Halloween 4, 5, and 6 Openings

Halloweens 1, 2, and 3 are my favorites in the Halloween franchise. I watch them every year. Halloweens 4, 5, and 6…not so much. I watched them once, and don’t think I ever will again. Sure, I thought 4 had an good ending, but other than that, there was nothing in these films that really moved me.

Other than the openings, that is. Maybe it is just my enthusiasm for the franchise, but I like the openings of these films almost as much as I like the openings of the first three.

Halloween 4 breaks with the tradition of pumpkin openings we had in the first three. Instead, it gives us a series of Halloweenish shots, showing us not only Halloween decorations spread out across a rural area but just eerily calm Autumn and harvest settings.

Halloween 5 brings us back to the pumpkin. This time, we see Michael (I presume) slashing a jack o’lantern into shape. The slashes are intercut with the credits, though, rather than running beside them as in the first film.

Oddly enough, Halloween 6 doesn’t have an interesting opening, at least not in the “producer’s cut” version. It is just orange credits leading into the first scene.

The latter three Halloween films are definitely not as good as the first three. I don’t know if that’s really saying anything, as few films are as good as the first Halloween, but it is true. Nonetheless, their openings are still worth a watch at this time of year.

Openings to the Original Halloween and Halloween 2 & 3

I once heard John Carpenter say that you can tell a movie has no money when the titles are white text on black background (as they are in The Thing). Fortunately, he managed to squeeze his small Halloween budget to get a better opening. Not only did he have orange text instead of white, but he had a flickering jack o’lantern on which the camera pulls as the credits run to the right.

Halloween 2 continued this idea. After recapping the end of the first movie (which I really love), it gives us another jack o’lantern with orange text. Instead of just pulling closer, though, the jack o’lantern splits apart this time to reveal a skull.

The underrated Halloween 3 ditched Michael Myers but kept the jack o’lantern. Well, it sort of kept it, anyway, by giving us a digital jack o’lantern.

These openings were all very similar. And yet they were not only memorable but effective, adding the atmosphere and cranking up the creepiness before the film even began. This makes them among the best if not the best horror movie titles ever.