In Halloween (2007), Dr. Samuel Loomis took an observation job over Michael Myers in some facility and he started taping his behavior also in black & white. Why would he record in black & white for his observations?

Young Michael Myers

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Most "observational" cameras to this day are B&W. How often do you see store security footage that's in color? B&W cameras were, and are still, less expensive than their color counterparts.

Don't forget; the original movie was released in 1978. Based on that, we can assume young Michael was under observation in the late 50's/early 60's.

There's a little bit of info on surveillance cameras here. The highlights are:

  • Color cameras usually have lower resolution than black-and-white cameras.
  • Currently, the cost of a color camera as compared to an equivalent black-and-white camera is anywhere from 30 percent to 70 percent greater.

Based on the timeframe of late 50's/early 60's, the disparity in price was probably much greater.

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    In the original film, Michael Myers was institutionalized in 1963 at the age of 6. May 30, 2017 at 18:22
  • Black and white data is also more compressible, meaning you can store more of it onto tape/disk/whatever you dump to.
    – KutuluMike
    May 23, 2019 at 2:23

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