Notes jotted down while watching “Halloween: H20”: Medical
science should study Michael Myers, the monster who has made the last two
decades a living hell for Laurie Strode. Here is a man who feels no pain. He
can take a licking and keep on slicing. In the latest “Halloween” movie, he
absorbs a blow from an ax, several knife slashes, a rock pounded on the skull,
a fall down a steep hillside and being crushed against a tree by a truck.
Whatever he's got, mankind needs it.
How does Michael Myers support himself in the long years between
his slashing outbreaks? I picture him working in a fast-food joint. “He never
spoke much, but boy, could he dice those onions!” I have often wondered why we
hate mimes so much. Many people have such an irrational dislike for them that
they will cross the street rather than watch some guy in whiteface pretending
to sew his hands together. Examining Michael Myers' makeup in “Halloween: H20,”
I realized he looks so much like Marcel Marceau as to make no difference. Maybe
he is a mime when he's not slashing.
Maybe what drove him mad was years and years of trying to make a
living in malls while little kids kicked him to see if he was real. This also
would explain his ability to seem to walk while somehow staying in the same
I happen to know Jamie Lee Curtis, who plays Laurie, is one of
the smartest people in Hollywood. I cannot wait for the chapter on horror
movies in her autobiography.
There is a scene in the movie where a kid drops a corkscrew down
a garbage disposal. Then the camera goes inside the garbage disposal to watch
while he fishes around for it. Then the camera cuts to the electric switch on
the wall, which would turn the disposal on. I am thinking, if this kid doesn't
lose his hand, I want my money back.
Michael Myers may also have skills as an electrician. All of the
lights and appliances in every structure in this movie go on or off whenever
the plot requires them to. I can imagine Myers down in the basement by the fuse
box, thinking, “Gotta slash somebody. But first--geez, whoever filled in the
chart on the inside of this fuse box had lousy handwriting! I can't tell the
garage door from the garbage disposal!” I think Jamie Lee Curtis shouts “Do as
I say!” twice in the movie. I could be low by one.
Yes, the movie contains the line “They never found a body.”
Michael Myers, described in the credits as “The Shape,” is played by Chris
Durand. There is hope. Steve McQueen started his career in (but not as) “The
Blob.” Half of the movie takes place in an exclusive private school, yet there
is not a single shower scene.
Speaking of shower scenes: Janet Leigh, Jamie Lee's mother,
turns up in a cameo role here, and she started me thinking about what a rotten
crock it is that they're remaking “Psycho.” I imagined Miss Leigh telling her
friends, “They wanted me to do a cameo in the remake of `Psycho,' but I said,
hell, I'd do `Halloween: H20' before I'd lower myself to that.”