As we continue our march towards Halloween, it’s our pleasure to present another examination of “The Shape” aka Michael Myers, the seminal horror villain unleashed upon the world by John Carpenter in 1978. Alfred Hitchcock may have invented the slasher subgenre with Psycho in 1960, and Tobe Hooper deserves credit for creating horror’s first icon with Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, John Carpenter’s Halloween established tropes and motifs that would serve as an enduring blueprint for decades.
Irish film critic Ryan Hollinger’s latest video essay is an examination of Michael Myers as a manifestation of “pure evil”. As Halloween nears its 40th Anniversary, Myers still maintains a mystique that sets him apart from others of his ilk. Hollinger explains how this ambiguity is essential in Carpenter’s formula and how not knowing actually makes the iconic Myers more terrifying. He peels back the layers of mystery in a way that’s both insightful and illuminating.
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Give it a watch and let us know what you think in the Comments section. Do you agree that Myers is scariest when we know almost nothing about him? Let’s discuss!
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