Michael Myers on Halloween is a horror movie metaphor for social dilemmas

For decades, the filmmaker responsible for managing the Halloween franchise-from director Dwight H. Little (Dwight H. Little) Halloween 4 The controversial origin story duo against Rob Zombie and him-has resolved the question of who Michael Myers is and what does he represent? Franchise creators John Carpenter and Debra Hill have never provided answers of any kind to the world, which makes directors, writers and fans think about the unstoppable evil nature called “shape”.

However, in the latest movie in Blumhouse’s Halloween sequel trilogy, director David Gordon Green and co-author Danny McBride established a seductive connection between “shape” and collective trauma, collective trauma It seems to be part of daily life in the United States today. Halloween killing The audience is invited to guess whether Michael Myers is supernatural and what he is like. Paranoid? bias? Toxic masculinity? All this is being debated in the new movie.

In this week’s Galactic brain, Jonah Ray and I joined actors, comedians and Henry Zebrowski, the last podcast co-host on the left Talk about what made Michael Myers so terrible decades later.

As always, this conversation has been edited and it doesn’t sound so strange.

Dave: Let’s talk about Michael Myers first: Do you think he is a stand-in for poisonous masculinity?

Henry: You know, they call him The Shape for a reason, right? I think Michael Myers-Jason Worthys, Freddie Kruger, and Michael Myers-Michael Myers among the three main classic monsters of the 80s are the favorite generals. For this reason, they called him The Shape. And I think you can invest a lot in him. I think that if you just decide, for example, through a movie and have an argument about him, you can apply to him many things.

Dave: When you came up with the idea that his name is The Shape, I thought you would learn more about Spanx. How Spanx forces women to wear different clothes.

Henry: This is a very interesting idea. But if he does have a big and juicy ass, I would agree with you.

Jonah: Just like Haddenfield on his ass, just walking around.

Dave: If you know what I mean, his jumpsuit doesn’t really show off merchandise.

Henry: This is the shoulder, he is very tall. He is tall. Shape is very tall, I think it makes him very attractive to many people.

Dave: Listen, we all like the Short King on Galaxy Brains. Jonah and I are both tall people, but we are here to support. We are giving back to the community.

Henry: The hurricane hit hard. This is what I did to fight back against Michael Myers. This is what I discovered as a short man.

Jonah: As a tall man, I learned to apologize when someone hits me.

Henry: You know, my co-host Ben Cassel is 6 feet 7 inches tall. He has been talking about it, for example, I have the freedom to get angry in public. But he can’t. I mean, because he is too big, he can’t. He can never raise his voice, but I can. I always yell.

Dave: Do you know who I think might be a pretty tall person? John Carpenter. Of course, John Carpenter and his partner Debra Hill created Halloween together, but he has also made other tough guy movies throughout his career. Fleeing New York, they are alive, attacking the 13th arrondissement. You know, the list goes on. The ghost of Mars, We’ll discuss this in the Blank Check podcast soon.

Henry: The ghost of Mars Underestimated.

Dave: But he also directed a movie that I think is a bit like adjusting the idea of ​​a tough guy Big trouble in Little China.

Jonah: Yes, it’s like imitating a tough guy action hero.

Dave: Completely imitate. Memoirs of an invisible man, This is a movie directed by John Carpenter and starring Chevy Chase.

Henry: I like that movie. We were obsessed with that movie when we were young.

Dave: I think it is super underestimated. Yes, this may be Chevrolet’s best performance in the movie. Then he also filmed Starman, which is a very romantic and sweet movie. So my question is, is John Carpenter the most sober director of white straight men making movies about white straight men?

Henry: I think he is an eclectic director, and I think he sees things from many different angles. I don’t think he is afraid to question himself, I think you can think that this is awake. He is very conscious of what he puts into the world, but his things also have many themes. I think this is also the beauty of general horror movies. Like a science fiction movie. When science fiction and horror movies are at their best, they can really enter into social issues in a way that is friendly to all of us, most of whom are just people who like to scream or octopus monsters. I am no longer a dramatist, or even a comedian. I basically watch genre movies all day long. So when they throw it in, it can help me learn. It’s like you put cheese on vegetables.Then I will consume

Jonah: This is the idea of ​​a spoonful of sugar, you will come in because there is some killing, but you may learn something in the process.

Henry: You may learn something, you may get something. You see, I have always thought that Michael Myers was about the fear of Christians’ retaliation for premarital sex, and the idea that he is this fluid punishment system, anyone who dares to think that he can live a happy life, even in a place like Ha A place like Denfield, right? It’s like a small town, where you should become a baby factory as soon as possible. So, like any person who expresses himself, well, you will be chased by life, it comes, it will kill you. Then it’s just a fucking endless, never-ending wall of death, which will come for all of us.