Michael Myers is a fictional character from the Halloween series of slasher films. He first appears in John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) as a young boy who murders his older sister, then fifteen years later returns home to murder more teenagers. In the original Halloween, the adult Michael Myers, referred to as The Shape in the closing credits, was portrayed by Nick Castle for most of the film, with Tony Moran and Tommy Lee Wallace substituting in during the final scenes. He was created by Debra Hill and John Carpenter. Michael Myers has appeared in eight films, as well as novels, a video game and several comic books.
The character is the primary antagonist in the Halloween film series, except Halloween III: Season of the Witch, which is not connected in continuity to the rest of the films. Since Castle, Moran, and Wallace put on the mask in the original film, six people have stepped into the role. Tyler Mane is the only actor to have portrayed Michael Myers in consecutive films, and one of only two actors to portray the character more than once. Michael Myers is characterized as pure evil, whether directly in the films, by the filmmakers who created and developed the character over eight films, or random participants in a survey.
Halloween Horror Films:
Cast: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Castle, Nancy Loomis, P. J. Soles, Brian Andrews
The film centers on Myers’ escape from a psychiatric hospital, his murdering of teenagers, and Dr. Loomis’s attempts to track and stop him. Halloween is widely regarded as a classic among horror films, and as one of the most influential horror films of its era.
Halloween II (1981)
Cast: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis
Laurie Strode is rushed to the hospital, while Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt the streets for Michael Myers, who has found Laurie at the Haddonfield Hospital.
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
Cast: Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dan O’Herlihy
Producer John Carpenter presents the third chilling installment in the shocking Halloween collection. When a terrified toy salesman is mysteriously attacked and brought to the hospital, babbling and clutching the year’s most popular Halloween costume, an eerie pumpkin mask, doctor Daniel Challis is thrust into a terrifying Halloween nightmare. Working with the salesman’s daughter, Ellie, Daniel traces the mask to the Silver Shamrock Novelties company and its founder, Conal Cochran.
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
Cast: Donald Pleasence, Ellie Cornell, Danielle Harris, George P. Wilbur, Michael Pataki
A decade ago, he butchered 16 people trying to get to his sister. He was shot and incinerated, but still the entity that Dr. Sam Loomis (the legendary Donald Pleasence) calls ”Evil on two legs” would not die. Tonight, Michael Myers has come home again…to kill! This time, Michael returns to Haddonfield for Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris of HALLOWEEN 5 and THE LAST BOYSCOUT) — the orphaned daughter of Laurie Strode — and her babysitter Rachel (Ellie Cornell of HALLOWEEN 5 and HOUSE OF THE DEAD). Can Loomis stop Michael before the unholy slaughter reaches his innocent young niece?Michael Pataki, Sasha Jenson and Kathleen Kinmont co-star in this smash sequel that marked the long-awaited return to the original storyline and remains infamous for its startling twist ending and graphic violence.
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
Cast: Donald Pleasence, Ellie Cornell, Beau Starr, Danielle Harris, Harper Roisman
Because Hell would not have him, Michael Myers survived the mine explosion thought to have killed him. One year later, his traumatized young niece Jamie is horrified to discover she has a telepathic bond with her evil Uncleâ€¦and that Uncle Michael is on his way back to Haddonfield. But Dr. Loomis (the late, great Donald Pleasence) has a new plan to destroy The Boogey Man in his childhood home using Jamie as bait. Tonight, the carnage begins again: Michael Myers is back with a vengeance!
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
Cast: Donald Pleasence, Paul Rudd, Marianne Hagan, Mitch Ryan, Kim Darby, Bradford English, Keith Bogart, Mariah O’Brien
The sixth entry in the series has Dr. Sam Loomis once again in pursuit of the homicidal Michael Myers. Now driven by a satanic power, Myers chases his grown niece and her child to his midwestern hometown of Haddonfield. Although the town is trying to overcome it’s past history of nightmarish bloodletting, a local radio shock jock is stirring things up again and the unlucky residents of Myers’ former house are turning up dead.
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Adam Arkin, Michelle Williams, LL Cool J
This smart and suspenseful thriller scares up a bone-chilling good time with original scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis and a hot cast of hip young stars! Now the headmistress of a private school, Laurie Strode (Curtis) is still struggling with the horrifying, 20-year-old memories of the maniacal killer Michael Myers … when he suddenly reappears with a vengeance! And this Halloween, his terror will strike a whole new generation! Laurie’s rebellious son his girlfriend and the school security guard will become Michael’s newest victims unless Laurie can conquer her greatest fears and put evil in its place once and for all! The time has come again for you to experience the frightening fun of HALLOWEEN — the motion picture series that totally redefined terror!
Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Tyra Banks, Bianca Kajlich, Busta Rhymes, Sean Patrick Thomas, Ryan Merriman, Luke Kirby, Thomas Ian Nicholas
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.
Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Sheri Moon Zombie, Tyler Mane, Scout Taylor-Compton, Brad Dourif, Danielle Harris, William Forsythe
Rob Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects), “modern American horror’s most eccentric and surprising filmmaker,” (Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times) reinvents the ultimate slasher classic, unleashing Michael Myers for a bloody rollercoaster of a rampage like fans have never seen. Including a retelling of the original story that unfolds at a breakneck pace, as well as a chilling new introduction that finally reveals the secrets behind Myers’ disturbing childhood, Halloween breathes new life into one of film history’s most terrifying tales. “It will leave you speechless” (Spooky Dan, Bloody-Disgusting).
Halloween II (2009)
Cast: Scout Taylor-Compton, Tyler Mane, Malcolm McDowell, Danielle Harris, Daniel Roebuck, Ezra Buzzington, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Jeffrey Daniel Phillips, Dayton Callie, Richard Brake, Matt Bush, Howard Hesseman, Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams, Brea Grant, Bill Fagerbakke
Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) returns to his home town of Haddonfield, bringing death in his wake, to bring closure to the secrets of his past. An unlikely individual steps up to put an end to Michael.