Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers
Director: Joe Chappelle
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Paul STEVEN Rudd, Marianne Hagan, Mitch Ryan, Kim Darby, Bradford English
A long, long time ago, it was a night of great power. When the days grew short, the spirits of the dead, returned to their homes to warm themselves by the fire's side. All across the land, huge bonfires were lit. Ohhh, there was a marvelous celebration. People danced, and they played games, and they dressed up in costumes, hoping to ward off the evil spirits. Especially the boogey man.
There I was, my first new Halloween movie in the theater opening weekend with my uncle Mark. It was playing in one of my favorite theaters, the Holiday 1&2 which sadly have been torn down. They were two old school big movie houses with a large screen and auditorium. They gave off a vibe of school movie watching that you need to live somewhere special that has an old auditorium still in use to get this feeling today (the theater I saw Peter Jackson's King Kong at in Westwood comes to mind-its featured during the Dirty Harry scenes in Zodiac).
While Clueless came out prior, this was Paul Rudd's first movie. As a kid I was taken with Tommy Doyle. I thought he was pretty awesome. He was an awesome lead. Looking back, however, I don't think he's as terrible as people have claimed, but its nowhere near the tour de force I had once thought. Its a rather weird performance, but Rudd manages to give off that mentally disturbed aspect rather well. With Pleasence's age and health coming into question, its obvious that this was to be a passing of the torch type role in the film. Tommy would be a younger, hipper Dr. Loomis going forward.
I'd like to quickly mention, that there are some topics regarding this film that I purposely didn't touch upon yet. Don't worry, they're coming...cuz I'm slapping TO BE CONTINUED on this one.