Director Joe Chapelle’s 1995 sixth entry in the Halloween series The Curse of Michael Myers tends to be maligned by fans due to its frequent occult plot elements that link Michael Myers to the Druids, which may remind you a bit of the non-Meyers Halloween III which also dealt with sacrifice, the Druids and Stonehenge. This explains the film’s original working title of Halloween 666 . Chapelle reportedly does not like horror films and hated making this movie, so it’s a wonder it turned out as solid as it did.
Jamie Lloyd, after we find out was kidnapped by the government along with Michael at the end of Part 5 , is now grown and has escaped from her secluded cell (in a “prison” where Michael is more or less a security guard that stalks the halls on a regular basis) with her newborn baby, which the evil satan-worshipping government wants to be Michael’s replacement in murder. She doesn’t get far, though, and is impaled in a roadside barn on a powersaw by Michael in an extremely vicious and gruesome scene. Having hidden her infant son prehand in a rest stop bathroom cabinet, it is discovered by Tommy the morning after her death, who begins caring for him and is determined to protect the tyke from the wicked hands of Michael. He soon teams up with neighbor Kara (Marianne Hagan), who lives across the street in the now renovated Myers house, and good old Dr. Loomis himself (Donald Pleasence in one of his very last roles). Kara also happens to have a six-year-old son who becomes influenced from afar by Michael’s blood lust and plagued by unexplained occurences. Will he become the new Michael Myers and go on a killing spree of his own along with Jamie’s baby?
Halloween 6 is far from a fan favorite. Somewhat bizarrely edited at times, it’s nonetheless very gory and entertaing and actually has some true suspense in quite a few scenes. It has a brooding, depressing atmosphere Many of the film’s cast and crew hated this film when it released and essentially disowned it, inlcuding Paul Rudd in his film debut who plays the role of the now adult Tommy Wallace from Part 1 which is simply baffling to me. Granted it’s illogical and silly at times, but it’s definitely underrated considering it has a scary Michael Myers (played for the second time by stuntman George Wilbur, who has actually seemed to improve a little bit on his performance as the fiendish foe in Halloween 4 due to the fact that he is a bit less robotic and has more screen time in this one.) It was great seeing Kim Darby back on screen as Kara’s mother, and there’s above average acting all around compared to that in the majority of late slasher films. Pleasence himself is wasted shamelessly unfortunately and has much less screen time in this one than Part 1 , which is due to director Chappelle’s opinion that the screen vet’s acting boring, a truly ridiculous insult to a fine actor that I wish was still with us headlining films in every genre, not just horror. He was definitely frail by the time he did this, but that doesn’t stop the man from giving a show-stopping performance.
Halloween 6 drips with gore and is easily the most gruesome in the series. My favorite murder in the film would have to be that of Kara’s lecherous, violent father (Bradford English). Rarely have I wanted a character to die so much, so I have to say that his “explosive” death scene — in which Michael pins the guy to a fusebox with a knife, electrocuting him until his whole body explodes Scanner style and shoots gory guts and tissue all over the basement floor. The film is available in two different versions , one being the theatrical version (which is the one I’m rating now) and the other the producer’s version, which has a much longer runtime and explores even more of the occult Druid aspect. It’s a matter of personal taste which one you like better, which for me is the theatrical in spite of some clumsy editing here and there and a rather bizarre, abrupt ending that has Tommy beating Michael repeatedly with a heavy metal stick, which brings me to my next complaint: How can Myers take bullet after bullet, explosion after explosion and everthing else and yet give out in the end by a little beating with a big pole? As you can tell, there are some thematic writing problems (usually are in the films), so my best advice is to just ignore them and enjoy the gruesome little film for what it is.
Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers may have been a critical and box office failure in its day, but that just makes it all the more overlooked now IMO. I myself hated it when I first saw it, but it’s grown on me over the years, so I’ll give the fast-pacer a 7 of 10.