Monday, October 5, 2015

Film Review: Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1996)

Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers
United States/1996
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No
*A 31 Days of Halloween Special Review!

"...settles for a run-of-the-mill slasher."

On the eve of Halloween, a kidnapped and impregnated Jamie Lloyd (J.C. Brandy) gives birth to a baby boy while imprisoned by a mysterious group. When a nurse frees Jamie and her child, Michael (George P. Wilbur) begins his savage warpath...

Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers begins with quite a bit to ingest — especially for those not fully invested in the series. Fortunately (and perhaps unfortunately), the film slows down and becomes more traditional after the introduction. The film mostly follows Kara Strode (Marianne Hagan) and her son, who live in Myers' former residence; Tommy Doyle (Paul Rudd), who lives across the street from Kara and has a slight obsession with Myers; and, good old Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence), who returns to his work as Myers returns to his. Although it had plenty of characters, the story essentially boils down to Michael Myers killing everyone to find his newborn nephew. That's it. After a gory set of kills, the film leads to a disappointing climax and an abrupt, unfulfilling ending.

Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers is a decent film. The story is mostly muddled and disappointing. There are a few differentiating plot points, but it mostly boils down to the same old slasher — cliches, exposition, plot contrivance, and all. There are plenty of characters, but they're all so hollow and dull, except for Dr. Loomis. On top of that, the character interactions and reactions just seem so unnatural. The Curse of Michael Myers is saved by its slasher roots. Sure, it may not be the smartest or most suspenseful, but it certainly offers plenty of gory death scenes, some creepy scenes, and a brisk pace. I personally love watching Michael Myers stalking in the background without the loud noise jump scares — chilling.

The acting is decent, too. Nothing really stood out as terrible or superb. Paul Rudd was okay in one of his earlier roles. Donald Pleasence is always wonderful in this series. The film is shot well. The music is hit-and-miss. The iconic music is splendid, the other music feels ill-fitted for the genre. The special effects offer the over-the-top goods — the practical gore effects we know and love from the classic slashers. Director Joe Chappelle crafts a fairly basic slasher. His storytelling is occasionally muddled and his vision is severely lacking in ambition. On top of that, Chappelle fails to conjure any suspense. However, Chappelle is capable of crafting a paced and balanced thriller with a few surprises.

Overall, Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers is a decent slasher. It has a rough start, but it eventually settles for a run-of-the-mill slasher. Don't fret, though, as cliche as it may be, the film still manages to offer some memorable scenes, including some grizzly deaths, some interesting plot points, and a forgiving pace. If you have nothing better to watch, this is a good time killer.

Score: 5/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and gore, some nudity.
Note: This is not a review for the producer's cut, which sounds a bit more interesting. Perhaps I should have watched that instead...

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