Halloween’s Michael Myers Inspired by a Western Kentucky University Experience

The legendary “Halloween” movies just hit way too close to home.

From Cosmo– “The original film’s director and co-writer John Carpenter (who also co-wrote 1981’s Halloween II with his writing and producing partner Debra Hill) says a creepy encounter he had while attending Western Kentucky University served as inspiration for the fictional serial killer.

“I had a class—psychology or something—and we visited a mental institution,” he says in A Cut Above the Resta documentary on Halloween included on the Divimax DVD from 2003. “We visited the most serious, mentally ill patients. And there was this kid, he must have been 12 or 13 and he literally had this look.”

The look, says Carpenter, is best described by the lines he gave to Donald Pleasence, who played Myers’s psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis in Halloween and four of its sequels, to describe Myers in the first film, below:

“This blank, pale emotionless face. Blackest eyes. The devil’s eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him and then another seven trying to keep him locked up, because I realized what was living behind that boys’ eyes was purely and simply evil.”

 

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