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Probably one of the most well known horror serial killers, Michael Myers is the main protagonist of the Halloween series.
He first appeared in John Carpenter’s Halloween ( 1978 ). The story begins in Haddonfield on Halloween night 1963, where a six year old Myers kills his sister. Fifteen years later he escapes Smith’s Grove Sanitorium and returns to Haddonfield with his psychiatrist, Dr Sam Loomis, in pursuit. He begins to stalk Laurie Strode, a teenager and babysitter, killing some of her friends in the process. At the end he is shot by Dr Loomis and falls from a first floor window, only to disappear.
Originally known as ‘The Shape”, Michael becomes a recurring character and is revealed to be Laurie’s brother. He is also seemingly unkillable and appears to have superhuman powers.
“I met this six year old child with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes; the devil’s eyes […] I realized what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply…evil.”
— Loomis’ description of a young Michael was inspired by John Carpenter’s experience with a real life mental patient.
My favourite of the genres serial killers, Michael Myers is scary, in my opinion, because his entire purpose is to kill. He is completely silent, doesn’t seem to discriminate between victims ( as long as they’re teenagers! ) and shows no remorse or regret. In many ways he is the boogeyman, the stranger children are warned about and the shadow we all fear. That he has survived various attempts to kill him adds to the sense that here is an unstoppable force, a perfect monster and something that will always play on our deepest fears.