Nearly every installment in the Halloween franchise has an ending that shows Michael Myers surviving unlikely situations, but some endings are better than others. Since the introduction of Michael Myers, Laurie Strode, and Dr. Loomis in 1978’s Halloween, the story of Michael and Laurie has changed multiple times over the years, yet Michael has never stopped stalking his number one victim. Regardless of the movie, the endings have a huge impact on the Halloween franchise.
As the most recent installment, Halloween Ends has huge retcons and plot holes like several of the predecessors. Whether shot, set on fire, or decapitated, Michael Myers always seemingly dies at the end of any Halloween movie and yet manages to survive. Based on creativity and impact on the story and franchise, the endings of the Halloween movies can be easily ranked.
13 Halloween 6: The Curse Of Michael Myers (1995)
As the sixth installment in the Halloween franchise, Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers finally addresses if Michael Myers is human or supernatural, explaining his connection to a cult. Picking up six years after Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, it’s an unnecessary addition which includes Tommy Doyle trying to save the baby Jamie is forced to birth and Dr. Loomis refusing to help a cult leader clone Michael’s evil.
Ultimately, the ending of Halloween 6 falls flat. Tommy injects Michael with a tranquilizer and beats him with a pipe, managing to flee while Dr. Loomis stays behind. The audience never sees Loomis die, but the screams can be heard in the background while the camera stars at Michael’s mask on the floor. There’s no question if Michael is still alive and the ending doesn’t propel Michael’s story whatsoever.
12 Halloween III: Season Of The Witch (1982)
Halloween III: Season of the Witch is a muddled movie with little connection to the famous franchise and the ending is no different. Halloween III’s alternate ending would have been horrific, but instead, the film remains hopeful. Daniel contacts TV networks to pull a commercial that would activate microchips in Halloween masks to kill the wearer and release snakes to kill anyone nearby. Daniel only stops two of the three networks from airing the commercial.
Unfortunately, the ending of Halloween III has no punch and is purposefully left ambiguous. As such, there’s no closure for a movie that will not get a sequel. Furthermore, it doesn’t feel as if Daniel did everything he could possibly do to prevent the third TV station from airing the commercial – he merely yells and pleads over the phone. If he had gone down to the station and interrupted the broadcast himself, it would have been a more interesting ending.
11 Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers (1989)
The ending of Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers finds Michael Myers in jail, but it doesn’t last for long as the police station explodes. Though Halloween 5’s original opening fixes plot holes, the ending still leaves some questions – for instance, Jamie inexplicably runs into the police station to investigate when she’s told to stay put. After everything she has been through, she doesn’t flee the scene, knowing Michael is still alive and free.
Michael being free shouldn’t come as a surprise to Jamie. She’s the one who tells officers that Michael will never die. She and Michael supposedly have a psychic link, so Jamie should know better than to follow police officers after an explosion and gun fire. Jamie would know Michael is the cause. Halloween 5’s ending just doesn’t make much sense, and as such is easily one of the worst Halloween endings.
10 Rob Zombie’s Halloween II (2009)
Laurie’s hallucinations throughout Halloween II ruin the ending despite her becoming another Halloween character to wear the Michael Myers mask. In the Halloween II ending, Dr. Loomis and the police surround Michael and Laurie in a shed. Loomis tries to snap Laurie out of her hallucinations, but Michael stabs him and is shot through the shed window. Laurie comes to her senses and stabs Michael before walking out of the shed wearing his mask, only to end up in a psych ward with her mother’s ghost.
Halloween II’s ending would be better without Laurie’s hallucinations. While director Rob Zombie may be trying to show the connection between Michael and Laurie’s hallucinations, the story relies too much on it to show the similarities between the siblings. The hallucinations are an odd choice that feel out of place. The only saving grace to the ending is Laurie wearing the mask herself, which is an undoubtedly striking image.
9 Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
Halloween: Resurrection has four endings, but the theatrical ending fails to redeem an otherwise mediocre installment. The premise has promise, but the execution doesn’t deliver. A group of college students spend the night in Michael Myer’s abandoned childhood home only to discover it’s not abandoned, and Michael is very upset at the intrusion. The survivors escape the house after electrocuting Michael and leaving him to die in a fire.
Halloween: Resurrection’s ending leaves a cliffhanger, but all the characters were original and have no connection to Michael. When his eyes snap open in the morgue during the closing scene, it feels like there should be a sequel, but Michael wouldn’t even know who to go after since Laurie dies at beginning of the movie. Utimately, it’s just an average, cliché ending for the Halloween franchise to show Michael cannot be killed.
8 Halloween Kills (2021)
There are plenty of Michael Myers theories that could have saved the Halloween reboot trilogy. Unfortunately, Halloween Kills couldn’t be saved as the ending misses the mark entirely. Standing outside the Myers home, Laurie’s daughter, Karen, thinks she sees a young Michael in an upstairs bedroom window and goes into the home to investigate only to be murdered by the serial killer.
There are cops crawling everywhere outside the home, but Michael kills Karen as Laurie looks out her hospital room window. It’s a poignant moment as it’s clear Michael will kill everyone standing between him and Laurie. However, it doesn’t make much sense for Karen to go into the house alone. She knows what Michael is capable of but chooses to ignore basic common sense, undermining the impact of her death.
7 Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007)
After playing Jamie Lloyd in Halloween 4, 5, and 6, Danielle Harris returns as Annie Brackett in Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake. Though the film is a new take on Michael Myers with some creative additions such as Michael’s backstory, Halloween has an interesting ending that gives the original Halloween ending a twist. Instead of only Michael falling off the balcony, Laurie falls with him and lands on top of him. Just as Laurie aims the gun at Michael, he grabs her wrist and the movie ends.
Halloween ends with a cliffhanger as the audience doesn’t know what happens next: if Laurie survives or if she kills Michael. Since it’s a remake, Zombie could take the film in any direction he wanted, so it was truly a mystery what would happen in the sequel. The balcony scene respects the source material while being original.
6 Halloween 2 (1981)
Halloween 2 has another solid ending for Laurie and Michael Myers. Halloween 2 shaped the franchise and is a direct sequel following the events of Halloween as Laurie is recovering from Michael’s attacks in the hospital. The ending finds Laurie shooting both of Michael’s eyes before escaping as Dr. Loomis ignites the operating room. Michael walks out, engulfed in flames, and collapses.
Michael is always shot in the chest, and nothing ever happens. This is the first time he’s shot anywhere else, and the impact is significant. Michael may not be stopped completely, but he’s brutally wounded for once. The ending of Halloween 2 feels like a good stopping point for Laurie’s story as she’s transferred to another hospital, traumatized from Michael’s attacks.
5 Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers (1988)
The ending of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers shows that history repeats itself. There are plot holes like Michael Myers not being blind in Halloween 4, and the audience doesn’t see Michael get back up after being shot multiple times and falling into a mine. However, there may be a new killer in Jamie as she’s seen wearing a clown costume and holding a bloody pair of scissors like when Michael killed his own sister.
The ending doesn’t focus on whether Michael survives. Instead, it focuses on the youngest relative of Michael and how evil is possibly in her genes. Halloween 4’s ending is unexpected and a refreshing break from Michael surviving. Obviously, Michael is going to survive like he always has, but Jamie’s ending is almost heartbreaking as she follows in her uncle’s footsteps.
4 Halloween Ends (2022)
The original ending of Halloween Ends was scrapped, leaving behind a satisfying conclusion to Michael’s story. Though Halloween Ends isn’t a great installment with the inclusion of Corey to take over for Michael, the ending finally shows that the people of Haddonfield have learned their lesson. After years of trying to burn and shoot Michael while assuming he dies, Laurie and Allyson dispose of Michael’s body in an industrial shredder.
Michael has proved time and time again that he won’t die. An industrial shredder confirms he will not be able to come back and attack anyone ever again. It’s a surefire way to be certain he is dead. Every time Laurie or the police have confirmed Michael to be dead, they have been wrong. It may have taken over 40 years, but Michael is finally destroyed.
3 Halloween (2018)
Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends feel unnecessary following the ending of 2018’s Halloween. Michael and Laurie have a great ending that shouldn’t have been drawn out over several more years. With the help of Karen and Allyson, Laurie traps Michael in the safe room she created in her basement specifically for Michael. There’s no way out with bars across the entrance as the women set fire to the property.
Laurie is familiar with Michael walking right out of flames and being completely fine, so she fashions her safe room with him in mind. It’s brilliant and shows how far she has come since her babysitting days. The moment proves to her daughter and granddaughter that she’s never been crazy, just prepared for what she knew would eventually happen. Laurie is no longer a victim in Halloween and is so much more than a final girl, highlighting the character’s development.
2 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
Halloween H20 originally kills Michael in a very different way compared to the theatrical version. Though Halloween H20 is essentially retconned in the newer trilogy, it still has a highly gratifying ending that could have been Michael’s final end in the franchise. After enduring attacks from Michael, Laurie steals the coroner’s van and ends up driving off an embankment when Michael awakens. After pinning him with the van, she decapitates him with an axe.
Michael’s decapitation is a brutal end, but means everything to Laurie as she just wants to confirm he’s actually dead. It’s one moment in the franchise where trying to kill Michael is taken seriously with confirmation. After living with the trauma of that one night back in 1978, Laurie finally vanquishes her demons, literally, and it’s a victorious moment.
1 Halloween (1978)
No ending will beat the original Halloween. Though Halloween lacks blood and gore, it doesn’t stop Dr. Loomis from shooting Michael in the chest only for him to fall off the balcony. Laurie asks if Michael is the “boogeyman” and Loomis looks down to where Michael fell only to see nobody.
It’s a cliffhanger that introduces Michael as a force to be reckoned with. He’s not easy to take down. Laurie’s comparison to the boogeyman is spot on as Michael will be terrorizing teenagers and adults for years. The ending of Halloween is exciting because it hasn’t been done multiple times, so it’s unexpected. Once it becomes apparent that Michael will never die, the endings of the Halloween franchise are unsurprising and repeated with little new material.
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