While the beginning of the Jamie Lloyd story started off as a pretty straight forward slasher film in Halloween 4, by the time Halloween 5 ended it had added a whole new element to the series. With Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers it continues this same story of Jamie, but jumps ahead six years. Jamie had been taken by a group of evil druids and is now pregnant. With the help from a mysterious woman, she escapes after giving birth with the baby and returns to Haddonfield in hopes to find Dr. Loomis to help her. Meanwhile, the Laurie’s adopted parents have moved into the Myers house and become the unwitting targets of Myers rampage as he searches for the baby. What he doesn’t know is that Tommy, the young boy Laurie was babysitting the night it all started, has the baby and is determined to stop Michael once and for all, but what is the real curse behind Myers reign of terror?
This final arc in the Jamie storyline is pretty straight forward, but takes numerous detours of the beaten path of this franchise. Most complained about the druid twist here, but in reality this storyline really began in Halloween II with the symbol that was painted on the wall. This was a symbol of an ancient cult, so whether this was the actual direction it was thought of in the bigger picture; it still fits into the overall theme. The addition of Tommy Doyle, played by Paul Rudd in his first film role, was an interesting twist to make a bigger connection to the original films. While Rudd is known more for his comedy work these days, he does a pretty good job with this film, although it does make it a bit harder to take him serious knowing of him now. For all the faults with the somewhat out there plot, where this film stands out is our first glimpse at a more angry pissed off Myers who steps the kills up to a whole new level. This is the version of Myers that most people seem to associate with the character, just full on gory slasher hijinks. This was probably the weakest entry to this point, but still attempted to finally give the fans the explanation of Myers true motives, but sadly most of us didn’t care we just wanted him to keep with the mindless killing.
Whether you like this film or not, there is no denying that this is a must have to complete the Jamie story arc and a must have for any hardcore fan of the series. The Blu-ray doesn’t sport any real special features other than the expected high def picture and sound, but is still completely worth it thanks to the much cleaner picture to bring this sometimes too dark film to greater visual perfection.
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