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Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Sam Loomis
... Rachel Carruthers
... Jamie Lloyd
... Michael Myers
... Dr. Hoffman
... Sheriff Ben Meeker
... Kelly Meeker
... Brady
... Earl
... Rev. Jackson P. Sayer
... Security Guard
... Richard Carruthers
Karen Alston ... Darlene Carruthers
Nancy Borgenicht ... Woman Attendant
David Jensen ... Man Attendant
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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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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,831,250, 23 October 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,768,757
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Trivia

It is debatable whether "Ted Hollister" was one of the youngsters pranking Sheriff Meeker and Dr. Loomis with Michael masks. Ted was killed sometime after the prank. See more »

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When Jaime is trying to escape from Michael when he grabs her by the foot, she tries to escape by grabbing the carpet and there are a lot of claw marks on the carpet, but in the next shot, some of the visual claw marks disappear. See more »

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Darlene Carruthers: We'll be at the Fallbrooks. The number's next to the phone.
Rachel Carruthers: I know, and next to that is police, hospital, fire, and probably the National Guard.
Richard Carruthers: I want you two to have fun tonight. Make sure Jamie's in bed by 9:30.
Rachel Carruthers: You're gonna be late. You don't wanna blow your promotion.
Darlene Carruthers: Don't make fun. Tonight is the difference between vacations in Bermuda, and spending another two weeks with your grandmother in Cleveland.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Halloween H20 (2017) See more »

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Halloween Theme
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A solid slasher.
17 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

It is ten years after Michael Myers escaped from the psychiatric clinic and went on the rampage and he has been in a coma ever since being burnt at the end of Halloween 2. But one of the ambulance drivers transporting him somewhere lets slip that he has a niece in Haddonfield and before you know it he's making his way back there.

Myers has become seemingly indestructable by now. He was seen emerging from a hospital as a human fireball at the end of art 2 and yet he seems to have escaped more or less unscathed. And howcome he can see anything when he was blinded in Part 2 just before being roasted alive?

However, if you overlook these points you'll find this is an entertaining and well-made film. Dr Loomis returns to Haddonfield after his ex-patient, played by Donald Pleasance at his best, and there are plenty of interesting characters and situations.

One of the better of the Halloween series, certainly much more worthwhile than the dismal Halloween 5 or most of the repetative Friday the 13th films.


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