Who is your favorite movie villain?

I should start by saying that today’s question on the original challenge was not a question I could answer ultimately.  There are not any movies that I used to love that I now hate.  There is not a film that I actually would go as far to say that I hate.  So I decided to write about my favorite movie villain today.  This is a much harder question to answer somehow.  I truly believe that a good hero needs a good villain.  The problem is nine times out of ten I always find myself loving the villain of most films. 

I know there are some people out there who believe that no truly amazing person can play a villain and not have those tendencies in them, but I assure you that some of the kindest celebrities I have been fortunate enough to meet have played some of the harshest villains.  Thus, my decision is a difficult one to make as there are so many excellent villains to choose from.  So while I LOVE a ton of villains and I’m not sure I have an official favorite, I do have one I would like to take the opportunity to talk about in this blog post.

Day 13:  Your favorite movie villain – Michael Myers

There’s just something about Michael Myers.  I cannot remember the first time I saw Halloween, but I became obsessed with the opening shot.  I loved that they took something so innocent and turned that notion upside down.  Of course, there are some people who believe Halloween is the devil’s holiday.  I have always believed it is an awesome day where we get to dress up and pretend to be someone other than ourselves.  And considering we live in a society that constantly pits us against each other and forces comparisons one would think people would love pretending to be someone else.  Michael was far from being a clown that evening.  Putting him in a clown outfit was genius though.  After all, we see children as silly and immature.  They are constantly smiling and as Michael kills his sister that evening, he is anything he is not even remotely smiling when he steps outside again.  While he seems dazed and confused we’ve learned over the years that something much darker was lurking inside.  Dr. Loomis explained it perfectly.

I met him, 15 years ago; I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience, no understanding in even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong. I met this… six-year-old child with this blank, 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, because I realized that what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply… evil.

This explanation is one that has always struck a cord in me.  After all, there’s no other reason he killed his sister.  Of course I always thought he wanted to be an only child.  I know the new film has erased the history of the previous installments in the franchise, but I love my theory all the same.  I’ve always thought that Michael just wanted to be an only child and something snapped in him when he realized he wasn’t going to be the baby anymore.  Maybe they had just told him that his mother was pregnant with Laurie so he took out his eldest sister and came back to kill Laurie.  Actually, if I remember reading correctly she was two when he killed Judith Myers.  I kind of like my theory better come to think of it. I mean he chased her down in a hospital to kill her!  Come to think of I don’t think he really wanted family at all.  He did decide to try and kill his niece Jamie in later sequels.  Maybe Michael was anti family all together.

Ultimately, Michael Myers is one my favorite villains because he is the epitome of the boogeyman.  He appears to be everywhere and no where at the same time.  He’s dead, but he’s alive.  He’s always lurking around the corner or behind a sheet. This is a thought too unnerving to think about for too long.  Michael Myers is an enigma that keeps people coming back for more.  The character has also kept my cousin on the cusp of horror over the years.  She has always been curious about the films over the years despite the fact she hates horror films.  I believe this is because Michael Myers someone we are enamored by as much as we are frightened.  He says nothing, yet everything all at once yet we want to know more about him.  His story speaks to us on a personal level and continues to make us believe in the boogeyman.

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  1. I agree that Michael Myers is a wonderful, mysterious villain, and I feel that no attempt to install a backstory or explanation seems to truly work with him, which of course only serves to reinforce the mystical, mysterious quality. He seems like a force of nature that exists simply because he does, for no particular reason, like chaos or earthquakes.

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    1. I completely agree. There is something far more creepier about him not having a true backstory in my opinion. I don’t know if the new movie is going to try and give him one, but I cannot say it made the remake better or worse. I didn’t hate the remake, but I still prefer the original of course. And to me there is something even scarier about the fact he was SO young when he did snap to me. You would also think between him in his clown outfit and Pennywise I would be as afraid of clowns as almost everyone else in the world.

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