Rogue of the Week: Michael Myers

Wednesday, 27 October 2010 21:02 Written by  JimmyO
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Rogue of the Week: Michael Myers

Halloween is only a few days away, decorations are up, there is a chill in the air, and it is the night HE came home. There is one name that is synonymous with this spooky holiday... Michael Myers.

Our first glimpse of him was in 1978 classic film Halloween, when he was just a boy holding a large knife that he had used to kill his sister Judith. It was that very moment that a legend had been created. Of course, once the William Shatner mask came on, this icon of fright was cemented in Hollywood history forever.

With the success of Halloween, there was sure to be a sequel. And yes, in 1981, the nightmare wasn’t over. Poor Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) was in the hospital suffering injuries from the first film and even she knew Michael would come after her.

Yet it was years after surviving that that Michael would go after her again. We would have several sequels before the Laurie/Michael battle in Halloween H2O. Before that fateful day, Michael returned several times, but not for part 3. In Halloween 3: Season of the Witch, Myers was nowhere to be found… except on a TV screen. Audiences weren’t too thrilled, but at least they had Tom Atkins.

Luckily, he did return for the remainder of the series, for better or for worse. Whether he was going after a young Danielle Harris, or messing things up with Busta Rhymes, Michael was back. To be honest, none of the sequels could ever live up to the first film. The brilliance that John Carpenter created is one of the most important horror films ever made. It could never be duplicated.

That didn’t stop Rob Zombie from recreating his own version of Michael. The white trash, dysfunctional monster that killed with terrifying force clearly had some pent up anger. Zombie’s sequel brought him back, but that, along with a white horse just seemed strange.

Whether it’s a sequel or a remake, Michael Myers will forever be a part of this fine holiday. With tricks and treats and scary costumes and haunted houses, he is as much a part of it as witches, pumpkins and vampires.

In honor of All Hallows Eve, Michael is our Rogue of the Week!

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