The 1995 Halloween sequel The Curse of Michael Myers is a non-canon plot revolving around cults and a survivor of a previous Myers’ massacre. Teenage Jamie (J.C. Brandy) gives birth to a boy on the eve of Halloween, but the child is abducted. Then, she gets the child back and escapes from the candle-lit void of a soundstage that she is resting in before Myers can get to her. Myers, all the while, is searching for the baby, and killing everyone who gets in his way.
The opening of the film is a confusing mash-up of quick cuts and a voiceover that is easy to ignore. Even later, when Jamie is on the run, the film cuts away from action and uses misplaced ellipsis to makes sure the otherwise bare bones plot is hard to follow. The editing on the whole is lacking, and it fails to build tension as it wants to.
The film itself underwent production hell that included re-shoots, re-editing and general cuts. As a result, there are two versions of the film. The non-theatrical version, dubbed “The Producer’s Cut” or “Halloween 666,” is widely considered to be the superior film.
That, unfortunately, is not the film I am reviewing.
The acting is fine for what it is; it is nice to see Donald Pleasance reprise his role as Dr. Loomis for one final hurrah. The obsessive conspiracy theory character of Paul Rudd is campy and fun, particularly due to the fact that it is one of Rudd’s first feature film roles.
It is often said of ill-fated sequels that they “could never hold up to the original.” While this is obviously the case with Halloween 6, the film goes one step beyond this idea. Halloween 6 simply is not a quality horror film, even once you disassociate it with its predecessors.
I haven’t seen the Producer’s Cut of this movie, but I watched the alternate ending. It makes more sense plot-wise, but it isn’t a better ending. All the film is is a troubled sequel and a trouble horror film, no matter what way you cut it.
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers: D+
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—Alex Brannan (@TheAlexBrannan)