Michael Myers, one of the most terrifying boogeymen in cinema, is back in Halloween Kills. For the occasion, we invite you to return to the origins of the saga with a focus on the making of his famous mask.
In Scream, the killer has his Ghostface mask, Freddy has his claws and his face burned, Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th) his hockey mask and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre assassin sports his famous “Leatherface”.
A SAD AND WORRYING FACE
If all these boogeymen are absolutely terrifying, the one in the Halloween saga is arguably the most nightmarish. Michael Myers, relentless and indestructible killing machine, advances towards his targets decked out in a most horrific and disturbing mask.
This camouflage is one of the reasons that makes this character so iconic and striking compared to other boogeymen. But do you know the unusual origin of the creation of this mask, which continues to haunt us more than 40 years after its first appearance in 1978?
“I see this 6 year old boy with that pale, lifeless face … and his deep black eyes, Devil’s eyes. I spent eight years trying to get in touch with him, and another seven years trying to get in touch with him. keep him locked up, because I realized that what was going on behind this boy’s eyes was sheer evil “, explains feverishly Dr. Loomis, psychiatrist of Michael Myers.
A description to say the least disturbing, that Tommy Lee Wallace, the artistic director, must manage to transcribe on the screen. The future director of It, who also takes care of the costumes for the feature film due to a tight budget ($ 325,000), then decides to shop around for costume stores to find the rare pearl.
FIND THE RIGHT MASK
“The script mentioned a sort of neutral head. So I went to a costume store selling all kinds of items, especially for Christmas and Halloween.”, Wallace says. Unfortunately, he finds nothing really convincing, except a mask of Emmett Kelly, famous clown of the 50s. But he is not really convinced.
“Most of them couldn’t walk. There were things like Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford … That was wrong”, continues the artistic director. While continuing to search, he then comes across a shelf devoted to Star Trek with murky masks of Spock and Captain Kirk. “To me it didn’t look like William Shatner at all [Kirk] in any event. So I buy it for 2 dollars. I darkened the hair, painted the mask white, enlarged the eye holes, ripped off the sideburns “, says Tommy Lee Wallace.
Satisfied, director John Carpenter finds the mask very oppressive and distressing. “We found someone to do the fittings. The person put on the clown mask first. Then they put on Captain Kirk’s. Suddenly we were all devastated. It was so terrifying to watch. “, recalls Wallace. Carpenter would later admit to having also been inspired by the face of Edith Scob in The Eyes Without a Face.
THE INCARNATION OF EVIL
“Until now, I don’t always fully understand what happened. It was deeply terrifying from the start.”, concludes the artistic director. Moreover, it is quite ironic that one of the most popular characters in fiction (Kirk) could have served as a model for a horrifying and scary boogeyman.
In addition, when we know the price that this mask cost, we can literally say that it is a mask with 2 balls. And yet, he continues to sow terror among viewers in 2021 with Halloween Kills, in theaters since October 20.
Note that the man under the mask of Michael Myers is none other than Nick Castle, the original performer of the killer in the 1978 film. The actor, screenwriter and director, is 74 years old. He will also be back in the final installment of the David Gordon Green trilogy, Halloween Ends, in theaters October 19, 2022. However, for the physical footage, Castle is replaced by stuntman Airon Armstrong.
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