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Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers
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Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)

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"Six years ago, Michael Myers terrorized the town of Haddonfield, Illinois and he and his niece, Jamie Lloyd, 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 being stalked by Michael 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."

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Review Date: 30 October 2003 My Rating: out of 5


Whilst the most frightening thing about this film is undoubtedly the treatment it has and continues to receive from it's Producers, it still comes out as one of the better efforts in the series.

For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, the theatrical version we all know (and I love) is very different to the still withheld Producer's cut.

Starting off 6 years after part 5 ended, Jamie Lloyd has been kept hostage by the man in black and impregnated by her evil uncle Michael. The main action begins with Jamie having to endure a traumatic labour only to have her baby taken away from her.

A short while later, Jamie is helped to escape with her baby thanks to the help of Mary a kind nurse, who for her sins is quickly impaled onto a large spike by a hulking Michael Myers (yes kiddies, George P. Wilbur is back!!).

Jamie unfortunately doesn't make it (in this version) and it's left to Dr. Loomis and little Tommy Doyle (who is now big Tommy Wallace) to save Jamie's baby from the unstoppable Michael Myers.

Starting quite well with a new location, score and cast the film goes from strength to strength as it progresses. The start is quite chilling but the atmosphere is not fully realised until Michael Myers makes it back to Haddonfield.

In search of his baby, Michael looks for her in familiar places and comes back to his old house only to discover that it is now being inhabited by Laurie Strode's relatives.

Typically, the residents are just about to celebrate Halloween for the first time since the massacre in part 5 but Michael crashes the party in particularly gory fashion.

The film feels a little bit unbalanced, obviously because it is essentially two very different films edited into one, and therefore a lot of fans hated it, which was partly blamed on Dimension films who had just acquired the rights to the series, which explains why the fans seem to dislike the subsequent films.

Despite it's problems, I really enjoyed the film (especially after the mediocre part 5) as Michael Myers is back on form.

The new cast are all familiar and get the job done, but they never really get the chance to stand out. Joe Chappelle does a great job with the direction, and the editing and score are better than previous parts too.

A very good effort which goes to great lengths to explain it's origins. For all those people that ask me why Michael Myers never dies watch this as it will all become clear.

Reviewer: Josh Winning @horrorasylum
Review Date: 31 October 2001 My Rating: out of 5

# After the ominous and rather ambiguous ending to the fifth Halloween movie, now finally we have the sixth, which came a grand six years after its predecessor... Without a doubt, Halloween is certainly the most artisticly-shot of the Halloween movies. There is a great use of shadows - both over faces and in the general surroundings - that lends the picture a very eerie look, and it seems that great attention was paid to the setting as well as the beautiful people who have to stand in it. The houses themselves are very unusual looking, and there are some nice montage effects which ooze style. The entire film has a feel much like the first Halloween.

It was a nice thouch to bring back the Strode family - who we never really knew anything about other than they adopted Laurie Myers at a young age - as well as Tommy Doyle (the kid from the first film). It is a touch which gives the entire franchise a much tighter feel, and gives the impression that the writers/producers do actually know what they're doing. Marianne Hagen made a great heroine, and it was nice to see that horror movies can actually have leading ladies that are post-twenty. Alongside her, Paul Rudd impressed me with his portrayal of an obssessed and slightly-insane Tommy Doyle who is intent on finding the man that so terrorized him as a child and had killed so many people in his home town. His character was actually surprisingly smart, and the interaction between him and Hagen made for an interesting hour. It was a shame that Danielle Harris couldn't reprise her role as Jamie Lloyd for one last time, but I guess that the amount she asked for just couldn't be met by the company.

The introduction of the Thorn theory was one that was disappointing and ridiculous - one of the factors that makes this movie harder to enjoy. If you're going to have one of the most notorious and genuinely scary film serial killers have an actual driving force, don't have it linked to some mundane star patterns! Also, the idea that he is being controlled by the Man in Black (I won't reveal his identity here, but it's a fitting twist for a franchise that seems almost incapable of creating them) makes him seem far more docile and unthreatening, but a chilling climactic scene within the mental hospital when Michael single-handedly massacres an entire staff of doctors is enough to put the fear of God in anyone daring to defy Mr. Myers. Michael does, however, look far bulkier in this movie, and many times I found myself wondering if the oaf would ever realise that if he just ran a little every once in a while he could get the job done so much quicker.

The musical score is something of an odd comodity. It is unlike anything I have ever come across in film, but I liked its fresh and original take on the 'Halloween Theme'. Although at times when it is mixed with a squealing electric guitar it tends to sound rather Eighties, it's a refreshing change to the typical score we have come to know. There are also some nice sound effects used which make a change to the now annoying 'stinger' sound.

For a nineties movie, there is excessive gore to be found for once, which is a surprise considering how lacking in gore so many horrors are these days thanks to the MPAA. I am not a huge gore fan, but it was a nice change to actually see blood for once, instead of hearing a stab sound and then seeing a body on the floor.

Halloween can at times tend towards the ridiculous with some terrible scenes and equally cringe-worthy dialogue, but mixed in with them are some great moments that are genuinely sinister and filled with tension - in particular scenes where Kara Strode is being stalked through her house, and the final moments in the mental institute. Although this is a fresh sequel that can be surprisingly original, the formula (Michael + relative = slaughter everywhere) seems to be getting old, and perhaps they should just leave the franchise where it is...

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