ByKhalil Wright, writer at
"Saturday, March 24th, 1984. Shermer High School. Shermer, Illinois. 60062."
Khalil Wright

Michael Myers is just a fictional character, but that's where it stops right?


The Halloween movies have been the inspiration behind several real-life killings and it could be the only horror franchise to have influenced murder on several different occasions. What is it about the pale-faced Michael Myers that certain people find so attractive though?

Maybe the two cases below can answer that question for us

The first strike of violence occurred way back in 1982 — a man stabbed an elderly couple after watching the original Halloween II. His defense was that he suffered hallucinations brought on by the movie while under the influence of multiple drugs and alcohol. The film was also played for the jury and a psycho pharmacologist pointed out various similarities between its scenes and the visions the defendant described.

The man was ultimately found guilty and sentenced to death. While the incident subsequently became known as the "Halloween II murders."

Art by James Purden
Art by James Purden

In 2007, an eerily similar case occurred, only this time it was much more horrific. Inspired by Rob Zombie's Halloween remake, a 17-year-old boy went on to murder most of his immediate family.

And here is some of what he had to say in his four-page confession:

I started watching Rob Zombie's ‘Halloween.’ In the movie a 12-year-old boy murders his stepfather, sister, and his sister's boyfriend. It was the third time this week that I watched it.

While watching it I was amazed at how at ease the boy (Michael Myers) was during the murders and how little remorse he had afterward. I was thinking to myself, it would be the same for me when I kill someone.

She came out (his sister), and out of the corner of her eye she saw me pointing the gun at her, he said. She thought I was joking and told me that I was freaking her out. I shot her in the back and then the head. I ran down to the study and shot my mom three times.

After I watched the movie I put it back in the case and threw it in the trashcan so that people wouldn't think that it influenced me in any way.

Jake Evans was eventually sentenced to 45 years in prison.

And it doesn't stop there either. Other killings inspired by various Halloween flicks have taken place over time. What is it about Michael Myers that psychos relate too? If I had to guess I'd say it's because he's the most psychologically challenged out of the slasher villains. And since it's clear the two men above were in the same boat, maybe they felt some sort of connection with him?

Sources: NY Daily News, Los Angeles Times


What do you think? What could be the reason 'Halloween' influences killers?


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