YMMV / Halloween
Films with their own YMMV pages:
- Awesome Music: The main theme. Seriously, try listening to it without getting the chills. Just try it.
- Complete Monster: Michael Myers in the original films is a cold-blooded Serial Killer with a hatred of teenage sexuality and a fondness for carving knives. After killing his sister at the age of six, 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 H20 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. Incapable of feeling empathy, and driven by a loathing of seemingly everybody he encounters, the unstoppable and perpetually silent Michael helped to define the Slasher Movie as we know it, and remains one of the most bone-chillingly evil slasher villains.
- But he's not the ONLY one...
- Conal Cochran is the 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 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 mass murder to be a fun joke, the best ever in fact, because it's a joke on the children.
- In the theatrical cut, 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 first movie. In the previous movie, Wynn followed Michael in his killing spree, and 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.
- Crossover Ship: A non-romantic example. A lot of fan art portrays Michael as close friends with Sam.
- Cry for the Devil: The remakes try to depict Michael's childhood as depressingly broken. Whether you do feel sorry for the guy is up in the air.
- Evil Is Cool: Like all the other horror icons, Michael Myers is definitely this.
- First Installment Wins: The first film is a universally praised horror classic. The sequels... exist. How well they hold vary from fan to fan to say the least.
- Franchise Original Sin: A huge negative on the franchise is Michael's inner machinations being explained as they end up downplaying the horror. The explanations start to creep in at around the fifth installment, but all of this actually started with the second film. Michael's reason for attacking Laurie is revealed as them being siblings and Michael leaving behind graffiti reading "Samhain" suggest that he's connected to the occult. These were contested, but eventually accepted for most fans as Michael was still a mystery at the time and the twist is kept for both timelines of the original and in Rob Zombie's reboot.
- It Was His Sled: Michael is Laurie's brother. A lot of people know this by now since both timelines of the original franchise kept this twist and the remake doesn't even bother hiding the fact.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: The success of comedian Mike Myers makes it a bit hard to take a villain with that name seriously.
- Sequelitis: Most of the sequels are considered to be unable to measure up to the original, with Resurrection being regarded as the series' nadir and the Rob Zombie-directed reboots being a Love It or Hate It affair.
- Signature Scene:
- 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.
- 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.
- Surprisingly Improved Sequel: IV and H20. Both came after two lackluster sequels, both showed the influence of the slasher trends of the day.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: 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 John Carpenter's original plan of making it Genre Anthology about stories set on All Hallows' Eve instead of just turning it into (what quickly became) a generic Slasher Movie series.
- Uncanny Valley: The original Michael Myers Halloween mask was a William Shatner mask, spray painted white and with the hair frizzed out and eyeholes altered. The effect is downright creepy.
- The Woobie:
- Never mind that he is one of the few characters who doesn't get horribly murdered, does anything good ever happen to Dr. Loomis?
- Jamie Lloyd. Her mother died in a car accident, her uncle is a monstrous killer who is dead-set on killing her, is kidnapped by the Thorn cult at the end of Revenge and she is killed off at the start of Curse (and Producer's Cut of the film reveals that that her baby is the result of Michael raping her).
- Laurie, especially in Zombie's 2. Not only does she lose her friends but, going by canon, she loses her daughter to Michael (Thorn canon), loses her family (H20/HR canon), and either ends up becoming that she is a Myers or becoming crazy and getting shot dead by the police (Zombieverse).
- Actually, Lindsey Wallace, as depicted in a comic series in the H20 timeline, could easily rival Jamie in terms of having a depressing, downer outcome. In this series, it shows that after the events in the first Halloween, she became an absolute wreck - getting addicted to drugs, becoming clinically depressed and paranoid of Michael Myers. Her fears come true when he does begin stalking her for real. What does she get for all the grief and pain she suffered since she was a child? Michael slicing her tendons and murdering her anyway. Basically, if you want this series to end on anything resembling a not totally depressing ending, you're going to want to stop watching after Halloween II.
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 Canon Discontinuity
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".
The video game: