Plot: Six years have passed since Michael Myers last stalked the streets of Haddonfield, but he is about to make a grand return. Jamie Lloyd (J.C. Brandy) is on the run from a mysterious cult that seems to be connected to Michael, as she has given birth and the cult is determined to claim the child. Meanwhile in Haddonfield, the Strode family has moved into the old Myers house and next door is Tommy (Paul Rudd), who is obsessed with the Michael Myers stories. After all, he used to be one of the kids Laurie would babysit, so he feels connected to the events. Jamie manages to call in to a radio show and plead for help, but she is dismissed as a crank caller, except to Tommy and the man she begged for help, Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence). As Michael heads to Haddonfield, Dr. Loomis prepares for one final showdown…
Entertainment Value: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers is the sixth installment in the popular franchise, but it is one of the more controversial entries, thanks to some odd choices and the presence of two different cuts of the movie. The theatrical version makes some strange decisions, but still feels kind of like business as usual at times, while the producer’s cut embraces the occult elements. I have to admit, I am not a real fan of either version, as all the Rosemary’s Baby inspired threads feel so out of place here and don’t add much to the Halloween lore. The Cult of Thorn overwhelms the movie, especially in the producer’s cut and not using Danielle Harris as Jamie was a huge mistake, as her replacement is mediocre. But at least some attempt was made to freshen up the stale formula, so you have to give some credit there. I would have preferred a focus on creative kills and Michael doing what he does best, but I know some like to see these franchises scrambled up a little. Paul Rudd is hilarious, in a dead serious, but totally emo performance that adds comic relief, while Donald Pleasence is back and despite his health concerns, remains a competent performer. I wouldn’t call either cut a fun or all that worthwhile movie, but for those who just want to see Michael on the rampage, the movie does let him loose at times. The producer’s cut is weirder, but the theatrical feels more like a Halloween movie, at least to me. But to me, The Curse of Michael Myers belongs in the Halloween basement.
The lone nakedness is one brief topless scene, so don’t expect much sleaze, but some is better than none, right? The movie doesn’t exactly skimp on the bloodshed however, with some bursts of the red stuff sprinkled around. We have some impalement, ax related trauma, amateur chiropractor work on a dude’s neck, electrocution, and of course, some blade wounds. While some of this happens off screen and we might only see the splatter, a few scenes let us see the gore unfold. The producer’s cut doesn’t add much in the violence arena, instead injecting more dialogue and altering some scenes to better weave the narrative. The dialogue is mostly run of the mill stuff, with some occult mumbo jumbo added in and of course, Paul Rudd’s deadpan, overly dramatic turn adds some wackiness. He makes even routine scenes come off as absurd, since he is so serious and sincere, but hilarious at the same time. But the movie’s overall tone is quite serious, so don’t expect much in this area. The craziness is on the low end, as the cult elements aren’t allowed to go berserk and while the plot twists are sometimes baffling, they’re not often that outlandish or dialed up. But there are enough odd choices to pick up a point and Rudd’s performance adds another.
Overall Insanity: 2/10