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Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers is a 1995 American slasher film directed by Joe Chappelle and written by Daniel Farrands. The film stars Donald Pleasence in his final film appearance, Paul Rudd and Marianne Hagan. It is the sixth installment in the Halloween film series, and concludes the “Thorn Trilogy” story arc established in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers.
Set six years after the events of Halloween 5, the plot follows Michael Myers as he stalks the Strode family, cousins of Laurie Strode, in order to kill his last surviving relatives, while Dr. Sam Loomis pursues him once more. The film also reveals the source of Michael’s immortality and his drive to kill.
Shot in Salt Lake City in the fall of 1994, it underwent a series of reshoots after it performed poorly with test audiences. The film was distributed by Dimension Films, who would go on to distribute the rest of the series until 2018’s Halloween. It was released on September 29, 1995, but was a box office flop, grossing $15.1 million at the domestic box office on a budget of $5 million, and was panned by critics upon release. Donald Pleasence died on February 2, 1995, nearly eight months before the film was released. The film was dedicated to his memory.
After the film’s home media release, the original workprint of the film, which featured 45 minutes of alternative footage and a different ending, was discovered by fans of the series. This version, dubbed The Producer’s Cut, developed a cult following, with bootleg DVD copies sold on eBay and online petitions targeting for an official release of it. In 2014, the Producer’s Cut was officially released on Blu-ray.
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers was followed by Halloween H20: 20 Years Later in 1998, which retconned the entire “Thorn Trilogy” storyline of the previous three films and is instead a direct sequel to Halloween II (1981).