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Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers Reviews

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November 20, 2017
yes yes yes, a fantastic horror sequal to the franchise, i like the halloween films but i do think this one may be my fravorite sequal personally its scary has a great story line it holds up to the original.
Super Reviewer
November 8, 2017
The movie's hilarious disregard for logic makes it definitely more entertaining than its two terrible predecessors, as it fully embraces the absurd (and is not even ashamed of doing so) and turns Michael Meyers into an indestructible devil (or "evil on two legs").
Super Reviewer
½ November 7, 2017
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.
November 2, 2017
Halloween 4 brings Michael Myers back in name and appearance, but unfortunately he now resembles Jason Voorhees. He has more in common with un-killable slasher than the malevolent shape he once was.
½ October 31, 2017
second best in the Halloween franchise was my earliest memory watching a horror film
October 31, 2017
A so-so Halloween sequel at best with an interesting twist at the end which ended up going nowhere as far as the rest of the franchise is concerned. All the usual cliche stupid characters and Michael Myers looks like he was played by an out of shape gym teacher with padding and stiff shoulders. Very odd
October 31, 2017
The original idea for this film was a ghost story revolved around Halloween as part of the proposed Halloween anthology films. That would've been a much better idea then reintroducing Michael Myers as a superhuman, indestructible, psychic who wakes up right when he hears he has a niece and proceeds to travel back to haddonfield to kill totally insufferably stupid characters which could be a fun movie but the tone becomes so serious and dark that it just comes off laughable and say for a few suspenseful scenes towards the end, the movie is just a boring silly mess.
October 30, 2017
Mike Myers ressurrects the franchise, so it's okay afterall!
October 30, 2017
Cheesy Halloween micheal Myers movie.
½ October 23, 2017
The second best film of the Halloween/Michael Meyers collection. I would only willingly watch the original and the 4th film.
October 19, 2017
Good Halloween film. Not the best in any way, but still rather good, with a memorable performance from Danielle Harris as Jamie
October 15, 2017
I think that this is where it starts to get weird.
½ October 14, 2017
Halloween 4: the return of Michael Myers was actually a good sequel. It was actually faithful to the original movie. Even without John Carpenter this movie did ok, it would've been better with him involved but it's still ok without him. There was some good suspense in this movie which made some of the scares effective. The directing was pretty good too. The only problems I had with this movie was that at times it was extremely corny and there were a lot of genre cliches. But other than that, this is a pretty good Halloween sequel. The twist in the end was great. B
October 14, 2017
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October 9, 2017
a fun, and worth entry into the franchise. Definitely one of the stronger sequels.
½ September 23, 2017
Nice return for Michel is enjoyable but there's some flaws
August 23, 2017
It can't live up to the first two films, but with the titular return of the masked killer, Halloween 4 is an underrated horror sequel. The kills are great, the acting is good enough, and the ending is well done.
July 20, 2017
It felt like Michael was back with the scares. The new story was not what I wanted but I still liked it.
June 18, 2017
Halloween 4 e sŪnico, ao ignorar a morte de seu principal personagem. Moustapha Akkad e Paul Freeman mostram toda sua avareza ao produzirem uma sequencia que jŠ teve um final. Esse gesto de ignor‚ncia resulta em uma cůpia barata de si mesmo, um autoplagio escandaloso e desagradŠvel.
½ June 12, 2017
Being the third film to feature Michael Myers in the Halloween franchise, especially after 7 years, it's evident that an effort was actually made in order to create this movie, unlike the case with Halloween II. In attempt to reboot the series, the movie does come off to a rocky start. However, it does eventually adopt its own, unique, story, impressively without trying to totally copy the magical atmosphere of Halloween and Halloween II. In fact, Halloween 4 decides not to completely forget the plot of the originals. Instead, it cleverly expands and reinforces the motives and mythology of Michael Myers.

The plot is decent in a supernatural, if sometimes a little ridiculous, way. You won't see much that's too out there, though. It's not like the film isn't trying to be what it is; which is a slightly supernatural horror film. It's full of daydream sequences that involve the protagonist, Danielle Harris, channeling Michael Myers through nightmares and hallucinations, seemingly increasing as Michael becomes aware of her existence. The movie takes this risk of adding a very strange, supernatural, unheard of, extra conflict to the main conflict itself, especially for a slasher film.

Also, it's pretty blatant that this isn't nearly as good as Halloween. It's definitely comparable to Halloween II, though. The performances in Halloween 4 are pretty great, surprisingly. It has a bit of an intricate, one-track plot, and the characters actually feel real, with emotions and an individual role in the movie, even though it does feel clichť and tacked on at times.

But, on the disappointing side of things, Halloween 4 feels very convenient and illogical many times throughout the movie. Sometimes things will happen that are downright inexplicable, even though the film is a supernatural horror. The writing feels lazy and not accounted for multiple times throughout the film.

Lastly, Halloween 4 doesn't have any common realization, moral, or theme behind its story, other than the same, just very minimized, look into evil itself, in Michael himself, that's been in both of Michael Myers' films before this one. There are moments, though, where another moral or point to the story could've so easily been added, which is disappointing. And, because of this emptiness, sadly, the film is overall forgettable. It's pointless, in fact.

All that Halloween 4 tries to do is just reintroduce the same main conflict and morals from the original films. The only things it does differently is, minimize the film's focus on morals, add a supernatural twist to the conflict, and change around the character roles and events of the story. At heart, Halloween 4 is a rehash and pointless sequel to the original Halloween films.
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