Halloween is a horror film saga created by John Carpenter in 1978, with the financially successful independent movie Halloween released on October 25, 1978. One of the most profitable independent films ever made and considered an icon and pop-culture phenomenon in the horror genre, it generated a long line of slasher movies, well into the 1980s and 1990s. It spawned 8 more feature films, including a remake in 2007 and an extensive collection of comics, books, and other merchandise. Halloween was rated the number one horror film of all time by Moviefone in October 2007. All the films, with the exception of Halloween III, feature Michael Myers as the villain.