The Many (often stupid) Faces of Michael Myers: PART 1

Deadly Movies | Halloween 2011

Michael Myers; the ultimate boogeyman? No doubt. Hipster fasionista? Maybe (who knows what he gets up to for the rest of the year). Purveyor of facial continuity? No. Like a lady doesn’t wear the same dress two nights in a row, Michael Myers won’t be seen dead in the same infamous William Shatner mask for more than about five minutes before a nonsensical change is in order. Join Deadly Movies in a journey through the many faces of Michael Myers (part 1).

1: Halloween (1978), aka El Clásico

The classic Myers mask. Ideal in every way. The simplicity of painting a replica William Shatner mask white and hollowing out the eyes a-little, proved a master stroke in creating an icon of horror. The eye sockets allow for just enough recess of the actors eyes, the hair is just unkept enough, and there’s just the right amount of definition in the cheek bones and pout to convey chilling emotionless. So simple in fact, It begs the question; Why was this SO hard to recapture and recreate for the next 25 years?

2: Halloween 2 (1981), aka El Boxeador

It may have been 3 years later, but in the movie it was supposed to be the very same night. Strange then that Michael looks distinctly different. I guess being shot and falling out of a second floor window will do that to a man. His face has become noticeably rounder (we can probably put this down to the change of actor behind the mask), the nose broader, the straight-up collars make the neck look a little more boxed, and the worrying trend towards a GINGER Michael Myers has well and truly began. One cool thing to come out of this was the infamous bleeding eyes, which, left Michael looking more like (old) George Foreman than his former self.  This mask would well and truly be retired for good when Loomis set Michael on fire.

3: Halloween 4 (1988), aka El Sloppy Joe

Some will say this is the worst outing for Michael’s many masks. I’m not sure. One thing’s for certain, it doesn’t get much better from here on in. Where to start? Almost all texture has been striped away and replaced by a flimsy mask with little to no definition, the mask is in fact so feeble that it bends and creases all over the shop. The hair has noticeably more (unwanted) volume (one drop of humidity and this thing is going to explode) and is inexplicably gelled back mafia-style. The neck being tucked all the way into the overalls looks odd, and that ginger tinge continues. Quite frankly he looks nothing like, well, himself. Throughout this movie Michael’s stupid mask makes it look like he’s in a constant state of surprise and confusion. At least, narratively, he is wearing a ‘different’ mask.

4: Halloween 5 (1989), aka El de Alice Cooper

HA HA HA, LOLs. Here’s the lowest point for Deadly Movies two cents. What the donkey-dick is going on here? For one, wearing the neck out over the overalls is plain stupid. Humidity has well and truly made his hair both explode and grow generously into something resembling the very best of the stadium rock era. Aside from that, the mask has got a little grubbier which is a step in the right direction, and some definition returns. But really, this dude looks nothing like Michael Myers. Keep in mind this is supposed to be the same mask as part 4. Continuity certainly wasn’t important to.., ANYONE in 1989.

5: Halloween 6 (1995), aka Lo Básico

Say what you will about this unbelievably confusing movie, but at least Michael is looking a little more like himself. Nothing much to say other than this mask is probably the most faithful (of the original movies) to the 1978 original. As John Major once famously said; “Back to basics“. A small island of design-restraint in a sea of confusing anti-continuity that would continue into the 2000s.

Check out Part 2 of our journey through the favourite face fashions of Michael Myers as we delve into the realms of face-paint, CGI, Busta Rhymes, and Rob Zombie in the years 1998-2009.

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