For a franchise as vast as Halloween, it’s no secret there are a few duds in the bunch, and one of the most memorably bad installments is Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, which could have actually been saved if this famous directors had taken the reins. Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers is the sixth installment in the Halloween franchise, which follows the murderous activities of serial killer, Michael Myers. Released in 1995, Halloween 6 saw Michael Myers tracking down his adoptive relatives, including the infant son of his niece Jamie Lloyd.

Notoriously, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers is considered the worst Halloween movie in the franchise. It received an 8% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 10/100 on Metacritic. Unlike previous installments in the Halloween franchise, Halloween 6 was considered overwhelmingly bland and dull. Critics argued that the film was both convoluted but also lacked a solid plot. Furthermore, Halloween 6 was thought to rely on all-too-familiar slasher tactics rather than real, organic suspense and scares. Overall, this movie was overwhelmingly disliked, however, its fate might have been different if this iconic director had actually made it.

Although Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers was directed by Joe Chappelle, another director that was in the running was Quentin Tarantino, and his concept for Halloween 6 sounds a lot more interesting than what the movie actually turned out to be. After his recent success with Pulp Fiction, the director was approached about making Halloween 6, and allegedly, Tarantino’s version of Halloween 6 went like this: Michael Myers and the Man in Black leave Haddonfield together and embark on a road trip down Route 66, wherein they kill people along the way. Compared to Myers’ targeting of his estranged family members, this actually sounds pretty interesting.

Tarantino ultimately passed up the film, but his Halloween 6 idea bears a striking resemblance to another film he was pitching at the time, Natural Born Killers. The 1994 movie follows two serial killers and lovers that go on a murder spree together. Furthermore, while there are rumors that Tarantino wrote a full script for his Halloween 6 idea, the commentary from the Producer’s Cut of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers claims that that is just a myth. In the end, Tarantino’s involvement with the film was brief and unfruitful.

If Quentin Tarantino had written and directed Halloween 6, the franchise would probably be changed for the better. After Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, the franchise reverted to following Laurie Strode, as if the four movies with Jamie Lloyd as the lead never happened. Unfortunately though, this change didn’t help the franchise much, lasting only two films before the franchise was entirely rebooted in 2007. In the end, if Tarantino had taken on Halloween 6, the franchise likely wouldn’t have flopped like it did in the mid-1990s. Most likely, Halloween would have taken a new, more interesting route that could have saved it several bad sequels and remakes.

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