31 Days of Halloween 24 – Michael Myers kills dogs
Did you know Michael Myers only killed five people and two dogs in 1978’s Halloween? It is never explained why he does what he does. The series later tried to explain that the Thorn cult was responsible for his weird behavior, but Dr. Loomis thought he was simply evil, like an empty vessel, devoit of humanity. There are many, many internet sites out there trying to “explain” Michael Myers, but all of them are deluding themselves. The serial killings of Michael Myers cannot be explained.
1. Judith Myers – The first victim is Judith, Michael’s older sister. She was responsible for babysitting him on Halloween night. She’s prevented from going out, so probably was not too keen on this task. Her boyfriend comes over on Halloween night, but leaves promptly after having sex with her. After killing her, Michael later steals her gravestone, placing in the bed of some teens who had sex, the same as Judith. The reason is never revealed, but his personal connection warped his ideas of morality and punishment. He was deranged, a “Shape” as John Carpenter described him, completely bleached of humanity.
2. Truck driver – The truck driver aka Christopher Hastings was an employee of Phelps Garage, as it says on the side of the truck. He was dragged from the truck by Michael and killed, left in the grass to die where Loomis found him. The truck was stashed in some overgrowth. Michael stole some garage overalls we see him in for most of the movie.
3. Dog(s) – The Sheriff and Dr. Loomis find the first dead dog in the old Myers house. Dr. Loomis explains that Michael was munching on it. In this scene, we get Dr. Loomis’ real theory that Michael is not a man at all, but pure evil. The second dog is killed outside of the house where Annie is babysitting, as it barks at Michael and annoys him, so he stabs it to death. Michael hates the family pet, as a good psychopath would.
5. Bob – Lynda’s boyfriend Bob is killed in the kitchen while he’s getting some beer. He thinks Paul or Annie are there hiding in the closet, but Michael rushes out and grabs him instead. Michael has unnatural strength and lifts him off the ground one-handed. He delivers a single killing blow, possibly stabbing completely through Bob’s body, because he hangs from the closet door after dead. Michael looks at him strangely.
6. Lynda – Showing voyeuristic tendancies, Michael appears to Lynda dressed in a sheet, with Bob’s glasses on. After she gets up from bed, she dials Laurie. Michael strangles Lynda with a phone cord while she’s still on the phone. After killing her, Michael lifts the phone, as if to listen to what Laurie is saying. Michael’s voyeurism is very interesting and probably the only character trait he ever shows, beyond anger. This might be part of his mental illness, but it is a human quality, which means he is capable of watching, understanding or even enjoying what he watches. Of course, this doesn’t jive with what John Carpenter explains as central to The Shape, a humanless killer. Fact is, Michael Myers may be The Shape, but the real frightening thing is that there might be something human in him too, somewhere.
All of the murders in the original Halloween are unique. The death of Bob has even been copied by other horror movies and it is well-known. The movie itself is a template for a slasher flick, much like The Haunting (1963) was for haunted house movies. As such, it gave birth to the slasher as a genre, to Jason, Freddy, and the rest. I like this movie a lot and it is very complicated, despite its simplicity. It dares ask unanswerable questions and delivers scares like no other.
31 Days of Halloween Movie Marathon
1 – Frankenstein and the Monster from HELL (1974)
2 – Dracula has risen from the grave (1968)
3 – The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964)
4 – Evil Dead II (1987)
5 – Dawn of the Dead (1978)
6 – Les Diaboliques (1955)
7 – The Howling (1981)
8 – Friday the 13th (1980)
9 – Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
10 – Hellraiser (1987)
11 – Let the Right One in (2008)
12 – Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1984)
13 – House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
14 – The Strangers (2008)
15 – The House of the Devil (2009)
16 – Psycho (1960)
17 – The Orphanage (2007)
18 – The Amityville Horror (1979)
19 – The Raven (1963)
20 – Blue Velvet (1986)
21 – Repulsion (1965)
22 – Dementia 13 (1963)
23 – The Vanishing (2008)
24 – Halloween (1978)
25 – Shaun of the Dead (2004)
26 – The Silence of the Lambs (1988)
27 – An American Werewolf in London (1981)
28 – Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
29 – The Exorcist (1973)
30 – The Ring (2002)
31 – Night of the Living Dead (1968)