Michael Myers: The Shape
Halloween is a horror film franchise that was created by George A. Romero and produced by John Debney and Debney Prods. It is the fourth studio entry in the series, following the 1983 film of the same name, which was produced by Debney and Debney Prods., as well as 1978’s Halloween II: Hell Comes to Haddonfield, which was also produced by Debney. The series revolves around Michael Myers, a psychopathic killer from Haddonfield who has escaped from prison to terrorize a small town in Illinois.
The series includes five films, two of which were direct sequels to each other: Halloween II: Hell Comes to Haddonfield (1978), directed by Debney and written by Richard Matheson; and Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1981), directed by Debney (and written by Matheson) along with John Carpenter. In addition, there are two different sequels/prequels: Halloween 4 (1988), directed by Jeff Schaffer; and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (2002), directed by Rob Zombie.
Michael Myers is portrayed in all five films as a stalker who haunts his victims until they die or are killed through various means. He uses various supernatural weaponry including knives (particularly an axe in each film) that appear to have come directly from his home state of Maryland. In 1990’s H5 he used a flamethrower which was later destroyed in 1994’s H2O2 but later re-used later on both movies’ stateside and abroad during his haunting spree between ’89 and ’91. Overall he has killed over 75 people in all five films.
Michael Myers: The Man Behind the Mask
Michael Myers has terrorized audiences since he was first introduced in John Carpenter’s 1978 horror classic ‘Halloween’. The masked killer has appeared in several sequels and remakes over the years, but none have lived up to the original.
Michael Myers is a serial killer who goes around killing teenagers at night during October 31st. He uses his mask to hide his identity and wears a white sheet over his head. His victims are usually found dead in their homes or cars.
While Michael Myers is a fictional character, he has become a pop culture icon. In fact, he has inspired countless Halloween costumes and movies.
The masked man is a familiar figure in horror films. He’s been around since the beginning, but he has had many different incarnations over the years. In this article we will take a look at some of his most memorable appearances.
1) HALLOWEEN (1978)
The original “Halloween” film tells the story of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), an average teenager who lives with her mother Martha (Laurie Strode). One day while on her way home from school, she sees a news report about a local boy named Tommy Doyle being killed by a masked maniac. She becomes convinced that it must be Michael Myers, so she decides to stay awake all night waiting for him to return. When he does, she manages to get away from him, but not before he kills her friend Annie Brackett.
2) THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS (1981)
This sequel picks up where the first one left off. It follows the events of five years later, when Laurie Strode returns to Haddonfield to confront Michael Myers again. After escaping from the police, she finds herself living alone once more. However, things don’t go according to plan. While taking care of her elderly neighbor Mrs. Loomis, she hears noises coming from the house next door. As she investigates, she discovers Michael Myers inside. She manages to escape, but not without getting injured.
3) SCREAM 2 (1983)
In this second installment of the series, a group of students travel back to Haddonfield to attend the 25th anniversary party of the infamous Myers family massacre. They soon discover that there may be a connection between the murders committed by Michael Myers and those of another mass murderer.
4) THE HAUNTING IN HADDONFIELD (1984)
In this final chapter of the franchise, Dr. Samuel Loomis (Donald Pleasence) gets into contact with Laurie Strode after hearing about her troubles. He convinces her to come back to Haddonfield and help him find Michael Myers. Together they manage to track down the masked psychopath, but not before he brutally murders two people.
5) HELL NIGHT (1985)
After escaping from the mental hospital, Michael Myers kidnaps Karen Durkett (Neve Campbell) and takes her to his childhood home. There, he forces her to watch as he tortures Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris) and then kills her.
6) A NEW BEGINNING (1988)
After spending several months in prison, Michael Myers escapes from a psychiatric ward and begins stalking young women across Haddonfield. This time, however, he’s wearing a mask which makes him even harder to identify.
7) THE SHOCKER (1989)
When a teenage girl dies during a car accident, her parents hire a private detective to investigate what happened. During the investigation, the investigator comes across evidence linking the case to the Myers family murders.
8) THE BOY NEXT DOOR (1991)
A teenager moves next door to the Myers’ old house. Soon after moving in, strange occurrences start happening to him.
9) THE UNBAKED APOCALYPSE (1993)
The last entry in the series is also the most controversial. In this remake of John Carpenter’s classic horror film “Halloween”, David Arquette plays high school student Michael Myers, who has been institutionalized since the death of his older sister Judith at the hands of his babysitter, now-grown adult Laurie Strode. On the night of October 31st, 1993, Michael breaks out of his asylum and stalks Laurie as she walks home from her boyfriend’s place. When Michael corners Laurie in an abandoned building, she grabs a butcher knife from the kitchen and stabs him repeatedly, killing him.
10) HALLOWEEN 4: THE FINAL CHAPTER (1994)
This fourth installment was released directly to video. The story revolves around Annie Bracken, who lives with her mother in a trailer park. One day while riding her bike, she witnesses a man being chased by a dog. Later on, she sees the same man kill a woman. She tries to warn others, but no one believes her until it happens again.
11) THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS (1995)
This direct-to-video sequel picks up where the original left off. After seven years, Michael Myers returns to Haddonfield to finish what he started when he killed Laurie Strode all those years ago.
12) HALLOWEENS (2007)
Released straight to DVD, this anthology features four different stories set in the universe of the Myers saga. Each story focuses on a new character trying to survive their encounter with Michael Myers.
13) HALLOWEEND – THE DIRECTOR’S CUT (2008)
In 2008, director Rob Zombie released a cut of his 2007 sequel that changes some key plot points from the theatrical version. The most notable change involves the ending; instead of seeing Myers get away scot free as originally intended, the alternate ending shows Myers getting arrested for the murder of Dr. Loomis.
14) HALLOWEENTWO (2010)
In 2010, Dimension Films released another sequel to the 1978 classic. Directed by Gary Dauberman and produced by Oren Koules, the film stars Danielle Harris, Andi Matichak, and Will Patton. It follows two teenagers, Charlie and Dana, who find themselves caught between Michael Myers and the local police.
15) HALLOWEENCINEMA 3D (2012)
In 2012, Universal Pictures released the third installment of its successful three-part franchise reboot. The film was directed by Rick Rosenthal and starred Jackie Earle Haley, Virginia Madsen, and Miles Robbins.
16) HALLOWEENNIGHTMARSHAL (2013)
In 2013, New Line Cinema released yet another sequel to the 1978 original. This time, the story centers on Deputy Marshal Ray Velcoro, played by Marshall Allman, who investigates the murders of several prostitutes in Los Angeles. He discovers that they were all involved in illegal activities and are connected to a serial killer known only as ‘The Shape’.
17) HALLOWEENEVENING (2015)
In 2015, Blumhouse Productions released yet another sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic. The film was directed and written by Adam Wingard and stars James Jude Courtney, Anna Engeron, and Bill Nighy.
18) HALLOWEENEVENING 2 (2016)
In 2016, Blumhouse Productions followed up their 2015 release with another sequel titled ‘Halloweenevening 2’. The film was directed by Ti West and featured many of the cast members from the previous entry.
19) HALLOWEENEVENING 3: AFTERMATH (2018)
In 2018, Blumhouse Productions returned to the world of Halloween with ‘Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers’, which is the third part of a trilogy. The film was directed once again by Ti West and stars Emma Roberts, Tyler Mane, and Sinner’s Creed.
20) HALLOWEENEVEONLINE (2019)
In 2019, Netflix released an animated series based on the mythology surrounding Michael Myers. The show is called ‘Halloween: Trick or Treat?’ and it will be available on October 19th.
21) HALLOWEENGAMBITIONS (2020)
In 2020, it has been announced that there will be a fourth chapter in the Halloween franchise. The film will be titled ‘Halloween Kills’ and will be released on October 16th, 2020.
22) HALLOWEENSKIN (TBA)
It has also been reported that there may be a fifth chapter in the Halloween franchise, but this remains unconfirmed at this point.