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Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers -- Ten years after his original massacre, the invalid Michael Myers awakens and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven-year-old niece on Halloween. Can Dr. Loomis stop him?


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Writers (WGA):
Dhani Lipsius (story) &
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Release Date:
21 October 1988 (USA) See more »
Ten Years Ago HE Changed The Face Of Halloween. Tonight HE'S BACK! See more »
Ten years after his original massacre, the invalid Michael Myers awakens and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven-year-old niece on Halloween. Can Dr. Loomis stop him? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Donald Pleasence ... Dr. Sam Loomis

Ellie Cornell ... Rachel Carruthers

Danielle Harris ... Jamie Lloyd
George P. Wilbur ... Michael Myers

Michael Pataki ... Dr. Hoffman
Beau Starr ... Sheriff Ben Meeker

Kathleen Kinmont ... Kelly Meeker
Sasha Jenson ... Brady
Gene Ross ... Earl
Carmen Filpi ... Rev. Jackson P. Sayer

Raymond O'Connor ... Security Guard
Jeff Olson ... Richard Carruthers
Karen Alston ... Darlene Carruthers
Nancy Borgenicht ... Woman Attendant
David Jensen ... Man Attendant
Rand Kennedy ... Trooper #1
Don Glover ... Trooper #2
Robert Conder ... Trooper #3

Richard Jewkes ... Trooper #4
Jordan Bradley ... Kyle
Richy Cumba ... Boy
Stephanie Dees ... Girl
Leslie L. Rohland ... Lindsey
M.J. McDonnell ... Dr. Hoffman's Assistant
Harlow Marks ... Power Worker
Richard Stay ... Wade
Danny Ray ... Tommy Doyle

Michael Flynn ... Deputy Pierce
Beverly Rowland ... Elderly Woman (as Beverly Booth Rowland)

George Sullivan ... Deputy Logan
Ron Harrison ... Hick Kid
Tami Sanders ... Anchorwoman
Walt Logan Field ... Unger
Michael Ruud ... Big Al
Eric Hart ... Orrin Gateway

Donré Sampson ... State Policeman (as Don Ré Sampson)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kelly Lookinland ... Dead Penney's Gas Waitress (uncredited)
Alan B. McElroy ... State Trooper at Ambulance Crash Site (uncredited)

Erik Preston ... Young Michael Myers (uncredited)

D.L. Walker ... Mental Patient (uncredited)
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Directed by
Dwight H. Little 
Writing credits
Dhani Lipsius (story) &
Larry Rattner (story) &
Benjamin Ruffner (story) and
Alan B. McElroy (story)

Alan B. McElroy (screenplay)

Produced by
Moustapha Akkad .... executive producer
Paul Freeman .... producer
M.N. Sanousi .... associate producer (as M. Sanousi)
Original Music by
Alan Howarth 
Cinematography by
Peter Lyons Collister 
Film Editing by
Curtiss Clayton 
Casting by
Paul Bengston 
David Cohn 
Art Direction by
Roger Crandall  (as Roger S. Crandall)
Set Decoration by
Nickle Lauritzen 
Costume Design by
Rosalie Wallace 
Makeup Department
Ken Horn .... makeup technician
Diane F. Memmott .... hair stylist (as Diane Memmott)
Susan Reyes .... makeup artist
Wayne Toth .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
S. Michael Formica .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerry Fleck .... second assistant director
Denis L. Stewart .... first assistant director (as Denis Stewart)
Art Department
Tom Altobello .... third props
Gary Bodily .... carpenter
Les Boothe .... lead man
Mark W. Brown .... assistant property master
Wendy K. Fischer .... lead man
Matt Golden .... production illustrator
Craig Graham .... lead man
Jeff Jones .... carpenter
Paul La Chance .... carpenter
Scott MacCaughern .... assistant props
Richard W. Meyer .... construction coordinator (as Richard Meyer)
Roy 'Bucky' Moore .... property master
Bruce Wing .... lead man
Sound Department
Barbara Barnaby .... foley editor
David Bartholomew .... assistant sound editor
Don Crosby .... sound editor
Flash Deros .... boom operator
Martin Dreffke .... sound editor
Charles Grenzbach .... sound recording mixer (as Charles 'Bud' Grenzbach)
Greg Jacobs .... adr editor
John Lawson .... stereo sound consultant: Ultra Stereo
Mark Hopkins McNabb .... sound mixer (as Mark McNabb)
Anthony Milch .... supervising sound editor (as Anthony R. Milch)
Richard D. Rogers .... sound recording mixer
John Wilkinson .... sound recording mixer (as John 'Doc' Wilkinson)
Special Effects by
John Carl Buechler .... special effects makeup designer (as John Buechler)
John Carl Buechler .... special effects makeup supervisor (as John Buechler)
Michael Deak .... on-set effects supervisor
Larry Fioritto .... special effects coordinator
John Foster .... special effects production manager
Robert Phillips .... special effects assistant (as Bob Phillips)
Patrick Simmons .... special effects technician
Tom Tallon .... special effects department
Wayne Toth .... special effects
George Zamora .... special effects assistant
Carl Ciarfalio .... stunts
Laura Dash .... stunt double: Danielle Harris
Debbie Evans .... driving stunt double: Ellie Cornell
Kent Hays .... stunts
Lane Leavitt .... stunts
Fred Lerner .... stunt coordinator
Fred Lerner .... stunts
Bob Miles .... stunts
Tom Morga .... stunts
Patricia M. Peters .... stunt double: Ellie Cornell
Fenton Quinn .... stunts (as Fenton G. Quinn)
George P. Wilbur .... stunts
Doug Coleman .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul C. Babin .... camera operator (as Paul Babin)
Alan Caso .... steadicam operator
Bryan Clifton .... dolly grip
Harry Conklin .... dolly grip
Harry Conklin .... utility grip
John Connell .... first assistant camera
Rhett E. Fernsten .... best boy (as Rhett Fernsten)
Jason Fife .... best boy
Julie Fife .... electrician
Steve John Grnya Jr. .... grip
David R. Kohn .... electrician (as David Kohn)
Chuck La Rocca .... key grip
Alan Oakes .... grip
Henning Schellerup .... electrician
Garlan Wilde .... gaffer
Sharon Wilson .... second assistant camera
Casting Department
Deedee Bradley .... casting associate
Terri Pappas .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lawane Cole .... second assistant wardrobe
Marian 'Betsy' Russell .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Carla Christina Formica .... second assistant editor
Greg Hayden .... second assistant editor
David R. Jenkins .... apprentice editor
Caroline Ross .... assistant editor
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
John Carpenter .... composer: theme "Halloween"
Transportation Department
Michael 'Crash' Anderson .... driver (as Mike Anderson)
John R. Baumer .... driver
Peter Daniels .... driver
Mickey Guinn .... driver
Tam Halling .... transportation coordinator
Chava Monjaraz .... driver
Daniel Phillips .... transportation captain
Chris Reiter .... transportation co-captain
David Shaffer .... driver
Other crew
Malek Akkad .... production assistant
Linda 'Bunky' Conklin .... script supervisor
Nour Dardari .... assistant production accountant (as M. Nour Dardari)
Tony Habeeb .... publicist
Kelly Lookinland .... production secretary (as Kelly W. Lookinland)
Mike Lookinland .... production assistant
Manuel Lozano .... caterer
Mary Lou Nelson .... assistant to executive producer
Louise Pezel .... studio teacher
Fenton Quinn .... first aid
Tessa Rodriguez .... production assistant
German Rodriquez .... caterer
Troy Rohovit .... production assistant
John Rymer .... location utility
Arlene Sibley .... location coordinator
Dorothy Sidwell .... production coordinator (as Dorothy M. Sidwell)
Jette Sorensen .... production accountant
Matt Tapia .... production assistant
Anthony Vickers .... craft service
Ronald Walkshorse .... hot set security
Clint Youngreen .... animal trainer
Oscar Zoghbi .... executive in charge of finance
Scott Robertson Price .... set production assistant (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Halloween 4" - Philippines (English title)
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88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:12 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2014) | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R13 | Norway:18 (video premiere) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG (cut) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18 (original rating)
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Did You Know?

Like the doors of the house where Laurie Strode found the bodies in Halloween (1978) , the doors and windows of Sheriff Meeker's house have locks that need keys to lock/unlock them from their insides, causing hazards to anyone needing to escape from danger if the keys are lost.See more »
Continuity: When Dr. Loomis parks his car outside of the filling station, he stops past the last gas pump. The next shot shows his car much closer and he tries to fill it up.See more »
Earl:Martians could land on Ben's doorstep and all he'd do is spit once and get himself a shotgun.See more »
Halloween ThemeSee more »


How could Michael and Dr Loomis survive the fire at the end of 'Halloween 2'?
How does Michael know about Jamie, since he's been in a coma for 10 years?
What is 'Halloween 4' about?
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29 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
One of the Best Sequels in the Series, 31 October 2003
Author: slayrrr666 ( from Los Angeles, Ca

"Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers" gets the franchise gets back on its feet after a disappointing part 3 with probably the best entry save the original.


Michael Myers breaks out of Ridgemont Psychiatric Hospital and heading off to Haddonfield, where his target now is Laurie Strode's daughter, Jaime (Danielle Harris) is now living with the Corruther's, Mom (Karen Alston), Dad (Jeff Olson) and daughter Rachel (Ellie Cornel). Jaime is plagued by nightmares of her uncle, Michael Myers, despite constant reminders that he is dead. When Myers escapes, Dr. Loomis goes out on the hunt and nearly gets fried by Myers at a rural gas station. Back in Haddonfield, Jaime is out trick-or-treating when suddenly Myers attacks, forcing Loomis and the police, led by Sheriff Meeker (Beau Starr), to intervene. They back to the sheriff's house, where his daughter Kelly, (Kathleen Kinmont) is getting it on with Rachel's boyfriend, Brady (Sasha Jenson). With Loomis out searching the neighborhood and Meeker investigating a local posse report, the rest turn the house in a fortress and prepare to defend it against Myers. He still breaks into the house and kills all but Rachel and Jaime. They escape, but Rachel is seriously hurt in the process. Loomis returns and finds Jaime running alone from Myers. They go to her school, where now Loomis is hurt by the invading Myers. Rachel returns and halts Myers momentarily and escapes with the posse. Heading out of town, Myers returns and kills the posse, and is then blown into a mineshaft by the police at the last minute. They return home, and meet with a striking case of déjà vu.

The Good News: What an ending! That was easily the highlight of this fast-paced entry. It set up the premise of part five and got the last great moment of the movie. By now, Myers had become very Jason Voorhees-esquire in that no matter what was brought to bear on him, he would still survive. The fast pace makes the movie seem much shorter than it really is, and is misleading since the action flies fast and free. This movie generates several good shocks and in fact rarely misses, something unusual in horror movies. The opportunities are varied, but this movie still gets about 80% of the shocks it set up, quite a high number considering the low number of shocks in movies today. The movie also does something only the original took pride in doing; it decided suspense could go into a horror movie and make it work. True, this one of the bloodiest entry's, but suspense, at least for me, makes a horror movie. The first dream sequence brings this point up exactly. The sequence goes for several minutes, and Myers is never seen until the last thirty seconds. Shopping for the Halloween costume is also a nice display of suspense. Harris actually turns in a believable appearance, and so does the rest of the cast. Pleasance is still the shining light in the cast, but the rest do respectable jobs for the genre. Also, the large cast allows for many killings, and the gore is nicely done. This is the bloodiest entry, except for 'H2O,' which is the goriest.

The Bad News: The stupidity of the town's people over Myers. If they didn't learn anything from the first two movies, then they should be killed. So much convincing on the part of Loomis is needed to get them to move into action that it nearly detracts from the movie. Several cast members could have thrown out for uselessness, as they just seem to wander around with giant target signs on their backs.

The Final Verdict: Almost a perfect movie. Combines a fast pace with suspense, gore, some humorous lines, and a feeling of enjoyment. Perfect for any occasion of horror movie buff.

Rated R: Graphic Violence, Brief Nudity, adult language, and some drug use

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