Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers Reviews
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 cliché 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.