Halloween 6: A Game between two Doctors

In Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995), why did Dr. Wynn choose Dr. Loomis as the man to replace him as Michael Myers’ guardian and leader of the cult of Thorn? I’ve watched both the Theatrical Version and Producer’s Cut of the film, but it doesn’t make much sense to me. Part of this has to do with Dr. Loomis’ age. He is obviously much older than Wynn.

In both cuts of the film, Wynn is on the verge of retiring from his position at Smiths Grove Sanitarium. He meets with Loomis, who has already retired from the medical profession, to ask him to come back. Why would Wynn do that? Why choose to be succeeded by a man who retired years ago just as you yourself are going to retire?

During their conversations, Wynn says that Loomis was the first to recognize Michael’s evil and that it’s Loomis’ destiny to take over from Wynn. Why didn’t Wynn approach Loomis about this before? As Loomis himself asks in Wynn’s office, “Why now?” Dr. Wynn never answers that question directly. He instead mentions that the times we live in demand order and that it’s time for another leader for the cult.

The scene in Dr. Wynn’s office makes little sense in the Theatrical version and the Producer’s Cut. In the Theatrical version, Dr. Wynn, dressed in a suit and tie (his Man in Black costume hangs in the background), wants Loomis to join him because they are “at the dawn of a new age.” Loomis is clobbered over the head. As Wynn exits the office, he states that Loomis should be left there on the floor to think about his proposal. However, it’s not clear what Loomis stands to gain from joining Wynn or what his role is supposed to be.

In the Producer’s Cut, Wynn sits at his desk wearing a dark cape and black clothing. He informs Loomis that the leadership of the cult will be passed onto him. Loomis is hit over the head. As Wynn exits the office, he remarks that the office now belongs to Loomis. Was that scene Loomis’ initiation ceremony into the cult? Wynn seemed very confident that Loomis wasn’t seriously hurt, would regain consciousness and simply accept his “destiny.”

As seen in both variations of the office scene, Wynn has a hell of a way to treat the guy who he wants to join or replace him. Hitting an elderly man over the head and letting him fall to the ground can’t be good for his physical well-being. How long does Wynn think that Loomis will be around for? Loomis already walks with a cane and his voice is often barely more than a whisper. Not to mention Loomis suffered a massive stroke at the end of Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989). Also, if Loomis joined the cult would he be required to wear the Man in Black costume (complete with cowboy boots)? What’s in it for Wynn if Loomis joins or takes over, how does it benefit him?

Within the Theatrical version, Wynn steps back and watches as Michael slaughters the surgeons. That’s the last we see of him –Wynn’s fate is unknown. In the Producer’s Cut, he magically passes the curse of Thorn onto Loomis (why didn’t Wynn do this in his office?). As the film ends, Wynn is laid out on the floor wearing Michael’s coveralls, laughing in a sinister manner.

There is quiet manipulation at work in the outcomes of these two versions of Halloween 6. In both cuts, Michael escapes. He is the silent manipulator. During the conclusion of the Theatrical version, Loomis reenters Smiths Grove and it is implied that something happened to him. We see Michael’s mask on the floor alongside one of the syringes used to attack him, but Michael himself is gone. At the end of the Producer’s Cut, Wynn is unmasked and takes a moment to conclude that Michael has left.

The relationship between Wynn, Loomis and Michael is referred to as a game. In both cuts of the film, Loomis states that, “It’s his game and I know where he wants to play it.” Loomis doesn’t state whose game he thinks it is. However, since Loomis goes directly to Wynn’s office at Smiths Grove, it’s safe to say that he was referring to Wynn. Was Halloween 6 a game between the two doctors – Loomis and Wynn? Was Michael a mere pawn in this game? Did Michael seek to end this game? In contrast to the other sequels in the franchise, Halloween 6 lacked a direct showdown between Michael and Loomis. It seems that Halloween 6 was concerned with the showdown between Loomis and Wynn. What is clear is that Michael escaped the game. He’s gone at the end of both versions of Halloween 6.

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  1. kannibaliztik says:

    Good points which ive wondered myself, but I think we can chalk this one up to , bad direction and an almost as bad plot point that goes nowhere.

  2. knowbody says:

    Thank you for your comment! I think Halloween 6 tried to do too much in one film. It attempted to answer the secrets of Michael Myers, explain the Man in Black, tie all the sequels together. In doing all of that, it forgot that it needed to tell a story and answer the questions within itself.

  3. krummy says:

    For all of it’s flaws, I still enjoy Halloween 6…particularly the producer’s cut. It can be frustrating trying to gain definitive answers about what happens in this film but I don’t need that kind of closure to appreciate it. Maybe the film did try to do too much and maybe trying to present an origin of Michael Myers was a bad idea all together, but I think it’s a fun horror movie to watch. In my mind, it is the final Halloween and the ending leaves us in a fog of uncertainty…all we truly know is that the evil lives on and Michael Myers is still among us somewhere, quietly existing in the shadows until he chooses to kill again.

  4. knowbody says:

    no doubt. I like Halloween 6. The uncertainties in its story and the behind the scenes drama lend the film a mysterious vibe. It’s one of my favorite sequels (right after Halloween 4). H6 is one of those films that can be endlessly discussed. Plus, as you’ve stated, Michael Myers is silently out there still. He wasn’t presumed dead at the end of this one or broken out of jail lol.

  5. gow75 says:

    first off you pay attention to the dialogue Wynn states that loomis was the first to recognize its power. this why he chose him.

  6. Rob Zombie's remakes of Halloween were ok. Not even close to classic though. I also think what everyone is failing to recognize is he abandoned the original's film's music which was a huge part of the franchise's success and scariness IMO. Yes it's a remake and his own take on it but in no way do you not include the iconic music that made Halloween the horror classic it is today. That tune alone gives people the creeps. Especially when used properly in scene sequences. I also didn't like the backstory of Michael as an abused little boy as the reason to why he grows up to be a psychotic killer. Rob Zombie could've elaborated more on the original version's Samhain theory and how Michael became possessed and cursed with pure evil at the age of 6? Also why was he chosen to become the personification of death? Malcolm McDonald was nowhere near the Dr. Loomis Donald Pleasance was and I knew beforehand it was going to be impossible to replace him. Donald Pleasance gave a very creepy vibe to the Dr. Loomis character and Halloween franchise with his eyes and the way he said Michael's name. It was as if he kept you intrigued to want to know more about the kind of evil he knew possessed Michael. It would've been interesting if it was revealed that Michael had a mental illness like Schizophrenia that he was dealing with since childhood. Where he was hearing demonic voices telling him to kill his family and anybody who got in his way. The devil lives in people with those disorders because they don't have the power to control their thoughts and/or hallucinations. So Rob Zombie could have used that as the reason for Michael's insanity which would have made him worse over time due to his rejection of medical treatment and refusal to communicate with Dr. Loomis in therapy at Smithgrove Sanitarium which ultimately leads to his escape. Just an idea and something I personally would've liked Rob Zombi to incorporate into the remake.

    [Editor: I also disliked that Myers was a garden-variety (and gigantic) psychopath in the Rob Zombie films. There was no mystery to him. Had Rob’s films explored Michael’s mind more they would have been more effective. However I disagree that the “devil lives in people with those disorders.”
    The devil/evil/violence, etc. dwells in any of us. That’s why evil is a fascinating subject and that’s why people like Hitler, for example, are still studied endlessly to this day. Even so, if you listen closely to the scene in Rob’s H1 where Malcolm McDowell is in the principal’s office with Michael’s mom, you’ll hear Malcolm mention schizophrenia in the background.
    I agree with you that Pleasence’s Dr. Loomis actually added to Michael’s character. Pleasence, in describing Myers, was very convincing in speaking on behalf of a character like Myers who doesn’t speak with words. Thank you for your insightful comment!]

  7. Jennifer Mueller says:

    Wynn is a dangerous fella!

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