Is Michael Myers human or supernatural? Each version explained

The Hallowe’en The franchise’s unstoppable bogeyman Michael Myers is possessed by an inhuman evil, but is he actually a supernatural being, an unusually powerful human, or something else entirely? There is no definitive answer, as many Hallowe’en The films are divided into four different timelines, each of which offers its own version of Michael Myers.

The original Michael Myers story consisted of Hallowe’en, Halloween II, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Y Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. With John Carpenter returning to the franchise as executive producer, 2018 Hallowe’en reset the timeline, ignoring everything from Halloween II onwards and positioning itself as a direct sequel to 1978 Hallowe’en. Halloween H20 Y Halloween: resurrection took a similar approach, but included Halloween II in its continuity. Meanwhile, Rob Zombie’s 2007 Hallowe’en reboot and its sequel, Halloween II, they exist in a completely separate canon.

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From Michael Myers’ first appearance on theater screens, his psychiatrist, Dr. Samuel Loomis, maintained that Michael was not a man. When a distraught Laurie Strode called Michael Myers the bogeyman, Dr. Loomis told her he was right. No matter what timeline he’s in, Michael Myers is an irrepressible force of evil, but is he still fundamentally human? Here are the possible answers.

Michael Myers in the original Halloween movies

Halloween cult of the thorn

The original Hallowe’en The timeline contains the most overtly supernatural explanation of Michael Myers’ powers. As revealed in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, a group of Druids belonging to the ancient Cult of Thorn cast a curse on Michael when he was a baby. The curse caused Thorn to possess him, a demonic force that requires its host to sacrifice his family on Samhain, which is now known as Halloween night. Thorn also bestows supernatural gifts on his host, which were offered as an explanation for Michael Myers surviving so many injuries that they should have been fatal. In this version of the Hallowe’en In the timeline, Laurie Strode is Michael’s sister and thus he is forced to kill her on Halloween night to complete his sacrifice to Thorn.

Unfortunately, The curse of Michael Myers He committed the cardinal sin of explaining too much to his monster. The fact that Michael Myers kept getting up and killing again, despite seemingly existing in a world without magic, was one of the things that had made him so terrifying. Another was that he couldn’t be reasoned with or negotiated with, and he seemed to have no real motivation to kill people. He killed indiscriminately, like the manifestation of death itself. By removing all the mystery and replacing it with a druid curse that tells Michael who to kill and protects him as he does so, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers it made it seem considerably less scary. The film was panned by critics upon its release and has never received a direct sequel, with all subsequent reboots removing it from continuity.

Michael Myers in the Halloween H20 reboot

Halloween H20 Michael Myers Window Laurie Strode

From 1998 Halloween H20 and its sequel, Halloween: resurrection, started a new timeline from where Halloween II stopped, ignoring everyone else Hallowe’en movies from. He removed Laurie Strode’s daughter, Jamie Lloyd, from the continuity and replaced her with a son, John. The end of Halloween H20 It apparently gave Michael Myers his most definitive death yet, when Laurie completely decapitated him with an ax. However, despite the 2002 sequel’s title, Michael Myers was not resurrected by any supernatural means. Instead, the end of Halloween H20 was picked up with the revelation that the man Laurie had beheaded was not Michael Myers at all, but a paramedic whose vocal cords were crushed by Michael to prevent him from speaking and donned Michael’s jumpsuit and Halloween mask to fool Laurie. Thereafter, Halloween: resurrection he stuck to the simple slasher fare, and there is no evidence that Michael Myers is supernatural in this particular timeline.

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Michael Myers in Rob Zombie’s Halloween Reboot

Halloween Family Vision 2 Rob Zombie Myers

Rob zombie Hallowe’en reboot and its sequel depict the most “human” Michael Myers of the four versions, but also delve into sequences of dreams and hallucinations that give them an otherworldly feel. What Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, The Zombie version of the franchise attempts to answer the question of why Michael Myers kills. Unfortunately, the answer offered is not much more interesting than “the druids did it”. Hallowe’en (2007) and in particular Halloween II (2009) go to great lengths for a Freudian analysis of Michael Myers, and Dr. Loomis at one point lectured on the Freudian foundations of the character. On Halloween II, Michael Myers is led from victim to victim by a hallucinatory manifestation of his dead mother, while his own mind is represented by a vision of his 10-year-old self facing his looming adult self.

The closest the Rob Zombie films get to the supernatural is a vague hint of a psychic connection between Michael and Laurie Strode, who is revealed once again as Michael’s long-lost sister. At one point, Michael eats the meat of a murdered dog and, miles away, Laurie (who is a vegetarian) suddenly begins to vomit. Later, Laurie begins to experience the same visions of her mother, even though she was orphaned as a baby and would not know what her mother is like. He also sees the children’s version of Michael Myers, and towards the end of Halloween II She cannot escape the adult Michael because the child version is repressing her (or so her mind thinks). Is Michael Myers human or inhuman? Zombie’s answer is that he has a serious mental illness and that it is hereditary.

Michael Myers in the new Halloween continuity

The current official canon consists only of Hallowe’en (1978), Hallowe’en (2018) and the next sequels Halloween deaths Y Halloween ends. One of the benefits of ignoring Halloween II And all that came next is that the current continuity is free of the family connection between Michael Myers and Laurie Strode, rather than returning Michael to the core of his character: an unstoppable bringer of death who kills for no known reason. This is arguably the best answer to the question of whether Michael is human or supernatural – there is no answer at all.

In the original Hallowe’en, actor Tony Moran does not appear in the credits as Michael Myers, but simply as “The Shape.” This is how John Carpenter referred to him in the script, and it fits with the idea that Michael is not a man, but the bogeyman. This folkloric creature is defined by its vagueness; there are no “rules” that limit the bogeyman like vampires or werewolves, and he has no specific powers or weaknesses. The bogeyman is simply something that lurks in the dark shadows and is feared by children. At the end of Hallowe’en (1978), after the disappearance of the riddled body of Michael Myers, the film closes a series of shots of empty rooms, with the sound of Michael’s breathing in all of them. The sequence conveys the idea that the bogeyman could be lurking anywhere and everywhere, even in his own home.

Weather Hallowe’en (2018) caught with a Michael Myers of flesh and blood, the trailer for Halloween deaths suggests that the upcoming sequel may flirt with the supernatural. Referring to Michael emerging alive from the devastating fire at the end of the previous film, Laurie grimly says that “a man couldn’t survive that fire, “and other lines of advance build on this by saying”the more it kills, the more it transcends“and what is”the essence of evil.” It is possible that Halloween deaths will make the same mistake as Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers and the Rob Zombie reboot did, by over-explaining Michael Myers to the point where he’s no longer particularly scary. On the other hand, those lines are consistent with the quirks of Dr. Loomis in the original. Hallowe’en movie: Michael Myers is not a man, but pure evil in human form. The reference to him “transcendent“It’s not necessarily supernatural, but it could describe the way his infamy and fear of him increases with each life he takes.

With two sequels remaining in director David Gordon Green’s current trilogy, it remains to be seen if Michael Myers will remain a loosely defined “Form” or if a clear reason will be given for his supernatural strength and durability. But based on past attempts to explain it worked, this mystery is probably best left unsolved.

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