ByMelissa Thomas, writer at Creators.co
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Horror fans have been promised another Halloween film for 2017. Contrary to popular belief, it is not going to be a remake but more of a replacement. The upcoming film is set to take place after the original 1981 Halloween II. Some franchise fans where a little perturbed that Halloween III: Season of the Witch (which is way underrated) was not a Michael-centric film and have boycotted the film for decades. Now, these fans are getting the Halloween III they have been wanting.

Dr. Samuel Loomis

'Halloween' [Credit: Compass International]
'Halloween' [Credit: Compass International]

The franchise would not be the same without Michael's shrink and main adversary Dr. Samuel Loomis. Legendary actor Donald Pleasence made the role iconic even today when he first warned the sheriff and stalked around Haddonfield in his tan trench coat in 1978.

The role was given to Malcolm McDowell in Rob Zombie's Halloween and Halloween 2. He did a great deal of justice to the role and he himself is nothing short of an icon, but you just can't replace the originals. Dr. Loomis, who survived in the franchise until Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (many fans argue that he died in Halloween II), will be making his return, but who is going to take on the role? Here are 10 actors that could play Dr. Samuel Loomis.

10. Todd Farmer

'Drive Angry' [Credit: Summit Entertainment]
'Drive Angry' [Credit: Summit Entertainment]

Known For: Writing and directing films like Jason X, My Bloody Valentine 3D, Drive Angry and more. His acting roles include: My Bloody Valentine 3D, Drive Angry, Compound Fracture, American Muscle and more.

Why: Farmer is not a conventional choice for a role like Dr. Loomis and he is known mostly for his writing and directorial work, but when he is put into an acting role, he is very versatile and vastly underrated. Not to mention, he has the right look.

9. Sean Whalen

'The People Under The Stairs' [Credit: Universal]
'The People Under The Stairs' [Credit: Universal]

Known For: What isn't Whalen known for? He has become the biggest "that guy" in the genre. Best known for his roles in The People Under the Stairs and Twister, but Whalen can be spotted in several other films and TV shows such as: Never Been Kissed, Laid To Rest, My Wife and Kids and many more.

Why: Another unconventional choice, but Whalen has proved many times over that he can do creepy, serious, funny and any other type of role thrown his way. He may be a "that guy," but every film and show that he appears in, he tends to become a favorite.

8. Kevin Gage

'7 Minutes' [Credit: Starz Distribution]
'7 Minutes' [Credit: Starz Distribution]

Known For: Gage is best remembered for his roles in Heat, Blow and G.I. Jane, but he has made several crosses into the horror genre in films like May, Strangeland, Laid To Rest and more recently, Fear Clinic.

Why: If writers are looking to give Loomis a more bad-ass makeover, Kevin Gage would be the perfect choice. He looks like a younger Donald Pleasence that might punch you in the face. Gage has shown that he is more than capable of expressing every emotion and completely devoting himself to every role he takes.

7. Jamie Lee Curtis

'Scream Queens' [Credit: Fox]
'Scream Queens' [Credit: Fox]

Known For: Jamie Lee Curtis is known as the daughter of legendary scream queen Janet Leigh as well as being the damsel/heroine of the original Halloween series, Laurie Strode. Most recently, has been portraying the not-so-pleasant Dean Cathy Munsch on Fox's hit series Scream Queens.

Why: It's 2017 and it seems as though every character in comic books, film and TV is getting a gender makeover. Not only is Jamie Lee Curtis part of the iconic original Halloween lineup, she is one of the most recognized names in the genre. If a gender-bent version of Loomis is going to happen, she is the perfect choice.

6. Robert Patrick

'Scorpion' [Credit: CBS TV]
'Scorpion' [Credit: CBS TV]

Known For: Patrick is best known for his roles in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The Faculty, From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money, The X-Files, True Blood, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series and many more.

Why: Another "that guy," Patrick has made a career out of playing the bad guy roles. His appearance, piercing stare and voice give him a "take me seriously," almost ominous persona. Why not have a more intimidating Loomis and give Patrick a chance to show he can be both the bad-ass and the good guy?

5. Bruce Campbell

'Ash vs. Evil Dead' [Credit: Renaissance Pictures / Starz]
'Ash vs. Evil Dead' [Credit: Renaissance Pictures / Starz]

Known For: Campbell is best known for his role as Ash in The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness and Ash vs Evil Dead. He can also be found in Bubba Ho-Tep, Congo, Burn Notice and many more. has also lent his voice to everything from video games (Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare — Exo Zombies and Evil Dead: Regeneration) to children's movies (Cars 2, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Ant Bully).

Why: As far as male genre actors go, there may not be a more recognizable face or voice; Campbell has spent decades becoming the king. If they want to get a new generation of horror fans into the Halloween franchise, give them a Loomis that will make them laugh, make the ladies swoon and be a 100 percent bad-ass. Maybe it's time to make Dr. Loomis groovy.

4. Bill Moseley

'The Devil's Rejects' [Credit: Lionsgate]
'The Devil's Rejects' [Credit: Lionsgate]

Known For: Moseley is best known for portraying Chop-Top in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, but newer generations of horror fans fell in love with him as the Charles Manson-quoting madman, Otis B. Driftwood, in Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects.

Why: No matter what role Moseley steps into, it becomes iconic. He could be cast as "Milk Man No. 400" and he would still steal the show. His ability to fully take on a character and the lengths ito which he is willing to go for a role (he shaved his head so his wig would fit properly for The Devil's Rejects) are second to none. He has proven that he can take on serious roles but still inject a bit of comedic relief, which would fit a character like Loomis. He is a recognizable face throughout the genre and could breathe some new life into a classic character.

3. Sid Haig

'House of 1000 Corpses' [Credit: Lionsgate]
'House of 1000 Corpses' [Credit: Lionsgate]

Known For: Haig is best known for his roles in Jackie Brown, House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects. His resume is vast and full of every style of film and television show (even Batman — he appeared as Royal Apothecary in Season 2 Episodes 7 and 8 in 1966) imaginable.

Why: With a career spanning nearly six decades, Haig is a veteran actor capable of dominating any role thrown at him. As another well-known face in the horror genre, fans would likely be more interested in the character and possibly the film if Haig were to be a part of it. He is the master of dramatic and sinister, and he could be just what the Halloween franchise needs to successfully reboot.

2. Robert Englund

'Fear Clinic' [Credit: Anchor Bay Entertainment]
'Fear Clinic' [Credit: Anchor Bay Entertainment]

Known For: If you call yourself a horror fan and you don't know who is, you should stick to rom-coms. He is best known for portraying the perverted, foul-mouthed, wise-cracking Freddy Krueger in the A Nightmare on Elm Street films.

Why: Robert Englund is a horror icon and can without a doubt mold himself into any character he is cast to play. Casting Englund would bring a whole new look and demeanor to Dr. Loomis; instead of replacing an icon, why not reinvent him? England has proved many times over that he can be serious as well as menacing and funny; the role of Loomis consists of all three of those components.

1. Malcolm McDowell

'31' [Credit: Saban Films]
'31' [Credit: Saban Films]

Known For: McDowell is most prominently known for the role of Alex in Stanley Kubrick's 1971 cult classic A Clockwork Orange. He was also Dr. Loomis in Rob Zombie's Halloween and Halloween 2.

Why: McDowell is a seasoned actor best known for his portrayal of immoral, villainous characters, but he has proven that he can play the role. If it's not broke, why fix it? Rob Zombie's films gained a lot of fan criticism, but in my personal opinion, McDowell brought a new life to Dr. Samuel Loomis, particularly in Halloween 2. He brought both the Loomis we know and love as well as a more villainous one. I hope this guy lands the part of Loomis — bring him back for a third round.

'Halloween' [Credit: Dimension Films]
'Halloween' [Credit: Dimension Films]

There is a long list of actors that could pull off the role, but I believe the above 10 would have more to offer the role. Whether you see Loomis as a key player in the films or just someone getting in Michael's way of full-on bloodbath, he is still important to the film and Donald Pleasence deserves someone that will come in and dominate the role.

What actor would you choose to play Dr. Samuel Loomis and why?

'Halloween' [Credit: Compass International]
'Halloween' [Credit: Compass International]

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