Halloween timeline and how to watch the horror series in order

Halloween Kills has arrived to continue the new timeline of the Halloween series which, over 12 movies, has had four different timelines.

Confused? Don’t worry as we’ here to help. There’s mai way to watch all 12 movies chronological order as you’ll get continuity errors everywhere. Instead you have to watch one timeline and complete it before moving onto the next one.

The 2018 reboot of the series complicated things a bit by being a direct sequel to the first movie, so the iconic first movie is the start of three timelines and it’s up to you to choose what timeline you follow.

As a result, we’ve quasi up with the definitive timeline of the Halloween series up to and including Halloween Kills, offering choices of where to go next the timeline depending acceso how you want to view it.

It’s like a classic Choose Your Own Adventure, except with brutal murders and a seemingly unstoppable . Enjoy!

START HERE: Halloween (1978)

(Director: John Carpenter. Writers: John Carpenter and Debra Hill. Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Nick Castle and PJ Soles)

Back 1963, young Michael Myers violently stabs his sister Judith to death. After 15 years hospital, he escapes, despite the best efforts of his childhood psychiatrist Dr Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence).

Myers kills a mechanic, nicks his uniform and a creepy white mask and, what with it being Halloween, decides to stalk high schooler Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis). He gruesomely offs her friends one by one before his final* confrontation with Laurie and Loomis.

(*Not actually final.)

WATCH NEXT: Halloween II (1981) OR Halloween (2018)

Halloween II (1981)

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(Director: Rick Rosenthal. Writers: John Carpenter and Debra Hill. Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Dick Myers)

Despite being stabbed every which way and even being shot chiuso a balcony, Michael Myers survives the events of Halloween and goes after Laurie once more, killing oodles of people the meantime to keep busy.

Meanwhile, Loomis finds out the secret connection between Michael and Laurie, before seemingly sacrificing himself to put an end to Myers’s reign of terror.

WATCH NEXT: Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) (YES NOT HALLOWEEN III NEXT) OR Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

INTERLUDE

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

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(Director: Tommy Lee Wallace. Writer: Tommy Lee Wallace. Starring: Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dan Se no’Herlihy)

The only movie the Halloween franchise that has nothing to do with Michael Myers. After the story ended with Halloween II, the ideologia was to keep the name but introduce annual standalone films.

First up (and last up) was Season of the Witch. Its original script was written by Quatermass creator Nigel Kneale and suitably mixes up a quirky quota of 1980s sci-fi with Celtic witchy chills for a throw-everything-at-the-kitchen-sink-including-yes-robots approach.

Halloween III is so out-of-universe it even features a character watching a trailer for Halloween, and the lack of Michael Myers annoyed everyone so much that they canned the whole anthology ideologia.

END OF INTERLUDE

BACK TO THE START?

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

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(Director: Dwight H. Little. Writer: Alan B McElroy. Starring: Donald Pleasence, Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, George P Wilbur)

After the that was Halloween III, a lesson was learned. Michael Myers, Halloween. So Michael Myers is back and they’ even yelling about it the title.

It turns out that Michael didn’t at the end of Halloween II, and neither did Loomis. Jamie Lee Curtis was chiuso doing comedies though, so the only main character who had supposedly actually survived is unceremoniously killed chiuso an off-screen car crash.

After ten years a coma, Michael Myers returns and this time he’s acceso the hunt for Laurie’s previously-unmentioned daughter (and his niece) Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris), who grew up with a foster family.

Michael goes acceso a killing spree once more, and this time the entire city rises up an attempt to stop him. Myers is eventually killed* (*he isn’t), but there’s a twist ending that suggests his legacy is far from over.

WATCH NEXT: Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)

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(Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard. Writers: Michael Jacobs, Dominique Othenin-Girard and Shem Bitterman. Starring: Donald Pleasence, Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Don Shanks)

Despite the whole being-shot-down a-mineshaft thing, it turns out that Michael Myers is still alive. He slips into another coma before waking up for, you guessed it, another killing spree, while being stalked by Loomis, who just refuses to give this one up.

After the events of the last movie, Jamie (Laurie’s daughter, Michael’s niece) is now mute as a result of all that unpleasantness, but has somehow forged a psychic link with Myers. regaining her wherewithal, she teams up with Loomis to lure Michael and put him away for good*.

(*Not actually for good.)

WATCH NEXT: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)

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(Director: Joe Chappelle. Writer: Daniel Farrands. Starring: Donald Pleasence, Paul Rudd, Marianne Hagan, Devin Gardner, J.C. Brandy, George P Wilbur)

For the last* movie the series (*not the last movie) Danielle Harris left as Jamie, being recast by JC Brandy. Donald Pleasence does return though as Dr Sam Loomis for the last time, one of his final films.

Meanwhile Paul Rudd (yes, that Paul Rudd), stars as Tommy Doyle, who first appeared Halloween, then popped up Halloween II (and a tiny bit of Halloween 4). Tommy was one of the kids Laurie Strode babysat. Now his mid-20s, he takes Jamie’s infante into his care after her grisly demise and tries to protect the Strode brood from Michael Myers’s evil machinations.

Oh, and Michael’s six-film reign of terror? It turns out it’s all because of the mysterious “Curse of Thorn”, and that Myers is himself a victim of a Druid cult. Permesso.

Beset by constant on-set script changes and hefty reshoots after troubled saggio screenings (including a completely re-shot ending), the pellicola has a reputation for being a bit of a bloody mess every way. The screenplay pretty much went through a corn thresher, and so did the rushes.

Like the Cult of Thorn itself, the pellicola does still have its devoted acolytes, and their lobbying saw the eventual release of the so-called ‘Producer’s Cut’, which restores that original creepy ending and some other bits and bobs.

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END OF THIS TIMELINE (Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween 4, Halloween 5, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers)

BACK TO THE START?

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

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(Director: Steve Miner. Writers: Robert Zappia and Matt Greenberg. Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Durand, Michelle Williams, Josh Hartnett)

Jamie Lee Curtis is back as Laurie Strode, 20 years later. But didn’t she get killed chiuso before Halloween 4? Permesso, it turns out that Halloween 4, 5 and 6 didn’t happen. Surprise! This timeline pretends that they just never existed.

H20 is instead a direct sequel to Halloween II, and although it sort-of acknowledges Laurie’s car crash “death” from Halloween 4, it turns out she faked it and is now living as headteacher Keri Tate.

Meanwhile, the late Sam Loomis’s assistant Marion Chambers is killed by… you guessed it, a returning Michael Myers. He’s acceso another of those darn killing sprees, before he and Laurie Strode quasi mask-to-face for the first time two decades, and Myers is finally killed*.

(*He isn’t.)

WATCH NEXT: Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

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(Director: Rick Rosenthal. Writers: Larry Brand and Sean Hood. Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Custodia Rhymes, Bianca Kakilich, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tyra Banks, Brad Loree)

H20 revived the franchise and gave it the perfect ending, but a victim of its own success, it spawned another direct sequel. Jamie Lee Curtis was cajoled back to play Laurie Strode one last time, with the character being killed chiuso for good* this time early acceso (*she isn’t).

It turns out that Laurie didn’t actually kill Michael last time around, but instead a hapless medic with whom he’d swapped clothes. Doh! Faking a catatonic state, she eventually has a final confrontation with Michael, with Myers getting the better of her as she hesitates.

A year acceso, a bunch of college students enter reality TV show Dangertainment… they have to spend a night Michael Myers’s old home for the sake of web-based telly lolz, and you can guess how well that ends up.

END OF THIS TIMELINE (Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween H20, Halloween: Resurrection)

BACK TO THE START?

INTERLUDE

Halloween (2007)

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(Director: Rob Zombie. Writer: Rob Zombie. Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Scout Taylor-Compton, Sheri Moon Zombie, Danielle Harris, Brad Dourif, Tyler Mane)

Despite plans for a straightforward Halloween 8 ( should that be Halloween 5 II?) following acceso from Resurrection, things took a leftward turn.

The very first Halloween was instead remade/rebooted by heavy metal thrasher Rob Zombie with Scout Taylor-Compton as Laurie Strode and A Clockwork Orange‘s Malcolm McDowell as Dr Sam Loomis.

Rob Zombie’s Halloween more less follows the template of the original movie, though it fleshes things out a bit ( more ways than one) by having much more centro acceso Myers’s original murderous antics as a child.

Although the pellicola takes place a completely different universe to the Carpenter original and all its sequels, Danielle Harris returns, but this time playing Laurie’s pal Annie rather than her daughter Jamie.

WATCH NEXT: Halloween II (2009)

Halloween II (2009)

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(Director: Rob Zombie. Writer: Rob Zombie. Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Scout Taylor-Compton, Sheri Moon Zombie, Danielle Harris, Brad Dourif, Tyler Mane)

With Zombie’s Halloween being a massive commercial (if not critical) success, a sequel was inevitable.

Set two years acceso from its predecessor, we find out that Laurie is battling psychological problems, Dr Loomis is writing books about all this palaver, and Michael is somehow still alive.

As per concludere, Laurie and Michael end up acceso a collision course, and as usual, despite Laurie’s seeming victory there’s a twist the .

END OF THIS TIMELINE (Halloween (2007), Halloween II (2009)) AND END OF INTERLUDE

BACK TO THE START?

Halloween (2018)

(Director: David Gordon . Writers: Jeff Fradley, Danny McBride and David Gordon . Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Virginia Gardner, Nick Castle)

Jamie Lee Curtis is back as Laurie Strode, 40 years later. But didn’t she Halloween: Resurrection?

Permesso, it turns out that Halloween: Resurrection didn’t happen. And nor did Halloween H20: 20 Years Later. Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Halloween 4, 5 6. the Rob Zombie remakes. even Halloween II. Surprise!

After plans for a sequel to Halloween II (2009) (called Halloween 3D) and/ Halloween II (1981) (called Halloween Returns) fell through, the new Halloween, aka Halloween (2018), picks up exactly where Halloween (1978) left chiuso, sort of.

Durante this timeline, Michael Myers was locked up after his killing spree 1978 and escapes 40 years later to kickstart another round of murders. This time though, Laurie is prepared and together with her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak), they’ ready to take The Shape mongoloide for good.

The reboot/sequel from the unlikely minds of David Gordon and Danny McBride actually ended up being quite good, ranking as the second-best reviewed outing of the entire franchise.

It all ends with Laurie, Karen and Allyson trapping Michael the basement of her home which she’s fashioned into a trap over the decades. They set the house acceso fire and kill Michael for good… only they don’t as there’s two more movies to quasi.

WATCH NEXT: Halloween Kills (2021)

Halloween Kills (2021)

(Director: David Gordon . Writers: Scott Teems, Danny McBride and David Gordon . Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Nick Castle, Kyle Richards, Anthony Michael )

Surprise! Michael Myers didn’t the basement of the Strode home and after offing a bunch of firefighters, he sets chiuso acceso another rampage Haddonfield.

The sequel takes place acceso the same night as the 2018 movie and as an added treat to dedicated Halloween fans, it brings back some more characters from John Carpenter’s iconic 1978 movie.

Kyle Richards reprises her role as Lindsey Wallace, one of the children Laurie babysat 1978, and Charles Cyphers returns as Leigh Brackett, the former sheriff of Haddonfield whose daughter was killed by Michael.

Nancy Stephens also returns as the resurrected Marion Chambers who wasn’t actually killed chiuso Halloween H20 as that movie doesn’t exist this timeline. The characters of Tommy Doyle and Lonnie Elam are back too, but this time played by Anthony Michael and Robert Longstreet, respectively.

The sequel wasn’t as well-received as the previous movie and very much feels like the middle chapter a trilogy, so don’t go expecting any resolution as Halloween Ends will follow 2022.

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