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

Director:

Dwight H. Little

Writers:

Dhani Lipsius (story), Larry Rattner (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Jeff Olson ... Richard Carruthers
Karen Alston Karen Alston ... Darlene Carruthers
Nancy Borgenicht Nancy Borgenicht ... Woman Attendant
David Jensen David Jensen ... Man Attendant
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Storyline

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>

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Ten years ago, on the night of October 31st, a small Midwestern town fell victim to an escaped killer. Under the cover of darkness, he carried out the most horrifying mass murder on record. Sixteen people, in cold blood! Ever since that night, no one has forgotten his name... and Halloween has never been the same. Now, Michael Myers has come home. He has returned for one more night of unholy TERROR! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

A scene was filmed to bridge the story with Halloween II (1981). It was a flashback to the finale of part II, with a scene where Loomis is being tended to by paramedics when he sees the burning body of The Shape. Loomis exclaims to the EMS technicians to "Let Him Burn!" but they douse the flaming body of Myers despite his pleas. This moment was added to Halloween Kills (2021) with Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) saying the line after she sets her house on fire with Michael trapped at the end of Halloween (2018). See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 1 min) When Rachel throws the cup of coffee at Kelly, we hear Rachel say "Have some coffee!" but her mouth clearly says something different. See more »

Quotes

[after all the cops at the station are slaughtered]
Sheriff Meeker: How could a man do this, Loomis? Tell me.
Dr. Loomis: This isn't a man.
Sheriff Meeker: What is he? Tell me! What the hell are we dealing with?
Dr. Loomis: Evil.
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Alternate Versions

The German version of this not-so violent film was cut during the gore scenes to get a 16 rating. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Shall We Gather at the River?
(uncredited)
Written by Robert Lowry and Charles Ives
Sung by Carmen Filpi
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what a return it is
29 June 2001 | by MichaelM24See all my reviews

After a seven year absence from the screen, Michael Myers returns. Set ten years after the first two films (#2 was filmed in 1981, but set immediately after #1 in 1978), THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS opens with the infamous killer being transfered between psyhiciatric hospitals. Naturally, he escapes, and, tipped off that he has a niece (daugther of the now-deceased Jamie Lee Curtis character) living in Haddonfield, sets out to find her. Hot on his trail, as always, is Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence). After some were turned off by the more-gruesome deaths in HALLOWEEN 2, this film is more in-line with the original, relying more heavily on suspense and honest scares than blood and gore. For a nine-year-old, Harris delivers a good performance, and Donald Pleasence (as usual) is also good, with a performance that lets you know this is a been-there-don't-want-to-go-through-that-again character. Director Dwight H. Little brings a sense of atmosphere to the film and creates a number of suspenseful scenes. Thankfully, the make-shirt mob of gun-toting beer-guzzlers isn't as bad as it could have been. HALLOWEEN 4 is one of the best of the series.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Halloween 4 See more »

Filming Locations:

Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,831,250, 23 October 1988

Gross USA:

$17,768,757

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,768,757
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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