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  • Do you think there's a limit to Michael's high resistance to pain? Could there be some things he simply cannot survive?
    • Sure, but no one will ever be able to reliably bring them to bear, or make it stick if they do. I'm willing to bet he can survive losing a limb or three, and even getting riddled with bullets (he has got to have a hyper clot factor in his blood and self pinching arteries), total immolation would do it (but merely frying all his skin would probably do nothing) and destroying at least two thirds of his brain may kill him. Everything else he'll just shrug off.
      • It's also stated in the original novelisation that Michael is possessed by the ghost of a murderous and sexually frustrated Celtic hunchback who killed his tribe's most lovely maiden and most handsome young warrior at a Samhain feast, and that the ghost repeats his fell deed every few decades through that bloodline (remember the bit about Mike's great-grandfather murdering a dancing couple at a Harvest Dance?). So a few supernatural talents are probably par for the course.
    • The Cult of Thorn supposedly protected him with their spells when they abducted him as a baby, but what we can see shows that he isn't invulnerable, only endowed with a fantastic healing factor like Wolverine's. Probably you'd have to go at him faster and harder than his healing goes, and keep at it until his body is destroyed.
  • Or this one: when he fell from the window near the end, shot, eye poked, and stabbed, how did he get his injuries taken care of? It wasn't as if he could just go to the hospital.
    • But he did, in the very next movie! Anyway, I'm going with a (possibly supernatural) Healing Factor, since even in the original, Michael seemed inhuman (for evidence of that assumption not related to shrugging off normally lethal injuries, there's lifting Bob up with one hand with no visible effort whatsoever, plus getting Judith's stolen tombstone into an upstairs bedroom by himself).
  • How did Loomis conclude that Michael was evil just from him not talking or moving?
    • Depends on the source. For just the original film alone, it may have been him just realising there was no reaching Michael and came to the conclusion he was evil just by the look in his eyes (as Loomis has stated in the film). For the Halloween comic book by Chaos! Comics, it details Michael's time in the asylum. Michael killed a female patient during a blackout that occurs during a Halloween party (she was found in the barrel for apple bobbing, and people assumed that she slipped, hit her head and drowned by accident). But, Michael also targeted and killed Loomis's fiancée, who also worked with him as a nurse in the asylum. Again, people assumed it was an accident, but Loomis knew for sure it was Michael who did it and saw Michael as being unable to be redeemed.
    • It was a feeling, a vibe Loomis got from Michael. He felt a deep evil within Michael through something he saw in his eyes. Sometimes you just get a strong, unshakeable vibe about a person not being what they seem and hiding some deep darkness, and often those vibes are right. The human sense of interpersonal perception can be quite keen.
  • Why didn't Michael kill Laurie when she was a helpless baby? I'm sure he had some time to kill her. I mean, at least the remake explained that he just wanted to be with her.
    • Because Laurie isn't his sister in the original Halloween. If you want a longer answer that takes the sequels into account, though, killing a baby probably didn't provide the same thrill as murdering a nubile teenager.
    • I'd chalk it up to Michael's unpredictability. There was never any reason as to why he killed his sister Judith, and there was never really any reason as to why he didn't kill Laurie as a baby (ignoring the fact that Carpenter didn't intend Laurie to be Michael's sister in the original film). He just... decided to kill one sister that night, and not the other. It can't be explained. It's just pure evil at work.
    • Michael's behaviour is often seemingly random. For instance, toward the beginning of Halloween 4, he probably could have killed Loomis at the garage, but let him live for whatever reason. In the seventh movie he followed that mother and daughter into the bathroom, but just took their keys without killing them, even though there's no reason why he couldn't have.
    • Another explanation could be that Laurie wasn't at the Myers house in the first film. The Myers were leaving their teenage daughter to keep an eye on their son, who is six years old. If you were a parent, would you trust your teenager to keep an eye on your six-year-old child and your infant at the same time? It'd make more sense to leave the baby with a next door neighbour who may have more experience with babies and let the teenager keep an eye on a more manageable six-year-old.
    • Perhaps Judith was taking Michael trick-or-treating while the parents went out for the night. In that case, Laurie could have been in someone else's care - or she was with the parents. Maybe the parents were visiting friends or family and took Laurie with them to introduce her? We don't see how the parents got home so maybe Laurie is just there offscreen still in the car?
    • The H20 continuity implies that Michael only kills a relative when they turn seventeen. Judith was that age but Laurie as a baby wasn't. He didn't come after her until she was seventeen, and likewise didn't come after her son until he was that age.
    • Also in the 2018 sequel, he passes up the opportunity to kill a baby. For some reason, it's beneath him, perhaps it's just unsporting.

  • Michael's mask is supposed to be a Halloween mask he stole off a hardware store's shelf. But what is it a mask of? It's just a white face with hair.
    • It's William Shatner. Seriously ("William Shatner mask" even redirects to "Halloween (1978 film)" on Wikipedia now).
    • More accurately, it WAS a William Shatner mask — the crew did modify it (notably painting it white). Within the films, it's a generic mass-produced mask, sufficiently popular enough that Ben Tramer wears the same thing the same night.
    • I think a better question is why a hardware store is selling Halloween masks at all. I've never seen costume masks in a hardware store.
    • It's a hardware store in a small town. From how the store looks, it might have been there as far back before the start of the film and Michael himself may have been brought there to buy a costume before that Halloween night in 1963. I know that may sound out of place, but it's not uncommon in small towns in the past to expand their stock to include items for holiday items. Even small town Ace Hardware stores would sell toys during the Christmas season in addition to its usual hardware stock.
  • If Michael spent 15 years not moving, not talking, and not reacting to external stimuli, how did he not starve to death?
    • IVs, most likely. That or they're just being dramatic, and he was only like that when not eating, or going to the bathroom, or other biological necessities.

  • Alright, this is a question about that deleted scene in H20 that was going to bridge the "Cult of Thorn" timeline with the H20 timeline. That scene was going to show that this all took place in the same continuity, with Laurie as the headmistress apparently hearing about her daughter's fate for the first time given she goes to throw up after hearing the report on "The Haddonfield Murders." My question is Why. The. HELL. did Laurie basically abandon her daughter Jamie to the wolves so she could go into the witness protection program?! Under what circumstances did she think it a good idea to leave Jamie within a thousand miles of where her still-living (if comatose) brother was at, knowing he targets family members? This creates a huge plot hole! It feels like this scene was deleted not just to keep it a separate continuity but also because it would make Laurie wildly unsympathetic to the audience knowing she abandoned one child but then kept the other one around for seemingly no reason at all, given Jamie and John were born a year apart.
    • I'm fairly sure that's why they decided to split the timeline.