Sometimes the most frightening aspect of a horror film isn’t the film itself but that something so genuinely horrible was created. After seeing Halloween III: Season of the Witch, I prayed that I’d escape this franchise with nothing worse than that film. “What could be worse than this film?” I naively thought. There is a film that puts the Silver Shamrock commercial to shame, and it’s Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Meyers. Released six years after Halloween 5, this film takes Michael Myers down a dark and twisted path no one expected. Having survived the fifth, Myers and Jamie were captured and kept underground with a group of druids who worship evil. This group also subscribes to the idea that Myers, and I’m sure others, are infected with “thorn” — an evil that forces its owner to engage in killing sprees.
This is the final film featuring the character of Jamie; Halloween H2O and Halloween Resurrection pretend as though 4, 5, and 6 never happened. (That may be a good idea.) The actress was recast for this film, and the character was changed significantly. In the beginning, Jamie gives birth to a baby and attempts to escape her underground prison and return to Haddonfield. The film spends a bit of time on that story but mainly revolves around relatives of the Strode family living in Michael’s house. When he discovers this, he heads home to terrorize the new residents.
I’m not even sure where to begin on this movie. The plot is all over the place, and most of it doesn’t even make sense. The druid/thorn storyline has been building since the end of the fourth film, and you’d think the result would be better. This storyline is a silly supernatural tie-in that made me like Myers less. I’ve said before that I don’t like my campy serial killers to have much of a backstory, and I meant it. Loomis’ warnings that Michael is pure evil were always enough. The thorn angle attempted to explain and even justify his actions; I wouldn't say I liked that. Plus, the druids were weird, and it wasn't easy to understand who they were and their goals.
Oddly enough, Paul Rudd is in this film. Technically his first major motion picture; I was surprised to see him and excited for his character. The excellent news for Rudd is after his performance in this film, his career could only improve. Rudd plays an older Tommy Doyle (the kid Laurie babysat in…