I never had any particular problem with this movie. I’ve always enjoyed it, though it had many fans slightly perturbed. One thing I am positive that those critics can get behind – before Paul Rudd became a household name, he scored the role of grown-up, and now very sexy, Tommy Doyle. After surviving his ordeal with Michael years earlier, he has now dedicated his life to studying him and why he cannot be stopped. Even if you hate this movie and its strange plot twists, you can watch it for that, at least! On to movie, peeps!
We begin by seeing a girl giving birth in some kind of weird dungeon-like place. It turns out to be Jamie Lloyd, a few years after the events of Halloween 5. What upsets people, including me, is that it’s not Danielle Harris! They replaced her with J.C. Brandy, which they no doubt knew would provoke vitriol among the masses. Her role is so small in this, though, that at least you can try to forget about her horrific death scene while watching the rest of the movie. After surviving everything in the last two films, you’d think it wouldn’t be quite so easy to kill her in this one. It sort of did not do justice to her character, and was kind of insulting, to say the least. Anyway, a sympathetic nurse brings Jamie her child, and tells her to run. Michael is not far behind, bigger and faster in this one. She somehow gets this truck and takes off down the road, ending up a bus station, where she calls the radio program, Back Talk, with Barry Simms. He thinks she’s nuts, seeing as how it’s almost Halloween, and blows her off. She takes off and makes her way to some random barn, but someone has heard her cries – Tommy Doyle, now obsessed with anything Michael Myers. Ya know, sort of like a horror fan, but his is based in real-life. She has hidden the baby at the bus station, but Michael doesn’t know this, and kills her on some sort of farm equipment, reaping-type machine (sorry, I don’t know farm equipment lingo). Well, that was freaking depressing. After all that, to be killed off in the first five minutes. Bullshit. Anyway, we move to the Strode house, which was originally the Myers house. This man, John, is Laurie Strode’s adoptive uncle, and his children (Tim and Kara) would be her cousins. Some kids have played a prank – placing a cardboard cut out of a man’s body with a Myers-like mask on it, with a sign saying “He’s coming” – and John is pissed. He’s one of those typical, always drunk, hates his wife and children kinda guys. I was rooting for Michael to get him the moment we are introduced to him. Danny, Kara’s illegitimate son, has been hearing voices and seeing visions of a mysterious Man in Black (the unknown dude from Part 5), and when his grandpa slaps his mother, he pulls a knife on him. Go, Danny! Why’d ya have to stop him? Kara sends Danny off to school, and rides off to the college with brother Tim, and his girlfriend, Beth. They are talking about that night, Halloween of course, and how they’re bringing it back from being banned (guess they took Tina’s suggestion from Part 5).
They are hosting the radio station jerkoff, Barry Simms, to bring some attention to Haddonfield. Kara tells Beth that the guy across the street was watching her last night, and Beth tells her his name is Tommy Doyle, and about his scary childhood. Tommy has gone to the bus station to investigate the calls he heard the night before, and finds Jamie’s baby hidden in the bathroom. Dr. Loomis has come to town now that Jamie’s body has been found, and Tommy seeks him out, telling him about the baby. Loomis visits the Strode house, and tells Deborah of Myers and what happened in their house. She confronts her husband on the phone at work, and is soon killed by Myers. I liked her character, and wanted her to live, because her husband was such a bastard. Kara comes home, and finds no one there, including her son. He’s across the street, hanging out with Tommy. He tells Kara about Myers, and about how her family lives in his house. He tells her and Danny to stay there and not go home. Beth and Tim are at the fair, promoting Haddonfield and dispelling any “Boogeyman” rumors. Barry Simms, the radio guy, is a complete prick, and wants to go to Tim’s house to do a live broadcast. He and Beth go to their house, and he tells her he didn’t know its history. They have sex, and Tim is killed after getting out of the shower. Loomis meets up with Tommy at the Halloween fair, and finds the body of Barry Simms. Meanwhile, Kara tries to call home to see if anyone’s there yet, and Beth answers. Kara sees Myers coming up from behind her and watches her being murdered. She glances down to the ground and sees Danny going over there. So now of course, she has to go, too. She fights off Michael, and makes it back to Tommy’s house, where the caretaker, Mrs. Blankenship turns on her, and pulls a knife. There are now several mysterious men in the room, as well, so Kara throws herself out the window. She is taken to Smith’s Grove and thrown in a cell, and Tommy and Loomis go to find her. Michael’s now here, obviously, and they have to fend him off. He attacks an entire room full of doctors, which is one of the cooler scenes in the film.
Loomis confronts Dr. Wynn, who turns out to be the mystery man in black, who was in on it the whole time. “It” being Michael Myers, and apparently, he and a group of Druid paganists have basically created Myers, or a least honed his skills, because he was chosen as a child. It’s really confusing, but basically, Michael’s a sort of government experiment meant to kill everyone, because of some centuries-old prophecy surrounding Samhaim. A little tie-in to Halloween II, but still sort of a “huh?” moment. The trio fight off Myers, and Kara and Danny run with baby Stephen, as Tommy beats him relentlessly with a metal pipe. He’s unconscious, but still alive, surprise, surprise. At the end, Tommy tells Loomis to come with them, but he says he has some business to attend to. The film ends with Myers’ mask laying on the ground next to a syringe, as we hear Loomis screaming in the background, offscreen. It seems he has just let Michael kill him, which would be a strange coincidence, since Donald Pleasence sadly died not long after shooting this.
A lot of people have issues with this film, because of reasons mentioned earlier, as well as the whole Druid conspiracy back story. Most people just liked Myers being an unstoppable force with no explanation, rhyme or reason. I’m sort of on the fence about it, but since I like history and legends and such, it was sort of intriguing to me. As I said, Michael is much faster in this one, though he still doesn’t run. He provides some awesome kills, such as when he murders John Strode, the prick father, by electrocuting him to the point of his head exploding. Weren’t we all satisfied by that?? Another especially delightful scene is the throwback to the original, where Tommy’s pumpkin is smashed after an encounter with some bullies. In this one, Tommy startles little Danny, unintentionally, and he drops his pumpkin on the ground and it breaks. Clearly, if one had never seen the original, they wouldn’t get that, but if they hadn’t seen the first Halloween, why are they starting with the sixth film? It’s not a bad movie by any means, one I’ve always enjoyed, if you can minimize some of the more disconcerting parts.