Topic: Halloween: The Many Faces of Michael Myers, Part 2

And away we go...

Halloween II (1981)

The mask:
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Despite conflicting rumors, this is indeed the same mask worn by Nick Castle in the original Halloween.  It looks different because firstly, it had been stored under a bed and was aging away while multiple layers of paint and glue that had been applied three years earlier ate away at it, hence the discoloration.  And secondly, Dick Warlock, who portrayed The Shape in part 2, had a wider head than part 1's Nick Castle, which explains why it appears somewhat distorted in shape (no pun intended).  Since it had already been decided by the end of filming that Michael Myers would not appear in any future Halloween films (Carpenter opted to start using "Halloween" as an umbrella title under which to produce other, different horror films -- hence the Shape-less Halloween III), Warlock was allowed to take the mask home as a keepsake.  Years later he sold it to a private collector in Ohio who occasionally displays it in one of the two haunted houses he owns -- though it is most definitely on its last legs.  This would be the last Halloween film the mask would appear in.


The actors:

1. Dick Warlock (The Shape)
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A veteran stuntman who at one time was a contracted personal stuntman for Kurt Russell, Warlock, who was a good three inches shorter than the original's Nick Castle (he had to wear lifts in his shoes to make up the difference) and a fair bit broader as well, was nevertheless just as formidable a presence behind the mask.  But not only did he perform all his own stunts as The Shape, he was also the stunt coordinator and had a cameo as a Patrolman.  And since during my research I was unable to find any information about anyone else wearing the mask or acting as Warlock's stand-in during the sequel, I can only assume that any time you see The Shape in whole or in part, you're seeing Warlock.  Warlock had an extensive list of credits before Halloween II came his way, and accumulated even more credits after, and today, at age 73, he has nothing but fond memories of his time spent behind the mask -- not counting the burns his arms sustained filming the climactic full-body burn, which had to be shot not once, but twice! 

2. Adam Gunn (Young Michael Myers)

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There's not much to say about this actor.  While he had a somewhat busy career beggining in the late '70s, Halloween II is his final film credit and I can find no further information on him.  Oh well...


3. Jack Verbois
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Okay, this one's a bit of a cheat.  Verbois never actually played either The Shape or Michael Myers; a stuntman, Verbois actually portrayed the doomed Ben Tramer, a character only mentioned in part 1 but who finally made an appearance in the sequel.  Well, kind of.  We never see his actual face.  So why am I including him?  Because he was at one point mistaken by Loomis for Myers -- no doubt thanks to the close resemblance of his mask (not counting the hair, of course -- apparently in the whole hour that passed between the end of the first Halloween and when Loomis sees Tramer in the sequel, Loomis forgot Myers' mask was a brunette...)


And that concludes part 2.  Keep an eye out for Part 3, coming soon to a horror-movies.ca near you!

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Re: Halloween: The Many Faces of Michael Myers, Part 2

Awesome Lon!  You clearly put a lot into these.  Though, I am a little disappointed in you, seems you could have at least camped out at  Gunn and Verbois' house to get an updates photo.  smile

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Totally!  Loved it any way though.

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lol

I did find a single photo of Verbois online but it's so out of focus I didn't think it was worth bothering with. hmm

Side-note -- I dressed as Michael Myers for Halloween '98 and had a couple folks tell me I was too short to pull it off.  Turns out, I'm the exact same height as Dick Warlock (5'9") so as far as I'm concerned, they can suck it. big_smile

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^ You just reminded me of something.  In high school one year, I dressed up as the Phantom of the Opera to scare some of the kids doing play rehearsal late at night.  I would just walk around and be seen then hide.  Did it a few times (yes, I'm a nerd).  Well, a lot of people suspected it was me, but then people said The Phantom was way too tall to be me...so the legend grew.  I'm 5'7" and got to hear about this 6' tall Phantom.  smile

Ok, not trying to hijack...you just reminded me of it.  Seriously, good article.

Re: Halloween: The Many Faces of Michael Myers, Part 2

LoudLon wrote:

lol

I did find a single photo of Verbois online but it's so out of focus I didn't think it was worth bothering with. hmm

Side-note -- I dressed as Michael Myers for Halloween '98 and had a couple folks tell me I was too short to pull it off.  Turns out, I'm the exact same height as Dick Warlock (5'9") so as far as I'm concerned, they can suck it. big_smile

Ha!

Loved the article again, good read.

GS, awesome story, it's interesting how one's imagination can so easily distort one's view.

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Once again, very solid read, Lon.

Halloween II is one of my favorite horror movies sequels of all-time, next to Psycho II, Bride of Frankenstein, Dawn of the Dead, TCM 2, and The Devil's Rejects (but not in that exact listing). Learning of Warlock having to do the full-body burn twice in a row is an impressive tidbit (I bet he's pretty proud to show off his burns to H2 fans nowadays).

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Re: Halloween: The Many Faces of Michael Myers, Part 2

This is awesome Lon keep it up! I cannot wait for Halloween 4, one of my favourite sequels ever!