1978 was a pretty long time ago. Almost 40 years ago. That happens to be the year that we were introduced to Halloween‘s Michael Myers, and also the year that a horror icon was born. Surely, the original mask must not be around anymore, right? Wrong.
“I have been building and running haunts for the last 26 years. About 20 years ago I got in contact with an agent who represented Dick Warlock and asked about booking Dick for an appearance at my haunt,” Roberts recalled. “So I set up to have Dick at the haunt and his agent said he had the mask and costume from the movie and would wear it at the appearance. When Dick came to the haunt, he was mad at his agent because he said he does not wear the costume for appearances. He did tell me that he still had the costume, boots, mask, butcher knife and scalpel and that he would sell it; he just didn’t bring them out for appearances.”
“Dick was great with the haunted house customers and hanging out with Dick and Cathy for the weekend was a lot of fun and it went so well we set it up for him to come back the next year. I’m not sure if it was after the 1st or second year but I called Dick up and we made a deal for me to purchase the mask, costume, boots, scalpel and knife. My wife and I went to Dick’s house and picked up the mask and costume. It really is amazing that Dick thought to keep that stuff and take care of it; when I went to pick it up, he had kept the mask stored in a Elvis Presley tin container.”
The mask honestly looks better than you probably expected it to look after all of these years:
As far as what’s next for the character, we’ll be getting a new Halloween film next year with Jamie Lee Curtis that is actually a follow up to the 1978 version, completely ignoring the other Halloween movies. It’s also worth noting that Myers won’t be immortal in the movie – according to producer Danny McBride:
“It was just very simple and just achieved that level of horror that wasn’t corny and it wasn’t turning Michael Myers into some supernatural being that couldn’t be killed. That stuff to me isn’t scary. I want to be scared by something that I really think could happen.”
The film hits theaters on October 19th, 2018.
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