History YMMV / Halloween

12th Nov '17 5:57:46 AM StardustSoldier
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Though the original film is deservedly a classic, the ''Halloween'' series could have spawned some far more interesting stories if the studio had gone ahead with Creator/JohnCarpenter's original plan of making it GenreAnthology about stories set on AllHallowsEve instead of just turning it into (what quickly became) a generic SlasherMovie series.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Though the original film is deservedly a classic, the ''Halloween'' series could have spawned some far more interesting stories if the studio had gone ahead with Creator/JohnCarpenter's original plan of making it a GenreAnthology about stories set on AllHallowsEve instead of just turning it into (what quickly became) a generic SlasherMovie series.
15th Jul '17 1:03:12 PM Tehrannotaur
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* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Michael Myers]], in the [[Film/{{Halloween|1978}} original]] [[Film/{{Halloween II|1981}} films]], is a cold-blooded SerialKiller with a hatred of teenage sexuality and a [[KnifeNut fondness for carving knives]]. After killing his sister [[EnfantTerrible at the age of six]], [[TheSociopath Michael]] breaks out of mental asylum as an adult and goes on a killing spree through his hometown of Haddonfield, intending to kill his surviving sister, Laurie, killing three of her friends before targeting her. Pursuing Laurie to a local hospital, Michael massacres the staff before attacking Laurie again. Despite being stopped, the horror Michael causes doesn't end there. In the ''Film/{{H|alloweenH20TwentyYearsLater}}20'' [[Film/HalloweenResurrection timeline]], 20 years after his original rampage, Michael tracks Laurie to a boarding school in California, killing several students and Laurie's boyfriend before trying to kill her and her son John. Although he was subdued and apparently killed by Laurie, it's revealed in the following film that Michael escaped by crushing a paramedic's larynx and switching clothes with him, leaving the innocent man to die in his place. Michael then tracks Laurie to an insane asylum where he finally kills her. Afterwards, when a reality TV crew starts filming in his childhood home, Michael attacks and kills nearly all of the crew and contestants out of nothing but annoyance with their intrusion. [[LackOfEmpathy Incapable of feeling empathy]], and driven by a loathing of seemingly everybody he encounters, the unstoppable and perpetually silent Michael helped to define the SlasherMovie as we know it, and remains one of the most bone-chillingly evil slasher villains.
** In the expanded universe comics [[note]]Comprised of ''30 Years of Terror'', ''Autopsis'', ''Sam'', and ''Nightdance''.[[/note]], all written by Stefan Hutchison, [[SerialKiller Michael Myers]] keeps his film counterpart's lack of any human emotion beyond hate and sadism, and is [[TheDreaded feared as the personification of evil itself]] for good reason. Keeping with the ''Film/{{H|alloweenH20TwentyYearsLater}}20'' [[Film/HalloweenResurrection timeline]], Michael's spree in the first films is fully detailed here, revealing he has already killed at least 20 innocents, with his first kill being his own sister when he was [[EnfanteTerrible six]]. These comics only add to Michael's evil, as he spends the 20 years between films going on a huge murder spree, where he decapitates the Haddonsville Beauty Pageant winner; murders an elementary school teacher then strings her up for her students to find; shoves [[RazorApples razor blades into Halloween candy]], and [[EyeScream scoops a reporter's eyes out]] before replacing them with film rolls. Taking a sickening pleasure from tormenting his former psychologist, Samuel Loomis, Michael mocks the man's inability to stop him, and, when Loomis is nearing death due to a heart failure, Michael ensures his final moments are a living nightmare as he [[ColdBloodedTorture brutally tortures]] the man's best friend in front of him before leaving both to die. Michael then goes on yet another killing spree of a town's citizens, where he [[SlashedThroat slashes]] a [[WouldHurtAChild child's]] throat, kills numerous people in horrific ways, and hollows out a woman's skull before shoving a candle in her now empty head to make a jack-o'-lantern. Michael finishes the arc off by tricking the police into killing a man under the illusion he was Michael, and follows this up by [[BuriedAlive burying one of his more evasive victims alive]] after stripping her naked. Earning his unofficial title of "bogeyman", Michael Myers is a perfect killing machine driven only by his desire to get the same sadistic thrill he obtained from butchering his own sister all those years ago.

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* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Michael Myers]], in the [[Film/{{Halloween|1978}} original]] [[Film/{{Halloween II|1981}} films]], is a cold-blooded SerialKiller with a hatred of teenage sexuality and a [[KnifeNut fondness for carving knives]]. After killing his sister [[EnfantTerrible at the age of six]], [[TheSociopath Michael]] breaks out of mental asylum as an adult and goes on a killing spree through his hometown of Haddonfield, intending to kill his surviving sister, Laurie, killing three of her friends before targeting her. Pursuing Laurie to a local hospital, Michael massacres the staff before attacking Laurie again. Despite being stopped, the horror Michael causes doesn't end there. In the ''Film/{{H|alloweenH20TwentyYearsLater}}20'' [[Film/HalloweenResurrection timeline]], 20 years after his original rampage, Michael tracks Laurie to a boarding school in California, killing several students and Laurie's boyfriend before trying to kill her and her son John. Although he was subdued and apparently killed by Laurie, it's revealed in the following film that Michael escaped by crushing a paramedic's larynx and switching clothes with him, leaving the innocent man to die in his place. Michael then tracks Laurie to an insane asylum where [[TheBadGuyWins he finally kills her. her]]. Afterwards, when a reality TV crew starts filming in his childhood home, Michael attacks and kills nearly all of the crew and contestants [[ForTheEvulz out of nothing but annoyance with their intrusion. intrusion]]. [[LackOfEmpathy Incapable of feeling empathy]], and driven by [[MisanthropeSupreme a loathing of seemingly everybody he encounters, encounters]], the unstoppable and perpetually silent Michael helped to define the SlasherMovie as we know it, and remains one of the most bone-chillingly evil slasher villains.
** In the expanded universe comics [[note]]Comprised of ''30 Years of Terror'', ''Autopsis'', ''Sam'', and ''Nightdance''.[[/note]], all written by Stefan Hutchison, [[SerialKiller Michael Myers]] keeps his film counterpart's lack of any human emotion beyond hate and sadism, {{sadis|t}}m, and is [[TheDreaded feared as the personification of evil itself]] for good reason. Keeping with the ''Film/{{H|alloweenH20TwentyYearsLater}}20'' [[Film/HalloweenResurrection timeline]], Michael's spree in the first films is fully detailed here, revealing he has already killed at least 20 innocents, with his first kill being his own sister when he was [[EnfanteTerrible six]]. These comics only add to Michael's evil, as he spends the 20 years between films going on a huge murder spree, where he decapitates the Haddonsville Beauty Pageant winner; murders an elementary school teacher then strings her up for her students to find; shoves [[RazorApples razor blades into Halloween candy]], and [[EyeScream scoops a reporter's eyes out]] before replacing them with film rolls. Taking a sickening pleasure from tormenting his former psychologist, Samuel Loomis, Michael mocks the man's inability to stop him, and, when Loomis is nearing death due to a heart failure, Michael ensures his final moments are a living nightmare as he [[ColdBloodedTorture brutally tortures]] the man's best friend in front of him before leaving both to die. Michael then goes on yet another killing spree of a town's citizens, where he [[SlashedThroat slashes]] a [[WouldHurtAChild child's]] throat, kills numerous people in horrific ways, and hollows out a woman's skull before shoving a candle in her now empty head to make a jack-o'-lantern. Michael finishes the arc off by tricking the police into killing a man under the illusion he was Michael, and follows this up by [[BuriedAlive burying one of his more evasive victims alive]] after stripping her naked. Earning his unofficial title of "bogeyman", Michael Myers is a perfect killing machine driven only by his desire to get the same sadistic thrill he obtained from butchering his own sister all those years ago.
20th May '17 10:27:31 AM ThePest179
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---> Heck, (for those who hate total bummers) the first two movies could be seen as the true original John Carpenter canon. Even Carpenter stated that Part 2 was intended as the end of the Michael Myers story arc and that Mike did indeed die for good. Part 4 and onwards could be seen as {{Sequelitis}}/fanfic/re-boots. Applying CanonDiscontinuity to ''Halloween'' by acknowledging only the first two films as "canon" would, according to John Carpenter, actually be canon. If you want to get in the ''Halloween'' films but prefer "happier" endings & Good triumphing over Evil (or something to that effect), just enjoy the first two films and see Laurie Strode & Dr. Loomis as the quintessential awesomesauce "Horror Movie Heroes".

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---> Heck, (for those who hate total bummers) the first two movies could be seen as the true original John Carpenter canon. Even Carpenter stated that Part 2 was intended as the end of the Michael Myers story arc and that Mike did indeed die for good. Part 4 and onwards could be seen as {{Sequelitis}}/fanfic/re-boots. Applying CanonDiscontinuity to ''Halloween'' by acknowledging only the first two films as "canon" would, according to John Carpenter, actually be canon. If you want to get in the ''Halloween'' films but prefer "happier" endings & Good triumphing over Evil (or something to that effect), just enjoy the first two films and see Laurie Strode & Dr. Loomis as the quintessential awesomesauce "Horror Movie Heroes".
2nd May '17 10:27:29 PM CommanderAce
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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The main theme. Seriously, try listening to it without getting the chills. ''Just try it.''

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The main theme. Seriously, try listening to it without getting the chills. ''Just try it.''''
** Not as well known but equally iconic to the series is "The Shape Stalks", which has appeared throughout the films as Michael's stalking theme within the films thanks to its feeling of dread and suspense.
26th Feb '17 10:48:35 AM ACW
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* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Michael Myers]] in the [[Film/{{Halloween|1978}} original]] [[Film/{{Halloween II|1981}} films]] is a cold-blooded SerialKiller with a hatred of teenage sexuality and a [[KnifeNut fondness for carving knives]]. After killing his sister [[EnfantTerrible at the age of six]], [[TheSociopath Michael]] breaks out of mental asylum as an adult and goes on a killing spree through his hometown of Haddonfield, on his way to kill his surviving sister, murdering three of her friends before targeting her. He's stopped, but the horror doesn't end there, as in the ''Film/{{H|alloweenH20TwentyYearsLater}}20'' [[Film/HalloweenResurrection timeline]], after tracking Laurie down, he fakes his death by switching places with a paramedic--after crushing said paramedic's larynx so he couldn't cry outócausing the paramedic to get killed in his place by Laurie. Michael then tracks Laurie down in an insane asylum, and later kills people filming a reality TV show in his house a year after his goal was seemingly complete. [[LackOfEmpathy Incapable of feeling empathy]], and driven by a loathing of seemingly everybody he encounters, the unstoppable and perpetually silent Michael helped to define the SlasherMovie as we know it, and remains one of the most bone-chillingly evil slasher villains.

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* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Michael Myers]] Myers]], in the [[Film/{{Halloween|1978}} original]] [[Film/{{Halloween II|1981}} films]] films]], is a cold-blooded SerialKiller with a hatred of teenage sexuality and a [[KnifeNut fondness for carving knives]]. After killing his sister [[EnfantTerrible at the age of six]], [[TheSociopath Michael]] breaks out of mental asylum as an adult and goes on a killing spree through his hometown of Haddonfield, on his way intending to kill his surviving sister, murdering Laurie, killing three of her friends before targeting her. He's Pursuing Laurie to a local hospital, Michael massacres the staff before attacking Laurie again. Despite being stopped, but the horror Michael causes doesn't end there, as in there. In the ''Film/{{H|alloweenH20TwentyYearsLater}}20'' [[Film/HalloweenResurrection timeline]], 20 years after tracking his original rampage, Michael tracks Laurie down, to a boarding school in California, killing several students and Laurie's boyfriend before trying to kill her and her son John. Although he fakes his death was subdued and apparently killed by switching places with a paramedic--after Laurie, it's revealed in the following film that Michael escaped by crushing said a paramedic's larynx so he couldn't cry outócausing and switching clothes with him, leaving the paramedic innocent man to get killed die in his place by Laurie. place. Michael then tracks Laurie down in to an insane asylum, and later asylum where he finally kills people filming her. Afterwards, when a reality TV show crew starts filming in his house a year after his goal was seemingly complete.childhood home, Michael attacks and kills nearly all of the crew and contestants out of nothing but annoyance with their intrusion. [[LackOfEmpathy Incapable of feeling empathy]], and driven by a loathing of seemingly everybody he encounters, the unstoppable and perpetually silent Michael helped to define the SlasherMovie as we know it, and remains one of the most bone-chillingly evil slasher villains.
26th Feb '17 10:35:05 AM ACW
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**In the expanded universe comics [[note]]Comprised of ''30 Years of Terror'', ''Autopsis'', ''Sam'', and ''Nightdance''.[[/note]], all written by Stefan Hutchison, [[SerialKiller Michael Myers]] keeps his film counterpart's lack of any human emotion beyond hate and sadism, and is [[TheDreaded feared as the personification of evil itself]] for good reason. Keeping with the ''Film/{{H|alloweenH20TwentyYearsLater}}20'' [[Film/HalloweenResurrection timeline]], Michael's spree in the first films is fully detailed here, revealing he has already killed at least 20 innocents, with his first kill being his own sister when he was [[EnfanteTerrible six]]. These comics only add to Michael's evil, as he spends the 20 years between films going on a huge murder spree, where he decapitates the Haddonsville Beauty Pageant winner; murders an elementary school teacher then strings her up for her students to find; shoves [[RazorApples razor blades into Halloween candy]], and [[EyeScream scoops a reporter's eyes out]] before replacing them with film rolls. Taking a sickening pleasure from tormenting his former psychologist, Samuel Loomis, Michael mocks the man's inability to stop him, and, when Loomis is nearing death due to a heart failure, Michael ensures his final moments are a living nightmare as he [[ColdBloodedTorture brutally tortures]] the man's best friend in front of him before leaving both to die. Michael then goes on yet another killing spree of a town's citizens, where he [[SlashedThroat slashes]] a [[WouldHurtAChild child's]] throat, kills numerous people in horrific ways, and hollows out a woman's skull before shoving a candle in her now empty head to make a jack-o'-lantern. Michael finishes the arc off by tricking the police into killing a man under the illusion he was Michael, and follows this up by [[BuriedAlive burying one of his more evasive victims alive]] after stripping her naked. Earning his unofficial title of "bogeyman", Michael Myers is a perfect killing machine driven only by his desire to get the same sadistic thrill he obtained from butchering his own sister all those years ago.
9th Dec '16 12:12:34 PM erforce
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*** But he's not the '''ONLY''' one...
** [[BigBad Conal Cochran]] is the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive CEO]] of Silver Shamrock Novelties, a company known for its Halloween masks, which it shipped all over the United States. Cochran had built these masks with a computer chip made from a fragment of Stonehenge. When Silver Shamrock's commercial would air on Halloween night, the chip was to unleash a lethal swarm of insects and snakes, killing the wearer and anyone in the immediate vicinity. Cochran is shown demonstrating how these masks work on an innocent family, causing them to be poisoned and eaten. His plan is to [[WouldHurtAChild kill thousands of children]] all over the country, partially to bring back the darker aspects of the Celtic festival Samhain, which he connects to witchcraft, but also just because he considers this [[ObviouslyEvil mass murder to be a fun joke]], the best ever in fact, because it's a joke on the children.
** In the theatrical cut, [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Dr. Terrence Wynn]] is revealed to be as monstrous as Michael himself. Wynn uses the ancient {{Cult}} of Thorn as a front for his experiments, using Michael's DNA to create evil in its purest form by impregnating female patients of Smith's Grove Sanitarium with Michael's DNA, most resulting in stillbirths. It is also discovered Wynn helped mentor Michael into being the killer he is today, and helped him escape in the [[Film/{{Halloween 1978}} first movie]]. In the [[Film/Halloween5TheRevengeOfMichaelMyers previous movie]], Wynn followed Michael in his killing spree, and [[CopKiller blew up a police station]] before abducting Michael's niece Jamie and escaping with Michael. After Jamie successfully births a new baby, Steven, Wynn plans on making Steven the next cycle of evil, and even forms a fascination with Danny Strode, trying to get him to become a killer too.
24th Oct '16 7:55:21 AM MrReviser121
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*** But he's not the '''ONLY''' one...
** [[BigBad Conal Cochran]] is the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive CEO]] of Silver Shamrock Novelties, a company known for its Halloween masks, which it shipped all over the United States. Cochran had built these masks with a computer chip made from a fragment of Stonehenge. When Silver Shamrock's commercial would air on Halloween night, the chip was to unleash a lethal swarm of insects and snakes, killing the wearer and anyone in the immediate vicinity. Cochran is shown demonstrating how these masks work on an innocent family, causing them to be poisoned and eaten. His plan is to [[WouldHurtAChild kill thousands of children]] all over the country, partially to bring back the darker aspects of the Celtic festival Samhain, which he connects to witchcraft, but also just because he considers this [[ObviouslyEvil mass murder to be a fun joke]], the best ever in fact, because it's a joke on the children.
** In the theatrical cut, [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Dr. Terrence Wynn]] is revealed to be as monstrous as Michael himself. Wynn uses the ancient {{Cult}} of Thorn as a front for his experiments, using Michael's DNA to create evil in its purest form by impregnating female patients of Smith's Grove Sanitarium with Michael's DNA, most resulting in stillbirths. It is also discovered Wynn helped mentor Michael into being the killer he is today, and helped him escape in the [[Film/{{Halloween 1978}} first movie]]. In the [[Film/Halloween5TheRevengeOfMichaelMyers previous movie]], Wynn followed Michael in his killing spree, and [[CopKiller blew up a police station]] before abducting Michael's niece Jamie and escaping with Michael. After Jamie successfully births a new baby, Steven, Wynn plans on making Steven the next cycle of evil, and even forms a fascination with Danny Strode, trying to get him to become a killer too.
18th Oct '16 1:08:22 AM Antwan
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** In the original, Michael Myers quizzically tilting his head while looking at his kill, who is pinned to the wall with a large knife. The shadows and heavy breathing make it an iconic, creepy moment.

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** In the original, Michael Myers quizzically tilting his head while looking at his kill, who is pinned to the wall with a large knife. The shadows and heavy breathing make it an iconic, creepy moment. Michael's white mask emerging from the darkness as he's about to slash Jamie is also an unforgettable moment.
18th Oct '16 1:01:24 AM Antwan
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* CrossoverShip: A non-romantic example. Alot of fan art portrays Michael as close friends with [[TrickRTreat Sam]].

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* CrossoverShip: A non-romantic example. Alot A lot of fan art portrays Michael as close friends with [[TrickRTreat [[Film/TrickRTreat Sam]].



* SignatureScene:
** In the original, Michael Myers quizzically tilting his head while looking at his kill, who is pinned to the wall with a large knife. The shadows and heavy breathing make it an iconic, creepy moment.
** In the second film, Michael Myers has a similar moment by lifting a nurse she stabbed in the back just by '''the handle of a scalpel'''. Same head tilt, same curious disposition. The scene is even redone in ''H20''.



* UncannyValley: The original Michael Myers Halloween mask was a Creator/WilliamShatner mask, spraypainted white and with the hair frizzed out and eyeholes altered. The effect is downright creepy.

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* UncannyValley: The original Michael Myers Halloween mask was a Creator/WilliamShatner mask, spraypainted spray painted white and with the hair frizzed out and eyeholes altered. The effect is downright creepy.
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