I can’t recall when I first saw the theatrical version of Halloween 6. It was on TV, I know that much, and it might’ve been during one of AMC’s Halloween marathons. At any rate I remember liking it, and now that I’ve seen this alternate version I was stunned to find Myer’s rampage from the theatrical version was totally excised. It was that rampage that I can sort of recall and that rampage that gave me the willies even though it was more in tone with Jason Voorhees.
This Producer’s Cut, which I had never seen before, was an odd entry in the Halloween franchise. It feels like a Part One to a Part Two that was never made, and I personally would have loved to seen that Part Two, but we all know after this entry Jamie Lee Curtis came back and did an installment that erased all the continuity after the first one; a big mistake in my book.
Take note I have not seen H4 and H5 in decades so my memory of those movies are sketchy at best and my knowledge of the events in Part 5 I only now know through the flashbacks done in this movie.
Oh, and I should also address the lack of reviews of all the other movies in Anchor Bay/Scream Factory’s new collection you aren’t seeing on this page; the Producer’s Cut of H6 and the Bonus Disc were the only discs that were being given out for review.
Okay, now, on with the review . . .
The set-up to this movie is unlike any Halloween movie, except for Season Of The Witch, which deviated totally from the Michael Myers mythos, but that’s a whole other conversation, in that you’ll keep wondering as it plays out what the hell does this have to do with Myers?
There’s a woman giving birth inside this sinister looking building; a man in black comes to take the kid away; a nurse brings the baby back and helps the woman escape; Myers shows up out of nowhere and starts after the woman and her kid.
What we learn later on is that the woman is grown up Jamie Lloyd from Halloween 4 and 5, who was played by Danielle Harris those movies. The particular flick never goes into any detail as to how she got from the end of H5 to the beginning of this movie, but the impression you’re given is that she’s been imprisoned for a long, long time by those cultists, Myers may have raped her and that kid grown Lloyd has fled with is his.
I have a vague recollection that this “man in black” was set-up in either H4 and H5, and in the this Producer’s Cut of H6 that character is paid off with an origin. Apparently, a new mythos is added to Myers’ in that Druids have found a way to control the evil within him thus turning him into a kind of henchman for them. It all revolves around a specific druidic stone called, Thorn, and the myth behind it propels Myers’ to kill off his bloodline. Once that’s complete a new evil, a new serial killer in the same vein, will rise to take his place.
Speaking of bloodlines we see Michael’s childhood homee has finally been sold … to more Strodes of all people. And you just know anyone living in this house is going to end up having problems. It doesn’t help that John (Bradford English) the father, is an abusive dick to wife, Debra (Kim Darby), estranged daughter, Kara (Marianne Hagan), her son, Danny (Devin Gardner), and her brother, Tim (Keith Bogart). But we know it doesn’t rally matter because he’ll end up getting his comeuppance that’ll undoubtedly involve quality face time with Myers himself.
Danny, however, looks to be primed to be the next killer, for he’s following the same route as young Michael did just before he killed his own sister back in ’63. Hearing voices that kept telling him to kill his family and having visions of this “man in black.”
Coming to the rescue is Tommy Doyle! Remember him? Laurie (Jamie Curtis) babysat his eight year old incarnation in the first film. In this film he’s all grown up and looks like before-he-was-famous actor Paul Rudd. While watching this movie it finally hits me the Friday The 13th films have a Tommy, too. A Tommy Jarvis who’s been in 3 different flicks and portrayed by 3 different actors in various stages of growth. Someone should cross-pollinate these two mythos and make a movie with Rudd and Corey Feldman. Just thinking out loud.
Doyle lives across the road from the Myers house and keeps a constant watch on the place believing Myers never really died 6 years ago and that he’ll be back someday. Grown-up Doyle is a little bit odd and nicely portrayed that way by young Rudd.
I know what you’re thinking, so where the hell is Loomis? He’s retired, but as usual gets pulled back into the Myers hunting game when Jamie’s nearly dead body is found and hospitalized. This was Donald Pleasence’s last film for he died shortly after this cut was completed and months before the re-shoot of the new scenes. It’s quite clear the ending on this version was meant to carry over his character to the next installment.
For the most part I like this version, but I found the ending to be anti-climatic. I wasn’t really taken with the guy who played Micheal either. I understand he’s the same one who played him in 4 & 5, but for me the perfect Michael is the Nick Castle version.
Video/Audio/Subtitles: 1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1:78:1) (high definition master from the original inter-negative) —5.1/2.0 DTS-HD Master Audios—English subtitles only.
Up till now you had to go bootleg to see this version, but with this official release the remaster that was done makes the film look really gorgeous. Fans of this flick will not be disappointed in this transfer. The Producer’s Cut, at this moment in time, along with the Bonus Disc, which I’ll be reviewing soon, are both only available in the Deluxe Edition. The other set only comes with the theatrical cut and I can only assume the remaster done to that one looks equally gorgeous.
When it comes to extra features for this cut the disc is appropriately and expectedly loaded, as we say in the DVD collecting business:
Let’s start with the commentary with screenwriter Daniel Farrands and composer Alan Howarth (Producer’s Cut). I mentioned (paraphrasing here) in my Pumpkinhead review that all the right decisions were made and all the right people were hired that helped in making that movie the classic it is today. With this movie just the opposite happened. I got the sense if there was a bad decision to be made it was made. And it seems this movie was doomed right from the start, right before anything was ever filmed.
Farrands tells how the movie differs from his script, and I have to say from what he says he had a pretty awesome version. It’s just right up to the point where the cultists appear at Blankenship’s home to take the kid the rest of the movie isn’t anything he wrote. Incidentally it was a bad test screening of this version that made the studio go back re-cut the movie and re-film the whole last act. The test audience wanted more gore and a quicker pace, but that’s not Myers, that’s Jason Voorhees.
- “Acting Scared “(19:25) – Actresses Mariah O’Brien (Beth) and J.C. Brandy (older Jamie Lloyd) are interviewed and for the most part they like what they did, but do address the re-shoots and not liking the “new tone” of the movie. Incidentally O’Brien is now an interior decorator with a 16 year old. She’s still hot and hard to believe she’s got a kid that old. I never thought Brandy was particularly attractive in the movie, but she’s aged well, too.
- “The Shape Of Things” (11:36) – This is a look at the FX with FX artists, John Carl Buechler and Brad Hardin, as well as the actor who played Micheal Myers, George P. Wilbur.
- “Haddonfield’s Horrors” (11:17) – Director of Photography Billy Dickson, Production Designer Brad Ryman And Director of Photography (Additional Scenes) Thomas Callaway relate what they did on the movie, again with comments about the re-shoots.
- “The Cursed ‘Curse” (10:00) – Producers Malek Akkad And Paul Freeman are interviewed, with Freeman saying very little and most of the talk centering on Akkad discussing the hits and misses of the movie and revealing it was the Weinsteins who ordered the re-shoots and fought to get that substandard Theatrical Version into theaters.
- “Full Circle” (7:27) – Composer Alan Howarth discusses his career and his work on the movie.
- “Jamie’s Story” (7:35) – Danielle Harris has a sexy potty mouth and puts it to good use as she finally tells her side of the story as to why she was not in H6.
- Cast And Crew Tribute to Donald Pleasence (3:07) – Participants (i.e. cast & crew) from the previous featurettes (filmed but not shown in their respective discussions) briefly discuss the man here in this short.
- Teaser Trailer: Halloween 666: The Origin Of Michael Myers
- Archival Interviews And Behind-The-Scenes Footage (8:00) – Danial Farrands was on set that first week of filming and this is what he filmed.
- Behind-The-Scenes Footage (24:04) – Interviews with Hagan, Rudd and Pleasence during the shoot, and then B-roll footage from the set. I always dig these home video shoots taken from the sets of movies from bygone eras.
- Alternate And Deleted Scenes (Not Present In Either Cut Of The Film) (7:24) – Pretty much what it states.
- Electronic Press Kit (4:51) – Basically a long trailer with interviews from key cast members intercut throughout.
The more I delved into the history of this movie and having sat through it a second time for the commentary the more I found myself liking this version a lot, despite the oddness of that final act, but as Akkad says in his interview even this cut was not the finished version, for me, though, it’s better than the one the Weinsteins re-shot and shoved into theaters.
(Note: Scream sourced the Theatrical Cut of H6, H20 and Resurrection from the Echo Bridge versions. EB gave them what they had and they corrected the aspect ratio and tweaked the transfers in the audio and in the coloring departments).