Michael Myers Halloween

Michael Myers

Michael Myers, the character featured in the Halloween series of slasher films, has a face you will not easily forget. The Michael Myers character is in all but one of the Halloween movies, and he has also appeared in other media forms, such as novels and comic books, giving fans plenty of ways to enjoy this nightmarish character.

History of Michael Myers in Film

You first love to hate Michael Myers in 1978 in Halloween, but fans have continued to see his murderous ways through 2009 as new films continue to come out.

Halloween

Michael Myers had his first appearance in the original Halloween film in 1978. However, the first two Halloween films credit the character as ‘The Shape.’ In the first film, a 6 year old Michael Myers kills his teenaged sister on Halloween day in 1963. Then, 15 years later, Michael Myers escapes the sanitarium and stalks a teenage babysitter, Laurie. He murders her friends but before he can kill Laurie, he is shot by his psychiatrist, Dr. Sam Loomis, who has been on the hunt for him since Michael’s escape. Michael’s bullet-ridden body goes over a balcony, but his body is never found.

Halloween II

In 1981, Michael returns in the Halloween II and the movie picks up right where the original film ended. Once again, Michael is after Laurie, who Loomis discovers is Michael’s younger sister. He follows her to the hospital and kills doctors, nurses, and security guards. Loomis causes an explosion that helps Laurie get away, but Michael and Loomis are engulfed in flames.

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

Michael Myers, nor any of the original characters are featured in Halloween III. However, fans get him back in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers in 1988. It picks up the story a decade after the explosion. Michael has been in a coma at the sanitarium for ten years after the explosion. Michael wakes up when he learns that Laurie has died. Fortunately for him, she has a 7 year old daughter, Jamie. He causes havoc across the city throughout the movie, only to be shot down a mine shaft by police.

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

In 1989, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers was released and continues right after The Return of Michael Myers ended. We see Michael escapes the mine shaft and is nursed back to health by a local hermit. Of course, Michael kills the hermit a year later and goes on a hunt to find Jamie. Michael is captured by police, but a character not known by the audience is shown killing the officers and freeing Michael.

Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers

Coming out in 1995, the film takes place six years after what happened in The Revenge of Michael Myers. The audience finds that Michael and Jamie are no longer in the original town. Instead, Jamie has been kidnapped and impregnated by the Cult of Thorn, which is led by a Dr. Terrence Wynn, who is a colleague and friend of Loomis. We find out that Wynn has been manipulating Michael the whole time and was the person who saved him in Halloween 5. Jamie is able to hide her newborn baby before Michael is finally able to kill her. Her baby is given to Tommy Doyle, who learns the Curse of Thorn may be behind Michael’s supernatural abilities and determination to kill his family.

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

After a bit of a break, Michael Myers returns in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later in 1998. However, things aren’t picked up where they were left. Instead, the previous three films are ignored and this film shows that Michael Myers has been missing since the explosion in 1978. Lauri faked her death and moved to California and has a teenage son. Michael Myers tracks Laurie and her son down at a private boarding school where Laurie is the headmistress. Michael kills her son’s friends but Laurie is able to decapitate Michael.

Halloween: Resurrection

In 2002, fans of Michael Myers see him return in Halloween: Resurrection, where they learn that Laurie actually decapitated a paramedic instead of Michael. In this film, Laurie is institutionalized, giving Michael the chance to track her down and kill her. Michael returns to his childhood home and does some more killing, but is then trapped inside a burning garage.

Rob Zombie’s Halloween

Michael Myers returned in Rob Zombie’s Halloween, in 2007. This film follows the basic idea of the first film but the movie looks more closely at Michael Myers throughout his childhood years. He is verbally abused by Judith and her mother’s boyfriend, both of whom he kills later. Michael goes to the sanitarium, but later returns to his hometown to reunite with his younger sister, Laurie. Laurie is very afraid of Michael and shoots him in self defense.

Rob Zombie’s Halloween II

For now, Michael Myer’s last movie appearance is the sequel to Rob Zombie’s Halloween from 2009. It picks up right where the remake left off, then jumps ahead one year later. Michael Myers has a vision from his dead mother who tells him he must track Laurie down. At the end of the movie, Laurie stabs Michael repeatedly with his own knife.

Other Media with Michael Myers

Michael Myers has appeared in books that follow the events of Halloween, including three young adult novels. He has also been depicted in several different comics. Some of the writers for the comic books wanted to bring Michael Myers back to how he was in the original Halloween film, rather than the dense continuity of its storyline.

Resources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Myers_(character)
http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0003211/bio

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