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Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)

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Six years ago, Michael Myers terrorized the town of Haddonfield, Illinois. He and his niece, Jamie Lloyd, have disappeared. Jamie was kidnapped by a bunch of evil druids who protect Michael Myers. And now, six years later, Jamie has escaped after giving birth to Michael's child. She runs to Haddonfield to get Dr. Loomis to help her again. Meanwhile, the family that adopted Laurie Strode is living in the Myers house and are being stalked by Myers. It's the curse of Thorn that Michael is possessed by that makes him kill his family. And it's up to Tommy Doyle, the boy from Halloween, and Dr. Loomis, to stop them all. Written by Jason Mechalek

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A Deeply Unsatisfying Explanation
5 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers" has many flaws but none is greater then its story. For six years, Jaime and Michael Myers have been in the care of a druid cult. Jaime escapes with her newborn baby, is pursued by Michael and killed. But not before leaving her baby in a safe location. The baby is found by a now-adult Tommy Lloyd and a retired Dr. Loomis. Meanwhile, a branch of the Strode family, fathered by Laurie's previously unmentioned uncle, takes up residence in the Myers house. Michael returns to Haddonfield on the first Halloween to be celebrated since his absence and begins to kill the remaining Strodes. The cult attempts to abduct not just Jaime's baby but the son of the oldest daughter of the new Strode family. They succeed, grab her, the kids, Tommy, and Dr. Loomis, dragging them all to Smith's Grove for our conclusion. Considering this is a series that started out with "crazy guy escapes hospital, kills babysitters," that's some needlessly complicated nonsense.

I don't know if we needed an explanation for Michael's powers. Being "pure evil" was always enough for me. The titular "Curse" is the Curse of Thorn, a Celtic rite in which one member of a family is cursed to become a super-slasher and murder his family as a sacrifice to the god Samhain. (Which is actually pronounced "Sah-wan" and also not a god.) Myers annual appearances are tied to a corresponding constellation appearing in the sky. Instead of revealing this information gradually, this is dumped on us as raw exposition.

Tying the Shape's origin in with the history of Halloween makes sense but this is a deeply unsatisfying explanation. Instead of being a naturally occurring evil, Myers was chosen by a cult. Instead of killing randomly, Myers is eliminating his family. Instead of being a normal boy who became a killer inexplicably, young Michael heard voices urging him to kill. Myers isn't a unique phenomena but instead one in a line of many ceremonial killers. This goes against what the original movie was about.

The screenplay structure is all over the place. The extended Strode family was obviously introduced to up the body count. Older brother Tim and girlfriend Beth are attempting to bring Halloween back to Haddonfield as a political statement, which doesn't make sense. In order to do this, they invite obnoxious shock jock Barry Sims, a cross between Howard Stern and Art Bell, to town. Sims is murdered for no reason while Tim and Beth get naked before getting murdered. This subplot has little impact on the film. The Strode parents aren't much help either, existing only to die. This business is unrelated to the cult storyline.

The direction is frequently questionable. Scenes are repeated in slow motion, color is inverted, and the editing haphazard. The sound design is atrocious. Punishingly musical stings pop up. Slashing sounds are randomly inserted. The music switches between the traditional "Halloween" theme, an awful techno remix, and heavy metal guitars. This is more frustrating since director John Chapelle is not without visual sense. The blinding white hallways of the sanitarium are striking.

The film completely implodes in the last act. The identity of the Man in Black is underwhelmingly revealed. The cult is planning to perform a surgery. This is not elaborated on. There's a suggestion of genetic manipulation, which has no business in "Halloween." Myers turns on the cult for no reasons, signaling the film's transformation into a chase-and-slash flick.

The acting and characters are terrible too. Barry Simms, performed by a shouting Leo Geter, is incredibly obnoxious. Amazingly, he's not the most annoying character in this film. That dishonors falls to John Strode, the constantly ranting patriarch of the Strode family. Actor Bradford English plays it as exaggerated theater. Mom Debra is played by Kim Darby, who deserves so much better then this. Darby plays a bitty version of Velma from "Scooby-Doo," even loosing her glasses at a pivotal moment. Marianne Hagan, as the final girl, is incredibly flat. Her screams of help during one moment are hilarious. Young Paul Rudd plays Tommy Doyle. He's obviously set up as the new Dr. Loomis, the well-meaning but possibly unhinged knower of evil. Rudd can't pull it off, acting like a socially awkward conspiracy theorist. All the acting is exaggerated, lending an air of unreality. Even the random old lady is a terrible actor! In the middle of this is dying Donald Pleasence. Donald is in high spirits, laughing and smiling in-between dialogue about evil and rage. A consummate professional up until the end.

The only thing "Curse" gets right is Michael's look. Part 4's George Wilbur returns but skips the shoulder-pads. The mask is the best since part two's, even if the long hair throws me off. Michael, once again, is tearing people apart with his bare hands, using axes and machetes, teleporting all over the place, and playing possum on the floor. The gore is exaggerated, including an exploding head.

"Halloween: Curse of Michael Myers" was a troubled production, with daily rewrites, extensive reshoots and re-editing. Still, I can't imagine any movie hassled with the Curse of Thorn plot line being good. No wonder all future sequels ignore mess of a film. I known I still have other stinkers to work through but I'm prepared now to declare this my least favorite "Halloween" film.


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