Monster Villains: Dr. Terence Wynn – Halloween 1978

When it comes to the most heinous and vile villains in horror, there’s none more deserving than Dr. Wynn from the 1978 cult classic, Halloween. He’s without a doubt one of the most evil and sadistic characters ever created. A heavily understated villain, Dr. Wynn displays no empathy or remorse for his dangerous actions.

While we’re not informed of the doctor’s true nature until they elaborate on his character in Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers, Dr. Wynn remains a forgotten villain in cinematic history. As we find out more about him in Curse, Wynn is directly responsible for unleashing the Shape upon the unsuspecting residents of Haddonfield. His ego and his need for control ultimately led to the escape of the killer boogeyman.

“If there’s one thing I know, you can’t control evil. You can lock it up, burn it, and bury it, and pray that it dies, but it never will. It just…rests awhile. You can lock your doors, and say your prayers, but the evil is out there…waiting. And maybe, just maybe…it’s closer than you think!”

You see, Dr. Wynn is the one inflicting the ancient Druid curse of Thorn upon innocent children and unwilling families. He’s a practitioner of pagan rituals and black magic, and wholeheartedly conforms to their killing ways. Wynn tries to excerpt his authority over the Shape, making him his own personal killing machine. However, as we all know, Myers adheres only to his own inner demons.

There would be no Myers if not for the crazy doctor. The age difference between Myers and Wynn most likely means that Dr. Wynn is the one who originally marked the Shape with the curse, since we clearly saw him performing the ritual on the baby in the Curse of Michael Myers. Therefore he’s directly responsible for the string of events that helped form the franchise. Dismissing the RZ and 2018 versions that lay waste to all the previous sequels, that is.

Dr. Wynn is a compelling character, despite only appearing in two films. He’s a wild card and loose canon in the franchise. He’s definitely a forgotten villain and just as evil as his boogeyman counterpart. We did witness the doctors demise at the hands of the masked monster in part 6, however, he’s still very much deserving of recognition.

The alternative ending to part 6 actually provides fans with a bit more insight into the Doctor’s past and beliefs. It supplies viewers with more information about the Druid curse beset upon Michael Myers. We get a better understanding of the Doctor’s wicked ways and how evil he truly is.

Dr. Terence Wynn was portrayed by two separate actors in the franchise, Robert Phalen and Mitchell Ryan. Phalen played the character in the original 78 classic, and Ryan played the sadistic Doctor in part 6. Phalen had a short one scene appearance in the original, where as Ryan had a chance to really build the mythos of the character and give him a larger role within the series.

Don Shanks, who played Myers in The Revenge of Michael Myers, also portrayed the Man in Black in part 5. It’s revealed that the man dressed in spurs and all black at the end of part 5, is actually Dr. Wynn. However, we don’t know who the man actually is until the reveal halfway through part 6.

When it comes to villains in horror, Dr. Terence Wynn is one of the absolute worst there is. Without the mad Doctor, there would be no Boogeyman, no Michael Myers. If you don’t know who he is, give him his due. The evil Doctor is in.


Posted by Donovan Smith

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