When dealing with the 'Halloween' franchise, there's all sorts of different paths to take on it, ways to look at it, etc. Some opinions suggest that this ends one era, or even sub-era of films - the 'Thorne Trilogy' to be exact. Basically, that's any movie featuring Jamie Lloyd. It's also technically a sequel trilogy to the original two 'Halloween' films, making up the 'Loomis Series', ranging from 1978's 'Halloween' to here (excluding 'Halloween III'). Some would also say it continues from here to eventually meet 'H20' and 'Resurrection', but to be honest, I personally see those as more direct sequels to the first two. Anyway, are you confused yet?
Just to keep it simple, let's keep it all in the same storyline as originally intended. At this point, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis - not in this film) has had a daughter named Jamie, who goes under the foster name of Lloyd, and Michael Myers has been after her for the past two films. Then the way 'Revenge' ends is somewhat confusing, but 'Curse' here brings it all to light when we discover Jamie's horrific fate. Basically, she's already lived her childhood in trauma, and on Halloween of 1989 she and Michael are both taken by a mysterious man in black and two henchmen. Six years later (technically putting Jamie at age 15), specifically October 30th, '95, Jamie gives birth, and the man in black takes away her baby.
It turns out the man in black is the head of the cult of Thorne, and evidently responsible for causing Michael Myers to be evil. Speaking of him, he does show up pretty quickly to give chase to Jamie as she tries to flee the scene with her new child (once a midwife tries helping). Of course, this kid is a part of the bloodline, so this now means that Myers is after a baby to kill because of this curse. In the meantime, we are reintroduced to Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence), who has since retired and moved to a remote cabin, living a hermit life. He and his friend, Dr. Terence Wynn (Mitchell Ryan) hear Jamie's pleas for help over a radio.
We are further reintroduced to Tommy Doyle (Paul Rudd), who Laurie once babysat in 'Halloween'. He's reclusive, obsesses over figuring Michael Myers out, and lives in a boarding house run by the kindly Mrs. Blankenship (Janice Knickrehm). Eventually we see Tommy find Jamie's baby (but not Jamie) at a bus station, and brings him back to Haddonfield, naming him Steven. Michael, still on the hunt, gets to Haddonfield and finds a whole Strode family to pick on, now living in the old Meyers' house; Kara (Marianne Hagan), her son, Danny (Devin Gardner), teenage brother Tim (Keith Bogart), mother Debra (Kim Darby), and, stereotypically abusive father, John (Bradford English).
It isn't much of a surprise that the film ends up being a lot more of the same idea, and even throws in a baby to add some real threat to things. After all, 'Jason Goes to Hell' did it, so why wouldn't it work here? On top of Michael stalking a baby though, it's somewhat bizarre that a whole Strode family pops up here as well. The whole idea here is that the baby, or "Steven" is Michael's final sacrifice, as he will be the last of his bloodline (I guess the Strodes aren't technically blood-related, but there here nevertheless). But this is a baby we're talking about, and this is horror, not so much "snuff" so two guesses as to how this all shakes out.
I would have to say that of the original films, this is hands down my least favourite. It doesn't even really enter guilty pleasure territory for me, despite the fact that Paul Rudd is trying to do a serious role here and I just can't take him seriously. I know him too much as a comedic actor, so every line he delivers here is laughable, because I'm just seeing Ant-Man say his dialogue. Otherwise it just feels like things aren't only dragging at this point, but getting uninterestingly desperate. And Jamie's overall fate just has me overly sympathetic for her character. I feel worse for her than I ever did for Laurie, and when you give it all of your thought after seeing the Thorne trilogy, I bet you will too. As opposed to the last one, this still gets a 2, but a low 2. Damn near a 1 - but there is some guilty pleasure attached to the Paul Rudd-ness of this flick.
Body Count: 15