The Evolution of Michael Myers

“Whats the boogeyman?” As a matter of fact, that was.” Michael Myers made his debut in the 1978 horror classic Halloween, which was created by John Carpenter. Michael plays the antagonist in the movie. At age 6, Michael grabs a big butcher knife and takes the life of his sister Judith Myers on Halloween night. He was taken to Smiths Grove Sanitarium where he was under the supervision of Dr. Samuel Loomis. Michael sat confined behind four walls until he decided to break out on Halloween night in 1978 and return home to Haddonfield. When Michael returned to the small little town, he set his sights on Laurie Strode and her group of high school friends. As the night unfolds, Michael stalks his prey and kills them off one by one.

Halloween single-handedly pathed the way for future slashers and created a large cult following. The idea for the unstoppable force came when creator John Carpenter went on a class trip in college to visit a mental institution in Kentucky. Carpenter found interest in a male patient around 12 to 13 years old. Carpenter said the young man had a “schizophrenic stare, a real evil stare” and left an unsettling, creepy, and completely insane feeling. When creating the signature look for Michael, they used an Emmett Kelly clown mask, with red frizzy hair on top. When they finished that look, they all agreed that it wasn’t giving off a “creepy or unsettling” look they were going for. After that unsuccessful attempt, they set their sights on a Captain James Kirk mask, modified with bigger eyes and the skin spray painted white. When they were done with the alterations, they knew they found the perfect mask to encapsulate a blank, emotionless face that was unsettling and creepy.

Since the creation of Michae Myers and the major success of Halloween, there have been numerous sequels, storylines, and remakes/reboots. We’ve seen in Halloween II the storyline of Michael and Laurie being brother and sister, Michael going after Jamie Lloyd who is his niece in Halloween 4, Rob Zombies adaptation of the Halloween storyline with his remake in 2007, and we’ve seen that entire storyline cut out making Laurie just an unlucky targeted victim of Michael in Halloween 2018 by David Gordon Green. We’ve even had a Halloween movie that did not feature the boogeyman or any original Halloween storyline. Season of the Witch has its own cult following while many Halloween fans dislike the movie due to the shift in antagonists in the film. The final installment of David Gordon Greens trilogy will come to an end on October 14th, 2022 with Halloween Ends. Something tells me, this won’t be the last time we see the boogeyman on the big screen.

Whether you are a fan of the Halloween franchise or not, there is no denying the monumental impact these movies have made in the horror community. I leave you now with one of Dr. Samuel Loomis’s quotes about Michael Myers on Halloween night “I watched him for fifteen years, sitting in a room, staring at a wall; not seeing the wall, looking past the wall; looking at this night, inhumanly patient, waiting for some secret, silent alarm to trigger him off. Death has come to your little town Sherrif. Now, you can either ignore it, or you can help me to stop it.”

Written by Jordana. Check out heir podcast HERE