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|“||I met him, fifteen years ago. I was told there was nothing left. No reason, no conscience, no understanding; even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes; the devil's eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... evil.||„|
|~ Dr. Samuel Loomis contemplating his former patient, Michael Myers.|
|“||I always knew he'd come back. In this town, Michael Myers is a myth. He's the Boogeyman. A ghost story to scare kids. But this Boogeyman is real. An evil like his never stops, it just grows older. Darker. More determined. Forty years ago, he came to my home to kill. He killed my friends, and now he's back to finish what he started, with me. The one person who's ready to stop him.||„|
|~ Laurie Strode in the 2018 Halloween film.|
|“||I always thought Michael Myers was flesh and blood, just like you and me, but a mortal man could not have survived what he's lived through. The more he kills, the more he transcends into something else impossible to defeat. Fear. People are afraid. That is the true curse of Michael.||„|
|~ Laurie Strode at the end of Halloween Kills.|
Michael Audrey Myers, (born October 19, 1957) also known as The Shape or The Boogeyman, is the main antagonist of the Halloween franchise.
Michael is a silent, deranged serial killer who, at age six, murdered his older sister Judith in cold blood on Halloween night and was incarcerated in a mental institution before breaking out fifteen years later to stalk and murder the residents of his home town in Haddonfield, Illinois always on the night of Halloween. Due to his ruthless, murderous nature, unsettling, nearly supernatural demeanor and most surprisingly his lack of a tragic or sympathetic backstory to give a clear reason for his actions, Michael is considered to be an embodiment of pure evil. He is both the arch-nemesis of Laurie Strode and Dr. Samuel Loomis.
His continuity is complicated due to there being four diverging timelines:
- Halloween (1978)
- Halloween II
- Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
- Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
- Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
- Halloween (1978)
- Halloween II
- Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
- Halloween: Resurrection
- Halloween (1978)
- Halloween (2018)
- Halloween Kills
- Halloween Ends
Michael's exact age from the movies and their sequels is also complicated due to the timelines.
- Halloween (1978): Six years old (1963) and Twenty-one years old (1978).
- Halloween II: Twenty-one years old.
- Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers: Thirty-one years old.
- Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers: Thirty-two years old.
- Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers: Thirty-eight years old.
- Halloween H20: 20 Years Later: Forty-one years old.
- Halloween: Resurrection: Forty-five years old.
- Halloween (2018) and Halloween Kills: Sixty-one years old.
- Halloween Ends: Sixty-five years old.
- He was portrayed by Nick Castle (masked) and Tony Moran (unmasked) in the 1978 film, with Castle after 40 years returning to provide the breathing sound effects and some scenes as Michael for Halloween 2018, Halloween Kills, and Halloween Ends.
- He was portrayed by Dick Warlock in the 1981 sequel.
- He was portrayed by George P. Wilbur in the 4th and 6th entries.
- He was portrayed by Don Shanks in the 5th entry where he portrayed Dr. Terence Wynn as well in the ending scene of the same film.
- He was portrayed by Chris Durand in the 7th entry H20.
- He was portrayed by Brad Loree in the 8th installment.
- He was portrayed by James Jude Courtney in the Halloween 2018, Halloween Kills, and Halloween Ends.
Michael Myers is portrayed as the embodiment of pure evil. There are no tragic events that led to Michael becoming a killer as he was never neglected or abused and had a seemingly normal life with a loving family but despite this was a depraved, 6-year-old boy who murdered his older sister, Judith, on Halloween night for no actual reason. Ever since then, he has refused to speak. In the 2018 timeline, it’s stated by a former childhood friend, Deputy Pete McCabe, that Michael liked to clip the wings off of butterflies, hinting that his murderous tendencies began before he killed his sister and he was born evil. When hunting his victims, Michael never shows any emotion and has no remorse for his actions. Furthermore, despite never speaking, he shows sadism as he enjoys playing games and pranking his victims by sadistically stalking and terrifying them before brutally killing them. This could indicate that Michael enjoys the thrill of killing. A perfect example of this is when Michael puts on a ghost costume and glasses, making Lynda believe it's her boyfriend, Bob. When her back is turned to make a phone call, he strangles her to death with the telephone line. He has also chosen not to kill an unattended baby, hinting that he wouldn't kill targets whom he finds to be unworthy prey. However, he was willing to kill a young boy who appeared to be a preteen as well as a young trick-or-treater named Dennis. This shows that Michael is merciless enough to even kill children.
His absolute refusal to speak and his murders, which all happen on Halloween night, suggest that the night itself, or the sinister aspects of the holiday, play a part in his motivation. His murderous tendencies could be his own idea of how to celebrate Halloween. This indicates a somewhat childish mindset or, at the very least, an attempt to come across as even scarier to his victims. This ghost-like desire to haunt his victims and leave an impression on others on Halloween night indicates that his true obsession is with Halloween, itself. He may consider himself a proxy for Halloween, or the evil it represents to some people. He further showcased this obsession when he wrote the words, “Samhain,” in blood in Halloween II, which indicates that Michael is educated in the lore of Halloween.
Michael likes displaying his victims’ corpses in ritual-like presentations showing he has a sick sense of art, like placing his sister's tombstone over the recently killed Annie and after nailing Bob Simmons corpse on the wall with a knife as if his body were a poster he tilts his head admiring the gruesomeness of his murder . In the "Thorn" timeline (movies 4-6), he decorated an entire attic like a gallery, complete with candles, his victims on display, and a coffin reserved for his own niece. It’s also implied that Michael may be somewhat poetic when he puts his victims on display as he did in Halloween Kills when he kills two men named Big John and Little John, both of whom were living in his childhood home, and displays their corpses in a recreation of a photo the men were in.
Despite many believing that he has the mindset of an animal, Michael is in fact highly intelligent. It's revealed in the television edition of the original Halloween that while he was incarcerated for 15 years, he tricked the administration at Smith's Grove into thinking that he was in a catatonic state, so no one would take him seriously. Only Dr. Loomis saw through his façade, and when he was imprisoned for another 40 years, he likely didn’t escape because he was waiting for the opportune moment to do so in the 2018 movie. He typically bides his time to stalk and sneak up on victims before killing them, and he leaves his victims on display for other potential victims to find before killing them as well. In Halloween Kills, he took the threat of the Haddonfield mob seriously and did everything in his power to get rid of them, and after his defeat at the hands of Laurie in the 2018 film, he stopped holding back and went full force on his victims, instead of toying with them, most likely because he didn't want to be caught off guard again.
Michael's most distinct characteristics are his preference to always be wearing a mask, and it’s implied that he treasures his mask as in Halloween 2018 when a podcaster named Aaron Korey shows him his mask, and he briefly reacts to it, despite him never reacting to anything while he was incarcerated. He even goes to the trouble of chasing after Aaron and Dana to get his mask back he holds it with affection proudly donning it once more. When Laurie’s daughter, Karen, stole his mask, he immediately chased after her to reclaim the mask rather than finishing off her daughter, Allyson. His connection with the mask is seemingly explained in the original Halloween, when Laurie takes his mask off, Michael can be shown having shock and fear on his face. It’s indicated that Michael wears his mask to hide his face and emotions due to the fact Michael face is seen to be normal looking and rather handsome, and since one of the sources of Michael’s power is through the fear he inflicts on others, Michael could be afraid of losing that power and image if people were to see that deep down, despite his threatening presence, immense strength, and being the literal embodiment of evil, at his core, he is and will always be a mere human.
In Halloween Kills, it’s hinted that the only other thing that he cares about, besides his mask, is his childhood home as when he was a child, it’s stated that he liked to stare out of his older sister’s window, not because he was looking at the town, but because he was looking in his reflection.
It’s also implied by Dr. Loomis in the Halloween comics that Michael’s favorite murder was that of his older sister and that he hopes to recreate that murder, which is why he likes targeting teenage girls and may explain why he specifically targeted Laurie in the first place due to the resemblance she shares with Judith.
Goals and Motivations
While it is widely accepted that Michael Myers's ultimate goal is to kill his own family, due to multiple changes in canon and continuity, confirming his ultimate goals and motivations to murder is nearly impossible. According to his nemesis, Dr. Samuel Loomis, the once-innocent boy just spontaneously committed murder apparently for no actual reason except that he is nothing more than pure evil. Indeed nearly none of his murders have ever led to anything remotely self-serving. However, despite his complete lack of reasoning, many of his actions exhibit distinct patterns and recurring traits, which may provide hints to understand his psychopathy.
But most famously, his ultimate target appeared to be Laurie Strode, who was originally his last sister, making it his most widely assumed goal to kill his own family. Despite that, his choice of targeted relatives still appeared somewhat inconsistent. Right after murdering his sister Judith, he was discovered by his parents who made no attempt to kill him. This motive is completely absent in the 2018 timeline, in which Michael and Laurie are not related and Michael has no known living relatives. Characters in Halloween Kills speculate that Michael's only desire is to go back to living in his childhood home, and that Laurie and her loved ones have been incidental targets on his way there. However in the novelization for Halloween Kills it is stated that the true reason he desires to kill Laurie is that he hates the fact that she is the first and only victim to escape him alive, Michael angrily views her as She who will not die and desires to take this innocent and happy girl and kill her so he may see the life leave her eyes so she may become dead, empty and soulless just like he is. Michael had mostly won in this quest by giving Laurie severe emotional trauma and paranoia thus ruining her life.
In the "Thorn" timeline, Laurie died during Michael's absence, leaving behind her daughter, Jamie Lloyd. As his niece and last surviving family member, murdering Jamie became his next goal. It is revealed that Michael's reason for targeting his own family, as well as the source of his supernatural strength, was a curse placed on him by the Thorn Cult. The curse of Thorn tasks the bearer to sacrifice his/her own family on Halloween night to spare the community from death and natural disasters. Michael is the latest bearer of the curse, with his niece his next sacrifice. It should be noted the curse is explicit only in the "Producers Cut" where Michael is depicted as a supernaturally bound slave to the cult and curse. In the theatrical cut, the curse is a theory never fully explored with Michael being driven by rage, and even Terrence Wynn describing him as pure evil.
However, in the separate "H2O" timeline, Michael's target is still his sister, Laurie Strode. He pursued her until he finally killed her, apparently completing his life mission. During which, Michael was not as persistent against Laurie's son John, who was also Michael's nephew, but rather attacked him primarily to get to Laurie. Because this timeline does not share continuity with the "Thorn" timeline, Michael's terrorism against his own family once again remains unexplained.
List of Michael's Confirmed Human Victims
Animals killed by Michael
List of Weapons used by Michael Myers
- Main article: Michael Myers (remake)
Dead by Daylight
Michael Myers appears in the game Dead by Daylight alongside Laurie Strode. He came to The Entity at his own will and became one of its minions.
|“||My suggestion is termination. Death is the only solution for Michael. There is nothing to be gained from keeping evil alive. One shot of sodium thiopental would render him unconscious. I'll be with him to make sure his life is extinguished, my ear on his chest to hear for myself that his vitals no longer function and immediately incinerate the body. It needs to die, it needs to die! It needs to die!||„|
|~ Samuel Loomis on Michael Myers in the 2018 timeline.|
|“||It is the essence of evil, the anchor that divides us. It is the terror who goes stronger when we try to hide. If they don't stop him tonight, maybe we'll find him tomorrow, or the next Halloween at the sunsets when someone is alone. You can't close your eyes and pretend he isn't there. Because he is.||„|
|~ Laurie Strode describing Michael Myers at the end of Halloween Kills.|
Theme of Halloween and Michael Myers
- Michael Myers is heavily regarded as horror's most iconic figure. He is notorious for igniting the slasher genre and inspiring many other killers most notably Jason Voorhees. Even now, he remains among if not the most popular fictional serial killer in horror history.
- Another attribute to Michael's popularity is that unlike other villains in real life and pop culture he has no tragic backstory that defines his character and makes him what he is today. He is aware of the difference between right and wrong, but he does not acknowledge it nor care. He simply kills for no other reason than to put an end to peace and this makes him purely the embodiment of evil.
- Ironically, his remake counterpart was shown to be tragic and insecure while his original incarnation has neither of those traits and is far exceedingly evil than his remake counterpart. Even though his remake counterpart is still extremely evil, he is still completely outranked by his original counterpart.
- Michael is one of the most intelligent horror movie villains as he tricks his victims as well as faces his adversaries pragmatically. He even showcases the ability to drive despite being locked up since he was six, although it’s left unclear how he gained this ability. Dr. Loomis believed that another inmate gave him lessons.
- It has been seen when unmasked, Michael always looked quite handsome and innocent-looking. This was an aspect done by John Carpenter as irony due to him being considered a monster because of his homicidal actions Carpenter was so dedicated to this idea that for the scene where Michael was unmasked he briefly replaced Nick Castle with Tony Moran as the role of Michael as he felt Tony's face fit the description better.
- Michael Myers was rumored to be added in Mortal Kombat 11 as a guest character. However, it turned out that rumors were actually false and he was replaced by Robocop as part of the Aftermath DLC expansion, but the fans were very disappointed.
- Michael Myers on the Pure Evil Wiki
- Michael Myers on the Horror Wiki
Halloween II (1981)
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
Halloween II (2009)