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A Note Regarding Spoilers

The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Halloween 5 can be found here.

Michael Myers (Don Shanks) awakens from a one-year coma on Halloween 1989 and decides to again go after his eight-year old niece Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris), now aphasic (mute) and convalescing under the care of Doctor Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) in Haddonfield's Children's Hospital. Michael and Jamie now share a telepathic link to each other, so Michael's plan is to lure her out of the hospital by murdering her adopted sister Rachel Carruthers (Ellie Cornell) and going after her friend Tina Williams (Wendy Foxworth). With the help of Dr Loomis, Jamie agrees to meet Michael at the abandoned Myers house with the intent of ending his killing spree for once and for all.

Halloween 5 is the fourth movie in the Halloween storyline, following Halloween (1978), Halloween II (1981), and Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) and followed by Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), and Halloween: Resurrection (2002). (Note that Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) is not a part of the series.) Although it continues with characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill for the first two movies, the screenplay was written by Michael Jacobs, Dominique Othenin-Girard, and Shem Bitterman.

As Rachel talks with the police, Jamie wanders over to Michael's lifeless body. She takes his hand in hers but drops it when Rachel and Sheriff Meeker (Beau Starr) yell to her not to touch him. As Jamie begins to walk away from his body, Michael suddenly clutches his knife and begins to stand up. The police open fire on him, their shots sending him reeling backwards until he falls into an old mine shaft which collapses on top of him. Meeker takes Jamie and Rachel home where they are joined by Dr Loomis, who assures them that it's over and that Michael is in hell where he belongs. While Rachel rests on the couch, Darlene (Karen Alston) takes Jamie upstairs and begins to run bath water. She lays out some towels and bends over to test the water as someone looks at her through the eyes of a mask. The masked eyes move down the corridor, causing Darlene to look up and scream. Loomis hears the screams and rushes up the stairs to find Jamie standing at the top in her mask and clown suit, a pair of bloody scissors in her right hand. Loomis screams, 'No! No!' several times and raises his gun, but Meeker stops him from shooting. In the final scene, Loomis, Meeker, Rachel, and her dad (Jeff Olson) stare in horror as Jamie raises the scissors.

Two explanations have been offered. The most obvious one is that Jamie was suffering from 'hysterical mutism' brought about by the horrors she experienced in Halloween 4. A second explanation is that touching Michael's at the end of Halloween 4 resulted in a telepathic tie between the two and, because Michael is mute, so is Jamie...at least until she can break the connection enough to regain her ability to speak.

In the first movie, the year is 1963 and Michael is six when he kills his sister. When Michael returns to Haddonfield, 15 years have passed, so Michael is 21 in Halloween. Halloween 2 occurs the same night as Halloween, so Michael would still be 21. Halloween 4 occurs 10 years later, so Michael would be 31, and Halloween 5 occurs one year after Halloween 4, so Michael would now be 32.

"Romeo Romeo" performed by Rebecca Vizcarra.

His identity is not revealed until Halloween 6, but some of the guesses that viewers made after seeing Halloween 5 is that he is (1) a manifestation of Michael's own rage, (2) Death in human form, (3) Michael's twin brother, and (4) Conal Cochran, founder of Silver Shamrock (in Halloween III).

Its meaning is revealed in Halloween 6, where it is said to be a rune known as the 'thorn symbol'. It appears only briefly in Halloween 5, once near the beginning (about 7 minutes in) when Michael turns over his scarred hand to reveal the thorn symbol on his wrist, and again (about 34 minutes in) on the arm of the Man in Black. This is a clue to the viewers that Michael and the Man in Black are somehow connected (not to mention that both Michael and the Man in Black are played by Don Shanks).

It's a reference to the bumbling cops in Wes Craven's The Last House on the Left (1972).

How does the movie end?

After slashing Dr Loomis and killing a policeman, Michael goes looking for Jamie who has climbed into a laundry chute in an attempt to hide. When Michael makes a stab for her, Jamie loses her handhold and tumbles to the bottom of the chute, so Michael goes downstairs to get her. Not able to fit inside the chute, Michael repeatedly stabs at it, but Jamie manages to climb back to the top and escape into the candlelit attic where she finds the bodies of Max, Mike, and Rachel. With nowhere else to run as Michael climbs the steps into the attic, Jamie lays down in a large basket that Michael has been using for a bed. When Michael raises his knife to stab her, Jamie says, 'Uncle...boogyman' and Michael stops. Jamie asks to see his face, so Michael takes off his mask. When Jamie reaches up to touch his face, however, he becomes enraged and replaces the mask. Meanwhile, Jamie runs down the attic stairs, right into the arms of Dr Loomis, bloody but alive. Loomis grabs Jamie and uses her to taunt Michael, who slowly advances on them. Suddenly, a large metal net falls on Michael, capturing him. Loomis shoots him with four tranquilizer darts and beats him with a board until Michael is knocked out. Loomis then collapses on top of him. The scene shifts to the Haddonfield Police Department where Michael is locked and chained in a cell. Jamie is assured by the police that Michael will be placed in a maximum security facility where he will stay till he dies. 'He'll never die,' Jamie replies. She is then escorted out to a policecar waiting to take her back to the clinic. At a side door, the man in black with the steel-tipped boots can be seen entering the station. Suddenly, an explosion and several gunshots rock building. Jamie is told to stay in the car while the policeman goes inside to help. In the final scene, Jamie walks alone through the station, past the bodies of dead officers, until she reaches Michael's cell, only to discover it empty. 'No!' she screams. 'No!'

Does Tina die?

Tina is still moving after having been stabbed by Michael in the woods, leaving the question open as to her survival. But when she is carried out on the stretcher in the next scene her arm is hanging limply off the side and she is pale, motionless and expressionless. By all appearances, and by the reaction of Jamie who is in hysterics and screaming her name, Tina is most likely dead when she is carried out.

There's a picture of Sheriff Meeker in the booklet that came with the H5 DVD tin. He looks like he was shot in the midsection in the police station at the end of the movie even though this scene was never seen.

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