Review of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)

10 Apr

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) is a slasher/horror/thriller film and the sixth film in the Halloween movie franchise.

Directed by Joe Chappelle (Phantoms (1998), CSI: Miami (2002 TV)).

Written by Daniel Farrands (The Girl Next Door (2007), The Tooth Fairy (2006)).

Starring: Donald Pleasence, Paul Rudd, Marianne Hagan, George P. Wilbur, Mitch Ryan, Kim Darby, J.C. Brandy and others.

We start off with a bizarre childbirth scene in some kind of warehouse/temple sort of place, where all the walls are black and the only light sources are candles or some low power lightbulbs. Surprise, this is not a real hospital.

Then I find out that this girl, who is not Danielle Harris, yet is Jamie and she’s a teenager now, having a child and for some reason is in the care of these nice people in long black robes. She gets the opportunity to get out of this place, so she grabs her newborn child and runs. Out of nowhere comes Michael Myers. I can’t stress enough how little sense this makes. Are they telling me that Michael was just hanging around, waiting (to be fair he is good at that) until Jamie gives birth to her child, just to kill them both if they attempt to run?

Then we switch to a family who live in Michael’s old house, probably got it very cheap. We meet our heroine, who is pretty forgettable, her son, mother and asshole father.

And I realized that 90’s really don’t suit slasher films. No wonder they kind of died after 80’s. Are you used to an upbeat movie about teenagers having fun being interrupted by a killer? Well, there’s none of that here, since here it’s mostly just miserable people being put out of their misery.

And then we get the best thing about this movie – Paul Rudd. I had no idea that this is how he started his career before turning into a comedy star. And he actually does the best acting in the movie. He plays Tommy Doyle (the kid Laurie babysat in the first movie), he’s now a weird, obsessive, nerdy guy, who is into the occult and Myers, which are some things that probably mean that you’re not the right guy to find a baby and keep it. Unless, it’s Jamie’s baby, which, of course, it is. Oh, yeah Michael kills Jamie, one of the two Halloween characters I actually cared about.

This brings me to the other one. It’s Dr. Loomis. No, he’s not dead yet, which takes away some impact from the previous movie. It’s nice to see Donald Pleasence for one more time, although he doesn’t have much to do in this movie, except look old and still be oddly respected and considered sane. You can see he’s not in good health and soon after this movie Pleasence died.

The writer obviously tried to do something interesting with the series, but what we end up is the bleakest Halloween movie possible, with an irritatingly cliché cultism inserted, which offers the worst possible explanation of Michael’s source of evil power. If you’re trying to be this very straight-faced slasher, you shouldn’t bring up concepts as idiotic as semi-druid occultism.

Overall, I know I sound like I hated the movie and it wasn’t that, I just could barely find anything much to like about it. It embodies what is wrong with Halloweenseries. It throws around these absurd ideas just as much as other slasher movies, yet just because the first one is so highly regarded, it takes itself much too seriously and sucks all the entertainment out. I’m not recommending it, not because it’s bad, but because even if you watch it, you’ll probably soon forget it.

"You know Rudd, I used to do Shakespeare before all this."
"Oh, really? I'm also doing Shakespeare after this, Romeo + Juliet"
"Plus?"
"I know, shut up."

10 Responses to “Review of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)”

  1. Aloha Mister Hand April 10, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    Very nice, hun! I actually loved this one, though it is kind of confusing and doesn’t quite fit with the rest of the series. I hated that they killed Jamie off, and there is some speculation that the child is actually Michael’s child, which is a scary thought in itself. Their family is so strange, I wouldn’t put it past him. Paul Rudd is amazing, and I’m so glad people remember this being his introduction to Hollywood. It’s nice to remember an actor’s roots. I thought Michael was pretty menacing in this one, and the music score was sort of strange, but it fit with the conspiracy theories swirling in this one. Great job! 🙂

    • karlails April 10, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

      Thanks, actually I find Halloween series pretty inconcistent, I’d say 1,2 are similar in tone, then 3 of course is barely even a part of the series, 4,5 are also similar, 6 is different, 7 is also different and 8 is just shit.
      That incest idea is interesting, but I don’t think Michael is interested in much else than killing.

      • Aloha Mister Hand April 10, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

        Haha, true, but if they followed the bloodline story of part 6, it does make sense that Michael would want to, or be supernaturally influenced to pass on the seed. Yuck! LOL 😀

        • karlails April 10, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

          Oh, yeah, only this way his child might turn out to be some inbred retard. Maybe something like Jason. Halloween 7: Jamie’s Pervert Uncle.

          • Aloha Mister Hand April 10, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

            Hahahahahahahaha 🙂 Luckily, we got Halloween H20 instead of Jamie’s Pervert Uncle, LMAO 🙂
            You’re hilarious!

  2. Aloha Mister Hand April 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    Happy Friday the 13th! 🙂
    Where ya been? LOL

    • karlails April 14, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

      Oh, thanks. I just had some studying and drinking to do. Today there is definetely a review coming up.

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