In Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (released in 1989) “The Shape” was played by stuntman Don Shanks. The film opens with Myers stumbling out of a mine shaft before making his way to a hermit’s cabin near a creek. There, he’s nursed back to health before begining his next ramapage.
Initially, director Dominique Othenin-Girard had a much more
Though shot, the Dr. Death opening wasn’t used and has since been assumed lost–or is it? More on that in a bit.
In a recent interview with Halloween Movies, Shanks described in detail what we would have seen in the alternate opening:
“(I was) placed on this stone alter, and all around (the set) were things that the production had gotten from witches, and people that sell you the occult. And there were scrolls and different chants and this and that. And (suspended from) the altar, right above me, was this rock that looked like a stalactite – it was on a string and it would circle. And Dr. Death was doing an incantation on me, and then he tattoos on me the Thorn rune, which is the sign of eternal life. And so he does all these incantations, and on Halloween Eve (one year later) I come back to life.”
“So I put the mask on,and I grab Dr. Death by the throat and pick him up over my head and break his back, and then put him on the altar, and take the stalactite and I go through his chest with it. I thought it was one of my better
Now here’s where things get really interesting: The article is
Check out the interview in its entirity, HERE.