I met him, fifteen years ago; I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience, no understanding; and even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes… the devil’s eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized that what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply… evil. – Dr Sam Loomis
We’ve all been subject to stories about people dying in weird circumstances or ghosts that do awful things to the occupants of their house – urban legends have lived in our lives since time began. What we don’t really know is the story behind them and as much as people try to explain them or debunk the mystery, this lack of explanation is actually the most exciting part– it just leaves you with a chill down your spine.
The backstory of Halloween was never told onscreen until Rob Zombie decided to lift the lid on Michael’s childhood and the events that led up to the death of his sister, some die-hard fans have criticised this move and others have watched it not realising there is an original version (I’m not going into that for fear of a rant spanning thousands of words) so in that case we won’t be discussing Rob’s re-imagining here with regards to Halloween – for many this story belongs to John Carpenter and Debra Hill.
Michael Myers was born October 19th, 1957 to Ron and Edith Myers, what is known via the good old World Wide Web, Halloween started out as any old day for the Myers household until the murder of his sister. That fateful night his parents came home to their son standing outside the house with a mask over his face, holding a knife covered in their daughter’s blood – a parent’s worst nightmare and what led to this is unknown. However, if we look at the novelisation of the film we learn something very new. Within the book it seems that from a very young age, Michael Myers was a disturbed little boy. Obvious signs that would become a lifelong psychosis. But back to the movie…
Within the film when Michael escapes the asylum to return to Haddonfield there are many attempts on his life as he tries to kill his sister Laurie and what is noticeable is no matter what happens to him he simply won’t die like any normal human being. Taking this into account and thinking about his first kill – is Michael so evil he can never die? Is there a supernatural force at work here? Is this why he became a killer out of the blue? What happened all those years ago for a small boy to put on a mask, take out a knife and stab his sister to death? If this was real life, a few shots and a fall off a balcony would end you in a body bag but this isn’t real life and Michael isn’t as human as we like to think he is although he displays all the attributes of a human being – he simply isn’t. Michael’s state of mind and the reason for his killing spree goes beyond psychology, either that or he has an amazing bullet/stab proof body suit on (not likely).
The bottom line is that not everything in life needs explaining and although we love a good debate about it, everyone loves a good mystery.