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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 on Halloween Eve and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven-year-old niece. Can Dr. Loomis stop him?

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Dwight H. Little

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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 ... 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Ten Years Ago HE Changed The Face Of Halloween. Tonight HE'S BACK! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,768,757
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The rednecks (Earl, Unger ,Al, Orrin) use the following weapons, when they're hunting Michael: Ithaca 37 Field Gun, Side by Side shotgun, Winchester Model 70, Remington 870 Wingmaster. See more »

Goofs

(at around 18 mins) The blue sedan Dr. Loomis parks at the pumps outside the gas station is different than the one that blows up minutes later in the same location during a fire. The vehicle he parks is a 1982-1983 Chevy Malibu with four headlamps and one kind of grille. The vehicle that explodes in the fire is a 1980-1981 Malibu with two headlamps and a different grille. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Meeker: Oh, yeah... I catch you gropin' my daughter, I'll use that shotgun on you. You understand?
[Brady nods]
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The scene in which Michael kills the mechanic was originally on-screen. The footage showed Michael stabbing the mechanic in the throat with the crowbar. See more »

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References A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »

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Halloween Theme
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Awsomely Scary!
1 September 2005 | by redfoxagentSee all my reviews

this was the first Halloween movie I ever saw, and I must say it was the scariest thing I ever lade eyes on. from start to finish my heart was pounding, I'd never seem anything like it before ever. this film was excellent, the first victim dying by getting a thumb through his skull was a little much, but the rest was fine. the nightmare scene is my favorite moment of the film. one of the best scenes in the whole series. if only the film wasn't about to kill the series with films after it(H5,H6). if Akkad wasn't making the sequels, maybe that ten years of crap he made with "the curse" might have been better. the only thing that made me think what the? with this film is when Micheal throws Loomis through the elementary school window. you can see that the shape has on an unaltered mask. everything else is great.

10 out of 10.


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