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Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

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This fourth entry in the Halloween franchise focuses on Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris), the niece of ubiquitous masked killer Michael Myers (George P. Wilbur). Jamie tries to lead a normal life, but she can't escape the vengeance of her "funny uncle," who once more escapes from the loony bin. The only echo of the original Halloween -- and a faint one at that -- is the casting of Donald Pleasence as Dr. Loomis, who manages to get through his "We must stop him!" scenes as if mouthing the words for

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Aug 25, 1998

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Fourth entry in the Halloween horror series is a no-frills, workmanlike picture.

August 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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The shocks are infinitesimal, the script diabolical.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It seems the latest stage in some curious evolutionary pattern; the slasher species keeps proliferating and getting weaker at the same time.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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H4 is very much the cheap knockoff of its prototype, but not half as visceral.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Of all the Halloween sequels, including the irrelevant and unwatchable Halloween III, Halloween 4 stands out as the best of a generally uninspired lot.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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While it's definitely not the best of the series, it's an entertaining slasher film...

October 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Young Ms. Harris is probably the movie's most powerful element.

September 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Feels more like an obligatory teen slasher than the previous films...but gets the job done.

October 28, 2008 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

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.

August 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

The best of the sequels to Carpenter's seminal slasher movie.

August 27, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Although this is just more of the same old same, Halloween 4 is directed with some skill by B-movie specialist Dwight H. Little.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: FulvueDrive-in.com
FulvueDrive-in.com

One of the best chapters of the series...really novel

March 10, 2005
Moviehole

While Part 4 is better than Part 3, it is still worse than, say, being bitten in the retina by fire ants.

November 29, 2003 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Comments (2)
EricDSnider.com

Boy, this one's rich.

November 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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...[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...

April 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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And in the faint praise department: "Halloween 4" is just a little bit better than most of the sequels that followed.

July 26, 2002 | Comment (1)
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The first half of the film is better than any fourth sequel in a slasher flick franchise deserves to be.

January 27, 2002 Full Review Source: ToxicUniverse.com
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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.
November 1, 2012
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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.
September 17, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Dr. Samuel Loomis: Ten years ago, he tried to kill Laurie Strode. Now he wants he daughter.

"HE'S BACK"

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.
September 13, 2011
blkbomb
Melvin White

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Movies Like Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

    1. 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]
    – Submitted by Jimmy G (18 months ago)
    1. Dr. Loomis: You're talking about him as if he were a human being. That part of him died years ago.
    – Submitted by Chad B (19 months ago)
    1. 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!
    – Submitted by Maximus D (2 years ago)
    1. Sheriff Meeker: It's over?
    2. Dr. Loomis: Yes. Yes it is. Michael Myers is in hell, buried, where he belongs.
    – Submitted by Creep F (2 years ago)
    1. 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.
    – Submitted by Creep F (2 years ago)
    1. Richard Carruthers: I want Jamie to be in bed by 9:30.
    2. Rachel Carruthers: You're gonna be late. You don't want to blow your promotion.
    – Submitted by Creep F (2 years ago)
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