Although it’s a slight improvement over the last few entries in the series, “Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers” is, at best, well-directed dreck. Director Joe Chappelle knows how to frame a scene and how to build tension, and his approach to the slasher genre here is knife first: The gore effects are vivid, there are a number of memorable murder scenes and there are occasional flashes of sincere inspiration. However, an overly detailed back story involving Druids is silly and saps the movie of momentum, and there’s a lack of likable characters to root for. In his film debut, Paul Rudd (credited here as Paul Stephen Rudd) manages to exude movie star charisma even as he’s buried beneath lame dialogue and a poor co-star in Marianne Hagan.
Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)