Friday, April 10, 2009

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (Film)

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Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (Film)

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (also known as Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers) is a 1995 horror film and the sixth installment in the Halloween series. It stars Donald Pleasence (in his final film appearance) and Paul Rudd. The original music score is composed by long-time Halloween contributor Alan Howarth. The plot of the film largely involves the "Curse of Thorn", a mystical mark, which is the source of Michael Myers' believed evil.

The Curse of Michael Myers was the first of four Halloween films to be produced by Moustapha Akkad and his son Malek under an exclusive production and distribution pact with Dimension Films. The film was marketed with the taglines: "Six Times the Terror... Six Times the Fear... Six Times the Thrills of the original Halloween" and "Terror Never Rests in Peace".


Michael Myers, his niece Jamie Lloyd, and the mysterious Man in Black have all been in hiding for six years. It is revealed that the Man in Black is the leader of a Druid-like cult, and that after the fiery climax of Halloween 5 the Man in Black kidnapped Jamie and had her impregnated (although viewers are never told who the father is). The baby is born on Halloween Eve and is carried away by the Man in Black. Later that night, however, a nurse helps Jamie and her baby escape. Michael Myers, in pursuit of Jamie and her newborn, kills the nurse by impaling the back of her head to a metal spike in the wall. Jamie, meanwhile, steals the truck of an angry motorist (who quickly becomes Michael's next victim) and flees to a dark and empty bus station where she calls in to a radio show that happens to be doing a broadcast about the Haddonfield murders. Jamie gets on the air, begging for help and warning of Michael's imminent return. Trapped, she proceeds to hide in the bathroom where Michael nearly catches her. She narrowly makes it out alive and again drives away. Jamie is still not safe, as she is forced off the road by a presumably stolen van driven by Michael Myers. Beaten and exhausted, she makes her way inside of an old barn where Michael is waiting for her. He kills Jamie by pushing her into a corn thresher, only to find that Jamie does not have the baby.

Meanwhile, Tommy Doyle (the child Laurie Strode babysat in the first film) has his eye on a family who's moved into the old Myers house across the street from the boarding house where he lives. The boarding house is run by a mysterious old woman named Minnie Blankenship. For seventeen years, Tommy has been obsessed with finding the truth behind the murderous motives of Michael Myers. After hearing Jamie begging for help on a local radio show, Tommy finds her baby at the bus station and takes him into hiding. The people living in the Myers house are relatives of the Strode family (Laurie Strode's adoptive parents), and among the current residents are Kara Strode and her son Danny, Kara's teenage brother Tim, and her parents, the doting mother Debra and her abusive husband and Kara's father John. One by one, Michael stalks each of the Strodes, trying to get to Jamie's baby. Across the street, Tommy reveals to Kara that Michael has been marked with a runic symbol called Thorn or Thurisaz, an ancient Druid curse that drives a young man to wipe out his entire family for the good of civilization. The plot takes a turn when the Man in Black finally reveals himself as Dr. Wynn from the original Halloween. Wynn has been experimenting with pure evil and has kept his work secret within the bowels of Smith's Grove Sanitarium (where Michael was held for most of his youth). After a terrifying showdown between Kara and Michael Myers, Tommy and Loomis follow Wynn to the mental hospital where a final bloody conflict erupts, ending with the death of Dr. Wynn and the other 10 doctors and, presumably, Michael Myers himself. The film concludes with the protagonists getting out safely, except for Dr. Loomis, who walks back inside the hospital to take care of "unfinished business." Inside Wynn's secret medical lab, however, Michael's mask has been left on the floor while off-screen we hear the sound of Loomis's final, fateful scream.

[edit] Alternate ending

Before Donald Pleasence died, there was a different ending. In this alternate "Producer's Cut" version, Loomis and Tommy go to Smith's Grove Sanitarium and interrupt an occult ceremony with Wynn and his pagan followers offering a "final sacrifice" in the name of Thorn. Tommy (disguised as a cultist) interrupts the blood ritual and runs with Danny, Kara, and baby Steven through the sanitarium halls until they are trapped behind a locked gate. Michael continues to come after them until Tommy uses the powers of his rune stones to stop Michael in his tracks. Loomis comes on the scene, firing his gun at the gate, allowing Kara, Danny, Steven, and Tommy to escape. But in this version, after Loomis sees the heroes retreat safely, he goes back inside the hospital where he finds Michael Myers lying on the floor amid the ring of rune stones, presumably dead. "It's all over, Michael," he sighs, pulling the mask off. But in a final twist it is revealed that Dr. Wynn is behind Michael's mask; the real Michael has switched costumes and cleverly escaped. Wynn, injured and near death, says, "Michael's gone. It's your game now, Dr. Loomis." A look of horror comes over Loomis as he pulls up his shirt sleeve just as the mark of Thorn magically materializes on his wrist. As Loomis lets out an ungodly scream, Michael is seen (dressed in Wynn's "Man In Black" costume) walking silently into the night as a flickering jack-o-lantern is shown on the porch of the Myers house. The candle blows out and the screen goes to black. When the screen says "In memory of Donald Pleasence", Laurie Strode can be heard quoting the last lines in the first Halloween movie saying: "Was that Boogeyman?" Dr. Loomis replies with "As a matter of fact, that was."


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