Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
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Movie InfoIn Halloween 5, one of the less successful of the series of sequels to the original Halloween, the infamous Michael Myers (Donald Shanks), returns to stalk his niece and kill her. Jamie (Danielle Harris) is hospitalized and unable to speak because of her trauma during Michael's last killing spree. She has visions of where Michael will appear and kill again, and he intends to stop her. Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) is working with Jamie to help her find Michael and lock him away. But, there is also another mysterious stranger following Michael. Halloween 5 is a routine slasher film and adds little that hasn't been done before in this series. It has its moments, though, as well as a gory, flashy ending that will be remembered. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
This is an uneven Halloween addition, but also more ambitious than the norm.
Completed the transition to full-fledged brainless slasherdom begun in Halloween 4 at at time when the brainless slasher film was at its very worst.
Poor Dr. Loomis' nerves are pretty much shot at this point, leading to some unintenionally hilarious moments.
I can see how the hardcore Halloween-heads can find some small nuggets of fun in this particular sequel, but in my eyes the series ended with the explosion in Halloween 2.
[The film's been infused] with a run-of-the-mill slasher vibe, complete with oversexed teenagers and moronic authority figures.
'Halloween 5: The Failure of Michael Myers' would be more accurate, though admittedly not as appealing in a mass-marketing sense.
Weak Halloween entry. Maintains the status quo, no new developments.
A guilty pleasure...the knife's not blunt yet
Filming this sequel, the ultimate revenge!
Audience Reviews for Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
What began as a great rebirth of the Halloween series in The Return of Michael Myers turns quickly into mediocrity with the fifth entry. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers throws all of the wonderful character study out the window established in the previous film and just aims straight on for pure terror only, and ultimately misses its mark. For starters, the overall style of the film is just way too busy. Odd camera angles and over-the-top performances don't really suit this series and they definitely don't work in this film. The score also sounds too much like a retread of the original score, making it hollow and uninteresting. From this point on, the Halloween series declines and just can't manage to rise to the occasion ever again.
Fifth entry in the Halloween franchise is an interesting direction for the series. Halloween 5 offers a darker take on the tale. It's pretty much more of the same as before, but it does have a few more things going for it. To say the least, the film has a few more creepy scenes added in the mix. Halloween is another solid sequel but at times it's pretty weak, but it does have a lot of redeeming qualities only diehard Halloween fans would love. The film does possess a very atmosphere, which adds so much to the overall film. As far as sequels are concerned, this fifth entry is a fine installment that though flawed, manages to delivers some good, effective jolts. But like I previously stated, this film does have a few weak moments, but overall, the film is pretty solid, and delivers something that the fans will enjoy. There have been a few bad sequels, but this fifth entry is not one of them. Die-Hard fans will be pleased with this one. I enjoyed the dark, creepy atmosphere. The acting here was pretty good as well, and the story was pretty well constructed as well. Usually sequels lose their intensity, but with this fifth entry, the filmmakers have made one of the better installments in the series, and considering that this is the fifth film, that says something. Halloween F is a good follow-up to the fourth entry in the franchise. A good entry, but not the best.
Dr. Samuel Loomis: I prayed that he would burn in hell. But in my heart, I knew that hell would not have him.
"MIchael Lives, and This TIme They're Ready."
I can't say that I hated Halloween 5: The Reveng of Michael Myers, but the extent to which I cared went down exponetially. It seemsto have lost that appeal numbers 1,2 and 4 had. Still, it's a fairly decent slasher and again, a somewhat fun time. SLasher franchises can only go on so long before they start to become tiresome and halfway through this one I had become almost tuned out to what was going on on the screen. I watched, but I really didn't care all that much.
The movie is probably the second most ridiculous in the franchise, only behind Season of the Witch. THe mind connection between Michael and Jamie is stupid and poorly done. The only thing that really kept me watching and will make me watch the last couple in this series was my respect for the first couple and number four. I really enjoyed those three, so I thought I would give this a chance. I'm somewhat glad I did because I did like aspects of it, such as the barn scenewhere we are presented with 2 or 3 false scares.
There have been worse slashers, but this is definitely the weakest SLASHER in the series. Don't evenask what number three was. It was a good franchise while it lasted.
Part 5 is the worse of the series. Not that it's a horrible movie, it's just Myers at his weakest moment. They try so hard to mix comedy with this one but it comes off very cheesy. We have these two idiot cops in this one that, when they make mistakes, this dumb little circus song starts playing. It's cheesy. Part 5 feels like a remake of part 4 done wrong. The atmosphere in this is done all wrong too. It lacks that "Halloween-y" feel to it. Nothing seems as dark and moody. I think it was bad lighting but it just didn't set the right mood. It plays like an unnecessary sequel. But it still has to ability to be entertaining. There are many memorable scenes that save it from being a complete failure. The death scenes are very bloody in this one, (again: not gory like it's previous entries) just bloody. As the series goes on the death scenes become more and more over the top. Danielle Harris returns as Jamie once more and so the chase begins. It's clear now that Michael Myers is completely unstoppable. The ending in this one is very silly, but it does leave for an opening which is further explained in part 6. The Revenge of Michael Myers could easily be skipped, but for horror fans it shouldn't be ignored. It's an alright film, but it's just not great.
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