Michael Myers Halloween
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Why doesn’t Michael Myers talk in the ‘Halloween’ movies?

He's shy, obviously.

Among a slew of recognizable horror villains that have maintained a spotlight in pop culture, Halloween’s Michael Myers is undoubtedly the most popular killer that the massive slasher genre has to offer. Through multifarious timelines, remakes, sequels, and reboots, one constant has remained: The Shape is a fire-breathing, merciless, psychopathic killer that never utters a word during his vicious warpath. While there are a handful of memorable horror villains that refuse to speak at the most gruesome times, Myers unequivocally harbors a glaring intrigue that keeps fans coming back for more.

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Despite his brute strength and intimidating presence, horror fans have been asking themselves the same question for over four decades: Why doesn’t Michael Myers talk? While plenty of folks have drawn their own conclusions throughout the years, there are several theories as to why the formidable antagonist never speaks.

So, why doesn’t Michael Myers talk?

Michael Myers from Halloween
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One of the biggest theories as to why Michael keeps his lips sealed is the simple fact that he’s a dangerous psychopath who doesn’t feel the need to speak. Even during his weekly visits with Dr. Sam Loomis at Smith Grove Sanitarium, it was constantly reported that Michael wouldn’t talk to him. Instead, Loomis spent all those years looking into Michael’s monstrous eyes, which Loomis referred to as the “blackest eyes; the devil’s eyes.” In fact, it is revealed several times throughout the franchise that Michael refused to speak after killing his sister Judith. Although it has never even been proven that Michael spoke before that, unless you’re counting the Rob Zombie remakes.

Another theory being tossed around is that Michael doesn’t speak because of his possession under the satanic Cult of Thorn. In later Halloween lore, it is insisted that Michael is under the influence of an evil curse that was placed upon him by the ancient cult. According to the curse, Michael is to kill every single member in his entire bloodline, which will supposedly end the curse. As a result, folks believe that because of the curse’s tight grip on him, Michael refuses to speak and instead keeps his focus solely on murder. The Cult of Thorn theory, of course, belongs to a separate Halloween timeline which is different from Blumhouse’s updated trilogy, so the reasoning for Michael not speaking is a matter of whichever timeline folks choose to follow.

But regardless of the exact reason for Michael’s consistent silence, it further establishes his spine-tingling presence which adds a special allure to the movies as a whole. Despite a few grunts and groans over the course of the Halloween movies within separate timelines, the phenomenon surrounding the infamous villain reminds us that The Shape will forever be a silent force to be reckoned with.


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