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Halloween VI: The Curse of Michael Myers (Theatrical version) – 1995
Directed by Joe Chappelle. Starring Donald Pleasence; Paul Rudd
When Halloween V failed to recapture the success of its predecessors (it’s the lowest grossing Halloween film to date), Michael Myers lay dormant for six years. Then the early 90’s saw attempts to resurrect slasher properties with Jason Goes to Hell and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. Consequently, 1995 saw the series return with Halloween VI: The Curse of Michael Myers.
The story picks up six years after the jailbreak which ended part V, with Jamie Lloyd (JC Brand, replacing Danielle Harris to no great effect) having been abducted and held prisoner in a sanitarium by the mysterious man in black who freed her uncle. It’s established that Michael is also being kept on hand by this man, who is the leader of a shadow group that worships Thorn, a force represented by the strange, triangular tattoo revealed to grace Michael’ s arm in the previous film.
There’s a poorly edited sequence which seems to imply that Jamie is impregnated by her uncle before she flees, with Michael in quick pursuit of her and her newborn baby.
The film switches back to Haddonfield, where a realtor has moved his family into the old Myers house (which he cannot sell, due to its history) while an adult Tommy Doyle – the boy Laurie Strode babysat in the original Halloween (played here with quirky charm by Paul Rudd)- watches from a boarding house next door, spending his time researching the cult of Thorn and deducing that Michael will soon return. Oh, and some college kids are protesting that Halloween has been banned in Haddonfield and have invited an obnoxious radio talk host to come to town on the holiday to make their point.
Most of the film focuses on the family in the Myers house being stalked by Michael. The thread about Thorn is introduced and we’re told that Michael was chosen to sacrifice his family so the cult can benefit, but it’s never properly fleshed out. An attempt to merge these plots at the climax is a convoluted mess.*
On the plus side, Curse is well shot and the special effects are excellent (the kills are brutal). Donald Pleasence (in his final role) invests the film with as much class as he can, with an able assist from Paul Rudd. Unfortunately, it’s not enough to save the movie.
It’s worth a look for the effects, Donald Pleasence and a solid early performance by Paul Rudd. Otherwise, with a plot that is both ridiculously convoluted and underwhelming, Halloween VI: The Curse of Michael Myers is easily the weakest film to feature The Shape.
** out of ***** Effective kills and both Pleasence and Rudd deliver. Beyond that, it’s a mess.
*The Producers Cut of this film is longer, with alternate footage and a different ending. There’s less gore and it’s a bit more coherent, but it’s still a very weak entry.
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