Michael Myers in Halloween is a horror movie metaphor for society’s woes

For years, the filmmakers who handled the stewardship of the Halloween franchise — from Dwight H. Little who directed Halloween 4 to Rob Zombie and his questionable origin-story duology — have grappled with the concern of who is Michael Myers and what does he represent? Franchise developers John Carpenter and Debra Hill never ever put any sort of response out into the world, which enables directors, authors, and fans to contemplate the nature of this unstoppable evil referred to as The Forming.

However, in the most recent movie in Blumhouse’s Halloween follow up trilogy, director David Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride make an alluring connection in between The Forming and the cumulative injury that appears to be a part of a lot of daily life in America today. Halloween Eliminates welcomes the audience to hypothesize about whether Michael Myers is supernatural and what he represents. Fear? Bias? Harmful masculinity? It’s all up for argument in the brand-new film.

On today’s Galaxy Brains, Jonah Ray and I are signed up with by star, comic, and Last Podcast on the Left co-host Henry Zebrowski to talk about what makes Michael Myers so frightening years later on.

As constantly, this discussion has actually been modified to sound less strange.

Dave: Let’s speak about Michael Myers for a 2nd: Do you believe that he is a stand in for harmful masculinity?

Henry: You understand, they call him The Forming for a factor, right? I think that Michael Myers of the three main classic ’80s monsters — Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers — Michael Myers is the most like general one. And they call him The Shape for that reason. And I think you could put a lot on him. I think that there’s a lot that you can apply to him if you just decide to, like, go through the movies and generate an argument about him.

Dave: When you brought up the idea of his name being The Shape, I thought you were gonna go into something about Spanx. How Spanx are forcing women to dress differently.

Henry: That is a very fun idea. But if he did have, like, a big, juicy butt, I would agree with you.

Jonah: Just like just the words Haddonfield on his ass, just going around.

Dave: His jumpsuit doesn’t really show off the goods, if you understand what I mean.

Henry: It’s the shoulders and he’s tall. He’s tall. The Forming is very tall, which I actually believe makes him very attractive to a lot of people.

Dave: Listen, we all love our short kings on Galaxy Brains. Jonah and I are both very tall people, but we’re here to support. We’re giving back to the community.

Henry: A hurricane punch. That’s what I do to fight back against Michael Myers. That’s what I find as a short man.

Jonah: As a tall man, I’ve learned to apologize when anyone bumps into me.

Henry: You know, Ben Cassel, my co-host, he’s six-foot-seven. He talks about it all the time about how, like, I have the liberty to be furious in public. But he can’t. I mean, because he’s too big, so he can’t be. He can never raise his voice, but I can. I’m always yelling.

Dave: You know who I think is probably a fairly tall man? John Carpenter. And John Carpenter, of course, created Halloween with his partner, Debra Hill, but he’s also made other movies about tough guys throughout his career. Escape from New York, The Thing, They Live, Assault on Precinct 13. And you know, the list goes on. Ghosts of Mars, which we’re going to be talking about on the Blank Check podcast very soon.

Henry: Ghost of Mars is underappreciated.

Dave: But he also directed movies that I think are kind of tweaking the idea of the tough guy like Big Trouble in Little China.

Jonah: Yeah, it’s like a parody of like tough guy action heroes.

Dave: Total parody. Memoirs of an Invisible Man, which is a movie people forget John Carpenter directed that starred Chevy Chase.

Henry: I like that movie. We were obsessed with that movie as kids.

Dave: I think it’s super underrated. Yeah, it’s maybe Chevy’s best performance in a movie. And then he also did Starman, which is a very romantic, sweet movie. So my question is, is John Carpenter the most woke director when it comes to straight white men making movies about straight white men?

Henry: I think that he is an eclectic director, and I think that he comes at things from a lot of different angles. I think he’s not afraid to question himself, which I guess you could consider woke. He’s very self-conscious about what he is putting into the world, but his stuff also has many themes. I think that’s also what’s beautiful about horror in general. Like sci-fi. When sci-fi and horror are at its best, they really can go into a social issue in a way that is kind of user friendly for all of us people that mostly just like screaming people or octopus beasts. I am not a drama person or even a comedy person anymore. I basically watch genre movies all day long. So it helps me learn when they throw it in. It’s like when you put cheese on vegetables. Then, I’ll consume it.

Jonah: It’s the spoonful of sugar idea of, you’re going to come in because there are some kills, but you might learn something along the way.

Henry: You may learn something, you might get something. You see, I’ve always viewed Michael Myers as sort of about the fear of the Christian retribution of having pre-marital sex and the idea that he is this roving punishment system for anybody who dares believe they might ever live a life that includes joy, even in a place like Haddonfield, right? Like a small little town where you are supposed to become a baby factory as soon as humanly possible. And so like the idea that like anybody who is sort of expressing themselves, well, you get chased down by life, it comes and it kills you. And then also simply the fucking never ever ending, never ceasing wall of death that will come for everybody.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.