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Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

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

Director:

Dwight H. Little

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Dhani Lipsius (story), Larry Rattner (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Pleasence ... Dr. Sam Loomis
Ellie Cornell ... Rachel Carruthers
Danielle Harris ... Jamie Lloyd
George P. Wilbur ... Michael Myers
Michael Pataki ... Dr. Hoffman
Beau Starr ... Sheriff Ben Meeker
Kathleen Kinmont ... Kelly Meeker
Sasha Jenson ... Brady
Gene Ross ... Earl
Carmen Filpi ... Rev. Jackson P. Sayer
Raymond O'Connor ... Security Guard
Jeff Olson ... Richard Carruthers
Karen Alston Karen Alston ... Darlene Carruthers
Nancy Borgenicht Nancy Borgenicht ... Woman Attendant
David Jensen David Jensen ... Man Attendant
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Storyline

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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It's gonna be one hell of a family reunion! See more »

Genres:

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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Halloween 4 See more »

Filming Locations:

Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$17,768,757
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dwight H. Little had to feed Carmen Filpi all of his lines because he had trouble remembering them. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 10 mins) When Rachel is on the roof of the house and fighting Michael, she slides down the roof and slams into the chimney. When she does, the "brick" chimney flexes as though it's made out of thin wood. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Meeker: Hey, I got a town full of beer bellies running around in the dark with shotguns! Who's gonna be next? Somebody's wife? Somebody's kid? I can't stand by for that.
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Alternate Versions

The 5.1 remix on the US Blu-ray (and most DVD editions) is missing some sound effects that were in the original stereo mix. For example, there are some thunderclaps missing during the opening credits (most noticeable when lighting flashes are accompanied only by rain). Also, in the following scene, after the security guard's line "Hell of a night, huh? I'll take you down there," the buzzer sound from the door he opens is missing. See more »

Connections

Referenced in 'Halloween': A Cut Above the Rest (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Drinkin' Life All Wrong
(Uncredited)
Written by Danny Kirsic
Performed by Danny Kirsic
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Not nearly as bad as you'd think
28 November 2007 | by mjtsmm2027See all my reviews

I saw this for the first time today and agree with many of the posts that it's actually quite good. I had been put off anything to do with Halloween having recently wasted nearly 2 hours of my time and about £10.00 watching the remake which is as bad as anyone could have presumed. This though was quite suspenseful and did have enough anxious moments that you could say it works somewhat as a scary movie. Personally child actors are always a bit nauseating so I'd rather have a teenage heroine who can try and fight back than some screaming kid. As with Jason, Michael Myers now takes on a walking dead persona and somehow this makes them less interesting than when they are pure psychologically disturbed human beings. Also, his mask seemed too clean for my liking - as if it was an advert for Persil but his look still scares me more than Freddy and Jason. Despite these petty quibbles of mine, you still get the gloriously hammy Donald Pleasance and to this day, just that appearance of Myers at the edge of the screen prior to an attack still gives me shivers.


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