Topic: Halloween: The Many Faces of Michael Myers, Part 2
And away we go...
Halloween II (1981)
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.
1. Dick Warlock (The Shape)
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)
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
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!