Michael Myers Won’t Die: 5 Guns That Couldn’t Take Him Down
For years, the word “Halloween” has invoked images of getting dressed up in costumes and trick-or-treating. But for some, especially those of us who love slasher-horror films, the word has invoked the image of the man in the white mask who refuses to die. Michael Myers has been shot, stabbed, blown up, burnt – you name it, he’s probably gotten the treatment. Even so, he keeps coming back again and again to haunt our dreams.
As always, there are spoilers ahead and footage that is NSFW. We also thank the people at IMFDB.org for their dedication to cataloging all our favorite movie guns. Without further ado, here are the top five guns that couldn’t kill Michael Myers.
1. ‘Halloween’ - S&W M15 Combat Masterpiece
To start, we have to go all the way back to the beginning with the original “Halloween,” where Michael was a young man who just escaped the loony bin. One of the only other characters that consistently follows Michael through the movies is Dr. Sam Loomis. Over the years, he has tried many different methods and weapons to take down Michael, but it all started with his classic Model 15 Combat Masterpiece. Let’s see how that turned out for him…
2. ‘Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers’ – The Shotguns
Oh, the shotguns… There are really too many to name in this scene. We have to fast forward a couple of movies from the original, but in the final scene of “Halloween 4,” we get treated to a blissful display of some good ol’ fashioned outlaw justice. Michael takes a beating from every pump-action and hunting shotgun known to man, including what looks like a slug to the chest. He must be dead, right? The townspeople seem so happy…
3. ‘Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers’ – S&W M64
Of course, he’s not dead! You think a shotgun slug to the chest was going to kill Michael Myers? No way. He’s back for more stabbing and downright terrorizing in the aptly named “Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers.” Michael comes back in the John Carpenter classic to corner Deputy Charlie Bloch and his S&W M64. While the deputy's six-shot S&W M64 magically fires over 10 rounds – several of which strike Michael – it won’t deter a crazed psychopath.
4. ‘Halloween II’ (2009) – Remington 700
Forget most of what you already know about Michael Myers because in “Halloween” (2007) and “Halloween II” (2009) Rob Zombie takes a darker and even more sinister look at the character and backstory of Michael Myers. One thing about the character remains true, he can’t be taken down… unless, maybe, with a high-powered Remington 700 from a helicopter.
5. ‘Halloween’ (2018) – Mossberg 500 and the Mystery
You cannot talk about the “Halloween” franchise without talking about the 2018 remake, which again asks you to forget about a whole bunch of the storylines that have come before. Either way, the 2018 remake is, in this author's opinion, the best sequel to the original and one of the best in the franchise.
In the final scene, Laurie confronts Michael with a Mossberg 500 at the front door, but she never gets a shot off. Michael subsequently disposes of her to chase down her daughter and granddaughter. When he finally gets to them, he is confronted with the business end of a rifle that IMFDB oddly doesn’t list. Either way, the daughter Karen delivers a shot to the face that sends him tumbling down, and the rest is history, sort of…
Bonus: 'Halloween Kills' – Beretta 92
You actually thought Michael was going to die? No way. He is back in this year’s release, “Halloween Kills.” From the looks of the trailer, there are still guns chasing Michael, including a Beretta 92, but the results look strikingly the same. “Halloween Kills” is in theaters now.