Tragic Mike

There’s a new Hal­loween se­quel com­ing. Sort of…

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For almost two decades, slasher fans have whis­pered about the real ver­sion of 1995’ s dis­as­trous Hal­loween se­quel The Curse Of Michael My­ers – the sixth en­try in the se­ries and the last to fea­ture the late Don­ald Pleasence. The slash­ing didn’t just take place on­screen – the movie, orig­i­nally ti­tled Hal­loween 666, had en­tire sub­plots axed, ex­ten­sive reshoots forced upon it and also a brand new end­ing. The re­sult was ig­nored by follow- up Hal­loween: H20, while the film’s strange story of satanic druids – and their mind- con­trol over masked ma­niac Michael My­ers – is one of the most ab­surd twists to any es­tab­lished hor­ror fran­chise…

Now the long- ru­moured “pro­ducer’s cut” is goug­ing its way onto Blu- ray.

“The Curse Of Michael My­ers was de­vel­oped and re­leased by the We­in­steins,” ex­plains Cliff MacMil­lan, the pro­ducer of the new home video re­lease and the head hon­cho at ac­claimed US DVD la­bel Scream Fac­tory. “So when I had the chance to be a part of this new ‘ com­plete col­lec­tion’ of the en­tire Hal­loween se­ries, we worked hard to pull off a deal so that, at last, the Michael My­ers mythol­ogy could be con­cluded…” Un­for­tu­nately, time has not healed all wounds – and the se­quel’s di­rec­tor, Joe Chap­pelle ( who went on to helm the Ben Af­fleck shocker Phan­toms) has opted not to pass com­ment on this long- awaited “orig­i­nal” cut of his flop fright- flick…

“I don’t know how Joe feels about it,” ad­mits MacMil­lan. “We ap­proached him for an in­ter­view and he doesn’t want to speak about it. I don’t per­son­ally think this ‘ new’ ver­sion is bet­ter – but it cer­tainly is dif­fer­ent and, fi­nally, the fans can make up their own minds…”

The Hal­loween box set is re­leased in the US on 23 Septem­ber.

Nine­teen years on, Michael My­ers is back.

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