Isn't it always the same story?
You finally turn the tables on your masked psychopathic pursuer, fell them with a seemingly lethal blow and then sit down to catch your breath.
That's when the slasher sits up behind you and turns his head towards the camera.
You know, like this:
The Science of Michael Myers
What's the science behind this? Well it's of course an example of thanatosis or tonic immobility, a common enough trait in natural world organisms such as opossums, ducks, sharks and various invertebrates. Some researchers argue that humans experience tonic immobility as well.
Thanatosis is generally a last-ditch defensive measure, and certainly slashers like Michael Myers partially implement this state of fake death in order to halt an aggressor's attacks, but the ruse is ultimately about gaining the upper hand over an intended victim. In this, Myers' thanatosis has more in common with the sleeper cichlids, an African freshwater fish. This mottled, corpse-colored killer will lie motionlessly on a muddy lake bottom and then spring into action when smaller scavenger fish move in for a meal.
It works for the sleeper cichlid, it works for Michael Myers and it's actually banned in land warfare by the Geneva conventions.
Monster of the Week is a - you guessed it - regular look at the denizens is of our monster-haunted world. Sometimes we'll focus on the cultural aspects, but mostly we'll look at the possible science behind a creature of myth, movie or legend.