Michael Myers has been terrorizing moviegoers since 1978 when he appeared in the iconic slasher flick, Halloween.
Enough fans obsessed over the masked psycho-killer to spawn eight sequels with another on the way on October 19th.
Out of all the successive films from the franchise, no other scene matches one skin-crawling moment from John Carpenter’s original film. In a horrific death scene, Michael Myers makes a deadbolt out of “Bob” by raising him off the floor and plunging a knife into him on a set of french doors.
But that’s not the scary part.
It’s the killer’s unforgettable head tilt, as if in admiration of his work, that continues haunting people to this day.
Nick Castle, Carpenter’s college buddy who played Myers in 1978 for $25 a day, told Entertainment Weekly how the iconic moment manifested.
It was a deliberate choice, thanks to the director’s foresight to make audiences squirm in their seats.
“I remember the scene vividly.”
“John had me stand and look at the character, and I was behind the mask, and while the camera’s rolling he said, ‘Okay, tilt your head to the right, now tilt your head to the left’.”
“I had no idea what he was trying to get at until I saw the movie and I said, ‘Oh, how cool, it looks like I’m admiring my kill.’ That was John’s kind of inherent talent, coming up with that idea.”
The head tilt became a visual motif throughout the films.
The supernatural antagonist doesn’t see human beings. He, or it, sees specimen and is intrigued by them.
— TheWizardofOz (@TheWiza01788387) October 1, 2018
In the new Halloween–which will bring back the character of Laurie Strode played by the incomparable Jamie Lee Curtis–71 year-old Castle will not be donning that creepy William Shatner mask for the entire film.
Stuntman and actor James Jude Courtney will have that honor in the latest sequel directed by David Gordon Green.
But Castle will make a cameo in the role he created in 1978.
1978 – 2018
Nick Castle recreates his behind the scenes photo from the set of Halloween 1978 pic.twitter.com/d7IJYtS9B5
— Slasher boy (@HorrorAddictX) August 18, 2018
“Nick brought all the mannerisms back,” said Ryan Turek, the vice president of feature film development at Blumhouse Productions.
He also serves as a co-producer for the latest installment and enthusiastically recalled a fun memory from the set.
“There was a great moment when you see Myers from afar, and David was communicating via walkie to an assistant director that was nearby Nick, and he just goes, ‘Tell him to do the Myers head-tilt!’ And two seconds later, we just see Nick tilt his head.”
“We were like, ‘Oh!’ We got all chills and goose-bumpy. It was really cool.”
— Bloody Disgusting (@BDisgusting) February 21, 2018
People haven’t stopped talking about that head tilt.
— Clark Collis (@ClarkCollis) October 4, 2018
I want someone to look at me the way Michael Myers looks at Laurie Strode pic.twitter.com/cGOL9o8ngV
— (@itstatyannag) October 1, 2018
— Ivan (@underthefan113) October 4, 2018
Day 3 – Favorite Villain
Michael Myers. Of all the icons in horror, and there are some great ones, The Shape will always be number 1 for me. The way he moves, the head tilt, all the way to his aggressiveness when he’s ready to kill. Scary. pic.twitter.com/XE8BfhdwTw
— TJ Garvey (@TGarv24) October 3, 2018
(Head Tilt) * I am my own biggest fan! I admire my work! This year will be even better….soon. pic.twitter.com/i1S8yXjOtY
— Michael Myers (The Shape) (@MyersHallow1245) October 1, 2018
A head tilt. Scintillating insight.
— Joe Passmore (@JoePassmoreIII) August 29, 2018
— Grimsley (@_Grimsley) August 28, 2018
Let the stabbing begin!!
— Groinkick Studios (@GroinkickStudio) August 27, 2018
Early screenings of Halloween already impressed audiences. So much, in fact, that the possibility of another sequel is being discussed.
Who would take a stab in the director’s chair next?