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Default Halloween 6




Reviewer: John
Review Date: October 27, 2002
Released by: Dimension
Release date: 10/10/2000
MSRP: $19.99
Region 1, NTSC
Widescreen 1.85:1 | 16x9: No



Well, Halloween is getting closer and closer. Is there a better way to celebrate the occasion than give fans a dose of the notorious Michael Myers? Originally a brainchild of John Carpenter and Debra Hill, Michael Myers has grown from a neighborhood boogeyman into a cash cow for Moustapha Akkad. If you have been wandering where Myers has been the past six years and who the Man in Black from Halloween 5 is, look no further. The clues below can lead you to the answers.

The Story

inline Image From the get go, we are thrown into a new world. Gone is the innocence of children parading the streets of Haddonfield, IL on a brisk autumn evening, as the setting is much darker. A medical staff carts a much older Jaime Lloyd (J.C. Brandy) to an underground lair. She is far removed from the other patients and proceeds to give birth to Michael Myer's son. The staff, led by the mysterious Man in Black from the end of Halloween 5, takes the newborn from his mother with no intentions of bringing him back. A voiceover by Tommy Doyle (Paul Rudd) helps to catch viewers up on previous installments in the series. Tommy also gives his theories on where Myers may have been for all of these years.

inline Image A nurse (Lee Ju Chew) manages to get Jaime's child back into her arms and persuade her to leave. Obviously scared to face the consequences for her actions, the nurse gets Jaime and her child out of harms way. Jaime flees to a bus station and calls Talkback, a Haddonfield rip-off of the Howard Stern radio show. She manages to get the attention of both Tommy Doyle and the now retired Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence). After a few games of cat and mouse, The Shape catches up to Jaime, only to find that she has hidden the baby from him.

inline Image Elsewhere, the Myers house is now inhabited by the Strodes. Kara (Marianne Hagan) has fallen on hard times. She and her son Danny (Devin Gardner) have moved in with Kara's parents. As Kara walks aimlessly through her days, and avoids the voyeur eyes of her neighbor Tommy Doyle, Danny is haunted by visions of the Man in Black. Tommy recovers the Jaime's baby, and then begins to notice the Myers house returning to its old ways. He has been preparing for the return of Michael Myers and plans to end the mayhem once and for all. Tommy reveals the Curse of Thorn that Myers is under and, with the help of Dr. Loomis, attempts to protect Kara and Danny from harm. The newborn child is the key to continuing the curse. Michael Myers is back once again, and he is on a mission.

As you may or may not know, I am a HUGE fan of the Halloween series. Each of the sequels has faults, as every franchise does, but I have been entertained during its 24+ year run. Every series also has the 'redheaded stepchild' sequel that should be beaten out of existence. Nightmare on Elm Street 2, Friday the 13th Part 5, and now Halloween 6 are the low point in each franchise.

inline Image It had been six years since Halloween 5 was released, so my initial response to [b]Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers was somewhat clouded. I was just glad to see Myers on the screen again, and I don't think that I could be disappointed. Looking at the film now, with two sequels behind it, Halloween 6 just doesn't seem to hold up. At least in defense of Halloween: Resurrection, Rick Rosenthal kept things simple. His flaw was an attempt to freshen the series with pop culture, thus dating the film and giving it a 'been there, done that' feel. The curse that Michael Myers has in the sixth installment isn't the thorn. The curse is the conflicts of interest between a producer (Paul Freeman), the director (Joe Chappelle), and lead actress (Marianne Hagan). These problems show their ugly faces in the form of a producer's cut of the film, a theatrical cut, and an uninspired portrayal of Kari Strode. Friction is bound to happen on the set of any film, but this should not be reflected in any form or fashion to the final product(s) that audiences will see.

inline Image The acting is what we have come to expect from sequels. Paul Rudd would probably love to scratch Tommy Doyle from his acting resume, but he did do a good job with what he was given. Marianne Hagan seems as if she is on autopilot throughout the film and the rest of the characters are forgettable. You ask how George Wilbur's portrayal of Michael Myers is. Again, fans have seen better. Myers walks around as if he is radio controlled and kills like Jason in the Friday the 13th movies. With each entry in the series, the kills seem to get more and more violent. I would take Annie's death in part one over John Strode's any day of the week. Parts one and four are generally considered the best in the series due to suspense, not audience shocking kills and gore. It would be nice to see the series get back on track one day and truly scare viewers.

inline Image Though I feel that the theatrical version Halloween 6 is the low point of the entire series (H20 and Resurrection included), I still do enjoy the movie. It is mindless entertainment that gives fans of the series another look at The Shape. As many of you know, this was Donald Pleasence's last Halloween film. He passed away before the movie hit the big screen, seemingly ending the franchise that we all know. How can Michael Myers roam the streets without Dr. Loomis hot on his trail? Who knows what direction the series would have taken if Dr. Loomis were still around. Though Halloween 6 may be a weak entry into the series, it seems fitting that Donald Pleasence's farewell film is from a series that gave him so much exposure.

Image Quality

inline Image Dimension Home Video gives Halloween 6 a non-anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen transfer. There is a noticeable difference between low budget and sloppy. With a budget of $5 million and Dimension's support, the picture doesn't begin to live up to its potential. A dark film overall, the print just looks lazy. Edge enhancement is noticeable throughout and the movie just doesn't have that crisp look that we have gotten used to on DVD. The colors are also over saturated. The only bleeding I want on my screen is from Michael Myers knife. I have certainly seen worse quality on DVD; this one just needs a little help. Most of these issues can be solved with a little time and effort.

Sound

The Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack is nice. Halloween 6 would definitely benefit from a 5.1 mix though. There are many sound effects during the film that are itching to use all of your speakers, but are limited to the front channels. The front speakers do a great job balancing dialogue and aggressive sound effects. John Carpenter's classic theme has been 'updated' with heavy metal guitar riffs. It reminded me of the 30th Anniversary Limited Edition DVD for Night of the Living Dead. The music that fans are familiar with is now replaced, thus taking away from the film. When you mention Halloween to a movie buff, two thoughts come to mind. Either the mask or the music is mentioned. Unfortunately for viewers, Alan Howarth's guitar licks don't create suspense.

Supplemental Material

There are no supplements on this DVD.

Final Thoughts

Had a company like Anchor Bay or New Line had the rights, Halloween 6 would most likely have a sharper transfer AND lower MSRP ($32.99 at the time of release). What we are left with is an overpriced, bare bones disc with an average look. Add my name to the list of fans hoping the producer's cut finds its way to DVD. This disc is recommended for fans looking to complete the Halloween collection, otherwise it is forgettable.

Rating

Movie - C-
Image Quality - C-
Sound - B
Supplements - N/A

Technical Info.
  • Color
  • Rated R
  • 1 Disc
  • Chapter Stops
  • English Dolby Digital 2.0
  • French Dolby Digital 2.0
  • English 2.0 Surround
  • English subtitles
  • Spanish subtitles
Supplements
  • N/A

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