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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 6-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 film.|
Michael Audrey Myers (born October 19, 1957), also known as The Shape or The Bogeyman, is a legendary serial killer and the main antagonist of the 1978 classic horror film Halloween, and its many sequels (except for Halloween III: Season of the Witch) along with its modern remakes.
His continuity is complicated due to there being four diverging timelines:
- Halloween (1978)
- Halloween II (1981)
- Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
- Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
- Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
- Halloween (1978)
- Halloween II (1981)
- Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
- Halloween: Ressurection
- Halloween (1978)
- Halloween (2018)
- He was portrayed by Nick Castle (masked) and Tony Moran (unmasked) in the 1978 film with Castle after 40 years returning to the role for the 2018 film.
- He was portrayed by Dick Warlock in the 1981 sequel.
- He was portrayed by George P. Wilbur in the 4th and 6th film.
- He was portrayed by Don Shanks in the 5th entry.
- He was portrayed by Chris Durand in the 7th entry H20.
- He was portrayed by Brad Loree in the 8th installment.
Michael Myers is an unusually persistent, but very human serial killer in the H2O/Resurrection and 2018 timelines, with only the 4-6 and alternate 4-6 timelines as a genuine supernatural killer. Michael Myers was a little 6-year-old boy who murdered his older sister Judith on Halloween night.
In the 4-6 timeline, Michael's actual personality becomes vague and conflates depending on the version. In the fifth film, Michael has an odd moment of humanity when he takes his mask off for Jamie, and shed a tear before resuming his rage. The difference is in the Producers cut where Michael is explicitly shown as a puppet bound by a supernatural curse, while the theatrical cut the curse is a theory brought up but never fully explored with Michael's rage being what drives him. In the theatrical cut, Jamie seemingly reaches out to him again, only for Michael to push her down harder onto the blades after seeming to reach back to her.
For 15 years, he was kept in Smith's Grove Sanitarium, under the care of Dr. Samuel Loomis, who understood that he was actually pure evil, intending to put an end to peace.
On October 30, 1978, Michael escaped to seek vengeance and began his new intention of putting an end to his family and all the peace in Haddonfield, Illinois while being pursued by Loomis, who intends to stop him.
Michael seems to like playing games on his victims by sadistically stalking and terrifying them before brutally killing them. A perfect example of this is when Michael puts a ghost costume on along with 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.
The original Michael Myers has killed (at least) 81 people, and his remake has killed 46 (if you count the kills of his dream in Halloween II).
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 psychosis.
Michael's most distinct characteristics are his preference to always be wearing a mask, his absolute inability (or refusal) to speak, and his murders, which all happen on Halloween night, suggesting 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.
In his first murder spree as an adult, he exhibited an absolutely twisted sense of mischief, which he himself shows no signs of amusement for. He dresses up in costumes and masks to approach unwitting victims, occasionally murders his victims in elaborate and inventive ways, and would sometimes display his victims' corpses in ritual-like presentations, like placing his sister's tombstone over the recently killed Lynda. 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.
Michael also appears to harbor some obsession with his sister Judith, his first victim from childhood. While he does kill very much all men and women who are unfortunate enough to be alone with him, his most seemingly "chosen" targets have all been women and girls who bear some (real or perceived) relation or resemblance to Judith. After killing Lynda, who was not at all a relative to the Myers family, he left her body displayed on a bed below his sister's stolen tombstone. In the comic book, Halloween: Nightdance, Michael stalked a girl named Lisa Thomas and buried her naked and alive in a coffin below a wooden cross bearing the name "Judith Myers". Judith's relationship with her boyfriend, as well as Lynda's similar relationship with hers, and the sexual nature of Lisa's burial, indicate that Michael may be motivated by a very morbid fetish, or a deep hatred for sexually active girls.
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, showing no motivation to kill them as well.
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.
Yet one final time, all aforementioned sequels have been abandoned. Laurie Strode and Michael Myers no longer have any blood ties. Despite that, Michael's murder of his sister, Judith, remains true, and so were his initial attacks on Halloween night that traumatized Laurie, and making it her life goal to finally defeat the Boogeyman in a showdown she believed was coming.
Once again, the closest thing to an explanation for Michael's motivation is Dr. Loomis's unsatisfying conclusion that the boy who killed his sister was "purely and simply evil".
List of Michael's confirmed human victims
- 1: Judith Myers is stabbed 9 times to death.
- 2: Christopher Hasting is stabbed in his chest.
- 3: Anne Bracket has her throat slit.
- 4: Robert Simms is pinned to a door with a knife through his chest.
- 5: Lynda Klok is strangled with a phone cord.
- 6: Alice Martin is stabbed.
- 7: Alan Gateway's unnamed son is mentioned to have been murdered by Michael Myers.
- 8: Bernard Garrett is impaled in the head with the claw-end of a hammer.
- 9: Vincent Scarlotti is strangled with a cord.
- 10: Karen Bailey is drowned and scalded in hot water.
- 11: Fredrick Mixter is stabbed in the eye with a syringe.
- 12: Janet Marshall is injected in her eye with a syringe containing an air bubble.
- 13: Virginia Alves has her blood drained by an I.V. Machine that Michael used on her.
- 14: Jill Franco is impaled with a scalpel in her back.
- 15: Terrence Gummell has his throat slit with a scalpel.
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
- 16: Jimmy slips on the blood from Virginia's murder and dies from a head injury.
- 17: Attendant J. Black is impaled in his head with Michael's thumb.
- 18: Attendant L. Evans is murdered off-camera by Michael Myers.
- 19: An unnamed Paramedic is murdered by Michael Myers off-camera.
- 20: An unnamed Paramedic is murdered by Michael Myers off-camera.
- 21: An unnamed Mechanic is stabbed with a metal rod.
- 22: Shelly Matthews is killed off-camera by Michael Myers.
- 23: Bucky is thrown on a transformer and zapped to death.
- 24: Deputy Pierce is ripped apart by Michael Myers off-camera.
- 25: An Unnamed Police Officer is killed by Michael Myers off-camera.
- 26: An Unnamed Police Officer is killed by Michael Myers off-camera.
- 27: Deputy Logan is killed by Michael Myers off-camera.
- 28: Kelly Meeker is pinned to a wall by a shotgun impaled through her stomach.
- 29: Brady has Michael's thumbs pressed in his head and he has his neck snapped.
- 30: Orrin Gateway is knifed in his back.
- 31: Alan Gateway is stabbed in the stomach.
- 32: Unger is thrown off a speeding truck.
- 33: Earl Ford has his neck ripped open.
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
- 34: An unnamed Hermit is stabbed in his back.
- 35: Rachael Carruthers is stabbed with a pair of scissors.
- 36: Mike is stabbed in the head with a garden claw.
- 37: Spitz is impaled with a pitchfork.
- 38: Samantha Thomas is sliced with a scythe.
- 39: Nick Ross is stabbed repeatedly in the neck with a pitchfork off-camera.
- 40: Tom Farrah is stabbed repeatedly in the neck with a pitchfork off-camera.
- 41: Tina Williams is stabbed.
- 42: Eddy Grey is slammed on the hood of his police car.
- 43: Charlie Bloch is hung from a window by a noose.
- 44: Max Hart is killed off-camera.
- 45: Patsey West is killed off-camera.
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
- 46: Nurse Mary is impaled in the head on a metal spike.
- 47: An Unnamed Motorist has his neck brutally snapped.
- 48: Jamie Lloyd is impaled on a corn thresher.
- 49: Debra Strode is hacked with an axe.
- 50: John Strode is stabbed to a fuse box and is shocked to death.
- 51: Barry Simms is stabbed inside his car.
- 52: Tim Strode has his throat slit.
- 53: Beth is stabbed multiple times in the back.
- 54: An Unnamed Sanitarium Patient is stabbed in the stomach.
- 55: Dr. Bonham is hacked up with a medical machete.
- 56: An Unnamed Cult Doctor is hacked up with a medical machete.
- 57: An Unnamed Cult Doctor is hacked up with a medical machete.
- 58: An Unnamed Cult Doctor is hacked up with a medical machete.
- 59: An Unnamed Cult Doctor is hacked up with a medical machete.
- 60: An Unnamed Cult Doctor is hacked up with a medical machete.
- 61: An Unnamed Cult Doctor is hacked up with a medical machete.
- 62: An Unnamed Cult Doctor is hacked up with a medical machete.
- 63: Dr. Terence Wynn is hacked up and killed with a medical machete.
- 64: An Unnamed Cult Doctor has his face and skull crushed against metal bars.
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
- 65: Jimmy Howell is stabbed in the face with a skate off-camera.
- 66: Tony Allegre is stabbed in his back.
- 67: Marrion Whittington has her throat slit.
- 68: Charles Deveraux has his throat slit off-camera.
- 69: Sarah Wainthrope has her leg stabbed and crushed in the dumpwater. She is then stabbed in the back repeatedly, killing her.
- 70: William Brennan is stabbed in the back and dropped to the floor.
- 71: An Unnamed Paramedic has his throat crushed and a mask stuck to his head. Laurie decapitates him with an axe, believing him to be Michael. Because of this, he is technically Michael's 71st victim.
- 72: Franklin Munroe is ripped apart off-camera.
- 73: Willie Haines has his throat slit.
- 74: Laurie Strode is impaled in the back with the knife. He then let's her off the knife, letting her fall to her death off the roof.
- 75: Charley Albans is impaled in the neck with a tripod leg.
- 76: Bill Woodlake is stabbed in the head.
- 77: Donna Chang is impaled on a metal spike.
- 78: Jennifer Danzig is decapitated with the knife.
- 79: Jim Morgan has his skull crushed.
- 80: Rudy Grimes is pinned to a door with three knifes through his chest.
- 81: Nora Winston is killed off-camera and hung by a cable.
- 82: A nameless father is killed offscreen. We later see his corpse sitting on a lawn chair next to the transport bus, with a closed fracture in his throat.
- 83: A preteen boy is strangled and has his neck broken inside a car, which Michael steals.
- 84: Aaron Korey has his head bashed against a brick wall several times, then even more into a toilet stall door.
- 85: Dana Haines has her neck broken partially offscreen. Her corpse is seen shortly after with her head seemingly twisted 180°.
- 86: A Clerk is killed offscreen, but is seen with his jaw partially ripped off and his teeth taken out.
- 87: An engineer is killed offscreen, but is seen with blood splatter on his body and his brass hammer laying next to him in a pool of blood.
- 88: A nameless mother is killed offscreen but we hear how Michael slams her head into a table multiple times and then repeatedly hits her with a hammer. We see her corpse with a hole in the head, blood pooling on the table.
- 89: An unnamed woman is stabbed through the throat with a kitchen knife.
- 90: Vicky slips on the floor, and is then stabbed twice in the back during a struggle with Michael.
- 91: Dave is killed offscreen, but is seen impaled with Michaels knife through his neck, hanging on a wall.
- 92: Oscar is stabbed in the back, and then his jaw gets impaled on a fencepost.
- 93: Dr. Ranbir Sartain has the side of his skull crushed when Michael stomps on it with his boot.
- Two police officers are killed offscreen. We see their mutilated corpses later in their patrol vehicle:
- 94: One is seen with a scalpel sticking out of his head and his throat slit.
- 95: The second officer got decapitated and we see his head hollowed and carved into a jack-o-lantern, lit up by a flashlight inside.
- 95: Ray Nelson is strangled with a chain, and has his neck broken.
Animals killed by Michael
- 1: An Unnamed Female Stray is slammed twice against a wall and eaten.
- 2: Lester the German Shepard is strangled.
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
- 3: Sundae the Golden Retriever is murdered off-camera.
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
- 4: Max the Doberman Pincher is murdered off-camera.
Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers
- 5: An Unnamed Nurse
List of Weapons used by Michael Myers
- 1: Kitchen Knife (signature and most common weapon)
- 2: His Hands (also common weapons)
- 3: His Unnatural Powers
- 4: Phone Cord
- 5: Hammer
- 6: Cord
- 7: Hot Water
- 8: Syringes
- 9: I.V. Machine
- 10: Blood
- 11: Scalpel
- 12: Metal Rod
- 13: Electric Transformer
- 14: Shotgun
- 15: The high speeds of a running truck
- 16: Scissors
- 17: Garden Claw
- 18: Pitchfork
- 19: Scythe
- 20: Car Hood
- 21: Noose
- 22: Metal Spike
- 23: Corn Thresher
- 24: Axe
- 25: Fuse Box
- 26: Surgical Machete
- 27: Metal Bars
- 28: Roller Skate
- 29: Trickery
- 30: Elevator
- 31: Heights
- 32: Camera Tripod
- 33: Cable
- 34: Walls
- Main article: Michael Myers (remake)
In other media
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.
- Michael Myers is heavily regarded as one of horror's most recognizable icons. He is notorious for inspiring many other slasher films, most notably Jason Voorhees.