Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The 9 Days HE Came Home: Day 6: Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Meyers
Today's review comes from Mass Invader Adam, who's never shy about his opinions of bad horror movies.
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers shouldn't suck as much as it does. But it still sucks. But why? Let's find out.
The atmosphere created by the movie is probably the scariest of all the Halloween movies. Lots of dark shots and blue filters create a mood that I wish more of the Halloween movies had. It feels sinister. And the heavy 90's soundtrack isn't too much of a distraction. This movie has a feel to it, and that doesn't happen much in this horror franchise.
But then we get down to the plot, and it is here that Halloween 6 suffers for the same reasons all the Halloween movies suffer. It's impossible to care about the victims and I never cared about the killer.
Michael Myers apparently wants his family dead, but he kills everything in his way. That should be scary, but it's boring. Everyone is a potential victim; everyone is disposable. And that's why the Halloween movies fail. You can never emotionally invest in anybody because Michael Myers is going to kill them without a witty one-liner. And since we're introduced to new family members who apparently dropped out of the sky and landed in Haddonfield in every movie, this gets boring fast. Although the half-assed ancient Druid curse subplot tries to give Michael Myers a motive, it's a little late to save this franchise and not enough to make this movie any good.
Donald Pleasence reprises his role as Dr. Loomis. Fortunately, he had the good sense to die before this movie hit the theaters. The character of Tommy Jarvis also returns, as a Michael Myers-obsessed college student who spends his time listening to conspiracy theory radio. This should be awesome, but it isn't used to its potential. Nothing in this movie is, and it's frustrating because I was re-editing the movie in my head while watching it. My version kicked ass. This one, not so much.
There is a bootleg Producer's cut of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers floating around out there. I've never seen it, but it supposedly makes this movie suck less. I believe it. There was so much squandered potential with the characters, plot and tone of this movie. If only the studio knew how close they were to making a decent entry into a bland horror franchise.
The only thing I liked about this movie was the way the father got killed. I don't remember it too well, it had something to do with a light in the basement and he got the fuck electrocuted out of him. And it's weird seeing a young Paul Rudd in this movie, running away from Michael Meyers. Nowadays, if he was in a horror movie he'd be the comic relief.
Tomorrow: The return of Jamie Lee Curtis!