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Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ March 25, 2007
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.
Super Reviewer
½ June 8, 2010
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.
Super Reviewer
March 15, 2008
Had to watch this for Halloween night,and it scared the crap out of me~~!!!!!!!
hated it!!!
Super Reviewer
½ May 6, 2010
...Is this for real? This movie surpassed it's capacity by a long shot. Very great movie. Nice lightning...nice audio (exept for some parts). And by god...unlike batman...the laws of logic applied. It feelt very realistic....I can't believe this movie gets so much crap...it's a great story...and the ending was just breathtaking....that kid looked so cool. Really looking forward to Halloween 5. Michael is my new best friend.
Super Reviewer
½ December 17, 2009
He carried out the most horrifying mass murder on record.
Super Reviewer
November 18, 2009
Brutal and relentless like the previous two, it's always good to see Michael killing. They sort've went the Friday the 13th route and just made Michael unstoppable and almost superhuman in strength. His ability to shove a rifle through a girl's stomach is quite amazing. They kept the style of the first two, which was really nice. It fits in perfectly with the story. Danielle Harris was great even back when she was little and Donald Pleasence was crazy as always.
Super Reviewer
½ June 5, 2008
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.
Super Reviewer
September 14, 2007
i hate these movies it gets unbelievable after the first three how many times does it take to get killed
Super Reviewer
½ July 1, 2007
After the failure of "Halloween III", the series producers brought back unkillable monster Michael Myers in this sequel set ten years after the events of the first two movies. Laurie Strode, apparently deceased now, had a daughter three years after her run-in with her brother, and now the seven-year-old girl (newcomer Danielle Harris) is living with a foster family in Haddonfield. Her psycho uncle revives during an ambulance ride and returns to this small town to stalk her. He is pursued once again by Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) who seems to be going mad in his attempt to find and stop the fiend.

An excellent horror movie and sequel, You can tell that the filmakers attempt to make this a quality horror movie and it does have some very scary moments. The film-makers made it suspenseful and creepy and also made it gory without throwing buckets and buckets of blood at the camera. Jamie (Harris) and Rachel (Ellie Cornell) are actually likable and for once there is a lawman character (Beau Starr) who actually takes the advice of the good doctor. Thats one thing I love about this film. Everyone does the right thing and yet still people are dying. For some it may get a little tiresome seeing how the inhuman Myers can constantly slaughter victim after victim with a minimum of effort on his (or should I say its) part, but that's also what makes him (it) an intimidating character.

Donald Pleasence, once again playing his signature role, is compelling and believable and I've got to feel for the guy. How would YOU feel if you kept trying to contain some madman who kept returning from the dead?

A great sequel to Halloween 1 and 2 with a very creepy ending. Well worth checking out.
Super Reviewer
½ June 6, 2007
Well-intended but ultimately unnesessary sequel finds Micheal in a coma and severely burned after the explosion in part II. He comes back and blah, blah, blah.
Super Reviewer
August 26, 2007
This fool Michael Myers is so ridiculous
Super Reviewer
½ August 6, 2007
It is ten years after Michael Myers escaped from the psychiatric clinic and went on the rampage and he has been in a coma ever since being burnt at the end of Halloween 2. But one of the ambulance drivers transporting him somewhere lets slip that he has a niece in Haddonfield and before you know it he's making his way back there.

Myers has become seemingly indestructable by now. He was seen emerging from a hospital as a human fireball at the end of art 2 and yet he seems to have escaped more or less unscathed. And howcome he can see anything when he was blinded in Part 2 just before being roasted alive?

However, if you overlook these points you'll find this is an entertaining and well-made film. Dr Loomis returns to Haddonfield after his ex-patient, played by Donald Pleasance at his best, and there are plenty of interesting characters and situations.

One of the better of the Halloween series, certainly much more worthwhile than the dismal Halloween 5 or most of the repetative Friday the 13th films.
Super Reviewer
August 5, 2007
All of the Halloween movies scare the crap out of me!!!
Super Reviewer
½ June 13, 2007
A respectable return to the Michael Meyers plotline after the detour which Halloween 3 took. It comes pretty close to being as good as the first two Halloween films, with a higher budget to broaden the scope of the story. It was a shame they killed off Laurie Strode in a car accident even before this movie began! This began the story arc involving Laurie Strode's young daughter being hunted by her uncle Michael Meyers. They establish some great parallels to young Jamie and young Michael. Michael Meyers and Dr. Loomis, both surviving the explosion at the end of Halloween 2, return to fight another great battle of wills. Another good suspense-filled revisit to the town Haddonfield on Halloween night.
Super Reviewer
January 28, 2007
Average frightening horror Halloween series after Michael Myers' back so are his nemesis Donald Pleasence as well.
Super Reviewer
½ December 28, 2006
Not too bad.
Super Reviewer
October 24, 2013
After a disastrous third installment the Halloween franchise rights itself with Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. Ten years after his reign of terror Michael Myers awakens from a coma and returns to Haddonfield, Illinois to kill Laurie Strode's daughter. Donald Pleasence returns once again and newcomer Danielle Harris gives an impressive performance that carries a lot of charisma. The storytelling's also pretty good (as far as slasher films go) and has some interesting twists. There are a few plot holes and some bad acting, but overall Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers is a solid horror film.
Super Reviewer
October 13, 2012
With audiences and critics reacting poorly to "Halloween 3", it was inevitable that a fourth movie would feature Michael Myers and a return to the slasher formula which made the original a hit. By the late eighties, slasher movies were more likely to be found on the shelves of video stores than playing in theaters. It was important that "Halloween 4" be a success so as to save the franchise from an exile in straight-to-video hell. It was indeed a success, at least financially, ensuring the survival of Myers for quite a while. Producer Moustapha Akkad, who had taken control of the rights, half-jokingly said he would make twenty-four sequels before he retired Myers.
A script had been penned by Dennis Etchison, writer of the novelizations of the first three movies, but Akkad rejected it as "too cerebral". From what's known of it, the rejected script had a post-modern twist, ironic given the massive success of the revisionist "Scream" a decade later. Alan B McElroy, a self-confessed "Halloween" nut, rushed out a script in eleven days which focused on Jamie Lloyd, the young daughter of Laurie Strode, (Jamie Lee Curtis), orphaned following her parents accidental death a year earlier. Thanks to the revelations of the second film, fans now knew that young Jamie (Danielle Harris) was of course the niece of none other than Myers himself. It's a well paced, punchy script which certainly feels like it was written by somehow who understands and appreciates the series.
With Curtis out of the picture, the film would be carried by Pleasence, now practically a household name thanks to the role of Dr. Loomis. As with the second film, he's given some great dialogue to chew on. A confrontation between Loomis and Myers in a gas station is one of the highlights not just of this film but the series as a whole. Loomis, replete with burn scars from "Halloween 2"'s finale, is now a tired old man who resorts to begging Myers to "leave those people alone". Few slasher flicks can boast of such a human moment. As the series' newly elected heroine, ten-year-old Harris is a revelation, a child actor who actually acts like a child rather than a miniature adult.

Director Little does some effective if not earth shattering work behind the camera. His two greatest contributions are the moody shots of farmland in the credit sequence and a "Vertigo" zoom in the aforementioned gas station set-piece. Compared to the hacks who would take over in subsequent sequels he does an admirable job. After collaborations with Carpenter, composer Alan Howarth strikes out on his own for this film's score. While the central themes remain, Carpenter's absence is notable and the music isn't nearly as effective as in previous films.
"Halloween 4" was met with scorn but, importantly, it won back the fans with a thrilling and snappy installment in the adventures of their favorite mass murderer. Sadly, the series was about to enter it's wilderness years.
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