Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5

USA, 1988Story by , , , , Screenplay by Alan B. McElroy.  Cinematography by Produced by Music by Production Design by Costume Design by Film Editing by .

Following the disappointment of Halloween III: Season of the Witch, plans to create a series of standalone tales of terror set on All Hallows Eve were scrapped and producers brought the franchise back to its origins involving the knife-wielding killer Michael Myers. Jamie Lee Curtis’s Laurie Strode is out of the picture and, ten years after the events of the first film, she has left behind a little girl unironically named Jamie () who is being raised by an adoptive family in her native Haddonfield. Myers escapes the institution that he has been held in (the night before Halloween again, maybe stop transferring him in October?) and comes back to town in search of the little girl who has been haunted by nightmares ever since she learned her family history. What should be a silly indulgence in murder and mayhem is kept from ultimate juiciness by bland direction that never allows much gore on the screen, sets up a few sex situations that it doesn’t follow through on, and rarely provides any chills of anticipation. A few sequences are accomplished with style, particularly a post trick-or-treat chase involving Myers in pursuit of Jamie, and the ending is an interesting twist, but overall it’s far too few tricks and almost no treats.

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