Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) Review
“Everyone knows his name. Now, everyone will know the truth.”
Synopsis: Six years after Michael Myers last terrorized Haddonfield, he returns there in pursuit of his niece, Jamie Lloyd, who has escaped with her newborn child, for which Michael and a mysterious cult have sinister plans.
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The sixth Halloween movie is a hot mess. Like many other entries into the Halloween franchise, it’s full of inconsistencies and plot holes… but while most of the other movies still make sense, this one generally doesn’t. Intended as some sort of backstory for Michael Myers (George P. Wilbur), it’s barely intelligible and assigns all his sins to some ancient cult that essentially sacrifices children to thin the herd every time humans get too uppity.
Jamie Lloyd (now played by J.C. Brandy) manages to escape from the cult after years as their prisoner. Though canonically 15, she’s been bred for sinister purposes and is now trying to save her baby’s life. Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence), following the scent of Michael’s return, tries to find her and the baby before it’s too late. He’s weirdly joined by Tommy Doyle (now played by Paul Rudd), one of the kids in the original Halloween movie, and the niece of the family who adopted Laurie Strode. Because why not.
The movie never really rises to entertainingly bad – mostly just head-scratchingly bad. Though Paul Rudd pulls off disturbed young man better than I would have expected, and I always enjoy Donald Pleasence, most of the movie is generally spent with characters hiding or waiting around. The brief moments of family tension in the Strode household are more compelling than the rest of the movie.
In the end, it’s a relief when Halloween 6 finally ends. It’s really only worth watching this one if you’re doing a run through of the entire series. Otherwise, feel free to skip it in favor of one of the better entries in the franchise – or a different slasher altogether.
Calamity Brains’ Rating: C-
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