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Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) Poster

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Danielle Harris sold the clown costume to a fan.
Dwight H. Little did extensive research on the history of Halloween and many of its harvest images were put in the creepy opening sequence.
The girl Lindsey who drove Rachel and Jamie to the discount mart was going to be revealed as Lindsey Wallace from Halloween (1978) and have a larger part in the film as Rachel's friend and helping her babysit Jamie, but that was cut for budget reasons.
Alan B. McElroy wrote the script in 11 days and beat the writer's strike by mere hours.
Jamie's name was Brittany in the original script but was changed in homage to Jamie Lee Curtis.
Leaves had to be imported and squash was painted to look like pumpkins.
In the original script the opening shot was of a long hospital corridor suddenly blowing up and throwing Loomis from the explosion, in a reference to the end of Halloween II (1981). In order to show how Loomis survived. it was later decided the film should not have any connections to the predecessors and the explosive opening was never shot.
Gaffer Garlan Wilde was seriously injured during the filming of the Michael and Brady confrontation. He was putting up a light, fell and cut his wrists; he was quickly rushed to the hospital.
The ambulance that transports Michael Myers was a prison bus in an earlier draft of the script.
The drugstore set was also used in Stephen King's The Stand (1994) .
In the schoolhouse, Michael's mask appears to have long, blonde hair. This is because the mask is a second type of mask made for the film and intended to use it, however the mask with darker hair was chosen but during re-shoots, the blonde mask was used and seen in multiple parts of the film, although the school scene is the only replacement mask.
In late 1986 The Cannon Group (producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus) contracted producer Debra Hill and director John Carpenter to work on a screenplay for a new Halloween film to be titled "Halloween IV", as they were interested in optioning the rights, much like Cannon had for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986). Cannon did not like the treatment that Carpenter and Hill turned in and ultimately decided not to produce the film. Shortly afterwards Carpenter and Hill sold all their remaining interest in the "Halloween" series to producer Moustapha Akkad, who promptly developed this film with a completely new script, fashioned around the slasher film boom of the 1980s.
Body count: 19 (including the dog).
Originally, when Jamie and Loomis were trapped in the school, Jamie hid in a classroom under a desk. Michael entered searching for her, throwing the desks over. Although due to time constraints this sequence was not shot for this film, it was remembered by producer Moustapha Akkad and later re-used in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998).
George P. Wilbur wore hockey pads under the jumpsuit to give Michael Myers a much more imposing figure. This is revealed in the documentary Inside 'Halloween 5' (2000), where it is revealed that Don Shanks, who played Michael Myers in Halloween 5 (1989), was big enough that this was not required.
After viewing a rough edit it was decided that the movie was too soft, so the producers brought in special effects expert John Carl Buechler for one day of extra "blood" filming. The thumb in the forehead and the redneck's head getting twisted were both done by him.
Series creator John Carpenter wrote a treatment for this film that had a more ghostly psychological approach to the Michael Myers mythos. It concerned the town of Haddonfield and what effect the events of the first two films had on its citizens. This concept was later rejected by the producers in favor of the typical slasher fare, at which point Carpernter bailed out of the film, making this the first in the series to have no participation from him.
So Danielle Harris wouldn't be scared, George P. Wilbur would occasionally take off his mask to remind her it was all pretend.
Melissa Joan Hart auditioned for the role of Jamie.
The shoot lasted about 41 days and Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harris were required to be on set for 36 of those days.
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."
The Vincent Drug Store that Jamie goes to buy a costume from is seen five years later in The Sandlot (1993) when Smalls is on his way to the "Sandlot" for the first time.
In Jamie's introduction, she's sitting in the living room staring outside at the ambulance. Later, it shows the ambulance has disappeared. In the script, Jamie was staring outside at the rain, and the ambulance appeared after she had turned away. This was changed in editing for unknown reasons.
Dwight H. Little had to feed Carmen Filpi all of his lines because he had trouble remembering them.
Mike Lookinland ("Bobby Brady" of The Brady Bunch (1969)) was a production assistant. His wife, Kelly Lookinland, played the dead waitress.
(at around 24 mins) The girl who drove Rachel and Jamie to the costume store was named Lindsey and is approximately 17 years old. In Halloween (1978), Annie babysat someone named Lindsey.
(at around 1h 13 mins) A construction paper cutout of Michael Myers can be seen on a door on the second floor of the school just as Jamie and Dr. Loomis climb the stairs.
Film debut of Danielle Harris.
The mask on the movie poster looks nothing like the mask used in the actual film. The mask on the poster looks just like the mask from the first film.
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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.
Ellie Cornell kept the jean jacket.
Two scenes in the script but never filmed were to show Michael following Rachel, Jamie and Lindsey to the Discount Mart like he did in Halloween (1978) and Rachel getting ice cream with Jamie as they talk about her getting adopted by her parents.
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Due to budgetary reasons, this was the first Halloween film to be shot in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio.
Michael obtains a new set of overalls from a gas station named 'Penneys' on the way to Haddonfield. In the first two films, Michael wears a set of spruce green colored Big Mac overalls purchased from JC Penney.
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At the bottom of the stairs where the TV is in Meeker's home a pair of plastic hands are visible. This is possibly a direct reference to the silver hands seen in mother's bedroom in Psycho (1960).
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Dr. Loomis drive's a 1979 Chevrolet Malibu.
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Earl's (Gene Ross) truck is a 1971 Ford F-100.
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This movie and part 5 are the only two in the series in which Myers stalks a child.
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The film takes place on October 31, 1988.
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Rebecca Schaeffer auditioned for the role of Rachel.
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Don Shanks was also injured when he was filming the scene where the shape crashes Mike's Camaro into the tree, Dominique Othenin-Girard forgot to yell "Cut!" And fire was beginning to emerge from the car (Shanks puts this down to Othenin-Girard being sidetracked by seeing stunts take place during his first major directing job) finally stunt coordinator Don Hunt told Othenin-Girard to yell "Cut!".
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Not considered canon (Didn't actually happen) in the Halloween film series along with Halloween 5 (1989) and Halloween 6 (1995).
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Alan B. McElroy: (at around 16 mins) state trooper at the ambulance crash site.

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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The original ending had Rachel go upstairs to take a shower and replace the dirty, blood-stained clothes she was wearing only to have Jamie sneak up behind her and stab her to death. This scene was later changed to Darlene Caruthers but this scene was remembered for Halloween 5 (1989) and was used for Rachel's death scene.
In the original script, Rachel hit Michael with the truck five times. While shooting they reduced it to three and in editing it came out as one.
When Rachel is talking to deputy Logan about when they can go home, you can very briefly see a glimpse of Michael looking at them in the background.
George P. Wilbur (Michael Myers) has said in an interview that his favorite kill in the movie is when he kills Kelly Meeker (Kathleen Kinmont) by pinning her to wall with the shotgun.
In the original script, Sheriff Meeker was killed in a battle with Michael in the basement where the furnace was knocked over and caused the house to catch on fire. Originally, the house was supposed to be up in flames during the infamous rooftop sequence. This was eliminated due to budgetary constraints and Sheriff Meeker was kept alive.
Jamie's dog Sundae is the third dog to die in the series.
George P. Wilbur is the second tallest actor to play Michael Myers at 6'2½.
The handgun Dr. Loomis uses in this is a Smith & Wesson 639 with pearl grips.
at around 1h 21 mins) Near the end of the film, Michael Myers is gunned down by a firing squad of State police officers; lead by Sheriff Meeker (Beau Starr). His weapon of choice is a military/law enforcement combat shotgun. The SPAS-12 (Special Purpose Automatic Shotgun) is a semi-automatic shotgun that fires12 gauge; 2 3/4inch shells. It is the same type of shotgun, The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) used during the massacre at the police station in the original Terminator movie.
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