Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 1989. Magnum Pictures Inc., Magnum Pictures, Return of Myers, The Return of Myers, Trancas International Films. Screenplay by Michael Jacobs, Dominique Othenin-Girard, Shem Bitterman, based on characters created by John Carpenter, Debra Hill. Cinematography by Robert Draper. Produced by Ramsey Thomas. Music by Alan Howarth. Production Design by Brenton Swift. Costume Design by Simon Tuke. Film Editing by Jerry Brady, Charles Tetoni.
After recapping the end of Halloween 4, we skip ahead a year to, yet again, another Halloween eve when that killer Shape is still, despite all the harm done him, still in killer shape and setting out to cause more mayhem in Haddonfield, Illinois. His niece Jamie (Danielle Harris) caused quite a commotion at the end of the last film (and, quite frankly, we’re disappointed with where they went with it), now being kept under observation at a children’s clinic under the care of an increasingly agitated Donald Pleasence. As Michael Myers approaches in his coveralls, brandishing his giant kitchen knife, we get to know the usual assortment of charmingly reckless teens who will soon be fodder for his murderous appetite. There seems to be an attempt to make something more than just a collection of slice and dice set-ups but nothing really lifts off the ground here, it’s uninspired and tedious when it’s trying its hardest to be creative and dynamic. No one is expecting anything that will come close to the original at this point, but something easier to sit through would be really appreciated.