- Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
Ah, “The One with Paul Rudd.” This was higher on my list when I started my rewatch, but it’s just not fun. It attempts to mythologize Michael Myers to an extent that’s fairly irritating, taking retconning to a whole new level. It starts with Jamie Lloyd, Laurie Strode’s daughter and the object of Michael’s pursuits in Halloweens 4 and 5, giving birth in a dungeon. Her baby is submitted to a really creepy ritual, and she then steals him back and tries to run away. Of course, her stalwart uncle Michael is on the trail, and he kills her — but not before she hides the baby. Paul Rudd plays Tommy Doyle, the boy from the original Halloween, whom Laurie babysits, and he is not right in the head, which is understandable given his trauma (we’ll see what that same night’s trauma did to Laurie, later). He’s obsessed with Michael Myers, but not in a really productive way, just in a creepy way. He peeps on women through telephoto lenses, scours the internet for druidic symbols, and doesn’t take the time to explain to anyone what’s actually happening.
The plot is nearly incomprehensible, and the attempts at explaining Michael’s occultish origins with the Cult of Thorn fall completely flat. What made Michael Myers so terrifying in the original films were his inscrutable motivations along with his unreadable face. This tries too hard to tie everything nicely together, while just being frustrating.