Halloween – 94% is one of the biggest horror franchises in the film industry since the late 70s, which would make Jamie Lee Curtis stand out on his own by becoming an icon of the genre just like his mother, Janet Leigh, did in 1960 with Psychosis – 37% Alfred Hitchcock. The original story of John Carpenter, not only would become one of the most popular films for the Halloween season, but also composed one of the most recognized soundtracks.
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However, like many major horror films of the 1980s, it was overexploited in order to squeeze out whatever it could generate revenue, and the only ones responsible here are the producers who thought they had found a gold mine. While several subsequent sequels were made, as well as the Rob Zombie reboot, the franchise continued to generate significant revenue, but the visual and narrative quality gradually declined.
By 2018, Carpenter would be willing to save his history by giving the directorial baton to David Gordon Green by returning to Halloween – 92% a direct sequel to the original film trying to put aside everything that has been produced over the years. Green has in his hands a new trilogy that has now premiered its first sequel at the Venice Film Festival. With mixed reviews, it has already managed to become the highest-rated sequel in the franchise.
So far the first movie of 1978 and the first of the last trilogy of 2018 are the tapes of Halloween Highest Critical Rating on Rotten Tomatoes; the first with 96% and the second with 79%. Since then the sequels have achieved between 9% (Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers – 6%) and 52% (Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later – 51%) within the same platform. Halloween Kills – 67%, meanwhile, has overcome that streak by just a couple of numbers getting a 56% qualification.
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It is worth mentioning that this percentage could rise when the film has its official premiere in theaters worldwide next October. The trilogy of David gordon green has been acclaimed by critics and viewers alike, at least for having a true start to the essence of the original, and its upcoming sequels remain promising. Jamie Lee Curtis He previously assured that this installment would be fundamental and more violent as it is the knot of the story with an important confrontation between the characters who have known each other for more than 40 years.
What could be considered “the curse of the sequels” have suffered more in the horror genre, since they rarely manage to repeat the successful formula by focusing on constantly producing content. Franchises such as Chucky, the Devil Doll – 67% or Nightmare on Hell Street – 94% have had similar tours, although their ratings have been more varied in their journey on the big screen.
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We will have to wait until next month to see if Halloween Kills officially becomes the third installment of the highest-rated franchise, despite the fact that the difference between the first three places looks quite shot. So far, some critics have hailed the way in which the new murders by Michael Myers are presented, while others have described it as a love letter to the original. What will be the impact of the latest installment, Halloween Ends in 2022?