Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers is a 1995 American slasher film directed by Joe Chappelle and written by Daniel Farrands. The film stars Donald Pleasence in one of his final film appearances. The film also features the first starring role by Paul Rudd and Marianne Hagan. The sixth installment in the Halloween film series, it follows Dr. Sam Loomis coming out of retirement to face Michael Myers once more again. At his aid is Tommy Doyle, a returning character from the original Halloween film. Michael's niece, Jamie Lloyd, who first appeared in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, also appears in a less prominent role. The plot of the film formally introduced the "Curse of Thorn", a mystical symbol that first appeared in Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers and revealed in the film to be the source of Michael Myers's immortality and drive to kill.