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Necessary Evil: The Early Years of Dr. Sam Loomis TV Series

09.25.2015by: Mike Catalano

Hello and welcome to the inaugural entry of a brand new column we are trying out here at AITH! The idea behind it is this: have you, as a horror fan, ever dreamed up a notion for our genre so fun and interesting that you feel it just had to happen? I know I have! That is the point of this column; to suggest a horror movie, TV show, or idea that hasn’t yet been made and explain why we think it's a Necessary Evil!

IDEA: A television series based on the exploits of a young Dr. Sam Loomis from the Halloween films.

OUTLINE: The Dr. Sam Loomis we first met in John Carpenter’s classic Halloween was an older gent who had been treating Michael Myers for 15 years. He was worn down by Michael’s inability to be healed and cynical about his patient’s status. BUT… wouldn’t it be interesting to see the journey that led him to become the horror “Ahab” of all Ahabs? That is where the TV series “prequel”, which I would title as LOOMIS, begins: 15 years prior to Michael’s escape from Smith’s Grove Sanitarium.

Each episode could have Loomis assisting in stopping some random nutjob or there can also be a season-long nemesis that he’s constantly facing-off with. The one consistent arc throughout the series would be his continued treatment of a young Michael Myers who begins to shape the way he views those suffering from insanity.

WHY IT COULD WORK: Just look at Bates Motel and Hannibal! Both shows act as prequels/reimaginings of two insanely popular horror movie franchises. Both shows respect their source material and are very well done. They smartly expand the scope of two of the most beloved icons of our genre. I definitely believe that LOOMIS could offer the same kind of satisfying entertainment on a weekly basis.

CHARACTERS: Obviously there’s Dr. Sam Loomis and I picture an actor somewhere around his late thirties/early forties. Yes, he’d have to have his trademark bald head and probably a bit of facial hair. And the accent is a must. A couple of actors I’d have in mind for the part are Tim Roth, Jude Law, Martin Freeman or if you want to get crazy, Jason Statham.

There also must be a child actor to play young Michael Myers. I’d say the best bet would be to cast an unknown.

Now comes the nearly limitless possibilities of what NEW characters can be added to the existing young Loomis universe. Was he ever married? Did he have any children? Does he have siblings? All of that can be expanded upon. What about members of the medical staff? There can be a fellow psychiatrist (maybe a Dr. Wynn type?) or nurse. Perhaps even a police officer who begins working closely with him?

CONCLUSION: Television shows involving the medical profession, killer psychos, and suspense are all very popular these days. LOOMIS would combine all three and if handled with the kind of respect and intelligence used in shows like Bates Motel and Hannibal, could end up being very satisfying entertainment to more than just horror aficionados. It would have the benefit of being a known brand as well as the label of “horror TV” which is very hot right now. So, why don’t you say we get Malek Akkad on the phone and get this thing going?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this concept as well as this column. Do you think it would work? Who would you like to see in the cast? What aspects would you like to see explored? Kindly fire them bullets below! And if you have any ideas that you think should be made into horror reality, let me know at mikecatalano@joblo.com.

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5:05PM on 09/27/2015

I love this idea

I'd give it a shot for sure. I second the Jude Law suggestion. Making Loomis a hottie works for me. :)

My Loomis would be a widower who's wife was murdered by a psycho years ago and he never remarried. i realize that's unoriginal but I like it.
I'd give it a shot for sure. I second the Jude Law suggestion. Making Loomis a hottie works for me. :)

My Loomis would be a widower who's wife was murdered by a psycho years ago and he never remarried. i realize that's unoriginal but I like it.
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9:50PM on 09/26/2015

Hell, I'd watch it.

What if in the beginning he was the psychological equivalent of Gregory House? "Can't get a breakthrough? Let Loomis take a crack at it." Which is how he'd be introduced to Michael.
What if in the beginning he was the psychological equivalent of Gregory House? "Can't get a breakthrough? Let Loomis take a crack at it." Which is how he'd be introduced to Michael.
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5:05PM on 09/27/2015
I like that idea.
I like that idea.
2:25AM on 09/26/2015

How about you knock this shit off....

I think people are getting tired of the "crime of the week" story structure, if they're not, they're stupid. there is nothing that would raise it above CSI... eh.... Cleveland, or CSI: Denton. Like hannibal. Hannibal would have been so much better if they didnt have all these crime of the week approach. Seriously, he fights a guy in a fucking robot lion suit. A... FUCKING robot lion suit.
I think people are getting tired of the "crime of the week" story structure, if they're not, they're stupid. there is nothing that would raise it above CSI... eh.... Cleveland, or CSI: Denton. Like hannibal. Hannibal would have been so much better if they didnt have all these crime of the week approach. Seriously, he fights a guy in a fucking robot lion suit. A... FUCKING robot lion suit.
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1:12PM on 09/26/2015
That was Will, and he was an FBI profiler by trade...
That was Will, and he was an FBI profiler by trade...
5:00PM on 09/27/2015
Who's making anybody watch programs they're tired of? I've never even seen a CSI. Not one episode. I do, however love Bates Motel and enjoyed Hannibal. Why not let viewers decide to watch if they like it and not watch if they don't. If anybody is stupid in this situation it's people who watch TV programs they're tired of.
Who's making anybody watch programs they're tired of? I've never even seen a CSI. Not one episode. I do, however love Bates Motel and enjoyed Hannibal. Why not let viewers decide to watch if they like it and not watch if they don't. If anybody is stupid in this situation it's people who watch TV programs they're tired of.
12:20PM on 09/25/2015

Lets' not and fuggidaboutit

Yeah, we really need anther "prequel" show in the form of a weekly villain or mystery solved by a guy we know goes on to do great things. There would be no suspense as everyone knows Loomis lives for a long time.

The show would need to be set in the 60s-70s.

Loomis was Michael's doctor for those 15 years, him running around solving weekly crimes while young Michael sits in his cell and offers advice is just a lame idea.
Yeah, we really need anther "prequel" show in the form of a weekly villain or mystery solved by a guy we know goes on to do great things. There would be no suspense as everyone knows Loomis lives for a long time.

The show would need to be set in the 60s-70s.

Loomis was Michael's doctor for those 15 years, him running around solving weekly crimes while young Michael sits in his cell and offers advice is just a lame idea.
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