By Brett Mullins
Directed by Joe Chapelle
Halloween VI: The Curse of Michael Myers is the final film in the Thorn storyline. It begins as Jamie gives birth to a child and subsequently makes for an escape from the underground compound from which she is being held. She is pursued by Michael and leaves her newborn child in a transit station bathroom. Michael follows her, and her child makes it through the night, only to be discovered by the now neurotic Tommy Doyle, from the original film.
Though much happens story-wise in Halloween VI, there isn’t very much explaining for why these events are occurring or how did they come to be. Even the basic premise of the film is a bit weak: Tommy discovers the baby in an empty bathroom, which occurs during the middle of the day after he follows a trail of blood down a crowded entry way and into the bathroom. Once there, the women’s room mind you, he hears the squeals of a child in need and rescues the sparkling clean baby.
Even if the premise didn’t irk the audience too much, the lack of Dr. Loomis’ presence will. The previous two installments focused more or less on the Doctor’s journey to track down and end the rage inside Michael. In this film, Loomis does not play a meaningful role and is only found in around one fourth of the scenes. The actor who portrays Loomis, Donald Pleasence, dies shortly after the conclusion of Halloween VI. It is more than disappointing that such a commanding actor received his final role as a secondary character.
The Michael of this film, again, is different from his character in previous films. Instead of only killing when an individual steps in his path, Michael goes to long lengths to terrorize a family that is living in his old house.
Other than being the conclusion to a strange Halloween storyline and being the first major role for Paul Rudd, Halloween VI does not have much going for it. The Thorn storyline had great potential; however, this film crammed too much story together to the point where it was difficult to even understand what was going on.