Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS aka Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
Michael Myers has always been more adept at making marginally entertaining sequels than Jason (Freddy trumps them both) and part six is one of the more interesting efforts – even though it’s still pretty low rent and ridiculous. The biggest mistake this franchise made was giving Mike a back story explaining he’s the brother of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie, the tormented babysitter from the original. This begat a trifecta of hack-jobs in IV, V and VI – each of which build off this familial conception and beat it to death. Michael was after his niece and then his niece’s baby and now we’re told there are Druids, cults and a “man in black” involved. It somehow manages to be both dumbly simplistic and head-scratchingly complicated all at once. This makes for a very busy sequel that doesn’t have the resources or talent to support it. A few things are done right however. Some of the series’ most graphic killings are here for one. The decision to bring back little Tommy Doyle, all grown up and obsessed with Michael Myers, was a good one. The decision to cast Paul Rudd in the role was an even better idea. The fact that Haddonfield no longer acknowledges Halloween is clever. Cutting out some of the more ridiculous plot elements and streamlining the story could have left us with a solid sequel. The dialogue is painful in places and as usual, there’s no explanation for how Michael is able to pop up in multiple locations in scenes that often seem to occur simultaneously. While watchable and slightly better than II, IV and V, the Curse of Michael Myers is still a mess. The absence of Danielle Harris as Jamie is felt. A frail-looking Donald Pleasance gives it his all once again, and is given more to do than talk about “eeeevil.” He died before production wrapped and the movie is dedicated to him. A little splash of unsatisfying nudity pops up in the middle of movie. Two sequels, that only acknowledge parts one and two, followed. The director, Joe Chapelle, is also responsible for the surprisingly competent Phantoms with Ben Affleck.
**

~ by Number5ive on February 19, 2010.

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