It took 6 years for us to find out what the hell happened to Jamie, Michael and this Man In Black following the police station shootout/explosion in Halloween 5. In 1990, production was set to to go with Daniel Farrands having the "dream come true" of getting to be a fan penning an official installment of a franchise. Farrands is on record saying he left Halloween 5 and told his friends "I am going to write Halloween 6". The guy was 20 years old at the time and no credits to his name. Yet, through some turn of events found himself in a room with Moustapha Akkad agreeing to write the next installment of the series. Moustapha wanted it all connected and the questions to be answered in this next one.
Unfortunately, the Halloween then ran into some lengthy legal battles regarding rights and such, causing a holdup of six years. Sound familiar to another franchise I covered? Incredibly both Michael Myers and James Bond took a break after 1989, both returning in 1995. Let's make that the answer of a trivia question someday, eh?
Personally, I could not wait for this film. It felt like forever to get Michael back. Freddy and Jason had both been "finished" and there was Michael left...and with this damn cliffhanger too. And back in the day, when this movie finally started its production, there was an actual real legitimate mainstream hype surrounding the film. Entertainment Tonight had covered it in on set visits and interviews many times. The Halloween franchise always seemed like it was taken more seriously or was more prestigious than the others for some reason when it came to the press. Plus there was the backing of the Weinsteins that always helped.
Speaking of trailers back in the day, my anticipation for this movie was so great, My uncle Mark and I went and saw a movie just for the sheer fact that the new Halloween 6 trailer was attached to it. This is something you did back in the day. And there weren't 90 trailers for a movie either. There usually maybe 2. You taped Entertainment Tonight for exclusive trailers or you went to the theater to see it. I'm not discounting the convenience and instant availability of today's methods, but things certainly felt a little more special back then. What was that movie? The Christopher Walken-led The Prophecy. And you know what, I remember it kind of being a little over my head but liking the movie. I'll be honest, I've not seen the film since that screening. But, I really would like to go back to it someday. It did spawn 4 sequels, so maybe a franchise retro somewhere down the line?