Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

Year: 1989

Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard

Written by: Michael Jacobs

Threat: Psychopath

Weapon of Choice: Knife

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       Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

Rish Outfield's reviews
Well, horror sequels can do one of two things: they can repeat and imitate their predecessors, or they can try to go in a new direction. "Halloween 4" successfully repeated the feel of the first installment, and this one tries to go the other way. Unfortunately, it is not nearly as successful. This film introduces all sorts of new elements: a psychic link between Myers and his niece, a shady underground organization that has something to do with a triangular symbol, a Man in Black, and, worst of all, a hint that there may be a glimmer of good in Michael Myers. Boy, who's idea was that? In the same film that Dr. Loomis (much older, much less interesting, and a little crazier in this one) says, "Hell wouldn't take Michael," he's saying, "There's still good in you, isn't there?" Now, Darth Vader I can understand, but The SHAPE?? Danielle Harris is back as Jamie, but all I liked about her in the last film is gone in this one. She just cries and yelps and whimpers and screams, until there's no one left we care about. The ending was completely anti-climactic, with more unresolved questions than the SAT. The filmmakers really lost sight of what worked in this series, producing an unsatisfying, scare-less, and boring movie that could only look good next to Episode 6. And one more thing--what was up with that Looney Toon music??
Best Scare: A girl kisses Michael, thinking he is her boyfriend.
Who I'd Recommend It To: Only to those who wanted to say they had seen all the "Halloweens."

The tyranist's thoughts
You know, it is really hard to truly hate any of the other Halloween movies after seeing 6. This one was bad, though. It was only a step above 6 and in some ways is incomplete without it. Everything that starts in 5 ends in 6 so if you are going to see one, see them both. It is, however, my recommendation that unless you are a Halloween completist that you don't see either of them. Danielle Harris's lovable Jamie character is gone from 5. She looks older and the whole no speech plot device just doesn't work. Can anyone explain to me why Rachel died in the first part of the movie and Tina was instantly Jamie's pseudo-sister? It makes no sense. All Tina did in 4 was give Rachel and Jamie a ride. Suddenly in five Tina matters more to Jamie than Rachel? There was just too much in this that didn't work. To top it off, I didn't even think that I saw Michael standing outside my bedroom window like I usually do.

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

Total Skulls: 21

Other movies in this series:
Halloween II
Halloween III: Season of the Witch
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
Halloween: Resurrection