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The curse of a franchise

10/26/2012

Q: How many "Halloween" movies were made? The ones with Michael Myers in them. -- From a conversation in the library.

A: There have been a total of 10 movies made in the "Halloween" film series.

The original Halloween was released in 1978, and the sequels are as follows: "Halloween II" (1981), "Halloween III: Season of the Witch" (1982), "Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers" (1988), "Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers" (1989), "Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers" (1995), "Halloween H20: 20 Years Later" (1998), "Halloween: Resurrection" (2002), "Halloween" (2007) and "Halloween II" (2009).

Not sure how much you know about the franchise but, even beyond the supernatural boogeyman, the story line is as full of complicated twists and implausible turns as any long running soap opera.

Movies 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 follow the same kind of timeline and follow Michael Myers as he uses knives, sickles and axes to hack away at his family tree.

As it turns out, he doesn't just have a sick thing for babysitters, but Jamie Lee Curtis's character is (spoiler alert) actually his sister!

By the sixth movie, we learn Michael is driven by an ancient curse to kill his family members to save the rest of humanity.

"Halloween III" is related to the series by name alone as it has nothing to do with the story of Michael Myers of first two films or any films after.

"Halloween H20" goes back to the end of the second 1981 movie -- ignoring everything that transpired in movies 4, 5 and 6 -- and generates a new storyline and brings back Curtis' character, Laurie Strode.

Laurie supposedly was killed in a car crash off-screen between the second and fourth movie but, as it turns out, she faked her death to escape Michael.

"Halloween: Resurrection" follows this story until Michael finally is killed by rapper Busta Rhymes. Yeah ... I know.

The 2007 "Halloween" is a prequel hybrid remake of the original 1978 film that during the course of its 2009 follow-up (a prequel sequel?) explores the psyche of Michael and creates an altogether new storyline.

Singer and horror film aficionado Rob Zombie did those two movies and was told by "Halloween" creator John Carpenter to "make it his own."

Eric Norris is the director at the Hays Public Library. "Ask Eric" questions can be mailed to 1205 Main, Hays, KS, 67601, submitted through www.hayspublib.org at the "Ask Eric" link or emailed to enorris@hayspublib.org.