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Halloween 4: The Return Of Michaels Myers may bring the series' masked killer back into the fold, but fails to offer the visceral scares and inventiveness of the original. Read critic reviews

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The apparently comatose Michael Myers (George P. Wilbur) is being transferred from one hospital to another, but he wakes up when the ambulance crew talk about his surviving niece, Jamie (Danielle Harris). After slaughtering his attendants, Myers sets out to find his one living relative who is, fortunately, being cared for by a kind and resourceful foster sister named Rachel (Ellie Cornell). Meanwhile, the ever-cautious Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) remains on the killer's path.

Cast & Crew

Donald Pleasence
Dr. Samuel 'Sam' J. Loomis
Ellie Cornell
Rachel Carruthers
George P. Wilbur
Michael Audrey Myers
Michael Pataki
Dr. E. W. Hoffman
Beau Starr
Sheriff Ben Meeker
Gene Ross
Earl
Carmen Filpi
Jack Sayer
Moustapha Akkad
Executive Producer
John Carpenter
Original Music
Alan Howarth
Original Music
Peter Lyons Collister
Cinematographer
Roger Crandall
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Critic Reviews for Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

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  • Jan 10, 2018
    Halloween 4 may just be good because it reintroduces everyone's favourite pale-faced psychotic to the Halloween franchise, that was so clearly suffering from a Michael Myers shape void, evident in entry three, season of the witch. It may also be good because of the young, now a horror veteran Danielle Harris' performance as Jamie - Laurie Strode's abandoned daughter - who is really good in the film. Or it could just be that the film ups the ante, ups the gore and thickens the soup of the story. Either or, The Return of Michael Myers is the best of the franchise after the original Halloween.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 16, 2016
    In Halloween 4, Michael Myers' sister Laurie is dead but her daughter Jamie has survived. And Myers is after her now. The only person who seems to believe that Myers is still alive is his former doctor, Dr Loomis (played by Donald Pleasance). He is afraid that Myers will come back for Jamie and is doing what he can to protect her. Not much more to say for this film but that it inaugurates the second trilogy and that it is necessary to watch the films in this order if you want to see the second trilogy unfold. Believe it or not, this is very different for a film series like Star Wars. With those films, several of them can stand alone. With the Halloween films, they have to hang together in some ways.
    Billie P Super Reviewer
  • Mar 12, 2015
    I don't know which of the four (or five, by this time next year) different Halloween timelines to consider the "official" one, but I guess personally I've always considered the one the includes the "of Michael Myers" movies to be it for me. Not necessarily the best movies, but its the longest timeline, and (not counting Season of the Witch) the first. Halloween 4 is a good lead in for the rest of this particular continuity. It's certainly not a perfect movie, but if you're looking for some background kills to accompany your October vibes, you could do worse.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 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.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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