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Name: Samuel Loomis
Known aliases: Doctor Loomis
Gender: Male
Location: Warren County, Illinois
Portrayed By: Donald Pleasence
First Appearance: Halloween
"Michael? Why now? You've waited ten years. Why come back now? I knew this day would come. Don't go to Haddonfield. If you want another victim, take me. But leave those people in peace. Please, Michael?....God damn you."
―Samuel Loomis to Michael Myers[src]

Samuel Loomis is a character from the Halloween franchise. He first appeared in the original Halloween, played by Donald Pleasence.

In the movie Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later, a retcon was established which ignored the events from Halloween 4, 5, and 6. As a result, the biography of this Loomis is drastically different to the one who appears the H20 timeline onwards. This version of the character appears in Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, and Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.

Biography

Michael's psychologist

On November 5, 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers had been admitted to Smith's Grove Sanitarium for the October 31st murder of his older sister Judith. The child (now seven) was blank, emotionless slate to Loomis, never speaking, barely even moving. Sam recognized the deep-rooted trauma in the boy's psyche and knew that special treatment would be required if he were to ever help him. Loomis petitioned his superior, Doctor Carpenter to have Michael moved to a private room, but Carpenter declined the request and insisted that Myers remained inside the open juvenile ward.

Over the following year, Loomis paid close attention to Michael, but grew concerned when certain incidents began taking place. One such incident involved an injury relating to a fellow patient named Tony O'Malley. Tony suffered many of the same derangements as Myers, but unlike Michael, was prone to violent outbursts and displays of emotion. After witnesses recounted seeing O'Malley bullying the smaller Myers, he was soon discovered with a crayon lodged inside his eye. Nobody suspected that the virtually comatose Michael Myers could be capable of such an attack, but Loomis began to suspect otherwise. Another such incident took place in November of that year when a patient named Adrian Wade ate an entire birthday cake that was intended for Michael. He was later found in the shower room with 2nd degree burns all over his body. He died in the medical wing a short time later. Another boy, Roger , bit off his own tongue and choked to death. There was no obvious evidence linking Myers to these two deaths.[1]

Over the span of the next several years, Loomis continued to treat Michael. He never gave up hope that he might be able to pull something out of the boy's withdrawn psyche.

On May 1, 1964, Dr. Loomis meets with two superior doctors in the sanitarium's forum chamber. Loomis suggests that his patient be confined in a maximum-security ward located at Litchfield, Illinois. The two doctors brush off Loomis' request declaring that Michael was merely "a catatonic" exhibiting "comatose behavior" who does not react to any of his surroundings. Loomis insists he be taken seriously because he is convinced that his patient's blank behavior is an ingenious cover for his true nature. He also feels that the level of security at Smith's Grove is insufficient. He pleads that Michael be moved immediately to a facility where any possible escape or legalized freedom is impossible. The Smith's Grove superiors decline the doctor's requests and issue an ultimatum that Loomis keep Michael as his patient or he will be looked after by someone else. Loomis knows to his core that no one else can be trusted or even safe around Michael, so he agrees to stay with him.

At some point Loomis became close with a colleague named Doctor Jennifer Hill. Hill shared many traits with Loomis; she was politically liberal and held the same views as he concerning psychotherapy—that "insanity was possibly the reaction of a sane mind to a sick society". The two eventually fell in love and were engaged to be married.

In 1971, Doctor Carpenter suggested having a Halloween party in the juvenile ward. Doctor Loomis was vehemently opposed to this idea given the significance of this particular date in relation to Myers. Again, Carpenter dismissed Loomis' concerns and the party went underway. A faulty generator knocked out the electricity during the party and when the power resumed, the staff discovered a girl named Nancy had apparently slipped, hit her head and drowned while bobbing for apples. Loomis noted the irony of the fact that she was seen teasing Michael only shortly before hand.

That same evening, Michael killed Doctor Jennifer Hill. Sam found her body lying on the ground outside the hospital. It appeared as if she had fallen from the roof of the building and her death was written off as a suicide. This proved to be the breaking point for Doctor Loomis. After spending eight years trying to reach him, he now committed himself towards making sure that Michael Myers never saw release ever again. Acting as Michael's gatekeeper became an obsession with Loomis. He no longer regarded him as a human being, but as a monster and devil, the living epitome of pure evil.

The break-out

Michael turns twenty-one on October 19. By law, he is to be presented to court on his birthday for trial. The final verdict determines his freedom or further confinement. The trial date is pushed two weeks into the first week of November.

On the rainy night of Monday October 30, 1978, Loomis is accompanied by his friend and medical assistant Nurse Marion Chambers; they are charged with transferring Michael back to his home county for the trial. Loomis reveals to Marion that Thorazine will be used before Michael is presented to the judge.

When the pair reach the gates of the sanitarium, they discover that many patients are wandering around the grounds. Loomis goes to the main gate to telephone the hospital, but Michael appears and nearly attacks Marion while she is waiting in the car.

Myers escapes from the Illinois state hospital hijacking the car meant for his court date transfer. His plan is to return to his hometown of Haddonfield and locate his last surviving sibling. Driving the 150 miles (241 km) to his destination, he arrives in Haddonfield in time for Halloween.

Loomis is on Michael's trail for the entire date of October 31. While en route to Haddonfield, Loomis stops along a rural highway in west central Illinois to call Haddonfield authorities. He has every reason to believe Michael will return home, so he urges that the police watch out for him

Loomis saves Laurie.

When the psychiatrist finally arrives in Michael's hometown, he seeks the help of Haddonfield Memorial Cemetery's grave keeper. The pair discover that the headstone of Judith Myers had been dug up and is missing. This clue is enough to assure Loomis that his patient is physically in the city. That afternoon, Loomis enlists the help of Haddonfield's sheriff, Leigh Brackett. The pair later travels to the former Myers residence at 45 Lampkin Lane. Loomis is curious to know if Michael had returned to his childhood home. With the front door being broken into and the decaying carcass of a stray dog being indoors, these two clues reassure Loomis that Michael has indeed come home. Loomis tries to convince Sheriff Brackett that Michael is a human incarnation of pure evil, that he has returned to kill again, and that Haddonfield is not safe on this night until Michael is captured.

While Michael stalks Laurie Strode and her friends, Loomis waits and watches over the house, believing that Michael will return to his home. When he discovers the stolen car, he begins combing the streets where he finds the two children that Laurie was babysitting running frantically from a house. Loomis investigates and sees Michael attacking Laurie. When she pulls Michael's mask off, he stops to re-apply it, giving Loomis the opportunity to shoot his patient six times, knocking him to and off the balcony of the two-story house. After agreeing with Laurie that Michael was "the boogeyman", Loomis walks over to the balcony and looks down in horror to see that Michael is gone.

Haddonfield Hospital massacre

Laurie is taken to Haddonfield Memorial Hospital while Sheriff Brackett accompanies Loomis in his search for Michael. While searching, Loomis believes that he has found Myers who quickly runs away from the police only to get hit in a car crash. While everyone believes the shape is now dead, for some unknown reason to Loomis, he can't be too sure. It is at this time when Gary Hunt arrives and tells Brackett that his daughter Annie was found dead. They arrive to the Wallace home where Leigh has to id his daughter and he leaves his duties to Hunt as he has to tell his wife the news, but before he goes he blames Loomis for what has happened. Loomis and Hunt then go to the coroners where they try to identify the body that was burned. It turns out that it was in fact not Myers but Bennett Tramer. Loomis and Hunt then head towards an school where Michael has written the word "Samhain" on the chalkboard in blood. It is at this time that Dr. Loomis is ordered to leave Haddonfield by the state governor so as to not create panic. His assistant Nurse Marion Chambers has arrived to try convincing Loomis to leave Haddonfield. She also reveals to him one horrifying fact: Michael Myers is the brother of Laurie Strode. After hearing this, Loomis hijacks the police car that is taking him away from Haddonfield using his gun and arrives at the hospital to stop Myers.

Loomis races to Laurie's aid and, once again, fires multiple gun shots to Michael which, naturally, does not stop him. Loomis and Laurie run to a nearby operating room where Loomis attempts to destroy Michael with a gun shot to the head. Not realizing his gun is empty, Loomis fires an empty chamber, and Michael angrily stabs him in his stomach, causing Loomis to collapse. Nevertheless, Loomis recovers, and he and Laurie fill the room with oxygen and ether. As Strode runs away, Loomis stays behind. He tells Michael that "it's time" and proceeds to blow himself up with Michael.

Surprisingly, Loomis survives, but is horribly burned, walking with a pronounced limp (possibly due to either the burns in his leg or his stab wound to the stomach) and wearing gloves to hide the burn scars on his hands.

10 years later

In 1980, Laurie Strode had a daughter named Jamie Lloyd. Shortly afterwards, it was thought the couple died in a car crash. On October 30, 1988, Myers, who had been in a coma for 10 years, awakens in an ambulance when he hears that he has a niece. Loomis subsequently confronts Doctor E. W. Hoffman and inquires as to why he was not notified. As Hoffman asserts that Michael was a federal patient and prisoner, Loomis refers to Michael as "evil on two legs" and asks Hoffman if he knew the date. Loomis then asks Hoffman to look at his scars from the explosion at Haddonfield Hospital. Hoffman is then called about a crash, which compels Loomis to quickly leave his office. Hoffman and Loomis arrive at the scene of the crash, where Loomis is doubtful the crash was an "accident" and asks how many people were inside. Loomis then looks inside the ambulance and concludes that Michael had been there but departed before they arrived. Loomis tells the troopers and Hoffman that Michael had escaped and would not be found, which Hoffman rebuffes by insisting that Michael's muscles would be useless even if he was conscious. Loomis states that Hoffman was speaking about him as though he was a human being when that part of him died long ago and heads to Haddonfield.

Arriving at a filling station, Loomis stumbles across a corpse and goes inside another part of the station to find a second lifeless body along with a broken phone. He then encounters Michael and states that he knew the day of his return would come, pleading with him to not go to Haddonfield and offering himself as a victim. Loomis shoots at Michael several times and misses as the latter escapes from the building, Loomis looking outside and then exiting himself before shouting Michael's name before the latter bursts through the building in a truck. Loomis shoots at the truck, and Michael blows up the filling station. The phone lines are caught in the explosion and severed, which Loomis sees while ducking for cover. Loomis hitches a ride from Jackson P. Sayer who tells him that Loomis cannot kill evil like you can kill a man. Sayer drops him off at the Haddonfield police station. He announces that he is looking for Sheriff Brackett and is told that Brackett retired and the new sheriff is Ben Meeker.

Loomis fears Jamie is consumed with rage like her uncle.

Unlike last time Meeker and the rest of the police believe him. While Michael slaughters many officers in the police station, a group led by Earl Ford emerges from a local bar, and they quickly form a lynch mob when Loomis, seeing no other defense for the town, tells them that Myers has returned. Loomis works with Sheriff Meeker and the few remaining police officers to help protect Jamie from her uncle. After Loomis is attacked by Michael while helping Jamie to hide after he had found her, he is later seen to have recovered as he witnesses the sheriff, a few of the mob, and state police shoot Michael, sending him down an abandoned well, which they ignite and blow up, seeming to finally kill him. However, after the nightmare appears to have ended, Loomis sees the horrific sight of Jamie after having just stabbed her stepmother, dressed in a clown costume similar to what Michael wore when he killed his sister as a child. Sheriff Meeker stops Loomis just as he raises his gun to Jamie, and Loomis seems to go mad by the thought that the evil that drove her uncle has now possessed his niece.

Saving Jamie

One year later, Loomis is assigned to Jamie at the Haddonfield Children's Clinic. Aware that Michael is still alive, and discovering that Jamie is telepathically linked with him, Loomis constantly pressures her to inform him of Michael's whereabouts, but Jamie is too traumatized to tell him. When Michael returns he kills Rachel Carruthers and her friends one of which Loomis tried to save. Once Tina Williams dies, Jamie agrees to help out Loomis. The police and Loomis set a trap for Myers at his house, involving the young niece to sit at the dressing table in Judith Myers's old bedroom. After the police receive calls linking Myers to be at the clinic, they all leave, leaving Loomis, Jamie and deputy Charlie Bloch.

Loomis suffers a stroke.

Bloch is ordered to take Jamie to the police station but he is stopped by Loomis who knows Michael will still come to the house. Loomis turns out to be right and Michael does arrive, and Loomis tries to reason with him, proposing that he fight his rage and redeem himself through a positive relationship with Jamie. Loomis' words seem to work at first, as Michael calmly listens to him and lowers his knife, but when Loomis reaches to take away Michael's knife, he slashes him across the abdomen and throws him through the banister in a frenzy. When Loomis awakens, he appears to turn on Jamie, grabbing her and shouting for Michael to take her, only to lure Michael into a trap; Loomis drops a metal link net over Michael, shoots him with a tranquilizer gun, and then violently beats him unconscious with a wooden plank. Dr. Loomis suffered a stroke immediately after attacking Myers. After that, he retires and moves to a quiet hut on the outskirts of Haddonfield. There he lives a solitary, almost hermit lifestyle, choosing not to interact with other people.

The Cult of Thorn

In 1995, the nightmare starts all over again. It is a cold and stormy night when someone knocks on Sam's door. It is Dr. Terence Wynn, his old colleague, who had come to persuade Loomis to return to Smith's Grove. Sam declines. While the two are arguing about that, they hear the voice of Jamie Lloyd on the radio. She is begging Dr. Loomis to help her.

It turns out that Jamie was impregnated by the same cult that kidnapped her in 1989; however, she succeeds in escaping after giving birth to a baby boy. She takes the child with her, and stops at a bus station to call Dr. Loomis. However, Michael tracks her down and kills her, but cannot find the baby.

Jamie has left her son in the bus stop bathroom. There, he is found by Tommy Doyle, the boy whom Laurie Strode was baby-sitting in 1978 who has become a deranged adult bent on destroying Michael Myers. He names the child Steven.

The following morning, Jamie's body is discovered, and Loomis is devastated. He had thought that the last of Michael's bloodline was killed that night, but after being approached by Tommy Doyle, who tells him about his discovery of the baby, Loomis knows he has to fight his nemesis one last time in order to save the infant. Tommy tells him to meet him at the campus rally that night to discuss what to do next.

That night, Loomis meets with Tommy, but their meeting is cut short as they discover the body of Barry Simms falling from a tree. They both knew that Michael is now in Haddonfield.

They return to Tommy's home to discover that the baby is missing as well as Kara Strode and her son, Danny. The Strodes eventually bang on the door, begging to be let in as Michael is chasing them. Tommy questions Loomis on who knew about the baby, who tells him that only they and Wynn knew about it. This is when they all hear a voice call out to Danny.

They walk into the living room where it is revealed that Dr. Terence Wynn, Sam's old colleague is actually the "Man in Black". Wynn, along with an old neighbor of the Myers family, placed the Thorn Curse on Michael years ago on the night he killed his sister, Judith. Loomis and Tommy are then drugged while Wynn takes Kara, Danny and Steven with him to Smith's Grove.

As soon as they recover, the duo travel to Smith's Grove where Loomis intends to deal with Wynn. He tells Tommy to stay put while he takes care of things. He finds Wynn in his office where Wynn reveals he wants to experiment on Jamie's baby to re-create Michael. Loomis is about to shoot Wynn, but he is knocked out by Wynn's henchmen. They leave Loomis while they go to Steven and Danny.

Loomis awakens and searches for Tommy and the others. He finds them running away from Michael and opens the gate for them. After they get into their car, Tommy asks Loomis to come with them, but he tells them he still has some things to finish up in the sanitarium. Once he goes inside, he finds Michael's mask but apparently no body and screams. The fate of both Loomis and Michael remains unclear.

Personality

Resigned to trying to reach Michael, Loomis has dedicated himself to stopping his evil. His extensive history with Michael makes him one of the few people always aware and prepared for him. This often puts him at odds with law enforcement and denizens of Haddonfield who doubt his claims. His obsession with putting an end to Michael's sprees can lead him to act in an aggressive manner toward others, such as threatening Terrence Gummell with a gun to get him to drive him to Haddonfield Hospital.

Loomis at some point developed a pessimism to the effectiveness of hurting or successfully killing Michael. After shooting Michael during Halloween 1978, and seeing that the latter had gotten up shortly thereafter, Loomis had an unsurprised expression. After shooting Michael multiple times at Haddonfield Hospital, he warned Terrence Gummell to stay away from Michael's seemingly comatose body and refused to believe that Michael was dead. Because Michael has survived in these instances, Loomis's pessimism is validated in being an informed skepticism that has come from his awareness of Michael's durability.

Although Loomis asserted that he had given up on Michael, he made multiple attempts to persuade him, such as when he offered his own life in exchange for Michael leaving Jamie and other Haddonfield residents alone and when he spoke to Michael about Jamie's ability to stop his rage upon Michael arriving at the Myers home. During this conversation, he calmly spoke to Michael about the latter's past and current emotions and reached for Michael's knife. Although this proved fruitless, as evidenced by his lack of drawing a weapon and having his own guard lowered while maintaining very little distance between them, Loomis genuinely believed there was a chance to reach Michael through talking. This contradiction only adds to the complexity of Loomis's view on the chances for a rehabilitation of his former patient.

Despite their many differences, Loomis and Michael share a distinct high level of determination that causes them to push toward their polar opposite goals with a similar resistance to physical abuse. Just as Michael has survived being shot repeatedly, burned alive, and beaten repeatedly, Loomis has survived being stabbed, burned alive, and being thrown through glass. Both men were shown to in some cases receive these injuries and return to their regular operations within a manner of hours, as Loomis recovered enough from being thrown through glass to where he was able to walk in less than a night and Michael recovered enough from being beaten repeatedly by Loomis to where he could walk in less than a night. They are both also willing to employ lethal methods to accomplish their mission, although Loomis would only do this to Michael while the latter regularly kills random people.

A key quality of Loomis is his selflessness. His involvement in trying to put an end to Michael's various murder sprees is entirely out of concern for others, as Michael has never targeted Loomis outside of when Loomis intervenes. When he tried to kill Michael at Haddonfield Hospital, he signaled for Laurie to leave the room and was willing to sacrifice himself if it meant killing Michael. When encountering Michael for the first time in a decade, as the latter was in pursuit of Laurie's daughter Jamie, Loomis tried to offer himself as a victim in the place of the residents of Haddonfield. After being knocked out by Terence Wynn's henchmen, Loomis was given the opportunity to flee but instead came to the aid of Kara, Tommy, Danny, and Steven. Loomis viewed his own life as lesser than the purpose of stopping Michael from hurting innocent people.

While Jamie was admitted to Haddonfield Children's Clinic, and after Loomis became aware of her telepathic bond with Michael, he tried to pressure Jamie to reveal what she knew about Michael. This earned him repudiation from Nurse Patsey, but his serious treatment of her telepathic bond with Michael made him the only person who took Jamie's visions as more than nightmares. This also caused him to be attentive to Jamie in ways that others were not, as he called Rachel upon Jamie's request and demanded Deputies Nick Ross and Tom Farrah prevent Tina Williams from leaving the clinic after Jamie begged for her to stay. This demonstrated Loomis wanted to both ease Jamie's concerns while having her use her telepathic link to prevent Michael from killing more people and Loomis's obsession with stopping Michael made him believe fully in the supernatural.

Despite the extreme lengths he would go to in order to confront Michael, Loomis seldom operated alone, acquiring the aid of law enforcement both during the 1978 murder sprees and when Michael became active again ten years later. Loomis evidently believed in the strength of numbers as he knew Michael was most successful when cornering individuals rather than fighting groups. While Loomis was willing to confront Michael alone, and would do so when either making pleas to him or when put in a particular circumstance where Michael had dispatched of officers, his constant push for the assistance of others highlights his particular knowledge on Michael's modus operandi.

Loomis usually has a firearm on hand during his encounters with Michael, which shows his preparedness. This contrasts him with most of the people Michael meets, who are oftentimes unarmed and caught off-guard in being confronted by Michael, and gives him a similarity with law enforcement.

A man who recognized her fear, Loomis comforted Jamie Lloyd.

Loomis also values the feelings of others. When he spoke to Laurie after shooting Michael at Haddonfield Hospital, he apologized for leaving her side and asked if she was alright. After encountering Jamie while the latter was running from Michael, he confirmed that they would be safe after hearing police sirens not because he actually believed this, but due to wanting Jamie to be less afraid. Loomis also embraced Jamie before and after this exchange. Whether he was calling Rachel to ensure her safety after Jamie sensed she was in danger or trying to prevent Tina from leaving Jamie's clinic after a similar premonition, even pleading with Tina to spend the night with Jamie, many of Loomis's activities during the period Jamie stayed at Haddonfield Children's Clinic were done out of concern for Jamie's feelings. At the root of Loomis's obsession with stopping Michael is the concern for others, whether they are well or injured, and in the event they encounter Michael, whether they live or die.

Trivia

  • This is the only version of Loomis to not have been confirmed dead, although his fate is left unknown at the end of The Curse of Michael Myers.
  • Between Halloween II and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Loomis is assaulted by Michael in every film they appear in.
  • Loomis and Michael are the only characters to appear in every film in this timeline.
  • After Halloween, Loomis lays on the ground in every film he appears in. Loomis collapses to the floor after being stabbed by Michael in Halloween 2, he jumps to the ground to avoid the explosion at the filling station in Halloween 4, he falls on top of Michael after having a stroke in Halloween 5, and he falls when struck behind by Wynn's men in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.
  • Loomis's stroke in Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers was written with the intent of killing off the character as Donald Pleasance wanted to retire from the franchise. Had this happened, Loomis would have been the only character to die in the film from natural causes as opposed to being murdered.
  • Loomis is shown to be equipped with a firearm in each of his appearances except Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers.
  • Along with Tommy Doyle, Loomis is one of two characters to beat Michael repeatedly with a blunt object in this timeline.
  • The Curse of Michael Myers is the only film in which Loomis does not wear his trademark trench coat.
  • Loomis has the last spoken line in Halloween, Halloween 4, and Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.
  • When Loomis raises his gun to shoot Jamie at the end of Halloween 4, it is the only time in all five films that Loomis tried to shoot someone that was not Michael.
  • Loomis is the only character to interact with Jackson P. Sayer in Halloween 4.
  • Along with Brady, Loomis is one of two characters to fire at Michael and miss in Halloween 4.
  • Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers is the only film in which Loomis does not partner with law enforcement to end Michael's killing spree.
  • In the original Producer's Cut of The Curse of Michael Myers, the ending has Dr. Loomis becoming the Cult of Thorn's new leader by force of having the mark passed on to him, and the film ended with the same scream presented as originally shot, instead of as a background noise. This asserts Loomis' fate as alive, but better off dead, while Michael's fate remains unaccounted for. It is possible that the treatment written by Daniel Ferrands for the proposed Michael Myers: Lord of the Dead was cancelled due to Pleasence's death.

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