If the massive success of the new Halloween movie released
this month is proof of anything, it’s that Michael Myers still
has the power to scare the ever-living daylights out of audiences even 40 years
on from his big screen debut.
Of course, there are other reasons David Gordon Green’s
Halloween is making a killing at the box office (pardon the pun). The movie
marks a smart return to the Halloween franchise’s roots (that is, back when it
was still good), and widely disregards its many subpar instalments.
It boasts the welcome return of the franchise’s best protagonist
Laurie Strode too, with a brilliant performance from Jamie Lee Curtis. Above
all, though, is the malevolent Michael Myers - still fuelling our nightmares
all these years later.
But what exactly is it that makes Michael so very fearsome?
How has he become such an icon of the horror genre, and what’s the secret behind
his staying power?
Let’s take a look at what makes the murderous masked madman
stand out amongst his contemporaries and how – even in one of the longest-running
horror franchises – he’s still able to amp up the fear factor.