 1995 ( MCMXCV) was a Common year starting on Sunday. Events of 1995 Halloween H20 Twenty Years Later (or Halloween H20) is the seventh film in the Halloween film series Events 322 BC - Battle of Crannon between Athens and Macedon following the death of Alexander the Great. Year 1998 ( MCMXCVIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar) Halloween Resurrection is a 2002 Horror film and the eighth installment in the Halloween film series Events 1191 - Saladin 's garrison surrenders ending the two-year Siege of Acre. See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. Halloween is a 2007 remake of the 1978 slasher film of the same name. Events 1056 - Byzantine Empress Theodora becomes ill dying suddenly a few days later without children to succeed the Throne Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Events 527 - Byzantine Emperor Justin I names his nephew Justinian I as co-ruler and successor to the throne 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Please update if necessary.
Critics have suggested that Halloween and its slasher film successors may encourage sadism and misogyny. Sadism refers to Sexual or non-sexual gratification in the infliction of Pain or humiliation upon or by another person Misogyny (mɪˈsɒdʒɪni is hatred (or contemptof women Misogyny is parallel to Misandry — the hatred of men Others have suggested the film is a social critique of the immorality of young people in 1970s America, pointing out that many of Myers' victims are sexually promiscuous and substance abusers, while the lone heroine is depicted as chaste and innocent. Promiscuity refers to sexual behavior of a man or woman who casually has sex with many partners Substance abuse is the overindulgence in and dependence of a Drug or other chemical leading to effects that are detrimental to the individual's physical and mental health While Carpenter dismisses these analyses, the perceived parallel between the characters' moral strengths and their likelihood of surviving to the film's conclusion has nevertheless become a standard slasher movie trope. A literary trope (from Greek τρόπος - tropos "turn" related to the root of τρέπω - trepō "to turn to direct Critics credit this film as the first in a long line of slasher films inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960). The slasher film (sometimes referred to as bodycount films and dead teenager movies) is a Sub-genre Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE (13 Psycho is a suspense / Horror film directed by auteur Alfred Hitchcock, from the Screenplay by Joseph
In addition to weak box office returns, most critics gave Halloween III negative reviews. Whereas Halloween had broken new ground and was imitated by genre films following in its wake, this third installment seemed hackneyed to many: one critic suggests that if Halloween III was not part of the Halloween series, then it would simply be "a fairly nondescript eighties horror flick, no worse and no better than many others. "
When the original Halloween was released in 1978, a novelization of the movie followed just a year later. Halloween is a 1979 Novelization by Curtis Richards of the Horror film Halloween (1978 which has been out of Written by Curtis Richards, the book follows the events of the film, but expands on the festival of Samhain and Michael's time at Smith's Grove Sanitarium. Samhain (ˈsaʊn or /ˈsɑːwɪn/ Irish /ˈsˠaunʲ/ from the Old Irish samain) is the word for November in a few Gaelic languages  Halloween II and Halloween 4 each received novelizations as well. Jack Martin would write Halloween II, which was released alongside its film counterpart. Martin included an additional victim of Michael's in this novel.  Halloween IV, released in October 1988 and written by Nicholas Grabowsky, also followed the events of the film in which it was adapted from. Year 1988 ( MCMLXXXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar) 
Over a four month period, Berkley Books published three young adult novels written by Kelly O'Rourke; the novels are original stories created by O'Rourke, with no direct continuity with the films. Berkley Books is a Paperback Imprint of Penguin Group (USA that began as an independent company in 1955. Young-adult fiction (often abbreviated as YA fiction, or simply YA) is Fiction written for published for or marketed to adolescents roughly between the  The first, released on October 1, 1997, titled The Scream Factory, follows a group of friends who set up a haunted house attraction in the basement of Haddonfield City Hall, only to be stalked and killed by Michael Myers while they are there. Events 331 BC - Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of Gaugamela. Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar  The Old Myers Place is the second novel, released December 1, 1997, and focuses on Mary White, who moves into the Myers house with her family. Events 800 - Charlemagne judges the accusations against Pope Leo III in the Vatican Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar Michael returns home and begins stalking and attacking Mary and her friends.  O'Rourke's final novel, The Mad House, was released on February 1, 1998. Events 1327 - Teenaged Edward III is crowned King of England, but the country is ruled by his mother Queen Year 1998 ( MCMXCVIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar) The Mad House features a young girl, Christine Ray, who joins a documentary film crew that travels to haunted locations; they are currently headed to Smith Grove Mental Hospital, where they are confronted by Michael. 
The first Halloween comic was published by Brian Pulido's Chaos Comics. Brian Pulido (born November 30, 1961) is a creator writer and producer of Comic books and films Chaos! Comics was a comic book publisher that operated until 2002 Simply titled Halloween, it was intended to be a one-issue special, but eventually two sequels spawned: Halloween II: The Blackest Eyes and Halloween III: The Devil's Eyes. All of the stories were written by Phil Nutman, with Daniel Farrands—writer for Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers—assisting on the first issue; David Brewer and Justiniano worked on the illustrations. Tommy Doyle is the main protagonist in each of the issues, focusing on his attempts to kill Michael Myers. The first issue includes back story on Michael's childhood, while the third picks up after the events of the film Halloween H20. 
One Good Scare was released in 2003; it was written by Stefan Hutchinson and illustrated by Peter Fielding. The main character in this comic is Lindsey Wallace, the young girl who first saw Michael Myers alongside Tommy Doyle in the original 1978 film. Hutchinson wanted to bring the character back to his roots, and away from the "lumbering Jason-clone" the film sequels had made him.  On July 25, 2006, as an insert inside the DVD release of Halloween: 25 Years of Terror, Hutchinson released Halloween: Autopsis. Events 285 - Diocletian appoints Maximian as Caesar, co-ruler Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Written by Hutchinson, and artwork by Marcus Smith and Nick Dismas, the story is about a photographer assigned to take pictures of Michael Myers. As the photographer, Carter, follows Dr. Loomis he begins to take on Loomis's obsession himself, until finally meeting Michael Myers in person, which results in his death. 
In 2008, Stefan Hutchinson released the first issue of his new comic book, Halloween: Nightdance. This is a four issue mini-series, and it does not contain any characters—other than Michael—from the films.  The four issues are titled, "A Shape in the Void", "The Silent Clown", "A Rainbow in One Color", and "When The Stars Came Crashing Down".  The first issue, "A Shape in the Void", takes place on October 31, 2000, so that it falls between Halloween H20 and Halloween Resurrection. Events 445 BC – Ezra reads the Book of the Law to the Israelites in Jerusalem (see Nehemiah 91 NLTse 2000 ( MM) was a Leap year that started on Saturday of the Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. Issue one follows Michael as he stalks Lisa, a fifteen year-old girl with insecurities and "a chronic fear of darkness".  Hutchinson explains that Nightdance is an attempt to escape the dense continuity of the film series and recreate the tone of the 1978 film. Michael becomes inexplicably fixated on Lisa, just as he did with Laurie in the original Halloween, before the sequels established that a sibling bond was actually his motivation for stalking her.  The upcoming Halloween 30th Anniversary Special comic book from Devil's Due will celebrate the franchise's thirtieth anniversary with a collection of short stories inspired by John Carpenter's original film. Writer Stef Hutchinson explains that H30 came about because, unlike previous decades, there was no Halloween film coming out in 2008 to celebrate the occasion. 
The Halloween franchise has also seen profitability through various merchandise like toys, dolls, statues, model kits, bobbleheads, snow globes, movie posters, masks, T-shirts, hats, and more. Michael Myers has made appearances in the form of dolls and toys from McFarlane Toys, Sideshow Collectibles, and NECA. McFarlane Toys, a subsidiary of Todd McFarlane Productions Inc The National Entertainment Collectibles Association or NECA is an American manufacturer of collectibles typically licensed from films sports music and television Even Dr. Loomis has been immortalized in plastic alongside Michael Myers in a two-figure set produced by NECA.
The Michael Myers mask has been reproduced over the years by Don Post, the mask company responsible for the creation of the masks from several of the Halloween films (the Silver Shamrock novelty factory seen in Halloween III was actually shot on location in one of Don Post's factories). While Don Post reproductions of the Michael Myers mask are still commonly found in costume stores every Halloween, the license to produce Michael Myers masks has since been given to Cinema Secrets, the company commissioned with the creation of the Michael Myers mask for Halloween: Resurrection.
The Halloween series also lives on in DVD form. Many versions of the original Halloween (often including special extras like free merchandise or additional footage missing from previous DVD releases of the film) as well as several of its sequels have been published by Anchor Bay Entertainment, Universal Studios, and Dimension Films. Anchor Bay Entertainment is a home entertainment company and a division of Starz Media, which is a unit of Starz LLC. Universal Studios (sometimes called Universal Pictures or Universal City Studios) a subsidiary of NBC Universal, is a major Global American Dimension Films is a motion picture unit currently a part of The Weinstein Company. On October 2, 2007, the original Halloween was sold on Blu-ray for the first time by Anchor Bay Home Entertainment. Events 1187 - Siege of Jerusalem: Saladin captures Jerusalem after 88 years of Crusader rule Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Halloween is a 1978 American independent Horror film set in the fictional midwestern town of Haddonfield, In December 2007 there were reports that the Producer's Cut of Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers might get a DVD release in the future. Halloween The Curse of Michael Myers is a 1995 Horror film and the sixth installment in the ''Halloween'' series.