15. HE’S (LITERALLY) THE FACE OF THE 1980S SLASHER MOVEMENT
Fact: Kirk’s milkshake brings all the space girls to the yard. Also Fact: Michael Myers, the stab-happy and silent antagonist of every Halloween film, sports a modified Captain Kirk mask during his bloody misadventures. Eagle-eyed fans noticed the similarities, leading to a decades-long debate. How dare they disgrace the likeness of ShatKirk, our beloved captain and fearless leader?
As it turns out, this urban legend was founded in truth; Rick Sternbach (The Motion Picture, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Nemesis), a long-time Star Trek illustrator/designer who also happened to work on Halloween II, confirmed the rumor’s validity via Facebook in 2014. Halloween director John Carpenter also chimed in, shedding light on the mask’s humble bargain-bin origins in a 2015 interview. The rubber face-masks, created by Don Post Studios using a life cast of William Shatner, were made available for purchase as part of a full Star Trek line in the mid ’70s. Carpenter had to choose between ShatKirk and a creepy clown mask, obviously choosing the former because NO ONE WANTS TO MESS WITH CLOWNS.