Topics: Samuel Loomis, Michael Myers, Halloween Pages: 5 (1963 words) Published: February 23, 2013
In John Carpenter’s film, Halloween, the antagonist, Michael Myers, brutally kills his older sister after she had sex with her boyfriend the night: of Halloween 1963. Soon after, six year old Michael Myers was incarcerated, until 15 years later when Myers breaks out on the night before Halloween; set on killing a group of high school students. In the film, “Halloween”, the primary antagonist, Michael Myers, is characterized as pure evil. He kills with no remorse or pain, doing to others what he did to his sister. Michael Myers sees those who may not see him, hiding in dark corners, kills when least expected but can never be destroyed. Even in a town as small as Haddonfield, Illinois, Michael Myers shows that evil is everywhere, uncontrollable and cannot be destroyed. The film opens on October 31, 1963, a cold Halloween night, where Michel Myers follows and watches his teenage sister, Judith Margaret Myers, and her boyfriend become intimate with one another. When finished having sex, he grabs a very sharp knife and begins walking up the stairs, pulls a mask over his face and enters Judith's bedroom. As Judith begins to scold Michael for walking in the room, Michael raises the knife and begins stabbing her repeatedly in various areas of her body. He walks out of the bedroom, down the stairs, and out the front door into the yard. His parents sees Michael, they pull off his clown mask, revealing his face, staring into space with a blank expression, still clutching the knife in one hand. At the age of 6, Myers is already seen as a murder, the “bad guy”. There is already a common characterization that Michael Myers is evil. The lack of expression that appears on his face shows that he is a very troubled boy and comfortable with his murder. Judith Margaret Myers was in the privacy of her own room, with her love interest. Though her parents weren’t around at the time of the murder, she still held a sense of security. In this scene, dramatic irony falls into place as we see through the eyes of Michel Myers behind that mask. We, the audience, know his motives, and before the brutal stabbing we see his sisters’ sense of peace and happiness. However, Michael Myers shows that no one is ever safe and destroys the audience’s sense of security. On October 30, 1978, nearly 15 years later, a doctor by the name of Sam Loomis and his assistant are driving to the local sanitarium to have Michael Myers, now 21 years old and still very dangerous, taken to a hearing in front of a judge, where his future incarceration will be determined. Michael plans and succeeds an escape, climbs in Loomis’s vehicle and drives away. Dr. Loomis runs over to Marion and consoles her, telling her that the “evil” is gone. Dr. Loomis reassures the audience that Michael Myers is evil when he states, "I met him, fifteen years ago. I was told there was nothing left. No reason, no conscience, no understanding; even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year old child with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes, the devil's eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up, because I realized what was living' behind that boy's eyes was simply and purely...evil" The next day, on Halloween in Haddonfield, a young girl named Laurie Strode is leaving her house to walk to school. On her way out she drops a key off at the old abandoned Myers house because a family is coming by to look at it later. As she drops the key under the mat, someone appears inside and looks at her through the front door. Laurie walks off, singing to herself, when suddenly Myers house appears right behind, staring after her. Later that day, Laurie sits in English class at Haddonfield High School when she sees the Smith's Grove Sanitarium car parked on the street outside the window. Michael stands beside it, in a greyish-white mask, watching her. Meanwhile, the students...
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