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Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers Review

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Six years ago, Michael Myers terrorized the town of Haddonfield, Illinois and he and his niece, Jamie Lloyd, disappeared. Jamie was kidnapped by a bunch of evil druids who protect Michael Myers. And now, six years later, Jamie has escaped after giving birth to Michael's child

★★★★

'According to Celtic legend, one child from each tribe was chosen to be inflicted with the curse of Thorn,’ moans Donald Pleasence, ‘so after the blood sacrifices of its next of kin on the night of Samhain, Halloween, the sacrifice of one family meant sparing the lives of an entire tribe. For years, I've been convinced there must be some reason, some method behind Michael's madness.'

Another soulless, pointless rip-off, this doodles around the plot parameters of John Carpenter's Halloween movies with only Pleasence, who died during production, and Carpenter's theme tune as links to the series' beginnings. Like Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, it tries to import a more supernatural element by revealing that Michael (George P. Wilbur) kills because of a Druid curse and that there's a cult out to protect him.

The mysterious cowboy-hatted figure from Halloween 5 turns out to be Mitchell Ryan, leader of the Michael worshippers, but the plot touches on such new events as a possible child Michael might have spawned with the absentee heroine of the last two films to continue the killing tradition, while hero Tommy is the kid baby-sat by Jamie Lee Curtis back in Halloween.

The line that rings the most hollow sound is 'kick the audience in the face enough and they'll lick you all over.' This is certainly the weakest of the Halloween films. After this, the series tried to forget three whole sequels to restart the franchise with the back-to-basics Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later.

Diminishing returns anyone?