Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

“Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers,” “Hall6ween,” “Halloween 666”, “The Origin of Michael Myers” or whatever the hell you want to call it, is a very interesting film in the “Halloween” franchise. You all probably know this film because it has the most badass cover in the entire series, featuring a blue-tinted Myers holding a knife. I sadly just noticed I’m currently wearing a shirt of it. This entry reminds me a lot of “Friday the 13th: Jason Lives” in that the writers and producers finally said “fuck it” and just did whatever they could think of to shit out another sequel (it had been almost six years since “Halloween 5”). Regardless, it somehow managed to become a cult classic among many “Halloween” fans and equally hated by the others. I happen to be one of the film’s supporters. Why? Because it’s weird as fuck and definitely a lot darker than any previous or following entry.

Remember Jamie Lloyd, Michael’s niece from the 4th and 5th film? Well, the film opens with her (a bit older now) in the underbelly of a dilapidated hospital giving birth in a room that looks like Freddy Krueger’s sleeping quarters. Surrounding her are a group of druid-like cultists who use blood to draw the Thorn symbol on the baby’s stomach (the same symbol revealed on Michael’s wrist in the second film). A sympathetic nurse frees Jamie and her baby only to have Michael appear out of nowhere and in hot pursuit. Michael gruesomely kills Jamie but finds that she has hidden the baby. He then takes the time to burn the Thorn symbol onto bails of hay (??). Anywho, here’s where we meet our many protagonists in the film. First, there’s Kara Strode (who is part of the same family that adopted Laurie Strode) and they are now living in the Meyer’s home. Talk about coming full circle, eh? She’s moved back home because she had a son and is trying to finish up college, despite the mad ravings of her cockhead of a father. Her son has strange premonitions involving Myers and The Man in Black (who freed Michael from jail in the previous film) and he also hears voices telling him to kill (just as Myers did as a child). Across the street in a boarding house is Tommy Doyle (yes, that little whiney boy from the first film) who is all grown up and played by Paul Rudd, or as we knew him back then, “that guy from ‘Clueless.’” Tommy constantly spies on the Myers home waiting for the night that Michael returns. Since Michael’s last return, the holiday of Halloween has been banned in the city of Haddonfield. Kara’s friends are starting up a protest to bring the holiday back to their town with the help of a shock jock radio DJ and all night party. Sure enough, Michael finds his way back to Haddonfield to search for the baby which is now in Tommy Doyle’s hands. With the help of Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance in his last film role), they attempt to stop Michael’s bloodshed once and for all.

Jesus fucking Christ that was a long description. Honestly, this movie is completely made up out of convenient plotting and whatnot, but it’s thoroughly entertaining. Just like in “Jason Lives,” Myers now has “Super Shredder” abilities and can twist a head off in an instant if he wants. The kills are far more gruesome than the previous films (including an exploding head sequence) and the tone is a lot darker. We finally learn the identity of The Man in Black and a bit about the curse that has led Michael to kill his family members year after year. Unfortunately there isn’t a lot of explanation where there should be. The film ends very strangely with Loomis going back after Michael and we hear a scream followed by a “Dedicated to Donald Pleasance” memorial since he died shortly after filming. Sure the movie’s usually creepy theme music is polluted with distorted guitar squeals and Michael looks about twenty pounds heavier, but it’s still a solid entry in the series. Technically, it’s the “last” film in the series. “Halloween: H20” and “Halloween: Resurrection” were made to continue after the second film, as if 3, 4, 5, and 6 never took place.

Though this sounds fishy, a look at the Producer’s Cut of “The Curse of Michael Meyers” explains a lot that the director cut out of the film. If you can get your hands on a copy (which can be found on various websites for purchase) you may be pleasantly surprised to learn a few things like the fact that Michael is the father of Jamie’s baby, that Michael can be stopped by a hex, that Michael is being controlled by a certain someone who passes the gift onto another certain someone, and the notion that Michael finally stops killing once and for all. Being that this would leave no sequels open for play, I can see why a money hungry studio would scrap the ideas. In any case, the Producer’s Cut of the film explains a lot more about Michael’s past and connection with the cult and what the future holds for him.

Sure, this entry in the series may be the least favorite to most of you, but for those “Halloween” fans who were ready to suspend their disbelief even further and delve into a world far stranger than that of any of the other films, I think we were all pleasantly surprised by this interesting, dark and gory thriller. And by “we” I mean me, my friend, my mom, and two black guys that were in the Bayou Landing Cinema 6 in 1995 on the Friday when the film was first released.

Andrew’s Hidden Message: The laundry scene in this movie still gives me the creeps.

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~ by exploitnation on May 23, 2008.

7 Responses to “Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers”

  1. I agree with you in that this one is definitely entertaining in a messy kind of way. Like you said, it´s far more darker and weirder than the other instalments, which alone makes it pretty entertaining if you ask me. I remember reading something a while back that an official release of the Producer´s cut was in the works. I wonder if that´s true. I´d love to see it some day.
    Joe Chapelle got a lot of crap for this one (“Crapelle”, maybe?), undeservedly so, I think. It´s definitely an entertaining movie. I have to admitt that I liked “Phantoms” (the one starring Ben Affleck and Joanna Going), also directed by Joe Chapelle. I remember people going ballistic when that one was released but I still re-watch that one from time to time.

  2. I actually kind of liked phantoms too…

    -Charlie

  3. It feels good to know that I´m not alone out there defending these movies from time to time… Our work is never done.

  4. i think i talk about the producer’s cut in the end of the article.

    i have a copy of it somewhere.

  5. Hey Andrew, is the copy you own of the producer´s cut a bootleg? Has it been officially released? How´s the quality?

  6. I have a bootleg copy of it. It’s alright.
    Charlie

  7. quality is like….you know, 6/10 or so. but it’s watermarked i believe and has a production timer on it.

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