YMMV / Halloween

Films with their own YMMV pages:

The franchise:

  • Awesome Music:
    • 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.
  • 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, 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 H20 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. 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.
    • In the expanded universe comics note , all written by Stefan Hutchison, Michael Myers keeps his film counterpart's lack of any human emotion beyond hate and sadism, and is feared as the personification of evil itself for good reason. Keeping with the H20 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 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 razor blades into Halloween candy, and 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 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 slashes a 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 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.
  • 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 divisive affair. The only film in the series that is considered to come anywhere close is III, and even that is a point of contention.
  • 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 a 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.

The video game: