Ten years after Director John Carpenter scared the hell out of the box office and audiences with his huge hit HALLOWEEN, a much less talented group attempted to resurrect Michael in HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS.
My first question is: do they ALWAYS have to transport Michael to a new facility during Halloween week?
Straining credibility, they do and he does (escape) and immediately goes after Jamie (Danielle Harris) the young daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis' character from a decade ago.
Haddonfield once again becomes a killing ground where no trick or treater, horny teen or policeman is safe from our masked murderer.
Most of the murders take place off camera (low budget constraints?) and the film only really comes to life when we get a minute or two of Donald Pleasance as Dr. Loomis or John Carpenter's original music theme pumping over the action.
The final plot twist in the last 5 minutes is just plain stupid and goofy, making you yell "Come On Man!" at the screen.
Director Dwight H Little (???) is no Carpenter and this is no Halloween, but it did give audiences what they were craving in 1988 after the very strange and Michael Myers free "Halloween 3: Season of the Witch" raised our eyebrows with killer masks and TV jingles.
As Halloween sequels go, they would get far worse before they got better.
4 gets a C. Some of the dialogue is hilariously bad, as in "Jesus aint got nothing to do with this place" and "We are talking about evil on two legs."
Oh boy. Great stuff....