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 catatonic in the same infamous William Shatner mask for more than five minutes before a nonsensical change is in order. Join Deadly Movies in a journey through the many faces of Michael Myers.
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.
6: Halloween H20 (1998), aka El Camaleón
Much has been said about the H20 mask. In the final cut of H20 you can spot physical rubber masks, masks that are full make-up, and even frame-for-frame CGI masks. Meaning Michael’s look can change dramatically between scenes. There were, in total, four masks used during the making of the movie: 1) A recast of the Halloween 6 mask, 2) A new mask designed by KNB FX at the request of director Steve Miner, 3) a re-shoot mask designed by non other than Stan Winston, and 4) the awful CGI mask. The mask design featured in most of the movie is the Stan Winston re-shoots mask, which, is a sleek and menacing homage to the original, which also allows for the actor’s eyes to be seen, giving it real distinction from previous incarnations. I like it. Thank god they ditched the KNB mask which made him look.., well, nothing at all like Michael Myers you dick heads.
7: Halloween Resurrection (2002), aka Busta Rhymes La Mierda de Racimo
The least said about this cluster fuck the better, and the mask isn’t too good either. There’s far too much definition going on here, Michael’s wearing all kinds of make-up, including guy-liner, and Emo-like shading around his lips and cheekbones. And what the fuck are the jowls about? This is a mask fit for a Busta Rhymes kung-fu kick.
Note: I really HATE THIS FUCKING MOVIE
8: Halloween (2007), aka El Putrefacción Cara
I like it. I like it a lot. The Rob Zombie Michael Myers mask is terrifying. Aside from the perished rubber effect (which is fine as the original mask was in the movie too) the mask looks like Michael, but slightly slimmed down. The eyes and the pout are perfect. Seriously if you saw this guy you would soil yourself. Say what you will about the changes made to Michael and the Halloween story, but what would you have preferred? More Halloween Resurrection?
9: Halloween 2 (2009), aka El Vagabundo Barbudo
Hmmm. I like the Rob Zombie Michael Myers mask. But this may have been asking too much of even the most flexible Halloween fan. The mask has deteriorated to such an extent that we now see Michael has grown a hobo beard, and perhaps most controversial of all, for some of the movie we can see half of Myers face, exposing too much humanity for many a fan. Still, before half the mask is torn off late on in the movie, I still think that the Zombie Myers mask mark 2 is fairly terrifying, and something new and different for the franchise.
So there you have it. Over 30 years of different creative takes on Michael Myers. Which is your favourite? And where will Michael’s face-fasion be heading next? And to think, this all came from a rubber face-mask of Captain Kirk (left), which to be fair was almost as terrifying in its original form!