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.


Doug is a child of the 80s who was raised in Ohio and is now living the life of oblivion in the bay area of California.

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