The Producerâ€™s Cut of Halloween 6 (released theatrically as Halloween: the Curse of Michael Myers) has yet to be officially released on video or DVD. Itâ€™s a mystery as to why, considering the Producerâ€™s cut of this film is actually rather pleasant. At the very least, it makes SENSE, as opposed to the theatrical cut, which is one big plothole.
The general plot for the Producerâ€™s Cut is nearly identical to that of the theatrical version. Basically, the Cult of Thorn has been controlling Michael since day one. He is destined to kill his family as a sacrifice to the Celtic gods of Samhaine. However, once Michael achieves this goal, a new child of Thorn must be selected. The Cult has their eyes set on Danny, a boy living in Michaelâ€™s old house. Tommy Doyle, survivor of the first Halloween, is charged with protecting Danny from the Cult as well as Michaelâ€™s illegitimate son.
The basic plot is the same, but the story-telling is measurably different. One of the most major differences is Jamieâ€™s death. In the theatrical cut, it was quick and basically came off as a cheap way to get her out of the film. In the Producerâ€™s Cut, she survives her attack from Michael and is taken to a hospital, where Loomis spends a portion of time watching over her. While in the hospital, she has a dream sequence which makes it perfectly clear that Michael raped her and thatâ€™s where his illegitimate child came from. That part of the story was glossed over for the most part in the theatrical cut. This slower death was a much better send off to Jamie, who had been the heroine of the previous three films.
Then thereâ€™s Loomis. Nearly all of Donald Pleasanceâ€™s scenes were actually CUT from the movie for the theatrical edition, giving him very little to do. In the Producerâ€™s Cut, heâ€™s an essential piece of the plot. He is actually selected by the Man in Black to be the next guardian of the Child of Thorn (the Man in Black had been Michaelâ€™s guardian). He is also a major factor in the climax of the movie, being essential to the filmâ€™s cliffhanger.
And finally, the entire second half of the movie, at least all the scenes at Smithâ€™s Grove, is different. The Theatrical Cut basically does away with the entire Curse of Thorn concept in exchange for a rather hackneyed chase scene through the hospital. The Producerâ€™s Cut, however, furthers the Thorn story and helps flesh out Michaelâ€™s character a great deal. I wonâ€™t give too much away, but Michael gets a much better send-off in this film than in the Theatrical Cut.
The Thorn idea may not sit well with most Halloween fans, and I agree, it was a rather silly concept. However, the Producerâ€™s Cut of the movie flows MUCH better with the Jamie arc of the franchise (movies 4, 5 and 6) than the theatrical cut, and is a far superior finale to that continuity (Halloween H20 ignores 4-6 and is a direct sequel to Halloween 2).
I give the film a C. Itâ€™s not the best installment in the franchise, but at least itâ€™s coherent.