Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
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"You can't kill the bogeyman," the children insist to a terrorized Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) in the original Halloween. How right they are. Laurie is gone, but guess who's back in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers? Acting as if the third entry never existed, this installment picks up 10 years after the original, with mad maniac Myers in a coma and moved to a new facility. But wouldn't you know it that as soon as a loose-lipped orderly lets slip that Myers has a surviving niece he springs back into action, leaving a bloody trail of corpses on the road to Haddonfield. Donald Pleasance returns as Dr. Loomis, scarred and crippled from his last encounter with Myers and seething with a fanatical zeal to stop the freak from repeating his previous rampage. Pleasance is the best thing about the film as an aging hero seemingly on the verge of madness who drags a bum leg in his manic rush to save little orphan Jamie (Danielle Harris), the 10-year-old waif terrorized by her homicidal uncle. Director Dwight Little has managed a generic if professional slasher picture, rife with improbabilities and dominated by a killer whose superhuman powers reach near-mystical dimensions, but he delivers the goods: shocks, stabs, and cold, cruel killings. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Going back to the Michael Myers character is a financial decision, of course, because Halloween 3 didn't perform very well in theaters. So they go back to the story of babysitter stalked by Michael Myers... only this time, Jamie Lloyd (Harris) is the target... some of the characters are fun, others are one-dimensional at best, and Myers now kills with the strength of three men, capable of invincible feats. Not the worse of the series, by any stretch, but not the best (that honor still goes to Carpenter's original). It features a weird mask, one that looks so bland and uninteresting it takes most of the edge and suspense off.
Special features are fewer than the DVD, so it's quite strange... commentary track, trailer, and a featurette... that's it... Anchor Bay, who once were the champions of special editions, are now some of the biggest letdowns on the market.
After the horrible Halloween III - Season of the Witch (1983), this series needed a jump-start. This is what it got. Carpenter is gone from the series but Moustapha Akkad (master of the Halloween franchise) manages to put forth a solid film. Picking up ten years after the Haddonfield incident, Halloween 4 follows "the shape", masked-maniacle killer Michael Myers, as he terrorizes his young niece, Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris). Jamie is the daugher of the now-deceased Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis). Also in the movie is Dr. Sam Loomis, again played by the wonderful Donald Pleasance. Pleasance gives his usual top-notch performance as the doctor who forsaw the horror. If you're looking for something good to watch, give Halloween 4: The Revenge of Michael Myers a chance. It is definitely one of the better sequels.
Then, we see Jamie, who is living in a foster home. After a short brawl with her sister, she goes to her bedroom, where she encounters Michael Myers in a nightmare (that really freaked me out).
Dr. Loomis, heavily burned and injured after his last encounter with Michael, shows himself as an obsessed hero, he still pursues his idea that Michael is alive and that he must kill him, although everyone thinks that Michael is dead. But then again, when you think about it, if Loomis isn't dead, who wouldn't guess that maybe Michael was still alive.
The most frighting images of the movie come in the central point. Michael is wearing several bandages on his face which give him a mysterious appearance as a looks down on his next victim,a car repair man, and murders him. Then, when Loomis comes to the deserted repair shop and starts looking around, you feel as if Michael is lurking by, ready to pounce, but that isn't what happens.
Well, I've given you a little of the movie, if you want to experience horror at it's maximum, try this one. Not Friday the 13th, Scream, or Nightmare on Elm Street can compare to this one!
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Halloween 4 erases the disappointments of Halloween 3- Season of the Witch. Halloween 4 continues the hunt for Michael Myers and more trouble is to follow between Sam Loomis and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jason Hutton
A lot better then that god awful part 3 .... Had a lot of parts that made me jump lolPublished on Jan. 16 2014 by Adam
Halloween 2 picked up right where the original Halloween left off. While it was an important film in the series, it lacked action and the ability to keep interest. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2013 by Miracle Max
"Halloween 4" was a modest hit, when it came out in theaters but it had an large cult following on video. It is well made, it has some good moments, here and there. Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2012 by L.C.L Movie Reviews.
(this is actually the third Michael Myers film i)found Halloween 4:the
Return of Michael Myers to be a better movie than the first two Michael
Myers movies. Read more
Are all you people nuts? This was a very weak film. If John Carpenter is not involved in the writing or directing then don't buy a Halloween film. Read morePublished on July 7 2004 by JEDI JOHN
If you thought the nightmare was over- you were DEAD wrong. Michael Myers is alive and well, and coming back to Haddonfield in "Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers",... Read morePublished on June 29 2004 by djbm
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