Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers is currently streaming on Netflix.
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) – Rated R
“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.”
“We’ve given him the power, the gift of thorn. I am its deliverer. I follow it, act as its guardian! I protect Michael, watch over him. And… now it’s time for another. Now it’s time for you, Doctor Loomis.”
Does the above quote sound confusing? Perhaps even non sequiturish? Well, it is pretty representative of this film as a whole. This film is an unbelievable (in more ways than one) mess.
The movie starts by recapping the end of Halloween 5. This is perfectly reasonable as seven years have passed since that movie. The problem is that, like the serials of old, they change something significant in the retelling. For some reason, Jaime has been kidnapped too instead of just Michael. This unfortunate retconning would be repeated in the, also on Netflix and also awful, Halloween Resurrection. Not only that but the mysterious Man in Black who did the kidnapping is Sir Not-Appearing-in-this-Film.
Donald Pleasence again returns as Dr. Loomis. Loomis proves almost as unkillable as Michael Myers himself. Unfortunately, Donald Pleasence passed away during the production. He appears to have finished filming his part but the film went into extensive reshooting without him. It does not seem to have mattered though as the director Joe Chappelle found him boring and cut a lot of his scenes. Seriously, easily the best actor in the film (and the previous two Halloweens) and you cut his scenes?
Scream queen Danielle Harris wanted to reprise her role as Jaime from Halloween 4 and 5 but Dimension films wouldn’t pay her $5,000 asking price. Seriously. So they got an actress named J.C. Brandy to play her. The actor who originally played Tommy Doyle did not have an agent so a young Paul Rudd was cast.
The main problems seem to have been a series of arguments between the director and producer leading to constant script rewrites while on set. This would be okay if they made sense but alas this was not the case. The original cut did not fare well so there were extensive reshoots with a constantly changing script. The final cut is incomprehensible.
The Curse of Michael Myers is a very apt, ironic subtitle for the film. It was suggested by writer Daniel Farrands, perhaps his biggest contribution to the film as I have difficulty believing that the incomprehensibility stemmed only from the director’s interference.
Since we have a beginning that’s basically a lie, what can we do for an ending? I know! We can leave the fate of three completely different characters up in the air. Did x, y, or z die? Well, that’s completely up to you dear viewer.
While the beginning is a lie and the ending a complete mystery, the middle isn’t any better. We bounce around from place to place until we end up in the cultists’ underground lair. Yes, you read that right. /sigh.
The original rejected cut is often referred to as the Producer’s Cut. It was a hot bootleg item at conventions. It was a nice bonus to purchasers of the limited edition 15 disc Halloween collection on Blu-Ray (not the standard 10 disc set). Thankfully it is being released as a standalone disc on September 15th. Currently it is priced at a very modest $7.99.
I’m looking forward to watching it later this month though my understanding is that the movie is still a complete mess, just a different one.