How Old is Michael Myers

By RodneyHatfieldJr for Movies

Since the new Halloween movie has been pushed back, the joke of an elderly Michael has picked back up. Let's look at that question. This has been a technical question of semantics since around pt. 2. A variety of different timelines made his precise age somewhat vague. Though the boogeyman might represent a timeless construct, Myers was a flesh and blood human given a specific age that marked his first murder. Reviewing each film and the date, it took place, shines a light on how old Haddonfield’s notorious criminal was in every installment. I am not going over the reboot. Those are stories within themselves and have nothing to do with the current movies.


John Carpenter’s legendary classic began on Halloween night in 1963. When Myers murdered his sister Judith, he was six years old according to Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence). Fifteen years later, when the youthful psychopath escaped from Smith’s Grove Sanitarium, he was 21. While this math might be simple enough, a fundamental mistake in the end credits of the film referred to actor Tony Moran as Michael Myers (age 23). Though multiple people played the killer, Moran was “the face” of the character in a brief shot when his mask was removed. This discrepancy caused some confusion in the following years regarding his exact age.


Setting the incorrect credit listing aside, and using movie canon Myers’ age is 21 during the events of the classic film and Halloween II (1981), which occurs on the same night as the original. You can tell it is make-believe; the hospital is empty on one of the busiest nights of the year. Anyway, three years between the two films may have also contributed to some uncertainty about Myers’ age. After the unrelated Halloween III: Season of the Witch the following year(and a great movie with a catchy song), it took six more years for the boogeyman to return.


Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers took place exactly a decade after the 1978 massacre. Myers was 31 during his quest to slay his niece, Jamie (Danielle Harris). 


Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers was both released and took place one year later. Myers was 32 years old in the third film to feature his character.


It took another six years before there was another direct follow-up. Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, like its predecessors, took place in the same year that it was released. Myers was still relatively young when he got involved in a mysterious druid cult. In Curse, which had a notoriously difficult post-production process, the unstoppable psychopath was 38 years old. 


In the 20th-anniversary sequel, which erased parts 4, 5, and 6. 20th picked up 20 years after the original film. Therefore, Myers is 41 in Halloween: H20, the film that brought back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode. The next film, Halloween: Resurrection was released in 2002 and took place in two separate years. 


The eighth film in the franchise and the seventh to feature Myers opened in 2001 and jumped ahead to 2002. Due to this, Myers was both 44 and 45, respectively, during the events of Resurrection.


Next is the 2018’s Halloween, again starring Jamie Lee Curtis, who was a hit with fans and critics alike (even though it deleted all the other sequel installments). Taking place 40 years after the original, Myers was 61 years old, and still creating chaos like a 21-year-old.

In next year's direct sequel Halloween Kills, the action picks up on the same night in 2018. Similar to Halloween II (1981), Myers will be the same age as the previous film: 61. Old, but still young enough to leave a trail of bodies. So no cane, or walker for the Shape. Yet!

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