How Halloween Kills Matched Michael Myers Mask to the 1978 Version

Christopher Nelson, the makeup FX designer for the recently released Halloween Kills, has talked about how he made sure to keep the shape and details the same in Michael Myers' famous mask from the original movie to now. Released in 1978, the first Halloween was directed by John Carpenter. Since then, it had spawned many sequels and a few reboots. In 2018, Blumhouse released their simply titled Halloween, which ignored the events of every Halloween movie except the first one. After a delay due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the latest entry, Halloween Kills, has finally released with one more sequel, Halloween Endsplanned for next year as the conclusion to the newest Michael Myers saga.

Halloween Kills picks up moments after Halloween (2018) ended. It sees Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) heading to the hospital suffering from wounds she received from Michael Myers at the end of the last film, having fought him and (seemingly) leaving him to die in a house fire. There, her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) learn that some of the residents of Haddonfield are tired of living in fear of Michael Myers after it is revealed that he is still alive. They decide to take matters into their own hands and take down the evil themselves. The movie also stars James Jude Courtney, Nick Castle, Dylan Arnold, Kyle Richards, Nancy Stephens, and Anthony Michael Hall.

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Now, on the HalloweenMovie Instagram, Christopher Nelson has talked about how important it was to keep the look of Michael Myers' mask as correct as possible. The award-winning makeup FX artist goes into detail about the mask, such as an air bubble in the corner of the mask's mouth and some dirt on its nose. He also mentions how he handled the burned look of it for this movie and the previous one. Check out the clip below:

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The look of the Michael Myers mask is one of the most iconic pieces of horror movie history, so fans of the franchise will definitely appreciate the dedication that Nelson has for its accuracy. Michael Myers is almost never seen without the mask on, so fans will be looking at it a lot. As Nelson says in the video, if there are any inconsistencies, the fans will notice. The movie and the mask have become such strong horror and pop culture iconography that getting the mask wrong could be detrimental to Myers' fearsomeness. Nelson is a fan of the series himself, so he understands the amount of pressure in getting the mask right.

While he keeps the mask mostly the same, Nelson lets more detail come to the mask by having it get burned in the 2018 movie. This adds a new level to it, as fans are treated with the authenticity of the mask while still seeing that it has aged and has taken damage throughout these new sequels. There is a sense of familiarity that also shares a feeling of newness from the look of Myers' mask in Halloween Kills, and it is thanks to Nelson's passion.

Next: Halloween Kills Ending Explained

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