Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

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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.



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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 the first time. Though as predictable as they come, Halloween 4 is at least well acted, directed, and photographed.

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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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