|First appearance:||Halloween: Autopsis|
Patrick Carter is a character that first appeared in Halloween: Autopsis.
Patrick Carter was a young man who lived in Haddonfield, Illinois with his father. The latter worked at the local cinema as a projectionist and would often bring his son along to watch the movies, but would never allow his son into the projection room. When Patrick was eight years old, he was watching the movie Night of the Living Dead, when the screen stopped. Curious about what had happened to the movie, young Patrick went to find his father. What he found is what changed Patrick's view on what was real and fake: he saw his father dead, having suffered a heart attack. Patrick never got over losing his father and never enjoyed watching movies as much as he used to. As he got older, he felt like he had became shallow and empty. In short, he felt he had a fake personality. In an attempt to regain something in his life, Patrick became a photojournalist. He soon became obsessed with taking a picture that showed reality.
Around 1990, Patrick met a young woman named Victoria at a bar. Victoria had won his heart in an instant, but he could never understand what she had seen in him. Patrick felt like she had given his life meaning, and he would often take photos of her. He often wondered when Victoria would realize how fake he was, but he was also concerned about how he would survive without her.
Around 1993, work was getting hard to find for Patrick. Some days, he would drive out to nowhere for hours and tell people he was on a photo shoot. Eventually, he was approached by an editor who knew of Patrick's skills but also knew that he needed an assignment, one that he knew would be of interest to him. The editor spoke with him about Michael Myers. Patrick knew about Michael, but believed him to have died in the fire at Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, and was hesitant about taking on an assignment that was based around a man who could be dead. Patrick changed his mind when the editor showed him a photograph of the deceased Annie Brackett. Patrick looked at the photo and said out loud that he found the image horrible and disgusting. What he actually felt inside was envy and excitement, feelings he had not experienced in years. The editor asked Patrick to get photos similar to the Annie picture or any proof that Michael Myers was still alive. That whole day, Patrick obsessed about the image of Annie. He saw Michael's work as not the one of a killer, but that of an artist.
Patrick decided to take on the assignment and his editor gave him the very specific instruction to follow Dr. Sam Loomis. As Patrick followed Loomis around town, he noticed that the doctor was avoided by everyone, and his nurse Marion Chambers seemed to be his only contact. Patrick also started to wonder what things were like in Michael's eyes and how his victims felt as they were dying.
On one of his assignments, Patrick was noticed by Loomis, who demanded to know why Patrick was following him. He tried to take away Patrick's camera as he thought he was doing a story that would ridicule him. Patrick told Loomis to calm down, which he did. He apologized, but warned the young man to stop following him as he did not want him to have a burden and see the things he himself had seen. As Loomis walked away, Patrick saw him as a victim of Myers. After that encounter, Patrick felt differently and fled home to Victoria. He watched her as she slept and wondered what she would look like in death.
Over the next few days, Patrick watched Loomis and began to figure out what he would do day to day. One day, Patrick decided to break into Loomis' home, hoping to find some more answers. As he searched his office, Patrick found more photos of Michael's victims, such as Miss Haddonfield 1991 and a school teacher. As he went though the photos, Patrick realized that in an attempt to understand Michael, he was starting to understand himself and his relationship with Victoria. It was also at this time, that Patrick knew that this assignment was to figure out more about himself, and, as he continued on, he knew that by hiding, watching, and stalking Loomis, he was no different to Michael.
On another rainy day, Patrick was watching Loomis at a park and lost himself in thought. At first, he failed to notice that Leigh Brackett, the father of the "perfect corpse", had arrived. As he listened to Mr. Brackett express grief and anger over his daughter's death, he wanted to reach out to the defeated man and tell him that Annie's death was not in vain. As he continued to listen, Patrick realized that he had yet to take a single picture. Brackett left and Loomis turned in Patrick's direction. Patrick heard Loomis tell him that he could come out if he wanted to since he knew he was there. The young man wondered how Loomis knew where he was, but he also wondered why his heart was beating and he was scared. It was at this time that Looomis said, "What do you want, Michael?" and Patrick knew that Loomis did not see him at all and was actually talking to Michael.
Patrick turned around and saw Michael Myers. Michael lifted his knife as Patrick tried to scream, but he was too late, as Michael stabbed him in the chest and eyes. Michael then placed two rolls of 35 mm film (in their cases) in Patrick's eyes.