In John Carpenter's Halloween, the killer Michael Myers takes a lot of (potential) lethal hits from guns, knifes and other weapons. Yet, he always seems to get up and continue his spree.

Is it ever explained within the franchise why Michael is seemingly indestructible?

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    Note to self - Michael Myers is a different person to Mike Myers.
    – Criggie
    Nov 2 '17 at 1:24
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    He's just an international man of mystery
    – ESR
    Nov 2 '17 at 1:47
  • He isn't the love guru
    – Vishwa
    Nov 2 '17 at 6:09
  • A) It’s a movie what do you expect B) In other movies it’s touched on but not in extreme detail C) We have already established he’s immortal anyway so it doesn’t matter whether or not the bullets pierce his skin they still can’t kill him.
    – Azykaida
    Sep 5 '18 at 2:23

It's never actually explained but the various directors/producers/writers have all chimed in to say that Michael Myers is a supernatural force/being.

The "official" supernatural explanation is from The Curse of Michael Myers...

The plot of the film formally introduced the "Curse of Thorn", a mystical symbol first referenced in The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) and revealed in the film to be the source of Michael Myers's immortality and drive to kill.

From Wikipedia...

John Carpenter has described the character as "almost a supernatural force - a force of nature. An evil force that's loose," a force that is "unkillable"

Nicholas Rogers elaborates, "Myers is depicted as a mythic, elusive bogeyman, one of superhuman strength who cannot be killed by bullets, stab wounds, or fire."

The ending scene of Michael being shot six times, and then disappearing from the ground outside the house, was meant to terrify the imagination of the audience. Carpenter tried to keep the audience guessing as to who Michael Myers really is—he is gone, and everywhere at the same time; he is more than human; he may be supernatural, and no one knows how he got that way. To Carpenter, keeping the audience guessing was better than explaining away the character with "he's cursed by some..."

Daniel Farrands, writer of The Curse of Michael Myers was tasked with creating a mythology for Michael which defined his motives and why he could not be killed. He says, "He can't just be a man anymore, he's gone beyond that. He's mythical. He's supernatural. So, I took it from that standpoint that there's something else driving him. A force that goes beyond that five senses that has infected this boy's soul and now is driving him."

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    "keeping the audience guessing was better than explaining away the character with 'he's cursed by some...'": Something we don't get enough of in the "information age" Nov 1 '17 at 19:20
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    Yeah that's all these damn websites where people ask about and subsequently spoil the mystery of such things... ;)
    – JVC
    Nov 2 '17 at 3:28
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    Added a referebce to the Curse..but the answer is still Supernatural.
    – Paulie_D
    Nov 2 '17 at 10:58

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