IT'S HALLOWEEN! And for this week’s monologue, I’m doing something slightly different. Today, I’m focusing on the brief monologue first delivered by the character of Dr. Samuel Loomis in the original film in the Halloween series. However, I’m going to be highlighting two different versions of the speech, each one delivered by different actors in different films in different circumstances.
He’s not wrong. The dialogue is rather melodramatic, but in the world of the film, it works just fine. The slightly higher pitched sensibility of Loomis’s words are necessary to get across the fearful, elemental nature of The Shape, better known as Michael Myers. And it’s a trope of the genre that’s been pretty much required ever since.
Although directed and meant to sound as close to the Pleasance version as possible, the words here are actually spoken by voice-artist Tom Kane (seriously, check out that guy’s IMDb page, it’s incredible). And Kane does a great job, managing to make it sound so close to Pleasance's delivery, but subtly playing to the moment, emphasising where necessary, driving home the key phrases of the speech.
The rest of the film never really measures up as well, ultimately trying to get a bit too clever for itself (this was post-Scream, so had a vaguely ironic tone at various moments), but I genuinely think that Halloween H20 has one of the great opening credit sequences. Utilising pictures, newspapers cuttings, slow camera drifts, that very recognisable theme and that superbly delivered monologue, it does a great job of establishing tone, character and the history of the series.
Setting the scene: An old colleague of Dr. Loomis has returned home to find it has clearly been burglarised. After enlisting a young neighbour to ensure the premises is safe, she discovers that an old file is missing from her records. And very soon after, she realises that the premises actually isn't that safe after all...