Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (The Producer's Cut)

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (The Producer's Cut) 1995
Director: Joe Chapelle
Writer: Daniel Farrands
Starring Paul Rudd, Donald Pleasance, Marianne Hagan, Mitch Ryan, Kim Darby, Bradford English, Leo Geter and George P. Wilbur

The theatrical version of Halloween 6 is one of the biggest train wrecks I have ever seen , so when I heard there was a producer's cut, I had to seek it out. And after viewing it, I will say it improves some things but it still stands as a film that never should have seen the light of day. It brings to light more of the plans they had with the cult that seems to be behind of all of Michael's raging massacres. Though I think it has its moments it still fails as a Halloween film, just by trying to explain everything, and the series always worked better when there was no rhyme or reason for Michael's attacks. Pleasance does give a great final performance and I also really like Rudd as the adult Tommy Doyle. The deaths are also done very well. It is just the convoluted plot that really needed some help.
The plot basics are this, it is 1995 and we open to Jamie Lloyd who was taken by the same group that broke Michael (Wilbur) out of jail at the end of Halloween 5. She is pregnant and has a baby and she gets help to escape from the underground cult that is keeping her, but Michael is soon chasing after her. She calls a radio show at a bus station asking for Dr. Loomis (Pleasance) to help her, but Michael gets to her before anything can happen. But she is able to hide the baby from him. Tommy Doyle (Rudd), a survivor of Michael's initial attack is now an adult and is now obsessed with all things pertaining to Michael and he figures out where Jamie was and rescues the baby and is watching over it till he can get Loomis to help him. Tommy lives across the street from the Myers house and watches the house and is drawn to Kara Strode (Hagan) and her son. Soon, he pulls them away and tries to protect them, while the mysterious cult around Michael grows closer and now it is up to Tommy and Loomis to put an end to this once and for all.
This is a flawed but entertaining film. Chapelle does a decent job of direction, but there are times where you are not sure what is going on, because the film doesn't seem to have been lit properly. He does set up the kill scenes very well though. The script by Farrands has some good points, the characters of Tommy Doyle and Loomis have some good character arcs. But, the character of Doctor Winn just seems totally unnecessary to me. It just makes a ludicrous plot development seem even more pointless. The whole explanation of runes and how it pertains to Michael and what he does just seems like they were trying to over explain everything. The cast is good, especially Rudd and Pleasance. Rudd does a good turn as the hero and it seems as if they were going to try and make Doyle the new hero, taking over for Loomis. Pleasance gives another great turn and as usual he amps up the hysterics to the nth degree, which is always the way you want to see this character. Mitch Ryan is good as the ubiquitous Dr. Winn, you think he is on your side, but it is clear that he has some kind of hidden agenda as the film progresses. The SFX by John Carl Buechler is some very solid work and all the death scenes are handled splendidly. The score is what you would expect, they basically just use Carpenter's score for most of the film, and it does help it feel more like a Halloween film and less like the abortion it is. If you are a Halloween fan, I would recommend checking the Producer's cut out over the theatrical, as it makes the end product a bit more palatable. But the fact is when you shine a piece of crap, at the end of the day it is still a piece of crap.
This one gets 3 out of 5

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