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"I realized what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply...EVIL!"

Halloween - Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis

Description: Donald Pleasence as psychiatrist Dr. Samuel Loomis gives his professional evaluation of Michael Myers in the classic horror film Halloween (1978).

On Halloween eve 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers (Will Sandin) stabs his 17-year-old sister Judith Margaret Myers (Sandy Johnson) to death with a "really big, sharp kitchen knife" after she made love with her boyfriend (David Kyle) who has since left the house.

Halloween - Young Michael Myers with a knife

When the boy's parents arrive home they find Michael on the front lawn wearing a clown costume and clutching a knife in his hand. The police are called to their home a 43 Lampkin Lane in the town of Haddonfield, Illinois and take Michael away.

Institutionalized, Michael lives the next thirteen years in Smith's Grove Sanitarium under the care of psychiatrist Dr. Samuel Loomis. In 1978, Michael (Nick Castle) escapes his confinement, steals the asylum's Ford LTD station wagon, and returns to his hometown of Haddonfield to kill again.

Calling the Haddonfield police, Loomis warns, "You've got to believe me, Officer, he is coming to Haddonfield... Because I know him! I'm his doctor! You must be ready for him... If you don't, it's your funeral."

Traveling to Haddlonfield, Dr. Loomis visits Sheriff Leigh Brackett (Charles Cyphers) to alert him about Michael Myers. Reminiscing about the first time he met this addled adolescent, Dr. Loomis recalls:

“I met him, fifteen years ago. I was told there was nothing left. No reason, no conscience, no understanding; even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child, with this blind, pale, emotionless face and, the blackest eyes...the Devil’s eyes! I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up for I realized what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply...EVIL!”

Loomis pleads with Sheriff to get his men out in force to look for Michael, but the Sheriff says, "Well, it's going to take a lot more than fancy talk to keep me up all night crawling around these bushes." Loomis replies,

"I- I- I watched him for fifteen years, sitting in a room, staring at a wall, not seeing the wall, looking past the wall - looking at this night, inhumanly patient, waiting for some secret, silent alarm to trigger him off. Death has come to your little town, Sheriff. Now you can either ignore it, or you can help me to stop it."

Eventually, the Sheriff begins to believe Dr. Loomis about Michael's escape and coming to Haddonfield and says, "All right, I'll stay with you tonight. Just for the chance that you are right. And if you are right, damn you for letting him go."

When Michael arrives in town, he visits his old home which is up for sale. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), the daughter of real estate salesman, Morgan Strode, does her father a favor and drops off a set of keys at the Myers house so he can show the house to potential clients later that day.

Halloween - Laurie Strode and friends

Throughout the day, Michael follows Laurie appearing at her high school and driving by her in the sanitarium car while she walks with her friends Lynda van der Klok (P. J. Soles) Annie Brackett (Nancy Kyes), the sheriff's daughter. Later that night Laurie goes to the Doyle house to babysit Tommy while Annie is across the street babysitting 8-year-old Lindsey Wallace (Kyle Richards).

Later, Annie leaves Lindsey with Laurie, so she can go get her boyfriend so they can come back to the Wallace house and make out. But Michael Myers slits Annie's throat as she leaves in her car and carries her body back into the house. Soon after Lynda and her boyfriend, Bob Simms (John Michael Graham) arrive at the Wallace house and begin to make out until Michael Myers kills them as well.

Laurie calls the Wallace house and gets no answers, so she leaves Tommy and Lindsey alone for a moment and runs across the street to investigate where she finds Annie's body on the bed with Judith Myers' headstone (taken from the graveyard), Bob's body hanging from the ceiling and Lynda dead in the closet.

Halloween - Michael Myers upstairs

As she stands frozen in shock, Laurie is attacked by Michael who stabs her in the shoulder. Fearing for her life, Laurie runs back to the Doyle house with Michael in hot pursuit. Laurie locks the door, but Michael gets inside. Protecting herself from his assaults, Laurie jabs a knitting needle in Michael's neck, rams a hanger into his eye, and finally when the last two efforts fail, she stabs Michael in the chest with a knife.

Thinking she has finally vanquished Michael, Laurie sends Tommy and Lindsey down the street to the McKenzies' house for help. But Michael did not die and slowly rises to kill again.

Halloween - Dr. Loomis fires his gun at Michael Myers

Luckily, Dr. Loomis who hears the children scream as they run down the street arrives and firessix shots his gun forcing Michael off a second story balcony ledge. The doctor looks down and sees Michael lying, apparently dead, on the ground. Relieved, Laurie asks "Was it the Boogeyman?" to which the doctor replies, "As a matter of fact, it was." But when Loomis looks back again to see Michael, his body is gone.

Note: Michael Myers returns to wreak havoc in a number of sequels where we learn that Laurie Strode is actually Michael's sister.

In the seventh sequels Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later (1998) Laurie, living under a new identity of Keri Tate chops off Michael's head with an ax and kills him for good. But wait! The man in the mask was not Michael which leads to the next sequel Halloween Resurrection (2002) in which Michael visits and kills Laurie at a sanitarium where she is serving a sentence for killing an innocent man.

The franchise is rebooted in the remakes Halloween (2007) and Halloween II (2009) directed by Rod Zombie.

On the television sitcom SEINFELD/NBC/1990-98 Jerry Seinfeld once said of his nemesis, postal worker neighbor Newman (Wayne Knight) "I've looked into his eyes...He’s pure evil!"


Halloween - Movie Poster

Halloween - Movie Poster


 
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