Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers is a 1995 slasher film, and the sixth entry in the Halloween series.
Michael Myers' niece, Jamie, gives birth to a child while imprisoned by the mysterious Cult of the Thorn, and then manages to escape and go on the run. The cult sends Michael after Jamie and he eventually catches and kills her, but not before she manages to hide her baby, who is eventually found by Tommy Doyle, who as a young boy encountered Michael during his first killing spree. Meanwhile, Michael goes after other members of the Strode family, who adopted his sister Laurie as a baby, and are now living in his former family home.
Why It Sucks
- NOTE: Most of these reasons apply only to the theatrical cut, and are either fixed or less of an issue in the producer's cut.
- Incredibly messy, convoluted story which tries to tie together the "Samhain" plot elements from Halloween 2, the druid curse from Halloween 3: Season of the Witch, the "Man in Black" from the previous film, and even what happened to the kids who Laurie Strode was babysitting in the first film. This ends up making for a storyline that's completely incomprehensible to anyone unfamiliar with the series, and is pretty tough to follow even for Halloween fans.
- Donald Pleasence barely even appears in the film, and doesn't do much of importance in the scenes where we do see him. To be fair, this is partly because the studio demanded heavy re-shoots, and Pleasence died before they could take place, but there was still plenty of usable footage of him from the original shoot, as the producer's cut demonstrates.
- They tried to reinvent the minor character of Tommy Doyle from the first film into the same sort of rival to the killer that Tommy Jarvis was to Jason Voorhees in several of the Friday the 13th films. While this could potentially have been interesting, the way they go about it is pretty dull and unoriginal.
- Jamie, a popular and endearing protagonist from the fourth and fifth films, is recast and unceremoniously killed off early on in the film. Note that the fifth film had itself been heavily criticized for killing off Jamie's adoptive sister, Rachel (a likewise popular co-protagonist in the fourth film), meaning the producers should have known this wouldn't go down well with the fans.
- For the most part, the characters are unlikeable and impossible to root for, therefore making it even more obvious than usual who's going to get killed. Kara Strode is okay (if a little bland), but the rest of her family is not as interesting to root for, John Strode is a complete jerk, and Tommy comes across nearly as crazy as the Thorn cultists.
- It's implied, and made clear in the producer's cut, that Michael is the father of Jamie's child, meaning that said child is the result of the Thorn cultists forcing Michael to rape his niece! Even for a horror film series, that's just nasty!
- Overly stylized editing and camera work, which can make it impossible to work out what's going on in some scenes.
- The acting ranges from bland in the case of Paul Rudd and Marianne Hagan, to overly hammy in the case of the rest of the Strode family. Mitchell Ryan and Donald Pleasence are both pretty good, but their screen time in the theatrical version is limited.
- The Cult of the Thorn repeatedly talk about having some grand plan that Michael and the baby both fit into, but exactly what they're trying to do never really gets made clear before Michael suddenly turns on and kills them all, making the film feel like a waste of time.
- The Cult of the Thorn keep making stupid mistakes throughout the movie, making them impossible to take seriously as villains. For example, after Jamie Lloyd escapes with the baby they don't insist on sending security after her and they even let Dr. Loomis and Tommy Doyle (the only two people who can sabotage their plan) live.
- Abrupt, unsatisfying ending, with Tommy beating up Michael with a lead pipe (which causes him to bleed green slime for some reason), then Michael somehow recovering just in time to kill Dr. Loomis off-screen, after which the film ends. At least, that's presumably how it's supposed to end, since they didn't have a shot of Michael killing Loomis, and so just edited in the sound of him screaming to imply that he died.
- Several continuity errors, such as Ms. Blankenship saying she was watching after Michael during Halloween in 1963 when in the first film it clearly shows his sister, Judith, watching after him.
- Much like the other sequels after Halloween II, the film tries too hard to humanize Michael by saying he’s evil because he’s under the influence of a cult.
- The symbol of Thorn does not represent death, evil, famine or illness. But it represents "Discipline", "An Omen for Good" or "All Evil can be Overcome". Which shows that writers didn't do any research for Celtic symbols.
- So many stupid, irritating, and unnecessary strobe lights.
- The flash cuts in between scenes are not only absurd, but also summarize the movie: a film that basically stitches up the scenes in an attempt to make a movie, has the filmmakers fighting over it, and having flashy strobe lights in between it.
- There are many moments that make the film feel like unintentional comedy.
- It is considered to be the worst installment of the Halloween film series.
- Some of the kills, including Jamie's and John Strode's, are actually pretty creative.
- It was a good idea to bring back and develop some of the side characters from the first film, even if the actual execution of that idea was a bit lacking.
- Creepy, yet neat soundtrack.
- The producer's cut is a better version, with footage added back in, a score that makes the movie feel like the original, and more character development.
- Michael Myers' mask is much better and more faithful to the original than the previous 2 films.
- JC Brandy gives a decent performance as Jamie.
- Dr. Loomis returns to being a likeable character after his out of character like personality from the previous film. Also, Donald Pleasance still gives out an amazing performance with his character, despite how old he was at the time before his unfortunate death shortly after filming.
The theatrical version of the film received very poor reviews and earned a Rotten Tomatoes score of 6%, the worst for any Halloween film. It made $15 million at the box-office, which was less than was hoped for, but still more than the third or fifth films in the series made. The producer's cut has been more favorably reviewed for having a more coherent storyline and relying more on suspense and less on gore, though is still not considered to be one of the better entries in the series.
- Lead actor Paul Rudd (who would later be known to play Ant Man in the solo film of the same name) has been strongly critical of the film, though admitted that his own performance was poor, and attributed this to "trying too hard" because of his inexperience. Despite this, Rudd was approached to reprise his role as Tommy Doyle for the reboot sequels Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends, and only turned the offer down because he was busy working on Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
- Lead actress Marianne Hagan and writer Daniel Farrands have criticized the studio's handling of the film, particularly the treatment of Donald Pleasence, and re-shooting the film to appeal more to teenage audiences despite it being released with an R-rating.