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Episode 24 – Halloween Retrospective

Episode 24 – Halloween Retrospective
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Halloween Retrospective

Xavier and Mike are back with a review of every Halloween movie in the franchise started by John Carpenter including Halloween III: Season of the Witch and the two Rob Zombie Halloween movies. This is your full dose of Michael Myers as we talk about The Shape Michael Myers, Laurie Strode (played by Jamie Lee Curtis), Jamie Lloyd (played by Danielle Harris), and everyone else.

Halloween (1978)

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.

Director: John Carpenter
Writers: John Carpenter (screenplay), Debra Hill (screenplay)
Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran
Budget: $325,000 (estimated)
Gross USA: $47,000,000
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $47,000,000
Runtime: 91 min | 101 min (Extended TV Version)

Halloween II (1981)

While Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt for Michael Myers, a traumatized Laurie is rushed to hospital, and the serial killer is not far behind her.

Director: Rick Rosenthal
Writers: John Carpenter, Debra Hill
Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers
Release Date: 30 October 1981
Also Known As: Halloween II: The Horror Continues
Budget: $2,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend USA: $7,446,508, 1 November 1981
Gross USA: $25,533,818
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $25,533,818

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

Kids all over America want Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran.

Director: Tommy Lee Wallace
Writer: Tommy Lee Wallace
Stars: Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dan O’Herlihy
Release Date: 22 October 1982 (USA) See more »
Also Known As: Season of the Witch
Budget: $2,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend USA: $6,333,259, 24 October 1982
Gross USA: $14,400,000
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $14,400,000
Runtime: 98 min

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

Ten years after his original massacre, the invalid Michael Myers awakens on Halloween Eve and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven-year-old niece. Can Dr. Loomis stop him?

Director: Dwight H. Little
Writers: Dhani Lipsius (story), Larry Rattner (story)
Stars: Donald Pleasence, Ellie Cornell, Danielle Harris
Release Date: 21 October 1988 (USA)
Budget: $5,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend USA: $6,831,250, 23 October 1988
Gross USA: $17,768,757
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $17,768,757
Runtime: 88 min

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)

One year after the events of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), the Shape returns to Haddonfield once again in an attempt to kill his now-mute niece.

Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard (as Dominique Otherin-Girard)
Writers: John Carpenter (characters), Debra Hill (characters)
Stars: Donald Pleasence, Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell
Release Date: 13 October 1989 (USA)
Also Known As: Halloween 5: Michael Myers’ Revenge
Budget: $5,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend USA: $5,093,428, 15 October 1989
Gross USA: $11,642,254
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $11,642,254
Runtime: 96 min

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)

Six years after Michael Myers last terrorized Haddonfield, he returns there in pursuit of his niece, Jamie Lloyd, who has escaped with her newborn child, for which Michael and a mysterious cult have sinister plans.

Director: Joe Chappelle
Writers: Debra Hill (characters), John Carpenter (characters)
Stars: Donald Pleasence, Paul Rudd, Marianne Hagan

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

Laurie Strode, now the dean of a Northern California private school with an assumed name, must battle the Shape one last time, as the life of her own son hangs in the balance.

Director: Steve Miner
Writers: Debra Hill (characters), John Carpenter (characters)
Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Adam Arkin
Release Date: 5 August 1998 (USA)
Also Known As: Halloween 7
Budget: $17,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend USA: $16,187,724, 9 August 1998
Gross USA: $55,041,738
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $55,041,738
Runtime: 86 min

Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

Three years after he last terrorized his sister, Michael Myers confronts her again, before traveling to Haddonfield to deal with the cast and crew of a reality show which is being broadcast from his old home.

Director: Rick Rosenthal
Writers: Debra Hill (characters), John Carpenter (characters)
Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Busta Rhymes, Brad Loree, Katee Sackhoff
Release Date: 12 July 2002 (USA)
Also Known As: Halloween: The Homecoming
Budget: $13,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend USA: $12,292,121, 14 July 2002
Gross USA: $30,354,442
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $37,664,855
Runtime: 94 min

Halloween (2007)

After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, escapes from the mental institution and immediately returns to Haddonfield to find his baby sister, Laurie.

Director: Rob Zombie
Writers: Rob Zombie (screenplay), John Carpenter
Stars: Scout Taylor-Compton, Malcolm McDowell, Tyler Mane
Release Date: 31 August 2007 (USA)
Also Known As: Halloween: Retribution
Budget: $15,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend USA: $26,362,367, 2 September 2007
Gross USA: $58,272,029
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $80,460,948
Runtime: 109 min | 121 min (unrated) | 83 min (cut)

Halloween II (2009)

Laurie Strode struggles to come to terms with her brother Michael’s deadly return to Haddonfield, Illinois; meanwhile, Michael prepares for another reunion with his sister.

Director: Rob Zombie
Writer: Rob Zombie
Stars: Scout Taylor-Compton, Tyler Mane, Malcolm McDowell
Release Date: 28 August 2009 (USA) See more »
Also Known As: H2
Budget: $15,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend USA: $16,349,565, 30 August 2009
Gross USA: $33,392,973
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $39,421,467
Runtime: 105 min | 119 min (unrated director’s cut)

Laurie Strode struggles to come to terms with her brother Michael’s deadly return to Haddonfield, Illinois; meanwhile, Michael prepares for another reunion with his sister.

Halloween (2018) was reviewed in the first episode of our podcast.

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