Saturday, October 12, 2013
Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers (1988)
Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers
Director: Dwight Little
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Beau Starr, Sasha Jenson, Kathleen Kinmont
We're not talking about any ordinary prisoner, Hoffman! We are talking about evil on two legs.
The title wasn't just literal for the film, it was an announcement to those scared off by Halloween III. This is the sequel you wanted. Tom Atkins would not be returning. The only mask of importance would be that of the pale faced Shatner. And here it is, in time for the 10th anniversary of the original. The film plays as a loving tribute to Carpenter's classic while also carving its way as something of its own being. To make ties stronger with the first two, Donald Pleasence was also back to reprise his role of Michael's Van Helsing, Dr. Loomis. Halloween 4 would also return the series to its roots of being a full fledged independent film.
Halloween 4 packs an punch with it's conclusion. Say what you will, have your opinions on the rest of it, the closing of this movie is one of the best hook endings in horror's history. The image of Jamie standing there in the clown costume holding the bloody scissors is incredible. Also watching Loomis lose his mind adds to how much terror comes with this event. This is an ending that could work to put a cap to the series or...you can call it a cliffhanger and they did. With it being a cliffhanger, there was so much promise with this that would never be explored. And that's a real shame.
Bringing Michael back proved to be a big success. Halloween 4 topped the box office for two straight weekends and was a big hit. And it was amongst a huge year for horror as well. 1988 is stocked full of big name horror titles. Not necessarily quality, but some incredibly well known brand name recognition. Seriously, take a look. Moustapha got lucky and struck gold removed from John Carpenter and Debra Hill. A sequel of course seemed inevitable. But, Moustapha decided to hedge his bets and rush a fifth entry into production before Halloween 4 had even finished its theatrical run.