Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995, Joe Chapelle)
What happened to the 666? I thought when I saw this in the theater it was called Halloween 666: The Curse of Michael Myers? Whatever. After many fans' disappointment with part 5, the series that brought us Michael Myers seemed to have come to an end in 1989. Six years later, Michael came back. This time, the origin of Michael Myers is finally revealed.
The story begins with Jamie Lloyd, who is about to give birth in some creepy-ass underground hospital lair (can I get a Mwahaha?), filled with candles and other Gothic ephemera. This is the point where you pull the dvd out of the player and make sure this is really part of the Halloween series and not some movie with the name Halloween in the title. Once you determine it really is part of the Halloween series, you are quickly made aware that it's not going to be just some standard stalk and slash flick. After Jamie gives birth, she escapes from the mysterious cult holding her captive and makes her way to a bus station. Before she is finally caught and murdered by Michael Myers, she manages to hide her baby. We are then reintroduced to Tommy Doyle, one of the children Laurie Strode was babysitting in the first Halloween film. He hears Jamie make a final phone call to a local radio station, warning the town of Michael's return. Tommy figures out where the call was coming from and show up, only to find the baby, Michael's last living relative. Tommy knows the truth about Michael's origin and only he can save the baby from the clutches of Michael Myers and the evil cult.
Halloween 666...I'm still kind of on the fence with this one. I like the occult direction the film took and the origin of Michael Myers. There are many things that I would have done differently though. I liked Tommy Doyle's character and thought he was played with the right mixture of heroism, obsession and insanity. At any point in the film he could have become Michael Myers. Other than that, most of the characters are forgettable, with the exception of Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence in his final film) and his mysterious colleague, Dr. Wynn. Like part 5, the Curse of Michael Myers has a good story and is a good continuation of the Michael Myers legacy. Unfortunately, though there are some fans that lose a lot of fan's respect and diminish the impact the material.
Pointless anecdote: When my friend and I went to see this in the theater, we were only 16 and they wouldn't let us in. I remember being so pissed but we eventually got one of our parents to buy the tickets ahead of time, the following weekend.