Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Halloween 6

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)

Directed by:
Joe Chappelle
Written by: Daniel Farrands
Starring: Paul Rudd, Marianne Hagan, Donald Pleasence, Devin Gardner, Mitchell Ryan, George P. Wilbur, Keith Bogart, Mariah O'Brien, Leo Geter, Bradford English, Kim Darby, J.C. Brandy

Five years after Michael Myers and his niece, Jamie (not as in "Lee Curtis"), supposedly died in a fire, they turn out to be alive! Jamie has a baby and escapes from Satan's hospital (or whatever), only to be tracked down and killed by her weirdo uncle. Somehow Paul Rudd (playing a grown up version of the little boy Jamie (Lee Curtis) was babysitting in the first movie) finds the baby and decides to raise it or something. He teams up with Dr. Loomis and the girl across the street who is apparently related to Laurie Strode's foster family in some way.

Turns out the whole thing is part of an ancient pagan ritual - every generation one child is picked to kill his entire family in order to appease the gods or something. This person happened to be Michael Myers, and all he's trying to do is destroy his family. Why, then, does he go after all those other people? Who fucking knows.

This movie is a hell of a lot slicker than the other ones - it doesn't have that stain of the '80s all over it, for obvious reasons, and it's a little more self conscious.

But... well, it's just totally retarded. I mean, come on. What the hell? I guess they were trying to do something new with it, but it didn't work out too well.

I like Paul Rudd, even as a creepo. He was pretty cute back then, and there were one or two scenes which weren't bad. The editing job was pretty good.

Donald Pleasence sure was old, though. He died pretty soon after making this movie. I didn't realize that until the very end (although before the title that said "In Memory of Donald Pleasence". Eerie, no?). It seemed like they were going to do something with him an Mike but didn't get the chance. Although, from what I read, the director cut out a lot of his stuff.

There's something on IMDb about the problems with the movie - creative differences between the director and producer, a number of reshoots, a different cut. The cast and crew, apparently, were really pissed off. But you can look that up.

It was also supposed to be the last in the series. That's pretty rich. Anyway, it was okay. It just didn't have that much to care about. I shed my tears for Dr. Loomis (even though I think he was a child molester), but that's about it...


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