Friday, May 31, 2013

Jason versus Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

When you think about it, this sixth entry in the Halloween series was made 18 years ago. The SIXTH film. Four have been made since and the first film is about to celebrate its 35th anniversary. Talk about a legacy!

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.  

Any of that make sense? Not really? Don't worry, there's enough plot holes and abandoned story threads in this flick to fill 35 years worth of movies. You can blame Dimension Films for that, as the studio re-shot a good 40 minutes of this flick after test audiences didn't get the original cut.


What's here is a guilty pleasure at best. The Curse of Michael Myers doesn't make a lot of sense, but it's pretty to look at and has a number of great set pieces, not the least of which is the final throwdown in Smith's Grove Sanitarium.

I also dug the whole sequence where Kara Strode chases her son Danny into the Myers house, and Michael is waiting for them inside. Marianne Hagen = yum. There, I said it.

Oh, and nice score Alan Howarth! I appreciate the use of John Carpenter's original themes and sound effects. Very effective.

Still, when all is said and done, this is a shit film. But it's a shit film I enjoy watching over and over. Maybe it's because I'm a Halloween completest. Or maybe it's because I can appreciate mindless entertainment over beers on a Friday night.

A Good from me. Wanna fight about it?
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  1. MOST franchises by the 5th/6th installment begin to wear thin, and show holes. This one just tends to make me shrug with mild apathy.

    Certainly better than falling asleep each time I watch "Halloween II" (not Zombie's one).

    1. You know, even though this isn't a great flick -- or entry in the series -- I still have a blast watching it every time. Every. Time. o_O

    2. A guilty pleasure, then. LOL

      One of my "movie guilty pleasures" is "Sisters of Death"...