Monday, May 23, 2011

HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS (1988)

After the bizarre Part 3 that didn't even feature Michael, he returns in this installment (complete with funky looking padding underneath his coveralls) and he's out to kill his niece Jamie (Laurie had a kid), played by Danielle Harris. It's not explained, but something happened to Laurie 11 months ago and now her daughter is living with a step-family. So anyway, even though Michael has "killed 16 people" (What? I only counted 14 since Jimmy lived in the TV version of Part 2 and who's number 15?!) the state decides to just send an ambulance with no guards to transport him to a new facility. As expected Michael goes bonkers and kills everybody and returns to Haddonfield. After some simple investigative work Michael discovers the identity of his niece and sets out to kill her. Dr. Loomis, the police and even a humorous gang of vigilantes are determined to stop him...and raise the body count.  They kinda remind me of those goofballs in SILVER BULLET.

As far as the HALLOWEEN sequels go H4 is pretty good and a lot of fun. I saw it recently in the theater and the crowd was digging it. And by "digging it" I mean laughing out loud at Michael's ridiculous padding and shitty looking mask. The kills were pretty good. Thumb to the skull, shotgun rammed through a torso, a few stabbings, a throat ripping, Michael's patented face crushing technique and a few other odds and ends. My biggest complaint is we never see the police station massacre, just the aftermath. That's fucking bullshit!

No nudity, nice body count, plenty of stuff to laugh at, zero cheesy 80's rock, some blood, the worst looking Michael ever (well, outside of Part 7), quick pace. Check it out!

Part 1 - Halloween
Part 2 - Halloween II
Part 3 - Halloween III: Season of the Witch
Part 5 - Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
Part 6 - Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
Part 7 - Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
Part 8 - Halloween: Resurrection
Remake 1 - Halloween
Remake 2 - Halloween II

Fake arm.

Sadly they never come out.