Monday, October 14, 2013
Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers (1989)
Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers
Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Danielle Harris, Beau Starr, Ellie Cornell, Wendy Kaplan, Tamara Glynn
I prayed that he would burn in hell. But in my heart I knew that hell would not have him.
Oh boy...Halloween 5. I feel like we've got A LOT to talk about with this one. While this very very much a lesser entry into the series, I find discussing it pretty fascinating. It's an interesting film to say the least. But we'll get into all that. I'll just start going with this and hopefully it weaves its way into some sort of narrative. I'm sure Dominique Othenin-Girard probably said the same thing when he sat down to write the film. I'm going to start with a compliment. I think hands down, Halloween 5 has the best poster of the entire franchise to date. So, at least you are the best at something, Halloween 5. Also, your opening credits pumpkin carving is pretty badass.
Instead, we get Jamie as a mute in a children's institution having a psychic link to her uncle Michael. Her foster mother having survived. Danielle Harris acts the shit out of this movie. I'll give it that. She is even better than she is in the previous, miles better, film. She fully sinks into Jamie and gives a head to toe performance. When most people credit her, they are giving kudos mainly to 4, but I truly believe she gives one of the best child actor performances of all time here. Unfortunately this movie is a waste for it.
Don't worry, Tina is just the leader of the pack of sucky characters. Halloween fans have said for years that this film had sunken to Friday the 13th levels with its characters. I disagree, no grouping of people in any Friday film has ever been this worthless. We don't ever really know a lick about these people or what their purpose to any of this plot is. The only thing you know is the scene you are introduced to them your mind is says "Yep, dead". If this was Friday, they'd at least pad us with more of these annoying teens so we get a higher death count. And then, there's those two stupid cops. What in the hell is this? While he does return, in the previous film we had Sheriff Meeker who was nothing short of a badass. Here we get tweedle dee and tweedle dumbass. To make things worse...WHO'S CHOICE WAS IT TO ACCOMPANY THEM WITH CLOWN MUSIC AND SOUNDS? This is just how dumb choices made on this movie are.