Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

Year: 1988

Director: Dwight H. Little

Written by: Alan B. McElroy

Threat: Psychopath

Weapon of Choice: Shotgun (You'll know when you see it)

IMDb page: IMDb link

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Rish Outfield's reviews
Ten years after the original, this film reintroduces the threat of the Shape on Haddonfield, Il., explaining away Jamie Lee Curtis' absence in a fairly satisfying way. This time, Michael Myers wants his niece, and is unstoppable as usual. Young Danielle Harris does a wholly believable job running, screaming, and crying, and Donald Pleasence is great as usual, limping, hobbling, and orating about Michael like a deranged Shakespearean Televangelist. The rest of the cast isn't much to speak of, and the subplots are strictly paint-by-numbers, but no one pays to see these things. An interesting change here is that the police generally believe Dr. Loomis about the Myers threat, though they are no help in the long run. There are many standard horror cliches here, but the scares are genuine and the ending is quite a shocker. In some ways, this was a better anniversary film than was "Halloween: H20," as it proves a faithful follow-up to the original, yet goes in a decidedly new direction.
Best Scare: Michael's hand shoots out from under a bed, grabbing a would-be victim's ankle.
I'd Recommend It To: Fans of the first film, mostly.

The tyranist's thoughts
To pick the series back up after a totally unrelated film is challenging. They did a fantastic job. I believe that the Jamie character is what sold the movie. She was fantastic. I really didn't care for any of the other characters, but she was great. OK . . . I liked Dr. Loomis. Michael and Jamie are what made this episode, though. Not as good as the original, but better than the rest of the series.

Sequel skull
Owes everything to/rips off earlier film
Sequel setup skull
Bad title
Bad premise
Bad acting skull
Bad dialogue skull
MTV Editing
Girl unnecessarily gets naked
Wanton sex skull
Death associated with sex
Characters forget about threat
Secluded location
Power is cut skull
Phone lines are cut skull
Someone investigates a strange noise skull
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door skull
Camera is the killer skull
Victims cower in front of a window/door
Toilet stall scene
Victim locks self in with killer skull
Killer is in car with victim skull
Cat jumps out
Fake scare skull
Laughable scare
Blood hits camera
Killer doesn't stay dead skull
Stupid discovery of corpse skull
Dream sequence skull
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls skull
No one believes only witness
Blood fountain
Poor death effect
Excessive gore skull
Music detracts from scene
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie
Future celebrity appears
No one dies at all
Death in first five minutes skull
Virgin survives skull
Geek/Nerd survives
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes
Unresolved subplots skull
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending
What the hell?

Total Skulls: 21

Other movies in this series:
Halloween II
Halloween III: Season of the Witch
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
Halloween: Resurrection