Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

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Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers cover art.

“In time, there will be two conflicting answers to the following question: Is this the best Halloween film since the original... or not?”
~ Sigmund Freud on Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (a.k.a Halloween 666: The Curse of Michael Myers, Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers, and Halloween 6: The Thing That Should Not Be) is the sixth installment of the Halloween Series of horror films. This film actually attempts to explain the reason behind Michael Myers's madness and his motive. The film was released in 1995 to mixed reviews. This film marked the last time Vincent Price would appear on screen, as he died during the lengthy production period. When they went back for reshoots and edits, Donald Pleasence had to stand in for Price.

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edit Theatrical Version

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Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) has a final showdown with Michael Myers (Chris Farley).

It turns out that the events of Halloween 5: The Biggity Bouncit were just a dream that Jamie Lloyd was having one night in the sanitarium in 1989. Later that year, Jamie and her murderous uncle, Michael Myers, were abducted by the Man in Black, Terrence Hoog. Jamie Lloyd has a baby, which is to be Michael's final sacrifice, and Jamie is killed off. The baby's name is Stephen Lloyd and his father is Cash. More people named Strode take Stephen and protect him from Michael. Tommy Doyle, one of the kids Laurie was babysitting in 1978, returns to keep the baby away from Michael, and briefly explains what makes Michael Myers tick. It is revealed that Michael Myers is possessed by a Barney- and Teletubby-worshipping cult known as Thorn. Michael has no choice but to kill off his bloodline for the benefit of Thorn, and all this crazy mumbo-jumbo that you'll never understand in a billion years.

Many Strodes get killed off in this film, but Tommy Doyle survives. Dr. Loomis has one final showdown with Michael Myers toward the end of the film and is killed off. This is one of the most famous scenes in this underrated film.

edit Producers Cut

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After the death of Vincent Price in 1992, followed by the death of Donald Pleasence in 1995, the film had to be edited, reshot, Photoshopped, and mutilated to minimize the role of Dr. Loomis. In the original version, called the Producers Cut, Michael is Stephen's father and Donald Pleasence does not appear as Loomis. Another major difference is that the scenes are longer, there is more Loomis, and the Thorn stuff is explained a bit more and a lot better than its theatrical counterpart.

edit Cast

Vincent Price died in 1992, when the film was originally slated for release, then his stand-in Donald Pleasence died in 1995, making reshoots and edits almost impossible. Mike Myers was once again unable to reprise the role of Michael Myers, as he was still on Saturday Night Live; when he left, he committed himself to making the first Austin Powers movie; he was replaced by Chris Farley, hence why Michael looks so fat in this film.

edit Mike Myers

As noted in my article under "Friday the 13th". After 22 years of research I can’t prove without a doubt that Mike Myers and Michael Myers are the same person. By slowing down the DVD of the "Grinch" and "Cat in the Hat", you can actually see him shape-shift (between frame 1123 and 1124) into Michael Myers and back again. I note also that if you play “I’m an Ogre” backwards in the movie “Shrek” it says “I am Jack the Ripper, no I mean Michael Myers”

edit Criticism

This film was highly criticized by the people who actually bothered to see it. Larry King wondered what Chris Farley was doing with white makeup all over his face and why Loomis was bald. Gene Shalit said that he, "didn't understand the logic at all. I mean, did Michael order cheeseburgers every minute of every day to get that fat? Where's his mask? Why did it take so long to get this film made? Why have an old guy die, and then replace him with another old guy who dies? This is exactly what happened with Night Court when the bailiffs died."

Yet fans loved the film because of the plot twist and the fact that this was the last time we'd ever see Dr. Loomis or Jamie. But they did wonder what was next for the Halloween Series.

The film reached Number 19 on at the box office in 1995, and bootleg copies of the Producers Cut started circulating on the Internet, in video stores, and on television. People who have seen the Producers Cut claim that it is "way better than the theatrical version. They took this version and barfed it into theaters," according to Sigmund Freud.

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