Halloween’s Michael Myers is recognizable thanks to his mask, but throughout the whole movie series, he has worn other masks for different reasons – and here’s every one of them. The horror genre went through an amazing run in the 1980s, especially the slasher subgenre, and it has a lot to thank John Carpenter for. In 1978, Carpenter brought Halloween, which even though wasn’t well-received during its initial release, it’s now considered one of the greatest horror movies ever and is credited with helping develop and popularize the slasher genre in the 1980s.
Halloween tells the story of Michael Myers, who on Halloween night 1963, murdered his sister when he was just six years old. Michael was sent to Smith’s Grove Sanitarium, where he stayed for over a decade and never spoke a single word, which caught the attention of many specialists, most notably Dr. Samuel Loomis (Donald Pleasence). Fifteen years later, on October 30, 1978, Michael escaped and returned to his hometown Haddonfield, Illinois, where he began to stalk Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and his friends. Laurie was the only survivor of Michael’s killing spree and continued to be his main target in the sequel. Halloween made way for a franchise with a total of 13 movies, including two remakes by Rob Zombie and a reboot trilogy, becoming one of the most popular and beloved franchises in horror.
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As a result, Michael Myers has become part of pop culture, and his simple yet terrifying outfit and mask have become favorites for every Halloween party. Michael’s iconic mask was famously made out of a William Shatner mask that was modified and painted white to give it the desired look, which even though is pretty simple, definitely transmits an unsettling vibe, mostly because the eyes appear to be completely black. However, this hasn’t been the only mask Michael has worn in the movies, as he has changed it for others for different reasons. Here’s every mask Michael Myers has worn in the Halloween series that isn’t the classic white face look.
The very first mask Michael Myers wore in the Halloween movie series was on that horrifying Halloween night in 1963. Michael was in full costume when he killed his sister as he had been trick-or-treating, and following the popular belief of clowns being terrifying and evil, Michael was dressed as a clown, mask included. Michael was wearing the mask when he killed his sister, and the scene is shown from his point of view, meaning that the audience is watching the murder through the clown mask. On his way back to Haddonfield in 1978, he killed a mechanic for his coveralls, and once back in his hometown, he stole the well-known white and expressionless mask he continued wearing for the rest of the movie series.
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
After leaving the Michael Myers storyline behind in Halloween III: Season of the Witch, the franchise returned to it in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. This time, Michael’s target was Laurie’s daughter, Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris), as Laurie died in a car accident between Halloween II and Halloween 4. The movie begins with Michael, who had been in a coma for ten years after the explosion at the end of Halloween II, being transferred to Smith’s Grove Sanitarium, and he had bandages covering his face – it’s not exactly a mask, but it works as one as the purpose is to not show what Michael looks like.
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers saw Michael still chasing Jamie, who was now institutionalized for trying to murder her foster mother at the end of Halloween 4 (an event that set the basis for the Cult of Thorn storyline in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers). Before he got to his niece, he continued killing those close to Jamie, including her foster sister Rachel. After that, he started stalking Rachel’s friend Tina, who was very close to Jamie and visited her regularly at the hospital. Michael killed Tina’s boyfriend, Mike, and wore a “Brute” mask that she had given to Mike earlier, which allowed him to pose as her boyfriend for a while.
Rob Zombie’s Halloween saw a variety of masks that aren’t the classic Shatner one. This remake or reimagining (depending on who you ask) followed the same premise as John Carpenter’s original movie but with some significant changes, especially in Michael’s backstory. Zombie used the first act of the movie to explore Michael’s life prior to the murder of his sister, showing him as a kid who went through a lot of emotional abuse and who showed signs of psychopathy, which some feel was a way to justify his future murders. On Halloween night, Michael murdered a school bully, his mother’s abusive boyfriend Ronnie, his sister Judith’s boyfriend, and Judith, all while dressed as a clown, including a mask.
Just like in the original Halloween, Michael was then sent to Smith’s Grove Sanitarium, but instead of skipping this part of Michael’s story like the first movie did, Zombie decided to explore it. Michael was under the care of Dr. Sam Loomis (Malcolm McDowell), and even though he was initially cooperative, he became dissociative with time and fixated on papier-mache masks, making various of them while at Smith’s Grove and wearing them during his sessions with Loomis. Michael was actually wearing one of those handmade masks when he killed a nurse while his mother, Deborah (Sheri Moon Zombie), and Loomis were talking outside, and it was that particular murder that drove his mother to commit suicide. Michael continued making masks for the next 15 years, to the point where his room was covered with them, and wore a pumpkin-like one when he escaped from Smith’s Grove. He got his Shatner mask when he arrived at his abandoned family house, as he hid it under the floorboards years ago.
Next: Halloween: How Michael Myers’ Mask Changes In Each Movie
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