Director – Joe Chappelle,
Cats – Paul Rudd, Donald Pleasence, Marianne Hagan, Mitch Ryan, David Gardner, George P. Wilbur
Release Year – 1995
Reviewed by John of the Dead
Any fan of the “Halloween” series absolutely knows who Donald Pleasance is. He is the esteemed actor who played each role of Michael Myers’ doctor, Dr. Sam Loomis, from the original “Halloween” until this film, the 6th film(He did not play Dr. Loomis in “Halloween 3: Season of the Witch” because neither Michael Myers nor Dr. Loomis were in the film). Unfortunately for the “Halloween” franchise, Donald Pleasance passed away during the filming of this flick, and he will surely be missed as no one else could have possibly filled the role of Dr. Loomis like he did. With that said, let’s get on to some more drama regarding this film. For some ridiculous reason, director Joe Chappelle decided to release this version of the film instead of the original, producer’s cut, which is much much better than this theatrical release. Due to Donald Pleasance’s death, Joe Chappelle decided to reshoot the entire third act of the film, and completely changed the score as well. As of now, the producer’s cut of this film has yet to be released commercially, and probably never will be for unknown reasons. The only way to get a copy of the producer’s cut is to find someone selling a bootleg copy of the film as it was used in audience screen tests.
This film takes place six years after Michael and Jamie Lloyd disappeared from the Haddonfield Police station at the end of Halloween 5. Jamie Lloyd was abducted by a weird cult that has something to do with Michael Myers, and has been impregnated and gives birth to what is believed to be Michael’s child. In an effort to save her child, she ditches the child somewhere safe and lures Michael to a secluded location, only to meet her own demise. Meanwhile, the Strode family(the family of Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, from “Halloween” and “Halloween II“) has moved into the Myers house where Michael killed his sister and began his murdering ways. With Michael Myers and the weird cult searching for Jamie Lloyd’s child, Michael is lead back to Haddonfield, where he pays a visit to his old home, the home that the Strode’s currently live in! However, the young child, as well as Kara Strode and her son Danny Strode receive help from an unlikely force, Tommy Doyle(Paul Rudd)! Tommy Doyle, who is one of the two child survivor’s from the first “Halloween”, joins forces with Dr. Loomis in a fight to the death with the killer who has plagued Halloween in Haddonfield, Illinois for years.
As I mentioned earlier, this version of the film that I am reviewing is the theatrical release, which is pretty much the version that should have never been released. However, due to the fact that I do not have my own copy of the producer’s cut, and the fact that you will only find this version for sale/rent at local stores, I am forced to review this version of the film.
This film does bring an interesting concept to the “Halloween” franchise and actually explains quite a bit of unanswered questions. At first I thought the idea of the cult in this film was ridiculous, but the story behind the cult actually reveals why Michael kills, and offers an explanation as to why he cannot be stopped. This is also one of the best “Halloween” films as far as the kills Michael delivers. There were quite a few of his kills in this film that I will always remember, mainly due to how awesome and graphic they were. One of the infamous kills was when Michael simply walks up to a drunk and rips the guy’s head off with his bare hands. Freakin awesome! Not to mention the “strobe light” kill scene towards the end of the film is simply my favorite Michael Myers kill sequence as of now. And yes, I’ve seen all 9 “Halloween” films so far.
Unfortunately for this version of the film, that is about as good as this film gets. For one, we are given way too much of a gap in kills during the first half of the film. Other than a pretty sweet opening sequence, we don’t see any good stuff until about halfway into the film. I really did not like that as it ruined the pacing and came off as pretty slow. This film just has way too much plot, which was very bad for this film because it was not executed properly by Joe Chappelle. I also hated the score for this film, the original score was much better than this 90’s MTV crap director Joe Chappelle opted for. With me being a pretty big fan of Paul Rudd, I liked the idea of him being in this film, but he really was not that great. Although his role called for him to play a slightly weird character(Tommy Doyle is a bit obsessed with the Michael Myers story), I felt he could have performed much better and made his performance a lot more credible. Lastly, I was really saddened by the way Jamie Lloyd was taken out of the series. After having her be the focus of “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and “Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers”, I felt that she should have had a much bigger role in this film and that her demise be much more satisfying. Her demise was pretty sweet and gory, but it came too soon, and without any substance.
Overall, this is a decent addition to the “Halloween” franchise, but should have been replaced with the producer’s cut, which would have been an interesting addition to the “Halloween” franchise. Watch this only if you are a big Michael Myers buff like I am, or if you wanna check out Paul Rudd before he became A-list, and right after his role in “Clueless”.