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Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

Ten years after his original massacre, the invalid Michael Myers awakens and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven-year-old niece on Halloween. Can Dr. Loomis stop him?



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It's October 30, 1988 and Michael Myers has been in a coma since his pursuit of Laurie Strode, 10 years ago, was finally stopped (events of H1 and H2). However when he is transfered from Richmond Mental Institute to Smith's Grove he awakes when he hears that he has a niece in Haddonfield and after killing the transfer crew he escapes. In Haddonfield, the niece, Jamie, has been adopted by the Carruthers family but keeps having nightmares about Michael (but she doesn't know who he is). On Halloween night, Jamie goes out trick and treating, little knowing that her murdering Uncle is following her and her step-sister Rachel. Rushing to her aid is Dr. Loomis and with the help of Sheriff Meeker starts to search the town for Michael and to find Jamie to protect her. But can anything stop Michael this time? Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Ten Years Ago HE Changed The Face Of Halloween. Tonight HE'S BACK! See more »


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21 October 1988 (USA)  »

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Halloween 4  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,831,250, 23 October 1988, Limited Release

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(at around 18 mins) When Dr. Loomis parks his car outside of the filling station, he stops past the last gas pump. The next shot shows his car much closer and he tries to fill it up. See more »


[after all the cops at the station are slaughtered]
Sheriff Meeker: How could a man do this, Loomis? Tell me.
Dr. Loomis: This isn't a man.
Sheriff Meeker: What is he? Tell me! What the hell are we dealing with?
Dr. Loomis: Evil.
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Halloween Theme
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Great Movie That Resurrected the Series Only to Be Followed by Lame Sequels
28 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

"Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers" (1988) Starring Donald Pleasance, Ellie Cornell, and Danielle Harris Directed by Dwight H. Little

In 1978 the world was introduced to psychopath Michael Myers, who stalked the screens in the extremely successful "Halloween", which has come to be possibly the most influential horror movie of all time and the most successful independent film of all time. It was later followed by the decent "Halloween II" that didn't live up to the original but gave it a nice try. Michael Myers was put to rest for a little to allow the series to try for a new storyline in "Halloween III: Season of the Witch", but that flopped at the box office and Hollywood decided to put the "Halloween" name to rest for a little. Then, six years later, Michael Myers was brought back to the screen in the awesome thriller "Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers" in which new characters were introduced, old ones returned, and tons of thrills awaited.

The story isn't bad in "Halloween 4"; Michael awakes from a coma on October 30th, 1988, nearly ten years to the day since he was put in it. He escapes from a hospital truck and heads back to Haddonfield, looking for his sister Lori (who does not appear in this but was played by Jamie Lee Curtis in the first and second "Halloween" films). Rather than finding Lori, Michael finds her daughter Jamie (played by the magnificent and amazing Danielle Harris) who is living under the foster care of the Carruthers. Her older foster sister Rachel (Ellie Cornell, who almost does as good a job as Jamie Lee Curtis did in the original as the heroine) is Jamie's real friend here. And once Michael returns home looking for Jamie, he'll kill anyone who gets in his way, including Rachel and some of Rachel's friends.Donald Pleasance returns as Dr. Sam Loomis, and his performance of the character has not let up yet. He is equally as captivating and heroic as he was in the original "Halloween", only this time he is more determined to kill Michael. As Loomis tries to find his way to Haddonfield, Michael's home town where Jamie is, he is side tracked by explosions, cruel kids, the loss of a car, and even a man who is searching to kill his own 'devil.' The true question becomes whether or not Loomis will be able to save Jamie and Rachel and survive Michael again. There are other characters here, including a new Sheriff, Rachel's cheating boyfriend, the Sheriff's bad natured daughter, and a whole bunch of town resident Red Necks that want revenge on Michael for what he did years ago.

Sadly, this great sequel would be a little let down by the story line of "Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers" and then even more destroyed in "Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers." Then, when "Halloween H20" rolls around, "Halloween 4", "Halloween 5", and "Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers" would be forgotten and acted as if they never happened. This is a wonderful entry to the "Halloween" series that isn't too gory and involves all the right elements that the original "Halloween" defined to be in a horror movie, but this film is original about it. Not many horror films can say they almost lived up to the original "Halloween" but "Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers" can.

8/10- Recommended for people looking for a thrill or a scare

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