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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
    Commented Nov 2, 2017 at 1:24
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    He's just an international man of mystery
    – ESR
    Commented Nov 2, 2017 at 1:47
  • He isn't the love guru
    – Vishwa
    Commented Nov 2, 2017 at 6:09
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    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
    Commented Sep 5, 2018 at 2:23

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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" Commented Nov 1, 2017 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
    Commented Nov 2, 2017 at 3:28
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    Added a referebce to the Curse..but the answer is still Supernatural.
    – Paulie_D
    Commented Nov 2, 2017 at 10:58
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Halloween Kills (2021) confirms Michael Myers being a supernatural entity, unkillable by conventional, "brute force" means.

Related dialogue of Laurie Strode in that film (emphasis mine):

I always thought Michael Myers was flesh and blood, just like you and me, but a mortal man could not have survived what he's lived through.
The more he kills, the more he transcends into something else impossible to defeat.
Fear. People are afraid. That is the true curse of Michael.
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You can't defeat it with brute force.
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It is the essence of evil. The anchor that divides us. It is the terror that grows stronger when we try to hide.
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If they don't stop him tonight, maybe we'll find him tomorrow. Or next Halloween, when the sun sets and someone is alone.
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You can't close your eyes and pretend he isn't there. Because he is.

Interspersed with the above dialogue are scenes of Michael Myers being set upon by a mob with a variety of weapons. He was shot, stabbed, and bludgeoned multiple times by the mob. However, Michael survived the beating, stood up, and ended up killing his attackers.

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