Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers is a 1995 American horror film and the sixth instalment in the Halloween series. Directed by Joe Chappelle from a screenplay by Daniel Farrands, the plot involves the ‘Curse of Thorn’, a mystical symbol first shown in Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers and revealed in the film to be the source of Michael Myers’ immortality.
The cast includes Paul Rudd (in his film debut) as Tommy Doyle, a returning character from the original Halloween film, and Donald Pleasence again reprising his role as protagonist Dr. Sam Loomis in his final film appearance. Jamie Lloyd’s appearance in the beginning of the film ties up loose ends to Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers.
The sixth installment is known for its controversial behind-the-scenes history, suffering from re-shoots in production and numerous cuts and arrangements made in the editing room; the workprint of the film, with 43 minutes of alternate footage including a different ending, was eventually discovered by fans of the series. This version, dubbed “The Producer’s Cut” (as it was the original intended version of the film) has developed a strong cult following.
Six years after the events of Halloween 5, the “Man in Black” seen throughout the previous movie has rescued Michael from the Haddonfield Police Station and abducted his niece Jamie Lloyd (J.C. Brandy).
Jamie, now fifteen, has been impregnated and her baby is born on October 30, 1995. The baby is carried away by the Man in Black who appears to be the leader of a Druid-like cult.
Later that night, Mary (Susan Swift), a nurse, helps Jamie escape with her baby whom she warns is in harms way. Michael (George P. Wilbur), in pursuit of Jamie and her newborn, kills the nurse.
Jamie and the baby flee in a stolen pickup of a drunk motorist (who quickly becomes Michael’s next victim) and hides at a dark and deserted bus station.
Meanwhile, Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence), now retired, is visited by Dr. Terence Wynn (Mitch Ryan), a character who appeared briefly in the first film and now the chief administrator of Smith’s Grove Sanitarium, who wants him to return.
During their conversation they overhear Jamie’s plea for help on the radio after calling into a local radio station, only to be ignored by the DJ Barry Simms (Leo Geter) who is doing a broadcast on the Haddonfield murders…
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“The ambitious multiple plot threads dissolve into incoherence, and post-production studio tampering awkwardly amped up the routine slasher hijinks: horny teens, false scares, “homages” to the original (Michael admiring a fresh kill, cocking his head), elaborate gory deaths (even a ridiculous exploding head totally out of character to Myers), and a baffling finale…” Steven West, Horror Screams Video Vault
“The un-killable chappie remains un-killed after offing a host of unknown faces on Halloween, only this time he’s egged on by evil doctors and black magic. A series of competently engineered shock moments jollied along by a jazzed-up version of John Carpenter’s original electronic score: slicker than crude oil and just as unattractive.” Derek Adams, Time Out
“The film is at its best whenever it treats Michael like an invisible trauma. Director Joe Chappelle infrequently proves that he gets Carpenter’s original Halloween is all about a mythic terror that periodically pops up to remind suburbanites that it’s real. But when he does, Chappelle capably repurposes visual cues used in the first film…” Simon Abrams, Slant Magazine
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‘ … the picture never quite comes together beyond its efforts to give further shape to the story of The Shape. Most damaging, the film simply lacks scares. The action is terribly routine even in light of a surprisingly strong atmosphere and solid direction at the capable hands of Joe Chappelle (Phantoms).’ Martin Liebman, Blu-ray.com
Cast and characters:
- Donald Pleasence as Dr. Sam Loomis
- Paul Rudd (credited as Paul Stephen Rudd) as Tommy Doyle
- Marianne Hagan as Kara Strode
- Devin Gardner as Danny Strode
- George P. Wilbur as Michael Myers
A. Michael Lerner as Michael Myers (reshoot footage)
- Mitchell Ryan as Dr. Terence Wynn
- J. C. Brandy as Jamie Lloyd
Danielle Harris as Young Jamie Lloyd (archive footage in Producer’s Cut only)
- Mariah O’Brien as Beth
- Keith Bogart as Tim Strode
- Kim Darby as Debra Strode
- Bradford English as John Strode
- Leo Geter as Barry Simms
- Susan Swift as Nurse Mary
- Alan Echeverria as Dr. Bonham
- Janice Knickrehm as Mrs. Blankenship
The shooting title was Halloween 6