This is where the Halloween franchise began to spin out of control into oblivion. Michael Meyers is back, even though we saw him practically reduced to ash in Halloween 2. This time he's back to kill his niece Jamie (Danielle Harris) because he's just weird like that. Look out Haddonfield.
Halloween 4 is just a cheap attempt at keeping the franchise alive amongst the Jason and Freddy movies that were making tons of $$$ in this era. Yeah, those weren't very good either. Michael goes around slashing teens and whoever gets in his way. What's hard to understand is how a guy who was burned to death (almost) and lying in a bed for most of the Reagan administration can be strong enough to thrust his thumb into another mans forehead. But hey, if that Voorhees kid can do it.
And while we're at it, why in the hell does everyone feel the need to transport him so close to Halloween. Hey, let's take him out of maximum security on the night he gets a woody to slash some family. I know that something like this is like picking lint out of a belly button, but it just furthers the case that Halloween 4 was thrown together schlock.
The only redeeming thing about the film is Donald Pleasence, who returns as Dr. Sam Loomis. Even in this low budget slasher he is still a great actor who gives an uncredible film credibility. He's riveting, but it's still not enough to save this film.
So as an entry into the unkillable killer genre of the 1980's Halloween 4 is low rent, which like I said isn't saying much considering what we were getting into (think Manhattan). Completists can't even really hop on this film since future films ignore this one. Sadly, this film is a notch above another- the remake.