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14 Michael Myers Fan Theories That Actually Make A Lot Of Sense

These Michael Myers fan theories prove that Halloween has been one of the most durable franchises in Hollywood. Since the debut of the John Carpenter original in 1978, there have been ten additional entries in the series, some of which are sequels and some reboots. Two more, Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends, are on the way. 

Audiences love these films, and as a result, there are some really intriguing Michael Myers fan theories out there. The central slayer of the movies, with his creepy mask and lumbering walk, is nothing short of a horror mainstay. At the same time, he's also a man of mystery. Michael doesn't speak, and all we know of him is his origin story. There are a lot of details to fill in, and the fans have done a great job trying to do it.

Most of the fan theories below were gathered from the users of Reddit, a place where you can always find movie buffs eager to dig as far into a beloved franchise as possible. We won't make any claims to how good or feasible any of them are. That's your call. Vote up the Michael Myers fan theories you think make the most sense. 

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    Michael's Enemy Is A Character From Hitchcock's 'Psycho'

    Michael's Enemy Is A Character From Hitchcock's 'Psycho'
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    Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic Psycho features a character named Sam Loomis. His girlfriend, Marion Crane, is famously slashed by Norman Bates while in the shower.

    User u/Volfgang91 has a long Reddit post on this, pointing out that the Donald Pleasance psychiatrist character from Halloween is also named Sam Loomis. Therefore, it's conceivable that the Loomis from Psycho, spurred by the loss of Marion, went on to become a doctor who works with psychopaths and ends up treating Michael Myers.

    579 votes
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    Most Of The Halloween Sequels Were Michael's Fantasy

    David Gordon Green's 2018 Halloween ignores all the previous sequels to John Carpenter's 1978 original. That makes it very difficult to establish any sort of canon within the franchise -- unless you subscribe to u/magzsaksak's idea. This Reddit user believes you could make all the other sequels canon if you consider them revenge fantasies Michael has during the 40-year stay in an institution that Green's picture establishes at the beginning.  

    439 votes
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    Laurie Strode Sets Michael Free

    Michael escapes in the 2018 Halloween by slaying a bus driver and causing the vehicle to crash. Or does he? User u/Vlakk thinks Laurie Strode may have crashed her car into the bus, allowing Michael to escape so that she could fulfill her four-decade mission of slaying him. She was, after all, sitting in her car with a weapon when he was loaded onto the bus.

    481 votes
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    Michael Is Connected To Almost Every Other Major Horror Icon

    Michael Is Connected To Almost Every Other Major Horror Icon
    Photo: Dimension Films

    In an epic work of imagination, u/trailerthrash has come up with a theory stating that Michael Myers lives within the same universe as virtually every other major horror villain, from Jason Voorhees to Ash from The Evil Dead to Chucky. It's kind of like a horror version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The basis for this is some meta jokes thrown into various installments of these franchises, such as Michael's mask briefly glimpsed in an evidence locker in The Bride of Chucky

    399 votes
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    Michael Has A Psychic Connection To A Holiday

    In Halloween II, Michael scrawls the word "Samhain" onto blackboard using blood. Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the conclusion of the harvest season and the movement into winter. User u/Tzadikim points out that young Michael had been catatonic in an institution for decades, and therefore unable to read books. How, then, would he have known what Samhain is unless he has some kind of deeper psychic connection to the holiday?

    319 votes
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    Michael's Real Goal Is To Scare Laurie

    Does Michael return to Haddonfield with the intention of taking Laurie Strode's life? Probably, but there might be a second motive. Writer Christopher Shultz believes that Michael may have wanted to instill fear in her, since she was brave enough to approach his house -- the same one Tommy Doyle was terrified of. Therefore, the theory goes, Michael eliminated her friends as a means of making her feel a level of fear.

    371 votes