The Boogey Man A.K.A The Shape A.K.A Michael Myers.
He made his frightening debut in John Carpenter’s Halloween, and has been slashing and spooking ever since. His first victim was his older sister when he was only a child, his second target was Laurie Strode played by Jamie Lee Curtis (though her friends became victims by association), his subsequent victims could be the Autumn holiday itself, if going by the hallmarks of the season he inspired. The slasher film was a relatively new phenomenon until Halloween drove into town that fateful day, and birthed a slew of copycat films (A few we may touch on later in the Monster 50).
However many clones of Halloween were made, the original is certainly the best. The way Carpenter shot and framed the movie is gorgeous. The iconic images are aplenty; the Shatner mask, lone vehicle slowly stalking the three girls, creepy disappearing acts, carving of the pumpkin, ghost sheet and thick rimmed glasses, wire hangers, the escape from the sanitarium, the view from Michael’s eyes, the rise from the dead…and I could go on.
The great thing about Michael Myers in the original film is that he is mysterious and almost ghostly, no explanation for him other than the pronouncement from Doctor Loomis that he is pure evil, simple and direct. Subsequent movies (minus the second one perhaps) tried to explain what makes Michael tick and just got plain silly in the plot complications regarding the Strode family, much to the detriment of the character. Supposedly, Carpenter has returned to at least produce the next film in the Halloween series, and I am eager to see how it goes. Would love for him to take another crack at directing, but I fear that is a pipe dream.
Whatever happens next in the saga of Michael Myers, we will always have the original. That iconic music will always cause a certain chill in the air. Halloween will always be known as the night the Boogey Man returned to Haddonfield, Illinois.