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Producers cut so much better and more satisfying..
September 18, 2015
I remember seeing this in theatres 20 years ago and being so disappointed with the end result considering the cliffhanger left 6 years prior in Halloween 5. As most already know this film suffered from studio interference much like Alien 3 which several years back received an alternate 'Assembly Cut' and much like the Producers Cut of Halloween 6 seems to be the first choice amongst fans. It's amazing how these alternate versions can completely change a viewers perspective 180.
In H6 PC, there is more emphasis placed on suspense than gory violent kills (my preference although a good portion of fans seem to prefer bloody kills and over the top violence). This feels like a true Halloween film, shot in Salt Lake City like Halloween 4/5 and has a cold, grey, depressing feel about it. Michael lurks in the background and in the shadows, stalking his prey before he strikes. The music soundtrack sounds the same as the first film and not altered to make it more hip and modern (like in theatrical cut and H20). George P Wilbur portrays Michael (aka The Shape) and he has always been a favorite of mine (he also portrayed Michael in H4). The mask looks great and scary (imo it took a turn for the worse in H20).
Character development is more prominent in this version as well. We get more Donald Pleasance as Dr. Sam Loomis which is a plus, and even little scenes like John and Debra Strode talking about their daughter Kara makes the characters more layered and human. Paul Rudd as Tommy Doyle seems to be taking over the Loomis role as he has fixated on Michael Myers to the point of becoming obsessed. Marianne Hagan as Kara Strode assumes the likeable leading female role and does a serviceable job in the part. However much like Friday the 13th VI, Jason Lives, the female lead takes a back seat to the male lead as this is Tommy's battle to fight.
Most importantly about H6 Producer's Cut is that the story is more fluid and not full of gaping plot holes as in the theatrical cut. The Thorn/cult angle is on full display and you are not left scratching your head with more questions than answers. Writer Daniel Farrands did a swell job creating a movie with an actual plot and that still felt like a Halloween film full of atmosphere and suspense (and being the fourth Michael Myers sequel). Although the character of Jamie Lloyd had a sad ending, I preferred her end in this one rather than the horrific one in the theatrical cut. It's a shame she couldn't have been featured as more of a leading character in this one.
I've noticed that the Halloween franchise has been divided into Laurie's trilogy (Halloween 1, 2 and H20) and her daughter Jamie's trilogy (Halloween 4, 5 and 6.). Although Jamie does not feature heavily in Halloween 6. Halloween 8 (Resurrection) is pretty much an abomination in the eyes of fans and most pretend it doesn't exist. Without leads like Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasance, it really has lost its luster. Halloween 6 feels like the last real Halloween film although it answers the questions posed in H5 and makes a smooth transition into Halloween H20.
H6 PC is a worthy addition to the franchise and should sit proudly on your horror shelf. Sadly I could not say the same about the theatrical cut.
Another film that suffered from studio interference around the same time was Hush with Jessica Lange and Gwyneth Paltrow. I've been advocating to Scream Factory to release a director's cut as the reshoots of that film left many plot holes and an altogether unsatisfying film. If you watch the trailer you'll see how much exciting action and suspense that was cut out.
Let's keep supporting these alternate versions that the studios feel the need to butcher. Ultimately we get to decide what we want to see rather than the studio who usually only have dollars and misconceptions on their mind.