The Halloween franchise has seen a lot of deaths, though not all by the hands of Michael Myers, but which movie has the highest kill count?
Michael Myers has killed a lot of people throughout the Halloween franchise, but out of all the movies, which one has the highest body count? The horror genre went through its best time in the 1980s, and it has a lot to thank John Carpenter’s Halloween for. Released in 1978, Halloween is credited with developing the slasher genre in the 1980s, and even though it wasn’t well-received when it was released, it’s now considered one of the best and most influential horror movies ever and gave the horror genre one of its most iconic slashers.
Halloween tells the story of Michael Myers, who on Halloween night 1963, killed his sister when he was just six years old. Michael was sent to Smith Grove’s sanitarium, where he was treated by Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) and never said a word. Fifteen years later, on October 30, 1978, Michael escaped and returned to his hometown Haddonfield, Illinois, where on Halloween night, he stalked Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her friends. Laurie was the sole survivor of Michael’s killing spree and became his main target in most of the subsequent movies, including the remakes by Rob Zombie.
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When Laurie was out of the picture, Michael went after her daughter, Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris), and a group of strangers staying at his family home, so his murder sprees never stopped. Michael seems to always find victims, whether at random or because they hold some connection to him or Laurie, and his kill count only grows with each movie. However, and to the surprise of many, the movie with the highest kill count in the Halloween franchise is the one unrelated to Michael Myers: Halloween III: Season of the Witch, with a total of 21 deaths, including that of Ellie, who is assumed to have been killed when she was captured. Halloween III’s kill count could be higher if the kids died at the end, but that was left ambiguous.
Halloween III is the only movie in the franchise to not be part of the Michael Myers storyline, so it’s interesting to see how the Silver Shamrock henchmen killed more people than Michael Myers has (though in Michael’s defense, it was all thanks to teamwork). Leaving Halloween III aside and focusing just on the Michael Myers movies, there are two movies that share the #1 spot of highest kill count: Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers and Rob Zombie’s Halloween, both with 20 kills. Most of the victims in Halloween 5 were policemen, deputies, and sheriffs, their deaths happened off-screen, and not all were killed by Michael (Dr. Terence Wynn killed many), while in Zombie’s Halloween all happened on-screen. The 2007 remake could actually be at the top of the list when taking into account the deaths featured in the unrated cut of the movie, which adds two more victims: Jack Kendall and Noel Kluggs.
It’s to be seen if the final two installments in the franchise, Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends, will have a higher body count than Halloween 5 and the Rob Zombie remake, and it’s important to remember that Michael Myers isn’t the only character who has killed throughout the franchise, and the upcoming movies could have other characters also killing people, either as second antagonists or their kills could be collateral damage.
- Halloween Kills (2021)Release date: Oct 15, 2021
- Halloween Ends (2022)Release date: Oct 14, 2022
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