The mood. The setting. The undeniably chilling score. John Carpenter's "Halloween" defined much of what constitutes the slasher genre, also illustrated in such later '80s flicks as "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Friday the 13th" ⎯⎯ but it was Carpenter's skillful direction that paved the way. The story was pretty simple: a psychotic boy named Michael Myers kills his sister Judith in 1963, gets locked up for 15 years, breaks out, returns to his hometown of Haddonfield and goes on a killing spree. Laurie Strode (played to perfection by the original scream queen herself Jamie Lee Curtis, daughter of Psycho's Janet Leigh) unwittingly becomes his target on Halloween in 1978. Her friends die all around her, and Laurie must use her cunning to outsmart and ultimately defeat the boogeyman.
At the time, "Halloween" was trickled out slowly into theaters nationwide, but before long, a frenzy broke out. The movie went on to gross $47 million and spawn nine sequels, including the Myers-absent "Halloween III: Season of the Witch" and two Rob Zombie's reboots.
In 2018, Carpenter returns to the franchise as executive producer on a new sequel to be directed by David Gordon Green. Green and Danny McBride wrote the script, which promises to "carve a new path." Curtis is set to reprise her iconic role as Laurie for one final showdown. Reportedly, the sequel follows the events of the 1978 original film, ignoring all other sequels as canon.
Below, One Country ranks all 10 current Halloween films, from worst to best.