Before she was a one of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Kyle Richards was a child actress looking to launch a lasting career in Hollywood. Even previous to landing the part of young Lindsey Wallace in John Carpenter’s Halloween at the tender age of 10, she had appeared in almost a dozen films and TV shows, including horror offerings Eaten Alive and Escape from Witch Mountain. And while she’d go one to have dozens more roles before becoming a reality TV personality, Halloween would be her last horror movie ever. Why did you ask? Three short words: Michael Fucking Myers.
Richards (who Annie Brackett is babysitting while her parents are out at a Halloween party) says she enjoyed the experience of making the film, even revealing she would often play cards with Nick Castle, the actor who played “The Shape”, in between takes. But the final product left her terrified. Here’s what she told Bravo.com back in 2013:
Kyle has said she was too young when filming on set to really understand what was going on. So, like many moviegoers, seeing Halloween for the first time was an intense experience. “Seeing it for the first time all pieced together was a very, very different movie. It was just really scary. And I really did sleep with my mom until I was 15 years old after that. I was terrified,” Kyle has said of the fright flick.
Even though Kyle starred in other scary movies prior to Halloween, none of them managed to conjure the same unnerving impact with her. “I think that’s what sealed the deal for me to get out of horror films. After seeing myself in that, I was always thinking there was someone hiding behind the drapes or outside my windows or under my bed.”
The fact that Myers’ specter haunted Richards for over half a decade is pretty incredible when you think about it, and we’ve got to feel some sympathy for a young actress who felt as though she was being stalked by an invisible psychopath. I mean, seriously, puberty is hard enough, right?
Richards’ (PHSD) Post Halloween Stress Disorder made the list of What Culture’s video essay 10 Times Horror Movies Got A Little Too Real. Give it a whirl for other tales of real life trauma (mental and physical) inflicted on unsuspecting actors in some of horror’s most classic productions. Enjoy!