Six years after Michael Myers last terrorized Haddonfield, he returns there in pursuit of his niece, Jamie Lloyd, who has escaped with her newborn child, for which Michael and a mysterious cult have sinister plans.
Three years after he last terrorized his sister, Michael Myers confronts her again, before traveling to Haddonfield to deal with the cast and crew of a reality show which is being broadcast from his old home.
It's October 30, 1988 and Michael Myers has been in a coma since his pursuit of Laurie Strode, 10 years ago, was finally stopped (events of H1 and H2). However when he is transfered from Richmond Mental Institute to Smith's Grove he awakes when he hears that he has a niece in Haddonfield and after killing the transfer crew he escapes. In Haddonfield, the niece, Jamie, has been adopted by the Carruthers family but keeps having nightmares about Michael (but she doesn't know who he is). On Halloween night, Jamie goes out trick and treating, little knowing that her murdering Uncle is following her and her step-sister Rachel. Rushing to her aid is Dr. Loomis and with the help of Sheriff Meeker starts to search the town for Michael and to find Jamie to protect her. But can anything stop Michael this time? Written by
Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>
During production of the rooftop chase, Ellie Cornell was injured by a protruding nail as she slid down the roof. After a quick trip to the local hospital she finished the scene with her bandages in place. According to Danielle Harris, "It didn't even faze her." See more »
(44 minutes into the movie) When Rachel is looking for Jaime and sees Michael Myers, Michael seems to be ahead of her. But when Rachel sees him, she seems to be running toward him and not the opposite direction that Michael is in. Why would anyone want to be running in the direction that a killer is in? See more »
After the failure of 'Halloween III: Season of the Witch' it appeared that the series was dead and buried...or was it? Had the film been a hit we would more than likely have seen more standalone sequels follow, which personally I would have liked since I adore III and feel it's one of the most underrated horror films ever. But instead what happened was that executive producer Moustapha Akkad got the rights in the late 80s from Debra Hill and John Carpenter, both of which had lost interest in the series, and we got a "return" of everyone's favorite Boogey Man. Smart move? You bet it was!
Pros: A spooky opening credits sequence that really captures the spirit of the season. Great performances from everyone, especially the always reliable Donald Pleasence. The idea of Myers stalking a young girl may offend some, but it really pumps up the tension. Excellent direction by Dwight Little who is really good at creating mood and suspense. For the first time Alan Howarth does a 'Halloween' score without John Carpenter and does a bang up job. Some really chilling moments. A few powerful set pieces. Some inventive, brutal kills. Moves at a breakneck pace. A jaw-dropping cliffhanger.
Cons: You really gotta suspend your disbelief when it comes to some of the kills and things like how Michael got off the roof so fast and more.
Final thoughts: In a decade filled up with 100s of slasher flicks and sequels, 'Halloween 4' easily could have been just another entertaining, but forgettable stalk-n-slash flick. Fortunately for us it, like the first film, was a labor of love and as a result it's a cut above the rest. Too bad 5 didn't build on what happens at the end of this film because that would have been quite exciting and fresh. Oh well, doesn't tarnish this film a bit in my book.
My rating: 5/5
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