The Masks of Michael Myers
The 1978 John Carpenter film Halloween marked the beginning of one of horrors longest running franchises. The film gave fans one of horrors favorite masked serial killers, Michael Myers. Michael Myers wears a mask in each the Halloween franchise films that he appears in. And every year countless number of Michael Myers masks are sold to horror fans online, in stores, and at conventions.
As the years go by the masks of Michael Myers has changed. Some of the changes to the Michael Myers mask have been embraced by fans other have not. The first Michael Myers mask used in the 1978 Halloween movie was actually a 1975 Star Trek Captain James T. Kirk mask. That’s right. The Michael Myers mask was actually a modified William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk mask.
Throughout the years the mask has evolved. Check out each of the Michael Myers masks used in the Halloween franchise films below and a brief synopsis of the films.
Synopsis: On a cold Halloween night in 1963, six year old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister, Judith. He was sentenced and locked away for 15 years. But on October 30, 1978, while being transferred for a court date, a 21-year-old Michael Myers steals a car and escapes Smith’s Grove. He returns to his quiet hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, where he looks for his next victims.
Halloween II (1981)
Synopsis: After failing to kill stubborn survivor Laurie and taking a bullet or six from former psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis, Michael Myers has followed Laurie to the Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, where she’s been admitted for Myers’ attempt on her life. The institution proves to be particularly suited to serial killers, however, as Myers cuts, stabs and slashes his way through hospital staff to reach his favorite victim.
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
Michael Myers isn’t in Halloween III and the story line doesn’t include the same elements as the other Halloween movies.
Synopsis: Hospital emergency room Dr. Daniel “Dan” Challis and Ellie Grimbridge, the daughter of a murder victim, uncover a terrible plot by small-town mask maker Conal Cochran, a madman who’s planning a Halloween mass murder utilizing an ancient Celtic ritual. The ritual involves a boulder stolen from Stonehenge, the use of Silver Shamrock masks and a triggering device contained in a television commercial — all designed to kill millions of children.
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
Synopsis: The apparently comatose Michael Myers is being transferred from one hospital to another, but he wakes up when the ambulance crew talk about his surviving niece, Jamie. After slaughtering his attendants, Myers sets out to find his one living relative who is, fortunately, being cared for by a kind and resourceful foster sister named Rachel. Meanwhile, the ever-cautious Dr. Loomis remains on the killer’s path.
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
Synopsis: After lying in a coma for a year, Michael Myers awakens and stalks his way back to his small hometown in Illinois, intent on killing his niece, Jamie, who has been confined to a mental institution since Michael’s last attempt to slay her. Suspecting a psychic link between Michael and Jamie, psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis joins forces with Sheriff Ben Meeker and attempts to stop Michael’s latest rampage
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
Synopsis: This installment marks the return of the seemingly indestructible masked murderer Michael Myers, who is targeting Tommy Doyle, a young man tied into the legacy of the killer and his connections with the Strode family. As the supernatural elements of Michael’s macabre abilities are explored, his longtime adversary, Dr. Sam Loomis, is also back in yet another attempt to stop the psychopath’s brutal rampages.
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
There were about four masks used in Halloween H20. They changed the mask during production of the film. Check out the below video that offers an explanation as to what happened with the Halloween H20 Michael Myers mask.
Synopsis: Two decades after surviving a massacre on October 31, 1978, former baby sitter Laurie Strode finds herself hunted by persistent knife-wielder Michael Myers. Laurie now lives in Northern California under an assumed name, where she works as the headmistress of a private school. But it’s not far enough to escape Myers, who soon discovers her whereabouts. As Halloween descends upon Laurie’s peaceful community, a feeling of dread weighs upon her — with good reason.
Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
Synopsis: Michael Myers is back for more… When a group of teens win a contest to spend a night in Michael Myers’ childhood home to be broadcast live on the Internet, they believe they are in for a little fun and some free publicity. But things go frightfully wrong and the game turns into a struggle to make it out of the house alive.
Synopsis: The 2007 Halloween is a remake of the original directed by Rob Zombie. Nearly two decades after being committed to a mental institution for killing his stepfather and older sister, Michael Myers breaks out, intent on returning to the town of Haddonfield, Ill. He arrives in his hometown on Halloween with the indomitable purpose of hunting down his younger sister, Laurie. The only thing standing between Michael and a Halloween night of bloody carnage is psychologist Dr. Samuel Loomis.
Halloween II (2009)
Synopsis: Also directed by Rob Zombie, the 2009 Halloween is a remake of the original Halloween II. A year after narrowly escaping death at the hands of Michael Myers, Laurie Strode is at the breaking point, pushed to the edge by Dr. Loomis’ revelation that she’s Michael’s sister. Little does she know, the unstoppable killer is back in Haddonfield and, driven by visions of their dead mother, he is determined to bring about a bloody family reunion.