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CharacterNation: Doc Holiday (Tombstone)


“I’m your huckleberry.”

Who? Gambler. Gunman. Dentist. John Henry “Doc” Holiday (1851 – 1887) was all of these things during his short life and more. Doc Holiday was always one of the more colorful and shady characters from the Old West. His participation at the shootout at the O.K. Corral alongside the Earp brothers made him a western legend. But when Val Kilmer played him in the movie Tombstone audiences fell in love with the wise cracking, hard drinking, and quick tempered Doc Holiday.


Born in Georgia in 1851, Doc’s father was a soldier who fought in the Mexican-American War and the Civil War. As a young man his mother and adopted stepbrother were both killed by tuberculosis, the same disease that would eventually take John’s life in his later years. John went to school and received a classical education in grammar, history, arithmetic, as well as in Latin, French and Greek. When he turned 20 he attended dental school at the Pennsylvania School of Dental Surgery where he excelled to near the top of his class. He won awards for best set of gold teeth, best in vulcanized rubber, and best set of artificial teeth. Quite an accomplishment and his dental future looked bright. Once graduated Holiday moved to Atlanta to begin his prominent career in dentistry which was soon cut short when he was diagnosed with tuberculosis shortly after. Like many others affected with “the consumption”, Holiday moved out west in hopes that the drier climate might help slow down his deteriorating health. In so doing he became a western legend.

It was said in the Old West that a man’s reputation as a gunman was almost as important as his actual skill with with a gun. Doc’s reputation for hotheadedness and deadliness with a pistol was rightly deserved before he ever walked into Tombstone. Historians are unsure as accounts vary, exact records are hard to find in the West, but many believe Doc Holiday was involved in nine shootouts and may have killed between three to seven men.

Holiday moved to Dallas Texas and struggled to find patients with his dentistry practice. Afterall, who in their right mind would want to sit in a chair below a hacking dentist with TB? He soon discovered gambling to be a much more lucrative profession and started playing at night. “Poker’s an honest trade” after all. Except in Dallas where he was arrested for gaming. Doc took the hint and moved on to Denver where he adopted the name “Tom Mackey” and became a Faro dealer. Soon after Doc followed the money when gold was discovered in Wyoming and left to deal cards up north in Cheyenne and later Deadwood. As he was recovering from a gunshot wound from an unresolved altercation in Fort Griffin, Texas Doc made two lasting friendships. He met and began his on again, off again relationship with “Big Nose Kate” who in turn later introduced him to one Wyatt Earp who was passing through town at the time.


Healed from his wounds Doc soon moved once again with Kate in tow to Dodge City, Kansas where he ran a dentistry by day and a saloon by night. Doc and Earp’s friendship became solidified in Dodge City when 50 armed Texans rode into town looking for Wyatt to avenge an earlier humiliation by him on their leader, Ed Morrison. Ambushed by the Morrison’s men outside a bar Wyatt was seconds from death. That’s when Holiday who was playing cards at the time, walked out into the ruckus and drew his gun on the Morrison threatening to shoot out any of the brains he had left if anybody shot Wyatt. From that day on Wyatt and Doc were close friends.

Always quick to wear out his welcome, Doc never stayed in one place very long. Two more  shootouts in the town of Las Vegas, New Mexico brought a little too much heat on Doc again so he eventually fled the area and moved to Tombstone, Arizona.

Where? Tombstone (1993)

What? Tombstone is the story of Wyatt Earp and the mythical Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. In 1881 Wyatt, his two brothers Virgil and Morgan, and good friend Doc Holiday attempted to arrest a group of illegibly armed cowboys who had gathered near Fly’s Photographic Studio. The cowboys refused to be taken in and in thirty second firefight that ensued thirty shots were fired and three men lay dead. However in the movie the gunfight happens only halfway though and so the final act depicts Earp’s Vendetta Ride when Wyatt and Doc hunt down the remaining cowboys with hell close behind them.

When we first meet Doc at the beginning of the movie we of course see him drunk and accused of cheating at the poker table. But instead of throwing the table over and drawing down on his accuser like we’ve seen so many times before in countless other movies, Doc happily draws his guns and lays them on the table, as a sign of truce. This gesture is seen as an insult though and his attacker charges Doc. Coolly Doc grabs, stabs, and pins him against the wall in one motion. Holiday could slit his throat justifiably at this point, and has killed men for less, but instead shows restraint and spares his life. Together with his lovely companion Big Nose Kate they leave the saloon. But not before robbing the place of it’s large stacks of money on the way out.


From this early scene we learn immediately that Doc is a complex, reckless, yet good hearted character with a flair for the unpredictable backed up by a quality for showmanship. As a dying man he’s not afraid to go down guns blazing, and his enemies know that. With the tuberculosis he’s a dead man coughing and is always on the hunt to find somebody to bring down with him. He’s the only one of Earp’s posse the cowboys respect, fear even, because they know he’s such a loose cannon. All Doc wanted was to go out on his own terms, in a gunfight, with his boots on. Which is why the joke’s on him at the end of film as he lies dying in bed, wiggling his toes from under the sheets in irony. “This is funny.”

Most of the best scenes in Tombstone are all Doc’s. Pick your favorite. When he forgets about and then and excuses a shotgun wielding Billy Bob Thorton to leave him and the Earp’s alone is always as good for a laugh as is him challenging the imbecile cowboy Ike Clanton to a spelling contest. When Johnny Ringo, the most dangerous of the cowboy gang, tries to humiliate an inebriated Doc at the saloon with his gun spinning, Doc one ups him with his skillful shot glass twirling. Or soon after when trouble erupts on the streets of Tombstone as Wyatt is about to be rushed Doc stumbles to the rescue with two guns to compensate for his drunken double vision. Holiday is rightly feared when Johhny Ringo turns down his invitation to a duel. Playing for blood is just Doc’s game but Ringo wants none of it. Until later when Holiday arrives to take Wyatt’s place in an arranged final showdown and guns Ringo down with a single shot to the temple. But it’s not murder, it’s legal, as Doc wears Wyatt’s deputy badge hidden under his duster.

But what makes Doc in Tombstone so enduring is his unwavering loyalty to Wyatt. He’s really like a drunken guardian angel to him throughout. More so than even his own brothers Virgil and Morgan. It’s really an odd relationship between the two if you think about as they should be on opposing sides. Wyatt being the hard nosed lawman and Doc being the shady gunfighter. The movie touches on Doc’s view of their relationship towards the end and it’s one of the best scenes in the movie. On the banks of a small creek after a nasty gunfight fellow vendetta rider “Turkey Creek” Jack Johnson asks a sickly Doc why he’s even out of bed to which he replies that Wyatt Earp is his friend. Johnson dismisses him, as he himself has plenty of friends.

“I don’t.”

How? The Doc Holiday we all know almost didn’t come to be. In the early days of production Kurt Russell had William Dafoe in mind for the role as his first choice. But Disney was unwilling to release any film starring Dafoe with their name on it due to his currently controversial film The Last Temptation of Christ. So Russell shopped the movie around to other studios but was star blocked by Kevin Costner who was making his own Wyatt Earp biopic at the time and bullied other studios to boycott Russell’s Tombstone. Since Disney was the only studio willing to tell Costner to take a hike,  Russell simply went with his second choice, Val Kilmer. So great idea and a big thanks Kevin Costner. You’re no daisy at all.


Why? Tombstone is a great movie. I’d argue it’s one of the best westerns ever made. Like any good revenge western, Wyatt goes to hell and back to avenge his slain and injured brothers and racks up a huge body count along the way. But what elevates the movie above others of the genre is the unique friendship between Doc and Wyatt that ends up becoming the heart and soul of the film. Wyatt may be the main character, but you’d be lying to yourself if you didn’t come away from it thinking Doc Holiday was the star.


CharacterNation: Rambo


Who? Rambo! If you at all had a pulse back in the 80’s then you don’t just know who Rambo is. You lived through Rambo. An 80’s movie and political icon, Rambo came to represent all the best qualities of the US during that decade. Rambo was loud, invincible, strong, took no prisoners, kicked ass, and looked like a boss doing so. There’s a reason his movies were a favorite of Ronald Reagan. Just the name Rambo itself has transcended the character to become an adjective in it’s own right. A solider who takes off on his own, or a lone wolf is often called a “Rambo”. But there is more to Rambo which sets him apart from other cliche actions stars. Well, at least initially because there is no denying he ended up becoming nothing but cliche towards the end of his movies. What makes Rambo different and so memorable? Rambo wasn’t afraid to cry.

Where? First Blood (1982) Rambo: First Blood part 2 (1985) Rambo III (1988) Rambo (2008)

What? John James Rambo was born in Arizona in 1946. The son of a Navajo father and Italian American mother. Life was hard for John growing up in the hot Arizona desert and so he enlisted/was drafted in the army at age 18. Like most enlisted young men at the time John was deployed to fight in the Vietnam War in 1966 but returned home to attend special forces school at Fort Bragg in 1967. The special forces were still in their infancy at this point in American history as Washington increasingly relied on unconventional forces and tactics to combat the guerrilla warfare employed by the Viet-Cong. It was here John was trained by Col. Sam Trautman with who he would develop a close bond and friendship with.

Upon graduation from Fort Bragg John was redeployed To Vietnam as a member of Trautman’s SOG (Studies and Observations Group) team. Together they would deploy deep into the jungles of Vietnam on dangerous LRRP (Long range reconnaissance patrols) missions were Truatman’s team waged a guerrilla war of their own ambushing, capturing, and killing as many enemy soldiers as they could. In a team of special and elite soldiers, John Rambo stood out from among them as “the best” with guns, with knives, with his bare hands. Trained to ignore pain, ignore weather and live off the land.  His whole job was to dispose of enemy personal. To kill! Period! And he did until captured and severely tortured by the NVA forces in a mission gone awry. He eventually escaped prison and asked to be immediately returned to active duty where he continued fighting until discharged in 1972. While in Vietnam he was awarded the Medal of Honor, 2 silver stars, 4 bronze stars, 4 purple hearts and the Distinguished Service Cross.


Rambo returned home to a country he didn’t recognize. The unpopularity of the war combined with the anti-war movement made Rambo an outsider in his own nation. Where in Vietnam he regularly operated million dollar equipment he was unable to hold a job flipping burgers back home. So he drifted as he tried to find meaning to his life once again. While passing through the town of Hope, Washington he was picked up and taken in by the local power tripping sheriff who took Rambo in for vagrancy. Tortured at the hands of the police Rambo suffers from flashbacks of his time as a POW and, well, goes Rambo on everyone. He escapes and goes into hiding in the woods as the town sheriff vows to bring Rambo in for breaking the law. Now in his element, Rambo wages a one man war against the police as he evades and ambushes them with deadly efficiency. Eventually he infiltrates the town and brings the war home as he proceeds to destroy the town to get revenge of the sheriff for drawing “first blood”. Luckily Col. Trautman appears at the last second and talks Rambo down from his destructive spree of PTSD.

Rambo ends up doing hard time for his actions in Hope breaking rocks and getting buff. One day he is visited by Col. Trautman who offers a presidential pardon if Rambo would help rescue missing POWs still held captive in the exact prison he escaped from while serving in Vietnam. It’s better than slinging a sledgehammer so Rambo agrees. During his debriefing Rambo is given strict orders not to engage enemy soldiers or even attempt a rescue as this is to be paparazzi mission only. Soon he is flying back over Vietnam ready to begin, when things go very wrong. While parachuting into the jungle Rambo is dragged behind the plane like a ragdoll when his line catches on the door. With all his strength he manages to cut the line and tumble into the thick canopy below but finds most of his equipment has been lost and he is way off target. Luckily he still has his bows and arrows to hunt NVA game with and heads off to find his contact, a woman and American sympathizer named Co-Bao who will lead him to the camp. Rambo defies his orders and rescues the tortured POWs as they escape by river boat to the extraction point with the help of some pirates. Afraid of the political shit storm that would ensue from the news that Rambo rescued American prisoners the pick up is called off inciting Rambo.

After surviving an attack from an enemy patrol boat Rambo is taken captive by the Vietnamese and their Russian helpers. They want Rambo to broadcast a message to his superiors to call off any further rescue attempts and  beat the hell out of him until he complies. They even hang him into a pit of leeches! Hardcore! Rambo reluctantly agrees but only because it gives him the opportunity to threaten the bureaucrats in charge of the mission before breaking free and escaping to extract his revenge. Co-Bao helps him tend to his wounds and they share a brief moment before she is mercilessly gunned down in front of Rambo by pursuing soldiers. You can only push a man so far and Rambo is a man who doesn’t like to be pushed. Ever. Soon Rambo is going all Rambo on the Vietnamese as he blends into the jungle and systematically picks his attackers apart one by one. He then attacks an enemy camp with explosive arrows, for hunting, and hijacks a helicopter which he flies into the POW camp to rescue the trapped Americans, M60 in hand. They load up and fly away but are chased by the Russian commander in a Hind gunship. Rambo hits the deck and gives chase through a winding canyon but is hopelessly outgunned. Somehow Rambo manages to make an emergency landing and play dead long enough to shoot a freaking rocket launcher through his shattered cockpit window and blows up the Russian Hind.  Still not done blowing things up, Rambo flies back to home base where he shoots up a room full of file cabinets in another fit of PTSD before simply walking away to live day by day.


Years later Trautman once again seeks Rambo’s aid to help to help with the great idea of resupplying a group of sympathetic Mujaheddin rebels in some country called Afghanistan. Rambo declines as he’s too busy amateur stick fighting and rebuilding temples to care. Trautman proceeds regardless, but gets captured by Soviet forces in a move nobody but Rambo and Trautman saw coming. Once more Rambo dons the red headband as he takes off to the graveyard of empires to rescue his old friend.  With the help of a rebel leader and a young boy Rambo is able to find Trautman but is unable to save him. Wounded in the attempt, Rambo burns his wound close and sends his guides away to free Trautman solo. With more explosive arrows, for hunting, Rambo returns the next day and frees Trautman along with more POWs and hijacks a Hind helicopter of his own. Forced to abandon the damaged helicopter Rambo and Trautman take refuge in a series of underground caves and own a group of pursuing Soviet Spetsnaz special forces.They hike out only to be confronted with a small army of Soviet tanks, soldiers and helicopters. At the end of their line the pair are saved by the heroic Mujaheddin as they selfishly charge the Russians on horseback. A huge lopsided battle begins as Rambo mounts a horse then later mounts a tank and begins screaming, driving, and shooting everything as his PTSD kicks in again. Flying above the battlefield in his Hind, the Russian commander singles Rambo out and proceeds to play a game of high speed chicken with him as he charges the tank. Rambo hits the gas and literally drives the tank’s cannon into the Hind’s cockpit as they collide in a massive explosion. Tank – 1, helicopter – 0.


Twenty years after his Afghanistan experience Rambo lived in the jungles of Thailand to disappear and live a simple life as a boat ferry man and snake seller. Age has caught with him by now, but he agrees to ferry a group of missionaries into war torn Burma against his better judgement. When the missionaries fail to return and are taken as hostages by the local warlord a group of mercenaries are hired to bring them back and ask Rambo to guide them to their last known location. At first mistaken for a simple ferryman, Rambo gives his true self away when he annihilates a group of enemy soldiers single-handily with his bow and arrows. Joining with the mercenaries Rambo helps to rescue the hostages and lead them to safety from the pursuing warlord army. Once again Rambo goes Rambo as he single handily kills the pursing army with high caliber machine guns, a daisy cutter landmine and a simple machete. The hostages saved, he finally returns home, after all these years, to a small farm on a dirt road in Arizona.

How? The original movie was originally based on a 1972 book of the same same by David Morrell. The rights were bought by Columbia pictures and spent years in development hell as the script was passed on actors such as Clint Eastwood, De Niro, Paul Newman, and John Travolta because it was too violent. Luckily Sylvestor Stallone became attached after the success of Rocky and rewrote the script to make Rambo more human. Rambo was even more of a killing machine in the book and original screenplay it seems. With Stallone onboard Rambo became a sympathetic veteran lost in the anti-Vietnam backlash that still gripped the US in the early 80’s. Originally Rambo was supposed to die at the end but Stallone wisely changed the ending to let Rambo live and kill another day. The original cut of the film was said to be over three hours and was bad enough to make Stallone sick and fearful it would kill his career. The film was re-cut and did extremely well at the box office helping birth an American icon.

Why? First Blood is one of my favorite movies. It’s just so 80’s I love it! From the simple music, to the cheap bullet ricochets sounds, to the wardrobe, the old cars, the sleepy town, everything, it makes me feel like living back in time when I watch it. And the movie’s plot is by far the best of the four Rambo films even though it’s the least violent. I don’t think Rambo directly kills anybody in the entire movie, cause you know, killing police isn’t very sympathetic or heroic. But the message is so simple. As a country we sometimes mistreat our soldiers like crap when we haven’t walked in their boots, sacrificed what they’ve sacrificed. Rambo isn’t just any solider, he was one of the BEST soldiers from Vietnam and we find him wandering around the country aimlessly at the beginning of the movie because our country wants nothing to do with him, characterized by the town sheriff. It’s no wonder Rambo goes off the deep end when he gets pushed too far and reverts back to his training just to survive. The best part of the film (the series) comes in the middle of First Blood with Rambo, presumed dead and alone by the fire in the middle of the woods, breaks radio silence and cries out to his only surviving friend, Col Trautman. That’s right. Rambo, one of the baddest men in all cinema breaks down and cries because all his friends are dead from the war and he’s the only one left. In an instant we know and understand him. He’s a killing machine because our country needed him to be, but he’s still human underneath and in tremendous pain. We know what Vietnam was like for him and yet we really don’t know anything. Rambo is best when he’s at war, not with the Russians, or Vietnamese, but with himself.


Rambo part II and III delved into action movie cliche but I’d say the second best film in the series is the last one, Rambo. The message of the movie is dead simple. As my brother told me, a former Ranger himself, sometimes…..sometimes violence is the only way to get things done. In the fourth film Rambo should be retired and living a quiet life, and he is, until violence creeps it’s way back into his life one more time. You can tell his violent past is something he’s still trying to deal with as the movie plays out. But when he is called back to duty Rambo doesn’t complain, doesn’t drag his feet, doesn’t hesitate to fight. At his core Rambo is a soldier. Violence is his profession. It’s what he does. It’s who he is. And as cliche and cheesy as the earlier movies may be with the violence 2008’s Rambo atones for this in spades. Enemy soldiers just don’t dance a little jog when shot by machine gun fire here. Instead body parts explode when hit by high caliber rounds. Explosions rip limps away, bones shatter, intestines spill out, flesh burns. Violence is truly an awful thing.

But sometimes it’s necessary.

Stallone may be getting up there in years but that doesn’t mean Rambo has to go away. There has been talk since Rambo’s release of a filth sequel which has turned into further talks of a TV series. But I’m here to argue for neither. What the charterer needs is a fresh reboot. An origin story in the likes of James Bond and Casino Royale. We all know who Rambo is and what he is capable of. But how did he get that way? That is a far more interesting story. The man was the grim reaper incarnate back in Vietnam so let’s see what he was capable of in his prime. Where does he come from? How do you turn a boy from small town Arizona into an unstoppable killing machine like him? Vietnam made Rambo. I want to see how. There are precious few films these days dealing with America’s experience with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan anyways. A Rambo parable in Vietnam today would help bridge that missing gap in film just as nicely today as the original did back in 1982.

But I don’t want to see Rambo man ripping out throats. I want to see him cry again.

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CharacterNation: Michael Myers


Who? Michael Myers is the original psycho killer, Norman Bates aside, who brought slasher/horror films to the mainstream in 1978’s Halloween and has been killing teenagers onscreen ever since. As a teenager in the 90’s Michael Myers and the Halloween movies were always favorites of me and my friends. We’d all get together and have sleepovers at my buddy’s house and the highlight of the night was renting out horror movies from the local Blockbuster. It was always a hoot to see the imaginative ways people could die and we were always guaranteed to see some boob in the mandatory sex scenes, the draw of which cannot be understated to a 14 year old.

The Halloween movies were always our favorites although the Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th movies starring Freddy and Jason seemed to be more popular at the time. Freddy had the burnt face, funny jokes, and those cool as hell claws while Jason made hockey masks iconic and scary. They were monsters and monsters are cool I guess. But Micheal Myers is just a man. There was no supernatural appeal to him and was always treated as a second rate character.  Most people my age didn’t even know who Michael Myers was. Michael Myers who? He didn’t really have any powers, his costume was bland compared to Freddy and Jason. And his weapon of choice was a kitchen knife???


But that’s what made MMichael Myers so cool. He didn’t need a stupid sweater or super powers to be scary. He was just a regular dude who was good at killing. Really, really good at killing.

Where? Halloween (1978), Halloween II (1981) Halloween 4: The Return of Micheal Myers (1988), Halloween 5: The Revenge of Micheal Myers (1989), Halloween: The Curse of Micheal Myers (1995), Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later (1998) Halloween: Resurrection (2002) Halloween (2007), Halloween II (2009)

What? Michael Myers was always seen as a disturbed little boy but took things to another level when he murdered his teenage sister Judith on Halloween in 1963. Taken up and locked away for the next 15 years he manages to escape and returns home on Halloween to stalk a young babysitter named Laurie, played by Jamie Lee Curtis in her first role, and her friends. Hot in pursuit of Michael is his long time psychiatrist Dr. Loomis, oh the conversations they must have had together. Laurie ends up babysitting with her promiscuous friends but Michael shows up and shows them the true meaning of unsafe sex. Laurie eventually discovers her dead friends and that Micheal has saved her for last. She runs and hides back in her house as the “boogeyman” purses her. But Laurie proves to be a survivor as she fights back, stabbing Michael in the neck with a sewing needle and then in the eye with a coat hanger! Michael shows a remarkable resistance to pain as he quickly recovers and keeps coming after her. With Laurie moments from death Dr. Loomis shows up in the nick of time and blasts Michael away with his hand cannon over the second story balcony to his death. But when he goes back to check his handiwork, Michael is gone.


Halloween II picks up right after Halloween as Laurie is brought to the hospital for her injuries and Dr. Loomis continues his pursuit of his insane mask wearing patient. Michael tracks Laurie to the hospital and begins killing the staff. In what has to be my most favorite movie death ever Michael walks up to nurse freshening up on the side of the therapy hot tub after screwing her boyfriend in it and puts his hands on her shoulder. Mistaking Michael’s big strong hands for her boyfriend’s scrawny ones she begins seductively biting and playing with them until Michael plunges her face into the increasingly scalding hot tub, simultaneously drowning and burning her to death.  That’s what made Michael Myers so bad ass. He worked with the tools he was given. Soon Dr. Loomis discovers why Michael has such an infatuation for Laurie. She is is his younger sister and on top of that he may have been born under an occult ceremony which explains his nigh unkillabilty. Loomis arrives at the hospital in time to save Laurie, but too late to save others on the hospital staff as Micheal has been very busy. Michael chases them stabbing Loomis while “Annie Oakley” Laurie goes all Red Ryder and shoot both of Michael’s eyes out! Still Micheal comes after them so they retreat to an operating room which Loomis fills with gas giving Laurie a chance to escape before he ignites it burning both him and Michael to death.

But you can’t keep a profitable franchise down and Michael Myers would come back in Halloween 4, after a forgettable pumpkin faced monster became the focus of Halloween 3, with each new movie seemingly retconning the previous one before it.

How? Originally referred to as “The Shape” (I like that name!) by the creators of Halloween I and II, Myers was written to be the embodiment of pure evil. Something that cannot be killed or understood, it just is. The first Halloween movie was made for the bargain price of $300,000 by John Carpenter but made over 70 million at the box office. For a long time Halloween was the most successful independent movie ever made with a 11,000% return on it’s budget. However, because the budget was low the film crew had to skimp when they could to save money. As most people know the mask he wears was just a Captain Kirk mask found at the store and painted white. I could never see Kirk’s face in the mask but hey, it was 1978, everything was cheap junk back then.

Why? Michael Myers is awesome! He’s just this big hulking brute of a man, who keeps coming at you. Again and again and again. Pure evil. He never talks, never makes a sound which makes the blank stare on his expressionless white mask all the more terrifying. (He’s smart enough to know if he did talk it would all come out as mumbles). And without question he has the most terrifying theme music of any character in film. Those simple alternating piano notes keep coming at you as relentlessly as Michael Myers himself. They put you on alert, it almost sounds like an alarm, which only increases the tension in the movie and puts you on the edge of your seat. The theme song was one of the first songs my best friend taught himself to play on his old Casio keyboard. Even then it was always disturbing to hear.


As I mentioned earlier Michael Myers was just that goofy guy in the white mask to many of my friends, but time has made him arguably one of the most popular movie villains around 36 years later. His movies have been remade by Rob Zombie in two recent reboots that explored a lot more of his early childhood. Young Michael had a disturbing tendency to kill animals and create paper mache masks now. And  he was even a playable character in the latest Call of Duty game, Ghosts so you can run around and stab your friends to death. Michael Myers is scary because he is just a man and his films are therefore more grounded. They are more believable. More based in reality. He’s just a guy, with a knife. And he will kill you.

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