A First Rate Thriller. Up There With The Original.
Brett Michael Roberts | Renton, WA USA | 10/20/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Halloween The Curse Of Michael Myers is my favorite Halloween sequel, and, despite having horrible reviews, is the second best of the series (the first being part 1, of course). The movie realized that the series was getting pretty dull by part 5, so it adds a lot of new plot twists, like Michael being involved in some cult called "Thorn" that makes one person kill every member of his family. You'll also find out in this one who the Man In Black really is (I'll give you a hint, he was in ONE scene from the original). The movie begins with Jamie Lloyd (no longer Danniele Harris, but J.C. Brandy) having a baby, which is then stolen by the man in black, who is going to make this baby Michael's sacrifice. However, a kind woman working there helps Jamie escape with her baby. This woman then meets her fate, impaled to a coat hanger by Michael Myers, who is now stronger and more enraged than ever!! Jamie does get away, and hides her baby at a bus depot, before she, to, meets her maker. Then, we go on to meet Kara Strode (Marriene Hagan) and her family. She's got a seven year old boy. She's going to college to make up for her past mistakes. Her father, John, dosn't approve of her staying at his place, where he already has two other people living, his wife, and his son, John (Bradford English). John Strode is an abusive alcoholic, who mistreats his entire family. Kara is a little bit creeped out by this man who's staring at her out his window. Well, this man happens to be Tommy Doyle (Paul Steven Rudd), who was being babysat by Laurie Strode when Myers attacked in 1978. He's a little messed up by this particular incident, and he thinks that Michael's returning. He was also listening to this particular radio show the night before, and recorded when Jamie screamed "Help Me" to the show. He tracks the area she was calling from down to the bus depot, where he finds her baby. Meanwhile, Kara is being stalked by Michael, but doesn't realize it. And, to make things worse, her little son is hearing a voice that says "Kill For Me". Who's going to survive THIS Halloween? Watch and see.Halloween The Curse Of Michael Myers is a very underrated Halloween film. It is propably (aside from Part 3) the least popular of the series, but I can't understand why. My least favorite film is actually Part 4. This movie is great, it's scary, funny, shocking, gory, mysterious. Everything to make a perfect horror film (including suspense). Yes, it's very hard to make to much sense of it, but that's what makes it more intelligent. And there is so much gore! I know Part 1 is famous for being almost completely bloodless, but blood was needed at this point. It's definetly the most extremly graphic of the whole series. But still, it's got a plot, and a fine plot, I must say. The Myers mask is back to normal, as is his house (where the Strode family is living). The man behind the mask this time, George P. Wilbur (Michael in Part 4), is far superior to that guy, Donald Shank, who played him in the fifth one. But, then, in H2O, the man behind the mak is HORRIBLE!! And YOU CAN SEE HIS EYES!!! But in this, you can't see Michael's eyes, and he's played eerily. Nice job Mr. Wilbur! As for this DVD, well, it's OK. No special features (aside from sneak peek trailers for H2O and the Scream Box Set), but it's presented in widescreen, and has nice, clear picture. I'm dieing to see that Producer's Cut, which is apparentally almost a different film. It'd be awesome to release a DVD with both versions on it, but for now, this one's OK. If I were you, though, I'd wait a little bit, and I'm sure they'll release the producer's cut. If you found my review helpful, don't forget to vote for me!!!!
Halloween 6, one of two
Camren T. Burton | WA, U.S.A. | 02/20/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Many people say that Halloween The Curse of Michael Myers is the worst of the entire series, but I disagree. In my opinion, the worst is Halloween III. This movie originally had a very different storyline from the version that people got to see, and they were severely deprived. The version of this movie that got released was well done, with George Wilbur (Halloween 4) returning as Michael, and Donald Pleasance in his last performance as Dr. Loomis, was well performed, but not very well explained. It seemed to me that Dr. Wynn was attempting to genetically engineer people to have Michael's form of strength, but I could be way off. I also thought the idea of Michael killing his sister's 'extended' family was a clever plot twist. Many people say this is the worst because they don't take the time to really observe the story. However, I think that Dimension Films would be real smart if they released the alternate cut of this movie on video & DVD. There is a summary and pictures from this version that can be found on the Halloween website. You might want to check it out. But this movie, while somewhat vague, is an excellent piece of the story of Michael Myers."
For what it's worth, a pretty good horror movie...
Danny | South Philly | 08/31/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"As a pre-teen, I loved the Halloween movies. Michael Myers was just such a great character for me: scary, insane, methodical and unstoppable. Nothing has really changed since then. I'm still a big fan of this franchise and always find something to like in one of these films (except for the dreadful Season of the Witch). So on that basis, the Curse of Michael Myers didn't fail to entertain or make me jump occasionally. I think it's gotten much more bad press than it deserves. But I won't lie and say it's a perfect movie; quite the opposite. It's pretty flawed and messes with the Halloween mythos big time. So much so that once H20 came along, it decided to ignore the somewhat silly revelations in this movie (and the two that preceeded it) and stick to the basics that Halloween 1 & 2 followed. It turns out that Michael is part of a cult called "Thorn" led by a mysterious man in a black hat and coat (the same guy who walked around town with seemingly no real purpose in Halloween 5) named Wynn. Apparently, Wynn thinks he has some sort of control over Michael and tells him that he must kill his family. In other news, Michael's niece from the fourth and fifth film, Jamie, has a baby boy who the cult wants possession of so that he can either follow Michael's footsteps and become the new killer on the block or just become Michael's last victim; I'm not quite sure which one. After Jamie is killed by Uncle Mike, Tommy Doyle (the little boy from the first film) finds the baby in a bathroom at a bus terminal and takes him in. Later in the film, Tommy befriends a little boy who's family just so happens to live in Michael Myers' house. Some of it is a little convenient and confusing, but who cares? This isn't Chinatown or the Godfather. This is Halloween! As long as the body count rises and we get to see Michael stalk helpless, horny young adults, I'm satisfied. This film also offers some pretty cool death sequences, especially the part where someone's head explodes during electrocution.It's not the best in the series, but I think it's certainly better than the fifth one or Halloween: Resurrection. And it's light years better than Season of the Witch. Worth a rental to most; worth the price to own for me."