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….
While I consider Psycho to be the original slasher film John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) really set a precedent for horror films to come. The plot is fairly simple: An escaped mental patient wearing stolen coveralls and a dimestore rubber mask returns to his hometown and murders teenage babysitters. In the original film he acts without any known motive, and very little information is given about him. He is evil incarnate. In reality it’s Nick Castle a friend of John Carpenter’s who would go on to direct movies of his own such as The Last Starfighter and The Boy Who Could Fly.
This figure was one I had wanted to do for a while, but finding just the right parts was key. Sideshow Collectiblles released a Michael Myers figure in their horror line ages ago, but its sort of an amalgam of the different looks. More to the point it lacked the “Shatner mask”. The original mask prop used in the film is actually a Captain Kirk mask made by Don Post in the 70s. The eyes were widened, the side burns removed, and the whole thing was painted white. Its subtle and yet that makes it horrifying. You’re not distracted by grizzly teeth or a bevy of prosthetics. Instead its a just a guy in a mask, and it could be ANYONE under there.
The suit came to me in way of a trade some years back. It was orange originally, but I knew exactly what I would use it for eventually. So I put it away and waited. Patiently I waited. Inhumanly patient. Only seeing that day when I found the perfect head, er… mask. Its a mask sculpted to look like there is a head underneath. It was perfect really. Even has some hints of Shatner in there. All I had to do was paint it and add the hair. The coveralls were then bleached, dyed, and eventually stained with acrylic paint to get a solid uniform color before I weathered them. From what I’ve read the coveralls used in the film are actually a dark green, but I chose to go with the blue because that’s how he appears on screen and its more iconic.