In 2007, Rob Zombie gave us a Halloween reboot/prequel, which focused on the development of the young Michael Myers from disturbed child to horror icon. Surely this choice to focus on the killer himself was a masterful one and could in no way be bettered.
OR COULD IT??!?!?!?!!?!!??!?!??!!!?!?!?!
The truth is, anyone who has seen the original Halloween (Carpenter, 1978) and has any sort of understanding of the character of Michael Myers knows that he is an atrocious choice for a prequel, probably the worst character of any in the series 40-year history.
Myers isn’t a person, he’s a force of nature. The entire point of the character is that he is pure, unadulterated evil. You cannot reason with him or analyse him. He has no rhyme or reason for what he does, he just does it. This is part of the reason he resonates with people so much, every other horror killer has a motive; pleasure or revenge or personal gain, but Michael is just devoid of any of that depth. This emptiness works great when writing a horror villain but when it comes to a prequel, there’s not really an origin story for the character to show. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a character who might suit a prequel…
That’s right. Dr Loomis. Just think about it, you could watch as Loomis begins his career in psychology, meet some of his earlier patients, explore his attitude to treating the criminally insane, perhaps he’s a natural, able to almost instantly connect with all the patients he is assigned to. You could take the opportunity to show a whole host of interesting and psychotic individuals. Then, one day, he’s introduced to a boy whose murdered his sister. You could watch as Loomis tries and fails repeatedly to connect with him until, eventually, he realises that this child cannot be reached, that he is totally empty inside, he might as well be talking to a brick wall. By the end of the film, the friendly, affable, and sympathetic psychologist has become hellbent on keeping Michael locked up for the rest of his life, leading up until the night he escapes in 1978.
It’s such an obvious idea, I’m surprised nobody has done it already. Granted, Rob Zombie did include Loomis as a character, but he wasn’t the focus, Michael was. It makes so much more sense to show Loomis’s transformation, to tell us how he became the obsessed man we see in the original Halloween, than it does to show Michael Myers torture animals like a generic serial killer.