The Season of the Witch is upon us again. To celebrate our favourite time of the year, Horror Geek Life looks back at one of our favourite horror franchises – the Halloween series – and asks the question: Which of Michael Myer’s masks was the most terrifying?
9. Halloween 2 (2009)
It wasn’t just the idea of the Rob Zombie remake that divided Halloween fans, but also his choice of mask for the sequel. Sure, the half decomposed face is intimidating, and outright terrifying if you ever have to look at it up close and personal, but it reveals far too much of Michael’s face, and as such, lessens his mystique.
8. Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
Halloween: Resurrection is a real mixed bag of a movie. For many fans, it’s the worst movie of the franchise, which is speaks volumes when you consider how hated Rob Zombie’s two movies were.
We’re not here to examine the movie though, we’re here to look at the mask worn by Michael Myers, and holy shit is it bad. Overall, the mask looks a lot like the one featured in the original, except it seems that in the decades that have passed since Michael first ran rampant across Haddonfield, he’s taken to wearing makeup! Oh Michael those eyebrows are on fleek, and those cheek bones … or are they jowls? Either way, this is a bad look for Halloween’s favourite son.
7. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
If there’s one thing the Halloween franchise loves it’s bad continuity, and man oh man does Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers have that in spades! Nowhere is this more apparent though, than it the mask design.
Considering part 5 is supposed to be a direct continuation of part 4, the filmmakers opted for an entirely new mask that looks nothing like the previous (poor) effort. I mean, look at the hairstyle! I know this was made in the 1980’s but that doesn’t give Michael an excuse to look like an extra from a hair metal music video. Nor does it explain the frustrating use of neck flaps! This is Michael Myers’ 4th outing since the original movie was released, yet all of a sudden he doesn’t know how to tuck his mask into his overalls?
6. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
The Return of Michael Myers and it’s 2 immediate sequels were among my favourite Halloween movies. I loved the mythology they brought with them, and I also loved the character of Jamie (Danielle Harris), who was always far more interesting to me than Laurie Strode.
What I didn’t love however was the cheap, nasty Pound Shop/Dollar Store mask that made Michael look more like a synthetic than a terrifying killer. It was as if he’d awoken yet again to carry out his own brand of trick or treating, realised he couldn’t find his iconic mask, and nipped to the local supermarket to buy a piss poor replica instead.
And don’t get me started on the scene where his hair suddenly becomes bright blonde. He couldn’t have looked more like The Nature Boy Ric Flair if he’d tried. Wooooh!
5. Halloween H20 (1998)
The 20th anniversary sequel to the original Halloween, which reunited Michael with his long lost sister Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis), was a rock and roll re imagining of the classic story, and was met with heaps of well deserved praise.
The same could not be said for the choice of mask though. Or should we say masks? That’s right folks, H20 had at least 3 different masks that we noticed, 1 of which was actually CGI. According to legend, the filmmakers hated the way the mask looked in various scenes and decided to change it again and again. In true Halloween fashion though, continuity was ignored, and the scenes in which Myers wears the previous masks were left in the finished product, sans explanation.
Admittedly, when I was a young man watching H20 I didn’t notice any of this, but try not to notice now we’ve pointed it out to you! Oh, and as for Michael’s surprised eyebrows – we don’t know either.
4. Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
Halloween 6 is my personal, all time favourite entry in the Halloween franchise. My friend and I spent years and years trying to track down the elusive Producers Cut, even going as far as to make our own copy of the movie with badly recorded clips of the deleted scenes spliced in. We even wrote our own script that followed on from The Curse, and to this day (20 years later), still discuss what we’re going to do with our millions when we sell it to Hollywood.
The film got so much right, it was just one of those examples of bad editing that ruined it. I must have seen at least 4 different versions on TV alone, none of which were anywhere near the genius of The Curse of Michael Myers. Yep, that’s right I just called Halloween 6 ‘genius’ Come at me, bro!
The mask design for part 6 was also among the very best. It was totally redesigned from the dire efforts of 4 and 5, but maintained the rock star hairstyle Michael had developed in the late 1980’s. Here though the hair is not a distraction, but instead offers a bedraggled, well worn appearance to the original face that scared audiences way back in 1978.
3. Halloween (2007)
Say what you will about Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake, but the mask is scary as shit. Put that same, rotting hood on a guy like Tyler Mane, and it’s the stuff nightmares are made of.
2. Halloween 2 (1981)
You could be forgiven for thinking this is a completely different mask to the one seen in the original Halloween, but that’s not the case. The mask you see here is actually the exact same mask from 1978, except it had been under Debra Hill’s bed for 3 years, yellowing nicely while she chain smoked. It’s also too small for Dick Warlock, the man behind the mash, which gives it that distended look.
There’s no denying it’s creepy as Hell though, and when Michael is shot in the eyes, and the blood starts to pour from the dark sockets, it entered the realm of the iconic.
1. Halloween (1978)
By now we all know the legend, the film crew bought a William Shatner mask, spray painted it white, pulled off the eyebrows and mutton chops and lo, an icon was born. It was so simple yet so effective, and epitomized Dr Loomis’ famous line about Michael’s “pale, blank, emotionless face”.
OK, so this was the obvious choice for top spot, but let’s be honest – can you really beat the original? 9 sequels suggest not.
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