Saturday, October 4, 2014

Movie Review: "Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers" (1988)

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Movie"Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers"
Director: Dwight H. Little
Year: 1988
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 38 minutes

Ten years have passed since Michael Myers last escaped Richmond mental institution and went on a murderous rampage. He has since lied comatose in a hospital bed in the maximum security ward. It is Halloween day once again and Myers is done waiting. He is scheduled to be transferred from Richmond to Smith's Grove and it's during this transfer that he once again escapes. Myers heads to Haddonfield in search of his niece Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris), who he plans to slaughter. Much like before, he leaves a path of dead bodies in his wake. Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) once again sets out after Myers to find him and stop him. 

After the outcry from fans because of Michael Myers' exclusion from the underrated "Halloween 3," filmmakers attempted to appease their fans and boost their box office numbers by returning to the same formula which found them success in the first place. The plots of Halloween 1, 2, & 4 are almost indiscernible. The main difference in these films is the creative ways Michael Myers actually kills people. Michael, this time around, has moved on from simply using knifes and other weapons. He now drives his fingers straight into their faces right through their skulls and rips their faces off with his bare hands. We're not positive, but faces shouldn't be that squishy, right?? Not to say he doesn't use weapons from time to time, but the finger-through-the-head-twist or face-rip-off is his primary method of murder in this film, and it does start to become redundant rather quickly. We have to mention that those trying to stop Myers aren't very creative either, as they stick to their trusty firearms that have been oh so effective on him in the past. The mask, this time around, seemed to have a little more definition, which ruined the effect of the canvas that was Myer's stoic, blank expression, creepy and menacing.

Ultimately, this film suffered because of its lack of creativity and long layoff. This installment definitely doesn't have the same spark that the first two had, and seems tacked on only to appeal to people who complained about "Halloween 3." It was just too little, too late to bring Michael Myers back from the dead again.

My Rating: 5/10
BigJ's Rating: 5/10
IMDB's Rating: 5.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 29%
Do we recommend this movie: Meh.
One year ago, we were watching: "The Layer of the White Worm"

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