I may be a little biased. The first horror film I was Hallowen: 20 years later or H20. No one was a fan of horror movies in my house. I was eighteen when I was first introduced John Carpenter’s Halloween and the awesomeness of Michael Myers. Also, since it’s Halloween, I’m going to talk about the tricks and treats that makes Michael Myers the best of the slasher movie killers. Trick: The end of H20 when Laurie Strode (Myer’s sister played by Jaime Lee Curtis) when she cuts “Michael’s” head off. Only in the next Halloween Movie, Halloween Resurrection do we find out Laurie killed an innocent man wearing Michael’s mask. Since H20, we’ve seen some more personality of Myers. Here he had the thought to switch masks with someone else. Also, in the begining of Ressurection, he gave his knife to a fan in a mental ward. That was cool and different. Jason from Friday the 13th would never have the mental capacity to do such a thing. Drowning can really damage some brain cells. More on this later. And Freddy from the the nightmare on elm street series, would be to selfish to give up any weapns. Treat: Michael Myers costume. Michael Myers’s costume is about minimalism. There’s the creepy mask molded from William Shatner’s face and the blue jumpsuit and a butcher knife. That’s it. There’s no disfigured face (freddy and jason). Even the few times Michael’s face has been shown, it was a relatively normal face. However normal his face looked, when seen, it still caused a fright in me. How can a monster look so normal? Trick: Michael Myers can never die. In a Biography special on the original Halloween, it was mentioned that in a contract for the movie, there is a clause that states michael can never die. Ok that’s the logical reason. Also, many people involved with the film have stated that Michael can never die because he”s pure evil. He’s almost supernatural, and evil will always exist. Jason never dies because he isn’t really alive. He drowned as a boy because the counselors were too busy screwing to save him. Then grew up and matured under the water and was suddenly alive? Then had his mommy extract revenge? Super lame. Talk about entitled killer. Freddy can’t die because he is actually a ghost who lives in your dreams. No thanks. I’ll take pure evil any day. Treat: No matter how fast you run, Michael will always catch up to you. It’s such a heartpounding scare/delight so watch characters trying to run, drive, hop, or jump away from him. His stiff almost robotic movements are never far behind. He will always catch up with you, because evil is always right behind you (in movies). He hardly ever runs but he dosen’t need to do so. Most of the time, he just finds another way to catch up with you, he stratagizes. Michael Myers would kick your ass at risk..and then slit your throat with YOUR butcher knife. Trick: Michael Myers did NOT have a bad childhood. This was a nasty trick by Rob Zombie. The great thing about Myers’s backstory was the abscence of backstory. We first see Myers as a small child in anytown, USA. His parents seem like something out of Norman Rockwell painting. Rob Zombie wanted to explain Myer’s evil through his new childhood with some of the most cliche causes. He gave Michael a drugged addicted Mother, abusive stepfather, etc. He forgot the most basic rule: Keep it Simple Stupid or K.I.S.S. Treat: The absolute best thing about Michael Myers or the Shape, as he was originally called, is he’s the ultimate boogeyman. He hides in the shadows, lurks in the corner of your eye, and waits in the wind behind your curtain. He isn’t some momma’s boy, or some deranged pedophile who talks to much and plays with his food (Freddy Kruger). He has one clear mission, to kill you. He will stop at nothing to do so. Jason gets sidetracked, and does not have to capacity to think. Jason is a zombie, let’s face it. Michael thinks, feels, and breathes. He may not follow you inside your dreams, but he’ll be standing over you when you wake up. He lives in reality, not in space or dreams. He will force you into closets and under your bed. He is a living nightmare.
Plus the soundtrack for the Halloween theme song still gives me goosebumps.
There you have it. Tricks and treats of Michael Myers. Have a Happy Halloween!
Who knows, maybe Michael was that shape behind the bush..