Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
Movie InfoA decade after the first Halloween film, the killer Michael Myers returns just in time for the series' fourth outing. This time, he's returning to his home town to murder his niece (Danielle Harris).
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Critic Reviews for Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
Fourth entry in the Halloween horror series is a no-frills, workmanlike picture.
It seems the latest stage in some curious evolutionary pattern; the slasher species keeps proliferating and getting weaker at the same time.
H4 is very much the cheap knockoff of its prototype, but not half as visceral.
Of all the Halloween sequels, including the irrelevant and unwatchable Halloween III, Halloween 4 stands out as the best of a generally uninspired lot.
While it's definitely not the best of the series, it's an entertaining slasher film...
Feels more like an obligatory teen slasher than the previous films...but gets the job done.
Though it is a slasher movie at all points, it's an atypically intelligent example of the form...a quantum leap better than its two immediate predecessors.
Although this is just more of the same old same, Halloween 4 is directed with some skill by B-movie specialist Dwight H. Little.
One of the best chapters of the series...really novel
While Part 4 is better than Part 3, it is still worse than, say, being bitten in the retina by fire ants.
...[Donald Pleasance's Dr. Loomis] doesn't once refer to Myers as "pure evil," though he does call him "evil on two legs" which is almost as good...
And in the faint praise department: "Halloween 4" is just a little bit better than most of the sequels that followed.
Audience Reviews for Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
Call me crazy, but I was indeed pleased with Halloween 4. Only once in a blue moon do we get a decent slasher sequel, let alone a decent slasher, and with only one returning actor-Donald Pleasence as Sam Loomis-it's hard to expect very much. What makes this entry so engaging is that it possesses several redeeming qualities of which Halloween II was devoid. Suspense is a huge one, structured by none other than what made the originating film so groundbreaking and memorable: a handheld camera, John Carpenter's spooky theme music, and the employment of voyeurism all create a particularly eerie atmosphere. The film makes room, especially near its well executed twist ending, for slashing, but it's not nearly as mindlessly prolonged as in its predecessor.More
Now this is more like it. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers feels much more like a sequel to me than Halloween II does. It's also made much better than that film was, too. Let's take a look at the positives. You have Donald Pleasance returning to his career-defining role, a great young actress in Danielle Harris, a great cinematographer/writer/director team behind the scenes, and best of all, you have John Carpenter's and Debra Hill's non-involvement. It's great that they started everything but their ideas about what to do with the series weren't very good, and I'm happy that they handed the reins over to Moustapha Akkad. This is a great sequel in a horror franchise where few good films can be found. My only gripes are the almost sex scene (not necessary), the extraneous boyfriend character and Michael himself. He's not as impressive as he is in the original, but I doubt anyone can ever recreate or better that performance. I'm nit-picking here obviously, and I'm also blabbering on, but I really enjoy Part 4 as it is, to me at least, the best sequel of the series.More
After the absence of Michael Myers in part three, the filmmakers decided to bring him back with a vengeance. In what is the best sequel along with Part 2 and H20, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers is a fine return of our favorite boogeyman. A very chilling film, Halloween 4 delivers terrific jolts that will delight fans that were disappointed in Season of the Witch. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers is definitely a sequel that lives up to the second film in the series. I thought that this film was very well done. The film manages to bring effective scares and delivers what Halloween fans want in a Halloween film. This film is one atmospheric horror film, and in has touches that have made the first one so effectively creepy. A Sequel that's pretty impressive, it offers new scares and screams for Halloween fans. The Return of Michael Myers erases the slate clean of the stain that was Season of the Witch. This is film is downright Creepy and is full of suspense, it will delight Halloween fans that were disappointed with part 3. There are plenty of effective jolts, scares and decent performances to keep the die-hard fans happy. This one of the best sequels of the series and it delivers something scary, effective and thrilling. With the return of Michael, you definitely get a film that brings on what you'd expect from a good Halloween sequel. The Return of Michael Myers is far superior to Season of the Witch. Welcome back, Michael.More
Dr. Samuel Loomis: Ten years ago, he tried to kill Laurie Strode. Now he wants he daughter.
I've always loved Halloween 4. It is probably my favorite sequel to Halloween, even though I think Halloween 2 is a better overall movie. Halloween 4:The Return of Michael Myers dissolves the bad taste of Halloween 3 and brings Michael Myers back. Not a bad idea after the whol mask fiasco from number 3. This is one of the first horror movies I ever saw and the ending scared the hell out of me as a child. I still love the ending.
Years after the events that occurred in the first two mvies, Michael Myers escapes once again. Now he is after his niece who has been orphaned after the death of her parents.Just as important as Michael being back, is that Doctor Loomis is back also.
The acting is very suspect, but I don't think it is to the point where it takes away from the enjoyment of the movie. This is one of those slashers you jst like; not because it is great, but because it exists. There is no way I would have been happy with the series ending at number 3. They don't come back with a shitty sequel either. As far as slashers go, this is easily in the top 10 percent of slashers.
If you are a fan of the first two, I think more than likely you would like this one too.It is obviously not going to be the masterpiece Halloween was, but it is a fun little slasher that is good enough to warrant a watch. More than you can say for numero tres.
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers Quotes
- Dr. Loomis:
- Micheal? Why now? You waited 10 years. I knew this day would come. Don't go to Haddonfield. You want another victim? Take me. But leave those people in peace. Please, Micheal. God damn you. [shoots Micheal]
- Dr. Loomis:
- You're talking about him as if he were a human being. That part of him died years ago.
- Dr. Loomis:
- Six bodies! Sheriff that is what I have seen between here and Ridgemont! A filling station in flames! I tell you, Michael Myers is here in this town! He's here to kill that little girl and anybody who gets in his way!
- Sheriff Meeker:
- It's over?
- Dr. Loomis:
- Yes. Yes it is. Michael Myers is in hell, buried, where he belongs.
- Rachel Carruthers:
- I think tonight Brady was ready to make a commitment. But now my future relationship, my engagement, my marriage, my children, your grandchildren, have all been wiped out because I have to baby sit tonight.
- Richard Carruthers:
- I want Jamie to be in bed by 9:30.
- Rachel Carruthers:
- You're gonna be late. You don't want to blow your promotion.
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