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Character
Michael Myers - night.jpg
Name: Michael Audrey Myers
Known aliases: The Shape

The Boogeyman
Evil on Two Legs
The Essence of Evil

Gender: Male
Location: Haddonfield, Illinois
Known relatives: Peter Myers (father; status unknown )
Edith Myers (mother; status unknown )
Judith Myers (sister; deceased)
Birth: October 19, 1957 (age 64)
Portrayed by: Nick Castle/James Jude Courtney/Tony Moran/Airon Armstrong (adult)
Will Sandin (child)
First appearance: Halloween
"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[src]

Michael Audrey Myers is the central character and the main antagonist of the Halloween franchise. As a six-year-old child, Michael was admitted into a psychiatric hospital for murdering his older sister, Judith Myers.

After nearly 15 years of captivity, Myers broke out of the asylum and returned home to Haddonfield to kill again.

Unlike his previous incarnations, this version of Michael Myers is more human and less supernatural, retaining the stab and gunshot wounds he received from Laurie and Loomis, respectively, in 1978.

Biography

Childhood

Michael Myers had an older sister named Judith, and the family resided in a two-story house at 45 Lampkin Lane in the suburban town of Haddonfield, Illinois.

On October 31, 1963, Michael committed his first act of murder. His parents were away, and he was at home with his sister Judith who was supposed to be babysitting him, but cared more about spending an intimate moment with her boyfriend, Danny. After Danny left, Michael, dressed in a clown costume, went into the kitchen, picked up a Kitchen knife, walked up the steps, and stabbed Judith to death. He then quietly walked back downstairs and into the front yard where his parents had just arrived home, his father took off his clown mask and he and his wife stared at him in shock.[1]

At age six, Michael Myers murders his older sister on Halloween night 1963

Michael was taken to Smith's Grove Sanitarium, where he became the patient of a psychiatrist named Doctor Sam Loomis. He spent fifteen years with Doctor Loomis, barely moving, never speaking a word.[1]

The night he came home

On October 30, 1978, Dr. Loomis and Nurse Marion Chambers were arriving at the facility to transfer Myers for his court hearing. Michael escaped from Smith's Grove, stealing the car that was to take him to court. As he drove across Illinois, Michael stopped to murder a truck driver to steal his boiler suit. Traveling to Haddonfield, Michael returned to his childhood home.[1]

The next day, on Halloween, a teenaged girl named Laurie Strode dropped off a key at the Myers house for her realtor father and was noticed by Michael. He proceeded to stalk her and her friends Annie and Lynda throughout the afternoon. He also stole Judith's gravestone from the local cemetery, and broke into Nichol's Hardware Store to acquire knives, rope, and a Halloween mask. Meanwhile, Dr. Loomis had followed Michael to Haddonfield and warned town sheriff Leigh Brackett of the danger he posed.[1]

That night, as Laurie and Annie were babysitting across the street from each other, Michael watched them from the shadows. He murdered Annie first, strangling her in her car as she left to meet her boyfriend, before slitting her throat.[1]

Annie's corpse with Judith's gravestone

Later, Lynda and her own boyfriend Bob showed up, only to fall victim to Michael as well. Worried about her missing friends, Laurie crossed the street to investigate, only to find Annie's body arranged under Judith Myers' gravestone, and Lynda and Bob hidden in the closets. Michael lunged at Laurie, catching her on the arm with his knife, and she ran for help. Michael followed her across the street, and Laurie was forced to stab him with both a knitting needle and his own knife. Michael rose to resume his attack on Laurie, only to get his mask yanked off and giving her a chance to see his face, Dr. Loomis appeared and shot him six times, causing him to fall off the balcony. When Loomis goes to check Michael's body, he finds it missing. Unsurprised, Loomis stares off into the night.[1]

Aftermath of the 1978 murders

Michael arrested following his killing spree

Soon afterwards, Michael is walking down the street where he is found by a young Frank Hawkins; the officer tries to shoot him, but misses and Michael is able to evade him. Michael then comes across a young Lonnie Elam but, for unknown reasons, does not kill him and merely continues walking. He ends up back at the Myers house and ambushes Hawkins and his partner McCabe; as Michael begins strangling McCabe, he maneuvers the officer in front of him, who is then shot accidentally by Hawkins. Michael leaves the house only to be surrounded by a majority of the Haddonfield Police Department, and is then knocked to the ground by Hawkins. Although Loomis prepares to shoot Michael to death, he is instead taken into custody and re-incarcerated.[2] At some point in 1979, Loomis stops being Michael's doctor, and begins asking for his execution and to bear witness to his cremation during a recorded interview.[3]

40 years later

A partial glimpse of Michael's face

Forty years pass and during that time, Michael came under the care of another doctor named Dr. Ranbir Sartain. Despite Dr. Sartain's efforts to understand Michael's motives and thoughts behind the killings, Michael remains silent and closed off. The day before Michael is scheduled to be transferred to a new facility, two podcasters named Aaron and Dana arrive and wish to see him. Michael does not acknowledge their presence, although he does show just a moment of interest for the first time in 40 years when Aaron reveals his old mask to him, and for a split second, Michael peeks over his shoulder at it, but then immediately resumes his catatonic nature. The next night, Michael is loaded onto a prison bus and manages to escape after it crashes into a ditch. Killing the security guards escorting him, Michael notices a car stopping nearby and kills both occupants before hijacking their car. He travels to Haddonfield and finds Aaron and Dana recording in front of his sister Judith's grave, then follows them to a car service station. After killing a mechanic for his boiler suit and the attendant by ripping his jaw open, he traps Dana in the bathroom. He drops some human teeth (from the torn jaw of the attendant) into the stall she's hiding in and attacks her. Aaron, who had found the bodies of the mechanic and attendant, tries to save her, but is killed by getting his head slammed repeatedly against the bathroom wall and stall door; Dana is then strangled to death. Michael opens the trunk of their car and reclaims his mask.[3]

Later that night, Michael starts killing off the residents of Haddonfield. He first invades the home of a woman and bludgeons her to death with a hammer; he takes a nearby kitchen knife and leaves behind the hammer. Then, Michael goes into the home of a nearby neighbor and stabs her through the neck after slamming her head into the corner of the table. Michael also kills babysitter Vicky and her boyfriend Dave before coming face to face with Laurie for the first time in forty years; she shoots him in the shoulder, but this does little to affect him and he gets away. He encounters Oscar in a yard and kills him by stabbing him in the back and impaling his head on a gate lined with spikes. Michael then spots Laurie's granddaughter Allyson, but loses track of her. Walking down an abandoned street, Michael gets run over by Hawkins, who is now a Sheriff's Deputy. Hawkins tries to finish Michael off by shooting him in the head but is saved when Dr. Sartain, who was in the car with Allyson, stabs Hawkins in the neck instead. Sartain takes Michael's mask and drags Michael into the back of the car. Michael eventually comes to and puts back on his mask before kicking the metal partition and sending Sartain into the airbag, causing the car to stop. He kills Sartain by crushing his head against the ground with his boot. Allyson is able to escape while Michael is occupied. Michael notices another squad car approaching and kills the two officers inside; he cuts one's throat and stabs him in the head, then decapitates the other, sticking a flashlight inside the hollowed out head as a macabre imitation of a jack-o-lantern.[3]

Michael trapped

He arrives at the home of Laurie and sees her son-in-law Ray come out to check on the two deceased officers. After killing him as well, he breaks through the door and tries to get to Laurie. However, Michael gets two fingers blown off when Laurie manages to shoot him again with a shotgun. After breaking in, he stalks Laurie throughout the secure house and eventually traps her upstairs; he throws Laurie off the roof but is somewhat surprised to see her not lying on the ground. Hearing Allyson reaches the house, Michael heads downstairs and hears the Strodes in the underground safe room underneath the kitchen. Michael manages to get through by lifting off the counter that was covering the entrance but is shot again by both Laurie and Karen; stunned by the gunshots, Michael tumbles down the stairwell and loses his knife. As they try to escape, Michael grabs Karen's ankle but Allyson stabs him several times, causing him to let go. Laurie activates several metal bars that block the stairwell, trapping Michael in the safe room, and an open gas line starts leaking gas into the house. Michael stares blankly up at Laurie, who tosses a flare into the room, setting it ablaze.[3]

Continued rampage

Michael is alive

Despite seemingly being left for dead inside the inferno, Michael managed to survive by hiding inside a metal partition inside the underground bunker. As firefighters came to extinguish the blaze, one fell through the weakened kitchen floor into the bunker; hearing this, Michael revealed himself and killed the firefighter by jamming one of the man's tools through his head; he then pulled another in through the hole in the floor and killed him as well. Upon emerging from the still-burning house armed with a Halligan bar, Michael kills the remaining firefighters and first responders before heading towards a nearby house. He punches through a door and kills one of the residents, Phil Dickerson, by slamming his head against the wall and impales him on the door shards before coming across the other resident Sondra Dickerson; seeing that she is wielding a knife, Michael merely breaks a long kitchen light fixture and jams it through her throat. After stabbing Phil's body with numerous kitchen knives, Michael takes the remaining one and steals a vehicle, driving back towards Haddonfield.[4]

Michael comes across a trio of kids and follows them to a nearby park, killing one of them before being found by a grown up Lindsey Wallace. Ignoring her, he targets her SUV parked nearby with three people inside including former nurse Marion Chambers who used to work with Dr. Loomis. As Michael stabs Marion to death, he is nearly strangled by Marcus; however, Michael stabs him in the face with his knife. The remaining occupant, Vanessa, tries shooting him several times, but Michael kicks one of the car doors into her arm and redirects the gun at her when it fires. He begins to stalk Lindsey through the nearby woods, but loses sight of her and returns to the park to pose the bodies.[4]

Upon arriving at his old childhood home, Michael breaks in and hides upstairs. While the current homeowners look for him, Michael kills Big John by stabbing him under the arm and gouging his eyes out; his partner Little John enters and Michael kills him too. The now adult Lonnie enters the darkened house looking for Michael and is killed, his body stuffed into the attic crawlspace. He then stabs Lonnie's son Cameron several times in the stomach only to be stopped by Allyson. He disarms Allyson and shoves her down the stairs before returning to Cameron and mortally wounding him; while he is lured downstairs, Michael stops on the stairwell when he notices Cameron is still barely alive and kills him by breaking his neck. Before he can kill Allyson, Michael is stabbed in the back by Karen using a pitchfork and has his mask taken from him. Michael goes outside and follows Karen to a nearby street where his mask is laid out in the road. When Michael goes to take it, he finds himself surrounded by a mob of Haddonfield residents including Karen, the retired Sheriff Brackett and Tommy Doyle. Pausing to pick up his mask and don it again, Michael is then swarmed by the mob and severely beaten nearly to death; as he weakly reaches to grab his knife, Karen takes it and stabs him in the back. A now motionless Michael is about to be shot in the head by Brackett when he suddenly lunges back up and slashed Brackett's throat; he then goes and kills most of (if not all) the other members of the mob. The final one he kills is Tommy Doyle, taking his own baseball bat and beating him to death with it before going back to his home. Michael goes back to his sister's room and sees Karen staring out the window; he ambushes Karen and stabs her repeatedly to death before gazing outside the window himself.[4]

An end to the killings?

TBA

Personality

Despite the multiple disorders Michael has displayed, not unlike other human beings, he has been described by some as pure evil for his actions, and as showing no emotion as well.

  • Sociopathy: Michael is a violent sociopath, showing no regard for human life, whatsoever, either be it if it's an elderly adult, a small child, or a teenager. He also displays a hunter/prey mentality; when he noticed a young crying baby in a crib, he chose not to kill it and simply walked away from it, seeing it as nothing worth a challenge or a threat for or to him, displaying a more and pure savage mentality of killing. He is incapable of having any sense of morality, empathy or remorse. Michael has no interest, enthusiasm, or concern for anyone or anything, and just kills on a whim.[3]
  • Congenital insensitivity to pain: Michael appears to have a rare condition called congenital insensitivity to pain (CIP), where a person does not feel pain and has never had an understanding of what pain is. This was shown repeatedly throughout his rampage in Haddonfield after taking a revolver shot to the shoulder from Laurie and walking it off as if nothing happened, getting hit by an SUV at full speed and only being knocked out, having some of his fingers blown off by a shotgun, and taking a gunshot to the face. However, he has occasionally let out a small grunt or moan due to these attempts at damaging him, such as when his fingers were shot off, among other instances.[3] In spite of all of this, Michael continued to be a near-unstoppable force, showing no signs of being affected by any of the damage he receives, even to vital organs, such as being stabbed in the stomach or the neck, or even being shot six times.[1]

Abilities

Over the course of two films in this specific timeline, Michael is shown to be an almost-supernatural force, close to what John Carpenter envisioned him to be, making him human, yet not quite human at the same time.

  • Superhuman strength: In many circumstances during both of his rampages, Michael shows unimaginable strength, unrivaled by any of his victims. An example of this is when he kills Bob during his first murder spree in Haddonfield, after he grabs him by the throat with one hand, picks him up, slams him against the door, and begins choking him, before finally stabbing him with his knife. He stabs Bob with such force, the blade goes through his body, and through the door behind him, holding him in place at least four inches off the ground.[1] He also tore a kitchen counter (which could only be moved through machinery) from its foundation with his bare hands during his second spree.[3]
  • Superhuman durability: Michael's tolerance for punishment makes him seem almost immortal. He is shown to be able to take bullet wounds, stab wounds, and falls with relative ease. While on his first rampage, Michael was stabbed in the stomach, stabbed in the neck, stabbed in the eye, shot six times, and fell off a balcony. Right after the fact, he simply got back on his feet and disappeared into the night.[1] After his escape 40 years later, and second killing spree, Michael, at the age of 61, survived a bus crash from which he was able to escape captivity, got hit in the head with a crowbar during his short fight with Aaron, which did not seem to slow him down, got shot in the shoulder, got two of his fingers shot off, got shot in the chin, and stabbed with a knife in his hand and arm.[3] After escaping from Laurie's house, he continued displaying feats of unbelievable durability as he barely reacted to getting hit in the face with a bag full of bricks and he survived multiple blows, stabbings and gunshot wounds at the hands of a mob, even getting stabbed with a pitchfork in the back and stomped on the head. This was enough to temporarily make him struggle to move and knock him unconscious. Despite this extreme punishment, he managed to seemingly fully recover a couple of minutes later without any issues.[4] However, prior to his dispatching of the mob, before he was stabbed in the back by Allyson, he appeared to be weakened as he tried to reach for his knife, implying that he was close to dying, just not that much.

Human victims

Halloween (1978)

  1. Judith Myers: Stabbed nine times
  2. Mechanic: Beaten to death
  3. Annie Brackett: Strangled and throat slit
  4. Robert Simms: Impaled with knife
  5. Lynda Van der Klok: Strangled with phone cord

Halloween (2018)

  1. Bus driver: Killed off-screen
  2. Haskell: Head wound
  3. Kuneman: Head wound
  4. Kevin's father: Neck snapped
  5. Kevin: Neck snapped
  6. Mechanic: Beaten to death
  7. Gas station clerk: Jaw ripped open
  8. Aaron Joseph-Korey: Head smashed against wall and stall door
  9. Dana Haines: Neck snapped
  10. Gina Panchella: Bludgeoned over the head with a hammer
  11. Andrea Wagner: Stabbed through the neck with a knife
  12. Vicky: Stabbed twice in the back
  13. Dave: Stabbed through neck onto wall
  14. Oscar: Stabbed in back, impaled through mouth with gate
  15. Dr. Ranbir Sartain: Head crushed with foot
  16. Officer Richards: Throat cut, stabbed in head with pen-knife
  17. Officer Francis: Decapitated; head hollowed out into a crude jack-o-lantern with a flashlight
  18. Ray Nelson: Strangled

Halloween Kills

  1. Tom Bentley: Bludgeoned with Halligan bar
  2. Firefighter #2: Stabbed through eye with Halligan bar
  3. Firefighter #3: Stabbed through eye with Halligan bar
  4. Firefighter #4: Impaled with Halligan bar
  5. Firefighter #5: Chest sliced with circular saw
  6. Firefighter #6: Killed off-screen
  7. Firefighter #7: Killed off-screen
  8. Firefighter #8: Killed off-screen
  9. Firefighter #9: Killed off-screen
  10. Firefighter #10: Killed off-screen
  11. Firefighter #11: Killed off-screen
  12. Phil Dickerson: Neck impaled on glass and stabbed in back with multiple knives
  13. Sondra Dickerson: Stabbed in neck with light fixture
  14. Dennis: Decapitated
  15. Marion Chambers: Stabbed four times in chest
  16. Marcus Wilson: Stabbed in eye
  17. Vanessa Wilson: Car-door kicked into gun causing her to shoot herself in head
  18. Big John: Stabbed in armpit and eyes gouged out
  19. Little John: Stabbed in chest
  20. Lonnie Elam: Mangled
  21. Cameron Elam: Stabbed twice in stomach and neck broken
  22. Leigh Brackett: Throat slashed
  23. Mob member #1: stabbed in the throat
  24. Mob member #2: stabbed in the head
  25. Mob member #3: throat slashed
  26. Mob member #4: throat slashed
  27. Mob member #5: stabbed in the heart
  28. Mob member #6: stabbed in the back
  29. Mob member #7: stabbed in the wrist
  30. Mob member #8: slashed on the side
  31. Mob member #9: slashed on the face
  32. Mob member #10: slashed on the chest
  33. Tommy: Head bashed in
  34. Karen: Stabbed

Halloween Ends

  • TBA

Animal victims

Halloween

  1. Female dog in the Myers house: Slammed against a wall and eaten
  2. Lester: Strangled

Halloween

  1. Dog: Hung from a tree (deleted scene)

Appearances

Alternate ending script

References

Notes and trivia

  • This is by far the oldest incarnation of Michael Myers at 61 years old.
  • In Halloween Kills, it is observed that this Michael's motivation is going back home following a murder spree.
  • This may be the most brutal incarnation of Michael Myers to-date, as he ripped the jaw off one of his victims, murdered two children in their early teens, hollowed out a decapitated head to use as a jack-o-lantern, and took down an entire firefighter team.
  • Michael has currently slain a total 55 victims (animals included). In the horror genre, Jason Voorhees holds first place with 151 victims, second place goes to Freddy Krueger with 67 victims (including dream victims and animals), Michael Myers being third with his 55 victims, and finally Leatherface ranks fourth with only 31 victims.
  • Along with Laurie, Michael is one of two characters to appear in both the 1978 Halloween film and the 2018 Halloween film.
  • Halloween Kills is the first movie in the franchise in which both Michael and Laurie appear, but do not interact with each other.
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