Now when it comes to making a film to end a series like Halloween it needs to be done right. However, after viewing this brain dead yet competent sequel you’ll be glad that the films didn’t stop here. Why? Because what the sixth film lacks is an appropriate story to be the last film.
Okay first things first. The story is a real mess that suffers by comparison to the previous films and the later installments for a few reasons. It starts off with Jamie escaping from some bogus cult or something and being chased by none other than Michael. After a long chase he kills her. What. Yes, the writers decided to kill off one of the best characters in the franchise for some unexplained reason. As it goes on the plot becomes more and more convoluted. It just doesn’t feel like a Halloween film anymore. It just fails.
I have to admit there are a couple of deaths in the film that were pretty brutal and painful. One of them being Jamie’s death. What were they thinking? Another being the first one which actually made me shut my eyes it was so violent. On top of all this the effects are all kind of nasty to see. The blood is the same as before really except this time the quantity seems to have been turned up a bit. Jeez, I thought only remakes did that. The rest is okay at best and weird at worst. It’s still a bad film though so does it really matter?
The acting is okay. Donald Pleasance makes his last appearance as Dr. Loomis and is just as good as before. Though he died during the filming I think it’s safe to say he went out on a high note. Tommy Doyle (Paul Stephen Rudd) and Kara Strode (Marianne Hagan) are fairly good characters, but don’t match up to the likes of Loomis and Laurie Strode from the first film. Mitchell Ryan puts on a moderately solid performance as Dr. Wynn who really pales next to Michael (George P. Wilbur) which is a bit of a shame considering his role in the film. Danny Strode is played well by Devin Gardner, but isn’t as good as Jamie Lloyd. Speaking of Jamie, J. C Brandy who takes up the role is nowhere near as good as Danielle Harris. Good thing too because only Harris deserved the role.
Incapable of living up to its potential Halloween seriously fails to deliver on its role of ending the franchise with some satisfaction for the audience. A real downer for the fans. You might want to skip this stinker.