John Carpenter; The creator of the infamous serial killer Michael Myers, credited Michael on the first movie as The Shape as well as the recent sequel trilogy by David Gordon Green.
What is the Shape?
I for one had also that question in my mind why was he named as the Shape. Yes, he is called Michael plenty of times in the movie, but why The Shape? It appears that it has something to do with the evil that makes Michael Myers, every since his first kill in 1963, he has transformed in to something evil and sinister and by the time he puts on his infamous mask, he is now a whole new level of evilness, there is no more human but only the Evil in a form of The Shape. Upon my research, it was said that "The Shape" is the embodiment of evil which means that if we can only see evil on act, and on words then Michael Myers is the living form of Evil. He is like a disaster waiting to struck on which it is Haddonfield. all throughout the movie, The Shape when you look at is emotionless, his eyes is hollow and there a suppressed feelings only the lust for killing. As I have watched the movies, and looking straight into Michael, unlike Jason or Freddy which their revenge becomes the form of their evil nature, Michael, has nothing, a literal Hollow-man. If he puts on the mask you can clearly see that his eyes is not visible taunting the idea of there is really no man inside that mask anymore, there is no Michael, there is only the shape or Evil.
The Man behind the mask. Nature versus Nurture and the Cult of Thorn
Michael Myers was a young boy who killed his sister inside their house on Halloween night 1963, it still a question for me on how did Michael turned into such a monster. Though it was revealed on the 2007 version of Halloween by Rob Zombie that it Michael had his nature only to be awaken by the nurture coming from his abusive father and sister. He was a bullied student at his school and quite a typical love for killing animals. This is not a matter of Nature versus Nurture when it comes to both he will definitely become a monster. Another explanation is that during the events of the Curse of Michael Myers movie, it was revealed that the Cult of Thorn was already in the blood of the Myers family and the influence of Michael is just going to be the nourishment for another being like him. Seeing Corey, he was just like the young Michael Myers on Rob Zombie's Halloween, he was bullied, ridiculed, and given names by the mean residents of Haddonfield. It could be the reason why Michael does not kill him in their first meeting in the sewers he sees another kind of him, the same kind of man he was when the Evil has not grown in him.
All is revealed after 43 years later.
During the events of the sequel trilogy, it is seen that The Shape, is both nature and nurture and it is becoming a curse (not the Thorn) as it is revealed that what makes The Shape is the evil that overtakes the humanity of a person. For example, Corey Cunningham, who accidentally killed a kid he was baby-sitting. He was labelled by the people of Haddonfield as a Michael Myers kind and everywhere he goes it follows. That nurtured his quest for killing and the nature waiting to come out. I for one, on my own understanding of the franchise, It was the society that feeds The Shape, it eats and it devours every toxic waste society labels an innocent person. Yes, there is evil in every men, humanity is not flawless, it is because of the nourishment that comes from the toxic banters of the society The Shape, it takes form. When Michael held unto Corey he sees all the struggles and pain Corey has to live the rest of his life since the accident with the child he was baby sitting. So that moment he felt that he needs to awaken something out of Corey and that is the evil inside of him, that is how he conjured the curse which Corey eventually invited within himself.
Michael's body is not the End for the Shape.
During the events of Halloween Kills we can see that the mob of Haddonfield tries to kill The Shape but ends up dragging innocents as well, one officer says that this hunt for Michael is turning them into monsters it is a nod into actual problem in the society which greatly affects the formation of The Shape or the Embodiment of Evil and Michael is just granting the consumers' needs. So there is no need for The Shape to be on Michael, he can die, he can be dismembered, and burn as long as Evil resides in every person The shape will always find a way to make himself known.
As how Laurie Strode wrote on her novel: "Evil doesn't die, it just changes shape." She is implying that no matter how many Michael Myers dies there will always be another being which the Shape can be formed; noting that they must be prepared at all cost even if Michael is already dead.
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