31 In 31: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

To quote Kevin Smith: "Good lord, this is a piece of shit."

The point where the Halloween franchise could be considered lifeless. Directed incompetently by Joe Chappelle (Phantoms, Hellraiser: Bloodline) we find the Halloween franchise in full-fledged mythology mode. The mythology I speak of is Michael Myers being controlled by the "Curse of Thorn". Why is he controlled by the "Curse of Thorn"? I'm not 100% sure as the explanation for that is very fuzzy in the film, which might have to do with the troubled production.

If you are unsure about the production history of this film, it's quite extensive. I wont go into all aspects of it, but there were 2 versions of the film shot. Though neither is that good, the "Producer's Cut' is the one that make slightly more sense than what the final product is.

Beyond the troubled production, most of the acting in this film is pretty poor. The main character Tommy (Paul Rudd... yes, that Paul Rudd) proves early on that he is not leading man material. And sadly for Donald Pleasance, this turned out to be his final film. Pleasance's Dr. Loomis is still the best thing in this movie, but it appears that Donald knows this is a bad film, but tries to give it his all anyway.

After filming wrapped initially, Donald Pleasance died. As the film was re-cut afterwards, the ending sequence with a "final showdown" between Dr. Loomis and Michael Myers never takes place. The ending of what is shown on tv feels incomplete without fully resolving the conflict with Michael Myers and Dr. Loomis.

This is a very haphazard film, that shows behind the scenes tinkering. I recommend anyone to seek out the "Producer's Cut" to know what the film was originally supposed to be like and then watch the final film. As stated, neither film in my opinion is that good, but it is worth the look to see what was originally intended.

On the plus side, there's no Busta Rhymes going all kung-fu on Michael Myers. So I guess that's a win?

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