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Halloween 5 (1989)

One year after the events of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), the Shape returns to Haddonfield once again in an attempt to kill his now-mute niece.

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Dominique Othenin-Girard (as Dominique Otherin-Girard)

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John Carpenter (characters), Debra Hill (characters) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Pleasence ... Loomis
Danielle Harris ... Jamie
Ellie Cornell ... Rachel
Beau Starr ... Sheriff Ben Meeker
Jeffrey Landman Jeffrey Landman ... Billy Hill
Tamara Glynn ... Samantha Thomas
Jonathan Chapin ... Mikey
Matthew Walker ... Spitz
Wendy Foxworth ... Tina Williams (as Wendy Kaplan)
Betty Carvalho Betty Carvalho ... Nurse Patsey
Troy Evans ... Deputy Charlie
Frankie Como Frankie Como ... Deputy Nick Ross (as Frank Como)
David Ursin ... Deputy Tom Farrah
Harper Roisman Harper Roisman ... Mountain Man
Karen Alston Karen Alston ... Darlene Carruthers
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Storyline

It's one year later after the events of Halloween 4. Michael survives the shootings and on October 31st he returns with a vengeance. Lurking and stalking, Jamie, Rachel, and Rachel's friends, Michael forms a plan to lure Jamie out of the children's hospital where events lead up to the confrontation at the Myers house. Halloween 5 is a dark, thrill ride that will scare the heck out of you! Written by anonymous

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He's Back With A Vengeance See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Halloween 5: Michael Myers' Revenge See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,332,000, 15 October 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,642,254
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first Halloween film to go directly to VHS in Australia. It also took almost two years from its initial US release to be released in that country. See more »

Goofs

(at around 36 mins) Outside the Quick Food Mart where Spitz works, Mikey, who is wearing round sunglasses, is polishing his black Camero. Tina attempts to surprise him by putting a mask over his head. Annoyed, he pulls the mask off and tosses it into the back seat of his car; he is still wearing his sunglasses. There is a jump cut to a POV on the opposite side of the car. Mikey is no longer wearing his sunglasses. As he sits down into the driver's seat he grabs his sunglasses from the backseat near where he tossed the mask and places them on the dashboard of his car. See more »

Quotes

Loomis: You've got to help me, Jamie. You've got to help me find him. We both know he's alive. But you know where he is! Why? Why are you protecting him? What about your stepmother, Jamie? You love her, don't you? He made you stab her. You can't hide from him. He'll always get to you. Jamie, Jamie, you listen. Today in the cemetery somebody dug up a coffin. It was the coffin of a nine-year-old girl. What do you think he is going to do with that? Huh? You're nine years old, are you, Jamie?
Nurse Patsey: Dr. Loomis! ...
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Follows Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Second Time Around
Written by Thomas Guzman-Sanchez (as Thomas) and Paul Guzman-Sanchez (as Paul Guzman Sanchez)
Performed by Rhythm Tribe (as The Rhythm Tribe)
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Dumb, Duh-Duh Dumb
27 December 2012 | by piratecannonSee all my reviews

Halloween 5 takes place one year after its immediate predecessor. We're told in the opening moments that Michael Myers (somehow) survived the onslaught of gunfire that was unleashed upon him by Illinois state troopers at the conclusion of Halloween 4 by crawling out of a sewer drain, floating down a river, and taking shelter in a homeless man's secluded makeshift shanty. Inexplicably, Michael co-exists with this individual for—again—an entire year without incident. Without warning, Michael decides to "off" his caretaker without warning so as to pursue his original plan of finally putting an end to the Myers family name with the murder of his niece, Jamie.

I have a few questions about this.

First, why was it necessary that the movie take place on year later? Wouldn't it have been more feasible (a relative term given the circumstances to be sure) to have Michael lay unconscious for several days before coming to and continuing his reign of terror? Logistically, having him exist in some sort of comatose state for a full calendar year without food, water, or any kind of nutrition seems like an unnecessary stretch; on the flip side, if he were conscious during that time, why would he wait so long to dispatch of this poor sap who would naturally serve as little more than "creative kill fodder" for the imposing slasher? Any way you slice it (pun intended) it just doesn't make any sense.

Given the ridiculousness of how movies of this type play out, I'll concede that such a complaint could be viewed as a moot point. I only dwell on it here because it serves as the perfect example of just the sort of moronic plot developments that plague the fifth outing of the now dwindling franchise.

Jamie, having been placed in a juvenile sanitarium for the attempted murder of her foster mother, now has some kind of magical ESP connection with her mask-wearing uncle. It's explained that Michael is actually the one who forced Jamie to brutally stab her mother with a pair of scissors at the conclusion of the fourth film. In fact, any time Michael is about to do what he does best, she wigs out, and the omniscient (and omnipotent) Dr. Loomis swoops in to decipher her writhing and what it means about Michael's next move. Thrown into the mix is some sort of mystic cowboy, clad in all black, who dons the same Druid-ish tattoo as Michael. The guy roams around Haddonfield, keeping tabs on the now grown up boy wonder, never doing anything of particular note (well, that's not entirely true—he does implement a breakout of Michael from the county jail after the perennial sociopath is finally subdued, but this is confusing, odd, and does nothing to advance the story within the framework of the movie). All of this, I suppose, is designed to serve as a lead-in to the sixth film.

If you're scratching your head, rolling your eyes, or doing both at the same time, you're not alone. As things progressed, I found myself increasingly frustrated at the missed opportunities of Halloween 5, as the aftermath of the fourth film's conclusion suggested an interesting new direction for the series that is never made tangible. Instead we're forced to endure a stale entry that's full of logical inconsistencies.

All of that said, this entry is still superior to Halloween 3, and methinks that's worth at least an extra half star.


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