What do you think when you hear the name Michael Myers? You can’t really think of anything at all except one thing, Halloween. Not only the films, but also the holiday. It’s unclear what the writers and the film crew had in mind when they were first creating the script to the original Halloween, but one thing’s for sure. It became a major success.
The original film was released in 1978, before I was born, and it was no doubt that it was the beginning of something major within the horror movie industry. Years later, after I was born and old enough to watch horror movies, Halloween was one of the first films that I ever remember watching, and I remember watching it so vividly because of how much it scared me. As a child, it’s not so fun to be afraid of anything, let alone a movie, but at the same time, for me, it was also intriguing. There’s something about being a little scared that’s fun, and that is something the film, Halloween, gives. Not only the original film, but all of the films in the franchise.
To any die hard fan, you know that the reign of Michael Myers was supposed to end in the first sequel, but after a failed second sequel, which was “Season of the Witch” it was demanded that Michael Myers return; which he did in “The Return of Michael Myers.” Yet another successful film, followed by “The Revenge of Michael Myers.” That particular sequel didn’t do so well, but personally, I think it’s thoroughly enjoyable because, for one, it scares you to your wits end, and it was also the portion of the franchise which began to take on another mysterious aspect that was intriguing enough for me to want to see more sequels to explain what this mysterious aspect was all about.
When it came to the very next sequel, “The Curse of Michael Myers” it further explained the origin of everything that was going on and why. This particular sequel was also notorious for having multiple versions of the story. For years the only one I ever knew, was the theatrical version. It wasn’t until a few years ago, that I was finally able to look at the Producer’s Cut. Until I saw it, all I kept hearing was how much better it was than the theatrical version. I can’t tell you how true that is. There were a lot of things going on that led to many retakes of the film, especially after Donald Pleasance passed away (Doctor Sam Loomis) and it ended up being the version released in theaters, however, it also left out a few things that wasn’t clearly explained unless you saw the Producer’s Cut. The Producer’s Cut also explains why the character Doctor Loomis was screaming at the end while in the theatrical version, it was left unclear.
Many people began to get tired of where the direction of the series was going, and of course, there were those same people that were not much a fan of the many sequels. I say, if each film stays true to the essence of Michael Myers, or whatever series you’re looking at, the amount of sequels doesn’t matter. This is horror. There should be no limits to sequels as long as it stays true, and makes sense. Can’t quite say the same about a different series of a different genre, unless it’s an epic or an adaptation of a book series. With Michael Myers, he represent evil that never dies, so why would the sequels die? This franchise ended up taking a life on its own, and I for one and proud to be a fan of it.
There were many points where I wanted so badly to be apart of the franchise and a part of me still does. Halloween has become something that you don’t see in too many horror movies today. The mystery, the quiet evil in the shadows, the creepy mask, the choice of victims; it all adds up to something spectacular, something that will always have you on the edge of your seat, no matter how many time you’ve seen it. It forever gives you that jolt, and all without having all the blood and gore.
Halloween H20, is one of my least favorite sequels. In the beginning when it was first released, I did enjoy it. After awhile, I began to wonder why earlier aspects of the continuity were left out. When I began doing research, and reading up on everything concerning each Halloween film, I finally found out why. For those of you who still do not know, the reason the character Jamie Lloyd, and her baby were not mentioned was because Halloween H20 picked up from the continuity of the first sequel, and not “The Curse of Michael Myers.” It was as if “The Return of Michael Myers,” “The Revenge of Michael Myers,” and the “The Curse of Michael Myers” did not exist. Being a die hard fan, that didn’t sit too well with me.
Halloween Resurrection, was a much better sequel, in my opinion, however, it’s another least favorite of mine as well. Not too many people think of this, but when I can clearly see Michael Myers eyes, he’s no longer that scary. To me, darkness represents evil, which is what Michael Myers is, and his eyes should reflect that. So why the filmmakers decided the audience should see his eyes, I will never know. Not only that, but in “Resurrection” there was just too much technology involved. That’s where the filmmakers were going with that story, but to me, it took something away from the true essence of Halloween. If all the technology wasn’t needed to make the earlier sequels scary, then, it’s not needed now.
Going to the Rob Zombie versions…first and foremost, I’m not a big believer of remakes. Since Halloween was going to be remade it should have been done by someone other than Rob Zombie. He took everything that made Halloween what it was, and threw it all away, changing everything about the story, Michael Myers’ history, and every character’s personality. What he also did was turn a mystery old school horror into nothing but blood and gore. Blood and gore does not represent what the Halloween films should be. So needless to say, those films are not watched often except one time. The original Halloweens will always be the best, and the ones I always watch during Halloween, the holiday.
Halloween will always be one of the top horror films of all time. Even after all of these years it still generates fear, and excitement to each and every viewer. The mask, although ever changing throughout the sequels, will always be an iconic image of fun evil, of who Michael Myers truly is. As far as Donald Pleasance goes, he is another person that brought something unique to the franchise, and that is a character that can’t be replaced or replayed by any other. He will always be regarded as Doctor Loomis, out to destroy the evil that is, and to protect any and everyone, no matter what it takes.