HALLOWEEN 4:THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS
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HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS marks the second time I hand out the coveted MILLA JOVOVICH CAN DO NO WRONG AWARD.
The award goes to those actresses who, in spite of what crappy film they might be in, their performances are the shining light in said movies.
This time, the award goes out to Danielle Harris (HALLOWEEN 5, THE KILLING MIND, URBAN LEGEND, HATCHET II & III, VICTOR CROWLEY, Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN & HALLOWEEN II, LEFT FOR DEAD, PRANK, GODKILLER, CYRUS, CHROMESKULL: LAID TO REST 2, STAKE LAND, THE VICTIM, SHIVER, AMONG FRIENDS, FATAL CALL, HALLOW'S EVE, CAMP DREAD, GHOST OF GOODNIGHT LANE, THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN , SEE NO EVIL 2, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD ORIGINS, HAVENHURST, INOPERABLE, CAMP COLD BROOK, BETWEEN THE DARKNESS, REDWOOD MASSACRE).
Danielle's career kicked off with HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS with her portrayal of Jamie Lloyd, a lonely little girl who was adopted by the Carruthers family after the death of her mother.
Jamie has a hard time fitting in anywhere and is teased relentlessly by the kids at school. But this is the least of her troubles. Soon, the worst form of danger is coming to her small, sleepy town of Haddonfield, Illinois. One of the town's most notorious residents of the past is coming home. His name is Michael Myers (George P. Wilbur: ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES, FIRESTARTER, GHOSTBUSTERS II, CAST A DEADLY SPELL, THE RUNNING MAN).
Myers escapes once more from his mental hospital keepers to take care of unfinished business in Haddonfield.
Dr. Samuel Loomis (Donald Pleasence*), once again is hot on his trail. Things have changed since the good Doctor's last visit. No one of any familiarity is there to sound off on and so it is left to Loomis to explain what is about to go down to the new sheriff, Ben Meeker (Beau Starr: SHOCK TRAUMA, HALLOWEEN 5: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS, MURDEROUS VISION, DEAD SILENCE, WHILE MY PRETTY ONE SLEEPS, PRISONER OF LOVE, SHADOW HOURS, MERCY, Masters of Horror: JENIFER).
At first, Meeker doesn't take Loomis seriously, and who would? He comes off like a babbling madman, behaving like he's bigger than Billy-be-Damned, throwing his weight around and acting like a complete know-it-all. It's only when the calls start coming in, does Meeker sit up and take notice. Then he and Loomis are off on a wild goose chase.
Besides, Myers, there's a whole slew of Rednecks out to take the law into their own hands. They ain't got time to sit around and drinkin' beer and swappin' Big Fish Tales on this Halloween night! No sir! Ain't happenin'. They have heard about Myers being back in town and they want a piece of his Bill Shatner mask and coveralls wearin', butcher knife carryin', robotic ass and I'm here to tell you son, they mean to collect on that itinerary.
Meanwhile, Jamie has gone Trick or Treating with her adopted sister, Rachel (Ellie Cornell: HALLOWEEN 5: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS, HOUSE OF THE DEAD [all], ALL SOULS DAY: DIA DE LOS MUERTOS, ROOM 6, THE THIRST, DEAD AND DEADER, DEAD CALLING, THE DARK ROOM) and the two get separated when Rachel allows Jamie to go off with some other kids. This gets disastrous quick, but Jamie is found in short time and she and Rachel are squirreled off to Meeker's house for safe keeping.
Sadly, no place is safe for long when The Shape is on his single-minded purpose. The poor bastards that are new to all this butchering mess, learn too late to take any real measures to avoid their eventual fates.
Some live, some die, on this Halloween night. Sad, but those are the breaks.
It makes perfect sense that a dime store Halloween mask would look cheap. Although, I liked HALLOWEEN (2018) better than I thought I would, I hated they bounced HALLOWEEN II and HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS from the canonical time line.
Know what I do? I watch the first film, the second, and make the new one three, and four I still watch as part of the series. I'm sorry, but HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS has the best ending and beginning of any film in the series, by far. That Halloween décor in the beginning was just stunning.1 That ending came out of nowhere. Without giving anything away, it would have tied up the franchise neatly with a pretty, black and orange bow, spattered blood red. Finally, I watch HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH as its own thing. That's how it was meant to be anyhow.
Four Shriek Girls (Ah, screw that! I LOVE this damn movie!) FIVE SHRIEK GIRLS!