Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
To celebrate the legendary Donald Pleasence’s 99th birthday, I decided to take a trip back to Haddonfield and watch Halloween 6, which was dedicated to his memory and was his final film.
Six years after Michael Myers last terrorized Haddonfield, he returns there in pursuit of his niece, Jamie Lloyd, who has escaped with her newborn child, for which Michael and a mysterious cult have sinister plans.
JC Brandy does an admirable job of playing Jamie, running, screaming and looking well with tears in her eyes, and it is always a pleasure to see the iconic Donald Pleasence. The film also features the first starring role by Paul Rudd and Marianne Hagan who do a sterling job in this movie.
The movie is typically atmospheric and feels much closer to the original in terms of musical score, lighting and effects, with a lack of gore but still plenty of violence.
There are two endings to this movie, the Theatrical Cut and the Producers Cut, with the producers cut being widely regarded as the better of the two. The ending in the Producer’s Cut was the first to be filmed. After Donald Pleasance’s death in 1995, the ending was rewritten and re-shot due to the fact that Pleasance would’ve been needed for the next installment. The writer of the script, Daniel Farrands wanted the film to be shot in Pasadena where the original was filmed but it was instead filmed in Salt Lake City like the previous two and does not suffer as a result.
Donald was born on the 5th of October 1919! An iconic part of the Halloween movie franchise, starring in Halloween 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6, with a long and illustrious career in film, we salute you Dr Loomis.
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