Well I finally had the chance to sit down and watch the Unrated Producer’s Cut of Halloween 6 – The Curse of Michael Myers.
Halloween – The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) – Unrated Producer’s Cut
“Six years after Michael Myers last terrorized Haddonfield, he returns there in pursuit of his niece, Jamie Lloyd, who has escaped with her newborn child, for which Michael and a mysterious cult have sinister plans.”
Initially I loved director’s cuts. Directors often have their creative works taken out of their hands and recut, often butchering them. While Aliens theatrical is more streamlined, Aliens director’s cut is significantly better and expounds upon the theme of motherhood that runs through it. The restored Touch of Evil is far superior to the theatrical cut.
Unfortunately Hollywood quickly saw the ‘director’s cut’ and the nebulous ‘unrated version’ as a profit center. This led to a slew of meaningless rereleases where essentially nothing was changed except an added scene or a few longer takes. For horror movies, it reached assembly line status: Release a movie with a teen friendly PG-13 rating then when it reaches home video, stick a little of the gore back in and call it ‘unrated’ even though it would likely still have been PG-13.
Sometimes a director’s cut can be overindulgent such as Apocalypse Now Redux. If you thought Apocalypse Now was a little bloated, try watching the new four hour cut. These problems put the kibosh on special editions for me.
Ok, a few weeks ago I wrote a bit about the mess that was Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers theatrical as well as the travesty that was Halloween Resurrection. I often find myself at a loss as to why I watch these films as there are now ten of them, eleven if you count this producer’s cut. Out of the ten movies, the first is an absolute classic and Halloween H20 is a lot of fun with some wonderful ideas, even if they pretend that 4, 5, and 6 didn’t happen.
Having now watched the unrated producer’s cut of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, I can say that it is significantly better than the theatrical version but it is still a mess. They have a much better explanation of the retconning of the end of Halloween 5 but that doesn’t mean it makes sense. The main problem is that it appears that the story someone wanted to tell actually begins about an hour and twenty minutes into an hour and thirty-six minute movie.
This is essentially a completely different movie and honestly one in which Michael Myers is merely a minor character. The cultists have ridiculous looking outfits which is why they are almost entirely cut out of the theatrical version. Dr. Loomis becomes a central character again. One of the characters meets a very un-Hollywoodlike fate in the middle of the movie that is different from the theatrical version.
If you are a fan of the Halloween series, by all means watch this fascinating misfire. If you aren’t a fan then this is not likely to interest you as it is not very good.