It’s been forty years since Michael Myers first slashed his way through Haddonfield. This Friday sees his shape return to UK cinema screens to once more slowly creep around and kill a plethora of fresh bodies. The new film may technically be the ninth film in the franchise (eleventh if you include Rob Zombies remakes), but it is actually a direct sequel to the original, ignoring events from Halloween II to Resurrection. This wipes out the massive bulk of Myers’ impressive kill count, and over the years he’s murdered some very familiar faces. In a bid to make sure that we don’t forget these unfortunate souls, we’ve compiled a list of some of Michael’s most famous victims and prey.
He may now be famous for his work in the comedy world, and for the fact that he is of course Ant-Man, but Paul Rudd actually got his big break in Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers. Within the film he played a grown-up version of Tommy Doyle, the young boy that Laurie Strode babysat in the original Halloween. This time Tommy is the baby-sitter after he stumbles across the baby of Jamie Strode, Michael Myers’ niece.
Michelle Williams is now known to folks as a very serious actress, regularly appearing in a host of critically acclaimed movies. Twenty years ago though she was known to teenagers everywhere as Dawson’s Creek‘s bad girl from New York, Jen Lindley. During a break from filming, Williams starred in Halloween: H20 as Molly, the girlfriend of Laurie Strode’s son John played by another famous face – Josh Hartnett.
Joseph Gordon Levitt
Another famous face that pop’s up in Halloween: H20 is that belonging to Joseph Gordon Levitt. The actor has been appearing on-screen since he was seven so his appearance was by no means his first foray into acting. He plays Jimmy, a hockey-stick wielding do-gooder who has a very near miss with Myers.
Tyra Banks is a very famous supermodel and business mogul. She’s probably most famous these days for having been a part of reality contest royalty America’s Next Top Model, but she’s also an aspiring actress. One of her early film ventures was in Halloween Resurrection as Nora, a reality TV producer who has the ‘genius’ idea of live streaming contestants spending All Hallow’s Eve in the old abode of Michael Myers.
One of the aforementioned contestants in Halloween Resurrection is played by Battlestar Galactica‘s Katee Sackhoff. Her character Jen is a fame-hungry girl who literally loses her head when she meets Michael Myers.
After Halloween Resurrection all but ruined the franchise, it was time for a reboot courtesy of Rob Zombie. That film has a variety of familiar faces, including none other than Danny Trejo. Trejo starred as Ismael, a worker in the institution that Michael spends his formative years. He’s one of the few members of staff who is sympathetic to Michael and has befriended him. That doesn’t stop him being murdered during Michael’s escape though.
Brad Dourif is the real-life alter-ego of another horror icon, Chucky. Dourif has voiced the character for the last thirty years and his appearance here is the closest we’re likely to come to Chucky versus Michael Myers. In Halloween he plays Haddonfield’s resident law enforcer Sheriff Lee Brackett who has the unenviable task of keeping everyone safe.
Spencer, like Michelle Williams, is another surprising name to feature in the list. She makes a fleeting appearance in Rob Zombie’s sequel, Halloween 2, as Nurse Daniels. Daniels is the unfortunate medical professional to be working when Laurie Strode is admitted post battle with Michael. Needless to say, she gets a few dozen knife wounds in the back as a thank you.
Jamie Lee Curtis
It’s hard to believe now, but Curtis was virtually unknown until Halloween. Now she is a horror institution. After her mother (Janet Leigh) she became regarded as the second scream queen, a mantle that Curtis has embraced, going so far as to star in two seasons of Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens. Clearly, she learned something from being married to Arnie in True Lies as her newest outing is the toughest iteration we’ve had of Laurie Strode. Here she gets the full-on Sarah Connor treatment having spent the past forty years in seclusion training for the day when Michael would come home again.
Halloween arrives in UK cinemas on Friday 19th October.