I should be saving my comments until my next podcast recording (we're going to cover the whole series) but I can't resist.
I'm probably of the purist school of thought on this series. Halloween 1 (1978) was classic and should never have had a sequel. This series s**t to bed so often that it has at least 3 timelines (it's about as bad as the parallel universes in comics).
Timeline 1: H1, H2, H4, H5, and H6
Timeline 2: H1, H2, H20, Ressurrectum
Timeline 3: H1 remake, H2 remake
H1 was classic for a few reasons. Psychopath picks a victim at random and stalks her, killing off her babysitting friends.
H2 jumped the shark for me by adding the whole sibling bull. Way to take the scary right out of it. It was scarier when the motivation was random.
Then the Reality show one...omfg. Never, ever have a current pop star go over your main draw...ever.
As far as the niece stuff/Thorn cult druid stuff, eee gads.
How did a simple, straightforward tale of a baby sitter murderer devolve into some overarching druid cult stuff? How did they get here?!
And the Zombie remakes are horrible, IMO. So Myers became a killer due to a bad upbringing (nurture over nature). Haddonfield isn't a seemingly safe suburb, it's a meth lab white trash neighborhood.
Again, I don't think this story ever warranted a sequel. Or if it had, it should have just been him randomly selecting yet another victim by chance and stalking them, but then, how far can that premise go?
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