Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers logo

TERROR NEVER RESTS IN PEACE

1995 | 88 MINUTES | 1.85:1

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Plot

This instalment marks the return of the seemingly indestructible masked murderer Michael Myers, who is targeting Tommy Doyle (Paul Stephen Rudd), a young man tied into the legacy of the killer and his connections with the Strode family.

As the supernatural elements of Michael’s macabre abilities are explored, his longtime adversary, Dr. Sam Loomis, is also back in yet another attempt to stop the psychopath’s brutal rampages.

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Cast & Characters

  • Donald Pleasence
    • as Dr. Sam Loomis
  • Paul Stephen Rudd
    • as Tommy Doyle
  • Marianne Hagan
    • as Kara Strode
  • Mitchell Ryan
    • as Dr. Terrence Wynn
  • Kim Darby
    • as Debra Strode
  • Bradford English
    • as John Strode
  • Keith Bogart
    • as Tim Strode
  • Mariah O’Brien
    • as Beth
  • Leo Geter
    • as Barry Simms
  • J.C. Brandy
    • as Jamie Lloyd
  • Devin Gardner
    • as Danny Strode
  • Susan Swift
    • as Mary, the midwife
  • George W. Wilbur
    • as The Shape
  • Janice Knickrehm
    • as Mrs. Blackenship
  • Alan Echeverria
    • as Doctor Bonham
  • Hildur Ruriks
    • as Dawn
  • Sheri Hicks
    • as Paramedic
  • Tom Proctor
    • as Motorist
  • Bryan Morris
    • as Attendant
  • Lee Ju Chew
    • as Nurse
  • Raquelle Anderson
    • Ballerina
  • Kristine Summers
    • as College Coed
  • Elyse Donalson
    • as Lunatic
  • A. Michael Lerner
    • as Additional Shape
      • reshoots

Crew

  • Directed by
    • Joe Chapelle
  • Written by
    • Daniel Farrands
  • Executive Producer
    • Moustapha Akkad
  • Produced by
    • Paul Freeman
  • Associate Producer
    • Malek Akkad
  • Composed By
    • Alan Howarth
  • Edited By
    • Randy Bricker
  • Director of Photography
    • Billy Dickson

Goofs

The producer’s cut features a flashback to the ending of Halloween 5, which takes place in 1989. The vans that Jamie Lloyd and Michael Myers are loaded into feature a grille set that wasn’t put on those vehicles until 1990 at the earliest.

The map in the bus station shows that Haddonfield and Smith’s Grove are between Pontiac and Dwight. In real life, Pontiac and Dwight are only twenty miles apart from one another, far shorter than the 150 miles between Haddonfield and Smith’s Grove.

When Tommy is listening back to the previous night’s recording, he hears a bus station announcement during Jamie’s call to Barry Simms. During the actual scene, no such announcement occurred.

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Trivia

Dimension Films removed a million dollars from the film’s budget in the middle of production to help fund another horror sequel they were working on in Hellraiser: Bloodline, which also had a notoriously difficult production.

Danielle Harris went through the trouble of getting herself emancipated at the age of 17 to be able to reprise her role, and ultimately walked away on principal after Dimension Films refused to even cover her legal fees and referred to the character as a “bit part.”

Originally when John Strode was to come home from work, he would turn the television on and Season of the Witch would be playing – despite the fact that Season of the Witch clearly establishes the original Halloween as a movie in it.

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Release & Reception

  • Release Date: September 29, 1995
  • Budget: $5,000,000
    • Equivalent to $8,468,339 in 2020.
  • Opening Weekend: $7,308,539
    • Equivalent to $12,378,238 in 2020
  • Domestic Gross: $15,116,634
    • Equivalent to $25,602,559 in 2020
  • IMDb: 4.9/10
  • MetaCritic
    • MetaScore: 10/100
    • User Score: 7.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6%

Elliott’s Personal Ranking: 9/11


Home Video

THEATRICAL CUT: BLU-RAY | DVD
PRODUCER’S CUT: BLU-RAY | DIGITAL

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Scripts

Cover for the first draft of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.
  • Written by Daniel Farrands.
  • Dated August 23, 1994.
  • 114 Pages.

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Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers - Shooting Script
  • Shooting Script.
  • Written by Daniel Farrands.
  • Dated October 31, 1994.
  • 121 pages.

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Halloween 6 - Unused Draft
  • Unused Script.
  • Written by Phil Rosenberg.
  • Dated April 6, 1994.
  • 103 pages.

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Alternate Versions

Owing to its trouble production history, The Curse of Michael Myers has a grand total of four alternate cuts.

Though the producer’s cut is the most well-known one, an earlier, unfinished cut exists that also includes some additional footage. It’s typically referred to as the rough cut; additionally, a slightly gorier version of the theatrical cut exists, and it’s typically referred to as the director’s cut.

In addition to those three, a version edited for network television broadcast on the UPN was created as well.

PRODUCER’S CUT | ROUGH CUT | DIRECTOR’S CUT | TELEVISION CUT