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Murray Leeder

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781906733797

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906733797.001.0001

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The Haunting of Haddonfield

The Haunting of Haddonfield

(p.37) Chapter 2: The Haunting of Haddonfield

Murray Leeder

Murray Leeder

Liverpool University Press

This chapter argues that, formally, narratively, and thematically, the character of Michael Myers is constructed as a haunted force, and Haddonfield as a haunted space. One common framework for dealing with the supernatural in literature comes from the Bulgarian structural narratologist Tzvetan Todorov. Todorov delineated three modes for the literary supernatural: the Marvellous, the Uncanny and the Fantastic. Many of Halloween's most effective moments similarly depend on Fantastic hesitation. The chapter then explores the themes of haunted houses and legend tripping in Halloween, as well as the utilization of sound in implying a kind of omnipresence to Michael's presence and perspective. John Carpenter's musical score works similarly to project Michael's presence beyond his body.

Keywords:   Michael Myers, Haddonfield, Tzvetan Todorov, literary supernatural, Halloween, Fantastic hesitation, haunted houses, legend tripping, John Carpenter, musical score

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