We’re less than a week away from the release date of Halloween Kills, and we honestly can’t wait to see what happens when Michael Myers is once again unleashed on Haddonfield after escaping the Laurie Strode’s burning house.
Halloween is my favorite horror franchise. Don’t get me wrong, now. I love Jason, Freddy, and yes, I love Ghostface, but there’s something about Michael Myers that gets under my skin and terrifies me. That said, his kills have also, for the most part, been less dramatic than some of the other horror franchises and for that alone, he ranks lower for a lot of people. It’s important to note, and you’ll see evidence below, that when Michael gets gnarly, he really, really gets gnarly.
Maybe I’m just a sucker for a killer in a William Shatner mask who eventually ended up wearing an actual Michael Myers mask as Michael Myers…
Yeah, that was a level of meta that Scream didn’t even reach until maybe the fourth installment.
So, as I get ready for a popcorn fueled night of Haddonfield vs. Myers, I thought I’d track back through the decades and share some of my favorite kills from a franchise that’s still going strong some 40 years later.
(It goes without saying that there are spoilers here. So, if you’ve never seen a Halloween movie proceed with caution.)
What are your favorite Halloween Kills?
#1 Annie, are you okay?! (Halloween 1978)
It was the perfect setup. Annie was distracted while trying to go pick up her boyfriend. The car door was locked. She went to get the keys and when she came back the door opened without using the key. We all knew she was toast, but the build-up to the end was brilliant and as Michael wasn’t so dedicated to just stabbing his victims just yet, Annie instead took agonizing seconds to die as he crushed her throat. For that alone, this little scene kicks off the list!
#2 A little prick… (Halloween II)
There’s a reason why this kill became a meme. I mean, sure, you can kill someone with a scalpel, but there’s just something about stabbing someone in the spine with a scalpel and lifting them off the ground that’s both outrageous and nonsensical enough to make it iconic. Personally, it’s when the shoes fall off for me…
It was so good, by the way, that they paid homage in Halloween H20 with Will Brennan’s death. He shakes around a whole lot more than the nurse, however…drama queen!
#3 Jamie on the Run (Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers)
I don’t know if it’s Jamie’s baby fake-out, her determination, or just her sheer will, but I was rooting for her at the beginning of this film so much. It made her gruesome death that much harder to take and more memorable to boot.
#4 A big prick… (Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers)
The fact that Michael takes a minute to scratch up Mikey’s car before quickly offing him, just makes me grin. Who knew the Shape could be so petty?!
#5 It’s getting hot in here! (Halloween II)
I’ll be honest, Budd’s death didn’t bother me so much, but poor Nurse Karen half-drowned/half-boiled? That’s no way to treat anyone. Yeesh…
#6 Squishing your head!! (Halloween 2018)
Look, I’m not saying anyone deserves to die at the hands (or feet) of a walking killing machine…but Dr. Sartain in Halloween 2018 set Michael loose on purpose to see what he looked like “in the wild.” Then he found out the hard way. I’d say there’s some justice in that, even if it was a little over-the-top.
#7 Say good night, Mikey… (Halloween: H20)
Remember that time we all watched the end of Halloween H20 and thought, “Oh wow…that’s it…you can’t come back from having your head taken off. Michael Myers is really dead…”
If you’ve never heard Jamie Lee Curtis talk about that scene, by the way, take a few minutes and watch this video. Love her trademark frankness and how she fought so hard for it.