A CONFUSING TWIST ON THE HALLOWEEN MYTHOS
Director: Joe Chappelle
Producer: Paul Freeman
Writer: Daniel Farrands
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Paul Rudd, Marianne Hagan and Mitch Ryan
Studios: Miramax Films, Nightfall Productions, Trancas International and Dimension Films
Release Date: September 29, 1995
Budget: $5 million
Box Office: $15.1 million
Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers is an American slasher film from director Joe Chappelle, and executive producer Moustapha Akkad. It stars Donald Pleasence, Paul Rudd, Marianne Hagan and Mitch Ryan. The movie was released on September 29th, 1995 by Dimension Films. It serves as the sixth entry to the Halloween franchise, and the fifth to feature our masked killer Michael Myers. I have seen the original cut quite a bit. So I decided to watch the unrated producers cut.
Michael Myers is still killing, still out enjoying the old hack ‘n slash. He had tracked down his niece, Jamie Lloyd. She and her baby were being held by a strange organization known as The Thorn. Jamie doesn’t make it out of their encounter alive, but the baby does. Carried off and hidden somewhere in Haddonfield for Michael to find and slaughter.
This entry to the series focuses more on the lore behind what makes Michael Myers a killer. It takes the series in a completely different direction that includes the occult and supernatural elements. Personally, these aren’t elements I’m really looking for in my babysitter slasher. But, if you just allow the movie to flow, you have a… well, you still have a pretty bad movie.
Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers is directionless. It feels like a freeform movie that doesn’t have any actual reason to exist. It’s a damn shame that Donald Pleasence died after this picture. You would have dreamed that a fully accomplished actor with the range of Presence, would have gone out on something more dignified. Damn shame. Where this movie serves as the final movie for the original Doc Loomis, this is the first movie for actors Paul Rudd and Marianne Hagan. Both are green as gooseshit.
Halloween shouldn’t be complicated. All of this extra curricular activity make Halloween 6 the weirdest of the bunch. I guess all franchises have these flub films. The Friday the 13th series had that one movie with the people eating Jason Voorhees’ heart. That was pretty crazy. This movie doesn’t go full bat-shit like that one, but it’s still a pretty bizarre picture. I definitely recommend watching the Unrated Producer’s Cut for the most comprehensive storyline. Or at least the best they could provide.