Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers

Halloween 4 delivers what you expect. It is the fourth movie in the Halloween franchise and the third Michael Myers film. It has Michael Myers in his mask killing people, so basically it has already been done. There is just not a lot captivating appeal for me in the movie. I do not have a lot to say about the movie. John Carpenter is not apart of this film, and it shows. The same scary, edge of your seat scenes are not there. There is minimal gore, plot, acting and script. The biggest departure is the cinematography was not done by genius Dean Cundey. It is amazing how much fear can be driven from just camera shots and music, and Halloween 4 lacks in those departments.

That being said, typically after a few movies in a series, the movie plot gets stale. Halloween 4 is not bad, but it is not that great. It is definitely not terrible and for sure there are a lot more sequels that are a hell of a lot worse. The plot was easily predictable, as expected, but there were some memorable kills scenes and well, it had Michael Myers. What else is needed? For someone who is a Halloween fan, it is a good movie in the series and is entertaining to say the least.

There were some decent kills in the movie. Starting with a Smith Grove Doctor in the ambulance who gets his skull crushed with Michael’s hand. Kelly Meeker’s (Kathleen Kinmont) death was brutal. No one liked her, she was a selfish blonde bimbo who lured Rachael’s boyfriend Brody (Sasha Jenson) away from her. Michael skewers her with a shotgun through her stomach and pins her to the door, leaving her body to hang. Brody’s death was one of the best parts of the film. The lying, cheating, insensitive boy with loose morals meets his maker at Michael’s hands. Michael squeezes his head almost till it pops and then snaps his neck.

People often criticise horror movies when they do things that seem impossible and do not explain how they do it. How is Michael able to kill after spending ten years in a coma would not his muscles be atrophied or how is he able to drive? My answer to that is why do any of these things matter? Of course the movie is over the top with over acting, inconsistencies and ridiculous unanswerable questions. Who cares! It is a slasher flick, so don’t expect the Piano. As far as inconsistencies and weakness in the plot, it is not as bad as some of the other movies in the Halloween series.

I think that Halloween 4 and Halloween 5 are movies that go together. Halloween 4 feels like a lead up to Halloween 5, which I enjoyed a lot more. Hands down the best part of the movie is Danielle Harris, who plays Jamie Lloyd. This little girl was a gem.

What can’t I say about Danielle Harris. Bottom line is this chic can act. She has developed into a great scream queen. She of course is in Halloween (2007) with Rob Zombie, playing Annie, Laurie’s best friend. I am still disappointed she did not get cast as Laurie Strode. She is appearing in the upcoming films Horror 88 (2008 ) by Joaquin F. Palma and Blood Night (2008 ) by Frank Sabatella. I know she is going to have a great career in horror.

It has been ten years since Michael Myers’ murderous rampage on the town of Haddonfield. Since then Michael has been in a coma, and he is no worry. While being transferred to another hospital Michael awakens, suddenly and learns he has a niece back in Haddonfield. He immediately rises up and destroys all the medical staff in the ambulance and sets off to find his next of kin. Of course he has been waiting for the right moment to rise up and unleash his terror. He waits patiently until when people around him let their guard down and think he can do no harm.

I am not a fan of stunt guy, George P. Wilbur, who plays Michael Myers in Halloween 4 and 5. There was not a lot of charisma with his character. The mask he wears is terrible. I just do not get the same vibe and fear from him like in the first two movies.

Jamie Lloyd, daughter of Laurie Strode, is Michael’s niece. It has been eleven months since Laurie Strode and Jamie’s father died and she has been adopted by the Carruthers family and she is living in constant fear of Michael. She lives amid the drama of her sister Rachael Carruthers (Ellie Cornell) life.

Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) is back and is convinced that after Michael escaped that he will return to Haddonfield to kill Jamie. He travels to the town and witnesses Michael’s path of destruction. Dr. Loomis, is Dr. Loomis and he always delivers a solid role. When Dr. Loomis arrives in Handdonfield he finds Rachael and Jamie and they hide out in a barred up house, which no doubt Michael gets in. Of course the chase continues and no doubt ends up with Michael being shot and obliterated.

The biggest twist to the film is the ending. Like her uncle twenty-five years earlier she puts on a clown mask and terror follows. Is it genetic? Is it a clown thing? My conclusion on the film, it is worth checking out, just don’t expect the best.



~ by exploitnation on May 21, 2008.

5 Responses to “Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers”

  1. I agree. The single best thing about this movie is that it gave Danielle Harris her break in movies. I really do feel that she is one of the best and most interesting actresses in the horror genre today. I hope that she will get the roles to prove it.

  2. man. even though i still love 4 and 5, i still give this movie a “False Advertising” award for the mask on the box cover. These films featured quite possibly the worst MM masks ever.

  3. Is it just me – or does his mask look like white face paint?!

  4. i’ve seen emo kids with better hair than MM in those films.

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  5. Pffft no! I can not do that!

    well – okay maybe.

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