Chris Durand dons the mask as the new Michael Myers in Halloween H20
Shivers feature by Pat Jankiewicz
No-one can forget the spectral star of John Carpenter and Debra Hills Halloween. A masked maniac with catlike reflexes, Michael Myers, also known as The Shape, stalks his victims with preternatural ease and is capable of being shot, stabbed, poked in the eyes, hurled off roofs and even set on fire. No matter how many times hes seemingly finished, his inert body lurches back to life and into action. At the films climax, we learn hes the honest-to-God bogeyman. His final victim, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) was the only one able to vanquish him. 20 years later she discovers that Michael, in truth her older brother, has taken an active interest in polishing her off once and for all. The scene is set for Halloween: Twenty Years Later, the Aliens of slasher movies.
Michael was played by director Nick Castle in the original Halloween, but to bring the Shape back for H20, the task and the mask fell to actor/stuntman Chris Durand. The easygoing Durand is nothing like his murderous, on-screen alter ego. Hes an interesting character, Michael. He doesnt run... he explains. Hes relentless. Hes the Energizer Bunny of mass murderers! Thats what makes this guy so scary, no matter what you do, hes still coming.
Michaels motivation after 20 years of stalking is pretty upfront. He wants to finish it, the actor laughs, He wants to find his sister Laurie and wrap it up. I dont really know where hes spent the last 20 years but I guess hes been hiding. The other people who get killed are just in my way. My goal is her.
Durand enjoyed working with the Halloween heroine. Jamie Lee Curtis is a total sweetheart, we had a real good time together. Im sure seeing me in the mask brought back memories for her of making the first film and she even gave me a nickname. Off-camera, she called me Shapey!"Halloween pic copyright Dimension Films
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full-page review of the new film Kim Newman's disturbing
screening experience and a look back at John Carpenter's original
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