Michael Myers, the man who seemingly never dies, is a true movie legend
Halloween, available in Sky Cinema on demand from Friday 25 October. Cert 18
Some horror films are just that iconic, their music alone can instantly send you cowering behind the sofa – Psycho with its screeching violins, the foreboding duuun dun, duuun dun of Jaws and, of course, that oh-so-familiar tinkling of the ivories from the long-running Halloween franchise. Well, don’t leave the safety of the upholstery just yet, because the newest entry in the series is here, and serial killer Michael Myers is up to his old tricks once again.
Director and co-creator John Carpenter first introduced us to Myers and the haunting score in 1978. This latest film is a direct sequel to the original, and Michael (James Jude Courtney and Nick Castle, who starred as him in the original) wants to finish what he started. He escapes from Smith’s Grove Sanitarium, hellbent on killing Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), the one who got away 40 years previously.
The character of Michael is so memorable, mainly because he just never dies! Is he immortal? Well, that is unclear. But, after shooting Myers six times in Halloween II, his psychiatrist Dr Samuel Loomis (Donald Pleasence) wearily claims, “This man, he’s… HE’S NOT HUMAN!” It’s one of the reasons why we love this series so much – Michael just keeps coming back for more. Bullets, heights, dynamite and fire prove to be no match for him.
A very fitting – and unlucky – 13 films (including upcoming ones) exist in the Halloween franchise and they follow a somewhat confusing chronology. Click/hover on the film stills below to find out all you need to know as we unmask them.
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