What we're attempting to do is walk a fine line between horror and mystery. In my opinion the best sequel of the series even though we're supposed to believe Myers grew his eyes back after being shot out in the last sequel. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers is a soundtrack by Alan Howarth for the film of the same name. HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS – MICHAEL MYERS 12″ ACTION FIGURE. The lynch mob arrive at the school after hearing the alarm go off. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers is a pretty solid sequel! The character of Laurie Strode was revealed to have died in a car accident, leaving Britti with the Carruthers family, which included Rachel, the family's seventeen-year-old daughter. Storyline 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. In 2003, the novel was re-issued with new material and cover art, titled Halloween IV: The Special Limited Edition. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers 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. Little had previously directed episodes for Freddy's Nightmares and the film Bloodstone. However the MVP goes to Danielle Harris as young Jamie. The apparently comatose Michael Myers (George P. Wilbur) is being transferred from one hospital to another, but he wakes up when the ambulance crew talk about his surviving niece, Jamie (Danielle Harris). In order to show how Loomis survived. Although Jamie knows about Michael, she does not realize he is the man she has nightmares about. A trooper tells them a substation just up the road however, Michael climbs aboard the truck and kills three of the men including Earl. "He changed the face of Halloween and he's back!" Dr. Samuel Loomis goes looking for Michael with Sheriff Meeker. 60. In particular I was elated to see the franchises return to form with Michael Myers back in focus. JoBlo.com said, "The movie is tight, has good murders and a kicked my butt ending. [51], The film was released on Blu-ray in Germany on May 4, 2012,[52] in the US on August 21, 2012,[42] and in Australia on October 2, 2013.[53]. Track listing. Genre: Horror. Directed by Dwight H. Little. He follows Michael to a gas station, where he has killed a mechanic for his clothes, along with a clerk and disabled the phones. Can Dr. Loomis stop him? Great characters and story! This masked maniac is unstoppable, and there's nowhere to hide.The infamous Michael Myers has escaped the sanitarium, and he’s out for blood. Ten years on and Michael Myers is back in Haddonfield, this time after his young niece, well played by future scream queen Daniella Harris. © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Pure comedy! It is a sequel to Halloween II and the first film exclusive to the 4-6 timeline.. "[36] IGN declared "Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers stands out as the second best film in the entire series. It was released in 1988 through Varèse Sarabande. Basically Mike had been defeated at the end of H2,shot & burned. repeatedly and attempts to shoot Jamie, but Sheriff Meeker stops him. It was the first ever Halloween film I watched from the franchise when I was a kid. This movie does have good acting from Donald (R.I.P. —Dennis Etchison on his idea for Halloween 4[5], After Halloween III: Season of the Witch, executive producer Moustapha Akkad wanted to move further with the series, and bring back Michael Myers. We were the only ones in the place, but she was climbing all over me. This movie has it's pros and cons. Every character was ridiculously at the wrong place at the wrong time, every time. The script does feature some whooping huge plot holes like how the hell Dr Loomis & Michael Myers survived that explosion from the climax of Halloween 2, we see Michael engulfed in flames burnt to a cinder with fire burning out from his mask so to say he survived that explosion completely jumps the shark, Michael being comatosed for a decade only to awaken after hearing he has a niece was another ludicrous moment while Michael's mask looks horrendous & is not a patch on the 1978 looking original, the music score by Alan Howarth is passable but doesn't quite hit the haunting heights of Carpenters version. Can Dr. Loomis stop him? One sensational and worthy sequel in the Halloween franchise! This film, however, reunites viewers with their beloved blank-faced, sociopathic trick-or-treater they all know and love in a huge way. That night, as Rachel takes Jamie trick-or-treating, Michael goes to the power station and kills a worker by throwing him into a transformer, plunging the town into darkness. Loomis screams "No!" #1 It's a horror movie sequel made in the 80's so right away expectations are low BUT H4 is really decent. I own VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, and now AMAZON DIGITAL. All in all it's a well paced, suspenseful franchise sequel best. The soundtrack was released to Compact Disc on September 28, 1988. She kills this performance as the sweet innocent adorable niece of Michael Myers returning to kill his last remaining relative. The blu ray transfer just looks like an upscaled dvd,the picture is mostly soft and lifeless and the audio does not seem to have been improved much. svg-play Play. As a result, her character was written out and died in a car accident, which is briefly explained in the film. Rentals include 30 days to start watching this video and 7 days to finish once started. Laurie is said to be dead and Jaime's all alone to... A star is born in Danielle Harris making her acting debut as Jaime- Laurie Strode's daughter. I actually think it’s almost just as good as the original 1978 Halloween. This movie does have it's plot holes which a lot of true Halloween fans have the right to complain about. [25] "One of the obvious challenges in making a part four of anything is to interest a contemporary audience in old characters and themes," said director Dwight H. Little. What was originally a work of art turned into a feature length, intelligence-insulting scare tactic. svg-skull. Summaries 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. It's about Michael Myers' second attempt to kill off his kin. Here I was going to bring the Shape — Michael Myers — back to life. [29], The film received negative critical reception. [26] During filming, the cast and crew made it a point to take it easy on Danielle Harris, as she was only a young child at the time, and made sure that she was not scared too badly and knew that none of it was real; to this end, Wilbur regularly removed the mask in front of her in order to remind her that it was just a movie and he was not going to hurt her. [24] As filming was taking place in March,[10] during springtime, the producers were forced to import leaves and big squash, which they would use to create pumpkins by painting them orange. He was rushed to the hospital. [18] Before McElroy's script was chosen, the producers asked Jamie Lee Curtis another original cast member to reprise her role as Laurie Strode, the original's heroine. After being chased by Michael, Rachel finds Jamie. Plenty of kills, nothing terribly gory so wasn't cut by the MPAA or BBFC, unlike so many similar films from this period. Carpenter and Hill had signed all of their rights away to Akkad, who gained ownership. #1 It's a horror movie sequel made in the 80's so right away expectations are low BUT H4 is really decent. In the original draft, Sheriff Ben Meeker was to be killed during the Shape's attack on the Meeker house. Super-Soft Cotton Shirts | Professionally Screenprinted | Exclusive Designs | Fast Shipping | Be among the best dressed in Haddonfield with our officially licensed t-shirts and other accessories based on the horror classic, HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS. Presently - Michael is in acoma in a pyscho ward. Like how does Michael and Dr. Loomis escape an explosion as seen in Halloween 2 (1981) ending. The setting of the place was once again Haddonfield, Illinois. The story had no merit of honest structure, character development or genuine horror. Michael then escapes in a tow truck and causes an explosion, destroying Loomis's car provided by Ridgemont in the process and disabling the phone lines. After a disastrous third installment the Halloween franchise rights itself with Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. "[6], George P. Wilbur, who was cast as Michael Myers, wore hockey pads under the costume to make himself look more physically imposing, and he was often filmed in mirror reflections or off-center so that the audience could witness him "in pieces" rather than have an encompassing view. "This film does contain some humorous moments, but it's not of the spoof or send-up variety. [7], However, Akkad rejected the Etchison script, calling it "too cerebral" and insisting that any new Halloween sequel must feature Myers as a flesh and blood killer. Ten years on and Michael Myers is back in Haddonfield, this time after his young niece, well played by future scream queen Daniella Harris. "[37] Dread Central said, "Halloween 4 is a strong sequel, horror film and Halloween movie. A new family is fostering her and Michael returns home and will stop at nothing to get to her. On February 25, 1988, writer Alan B. McElroy, a Cleveland, Ohio native, was brought in to the write the script for Halloween 4. Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harris. Some scenes had to be re-shot with the new mask. On June 17, 2002, Digital Entertainment released the film on VHS,[43] while a second version from the company containing a "Widescreen Presentation" on September 5, 2002. [14] Little approached the screenplay as though Myers was pursuing Jamie as a means of "connecting with her", but that he had no social capacity to interact with her, and thus resorted to violence. The characters were just fumbling participants in one obvious set up after another. I really like that its available in 1080p with AMAZON so the picture quality is superb and also the sound quality. Special effects make-up artist John Carl Buechler (director of Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood) was brought in to create the thumb in the forehead kill and neck-twisting of the redneck seen in the film's final cut. The fourth installment in the Halloween franchise, it follows Michael Myers returning to Haddonfield to kill his niece Jamie Lloyd, the daughter of Laurie Strode, with his former psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis again pursuing him. It was located in the Waterworld Queue. A star is born in Danielle Harris making her acting debut as Jaime- Laurie Strode's daughter. When I first saw the original, I was dating a girl and took her to a theater in Boston to see it. Halloween 6 : The Curse Of Michael Myers 1996 Overall Rating 8/10 Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers is an excellent Halloween film, my second favourite for sure. Reviewed in the United States on October 19, 2019. svg-skull. svg-skull. Of course the doctors mention this right around October 31st and also choose to move comatose Myers to a different facility around Halloween. Howarth gained approval from Dwight H. Little before he could accept the offer, creating a new score that referenced the original's but with a synthesizer twist. Myers returns in strong form cementing his position as one of cinemas greatest villains. Trick or Treat Studios and Trancas International Films, Inc. are proud to present, and for the first time ever, the Official Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers – Michael Myers 12″ Action Figure! Initially, John Carpenter and co-producer Debra Hill intended to create an anthology series, with only the first two films being connected. Released in the United States on October 21, 1988, Halloween 4 grossed $17.8 million domestically on a budget of $5 million, and received mostly negative reviews from critics. He kills anyone who gets in his way. The site's critics consensus reads, "Halloween 4: The Return Of Michaels Myers may bring the series' masked killer back into the fold, but fails to offer the visceral scares and inventiveness of the original. Glad that I own it on Blu Ray I think Halloween 4 and Halloween 5 are now both Out Of Print on UK Blu Ray. To tie in with the film's release, a novelization by Nicholas Grabowsky was published, containing 224 pages. If you are a fan of the halloween series,then for the price that they are now which is £7.00 on blu ray,then that is a bargain.However if you are hoping to see a massive upgrade in picture quality,then you might as well stick with your old anchor bay dvd. [23], Principal photography began on April 11, 1988. Sheriff Meeker and Loomis arrive and take the girls to the sheriff's house with Brady, Kelly, and a deputy. Halloween 4 will not be an ax-in-the-forehead kind of movie." I actually liked it more then the 1978 original at the time. The story is not necessary for the legacy of Michael Myers but if they were gonna make another sequel anyway,this isn't a bad idea. Michael Myers escapes from years of being comatose whilst being transported from a maximum security institution after overhearing he has a niece. Ten years after his original massacre, the invalid Michael Myers awakens and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven-year-old niece on Halloween. However, the film, much like the series in general, has developed a strong cult following since its release. Dwight H. Little, a native of Ohio, replaced Carpenter. With Sheriff Meeker in the basement awaiting the arrival of the state police before heading out to deal with the lynch mob, Michael sneaks in and kills the deputy and Kelly. Meanwhile, Jamie Lloyd, Laurie Strode's daughter and Michael's niece, is living in Haddonfield with her foster family, Richard and Darlene Carruthers, and their teenage daughter, Rachel. Upon hearing that he has a niece, Michael awakens, kills the ambulance personnel which loses control then crashes into a river, and makes his way to Haddonfield. [48] A re-issued DVD was made available once again courtesy of Anchor Bay on October 11, 2010 which features the theatrical trailer and the featurette, "Inside Halloween 4". The following weapons were used in the film Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers: Michael attacks the police station and kills all of the officers. Tonight...he's back! The fourth installment in the Halloween franchise, it follows Michael Myers returning to Haddonfield to kill his niece Jamie Lloyd, the daughter of Laurie Strode, with his former psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis again pursuing him. Curtis had become a success in the film industry and had established a career with her roles in films like Trading Places (1983) and A Fish Called Wanda (1988). Etchison said, "I received a call from Debra Hill and she said, 'Dennis, I just wanted you to know that John and I have sold our interest in the title 'Halloween' and unfortunately, your script was not part of the deal."[5]. The producers wanted to test and see what it would look like without the edits. It held the top spot in its second weekend, and achieved a total domestic gross of $17,768,757 in the United States, becoming the sixth best performing film in the Halloween series. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers is a 1988 American slasher film directed by Dwight H. Little, written by Alan B. McElroy, and starring Donald Pleasence, Ellie Cornell, and Danielle Harris. TMDb Score. [44] Anchor Bay Entertainment released the film for the first time on DVD in "Special Edition" on January 28, 2002, while Digital Entertainment did release the film to DVD several months later on September 5, 2002 to coincide with their newest VHS release,[45] and an additional release via distribution company, Hollywood on October 27, 2003, which also released a set containing Ulli Lommel's The Boogeyman and Boogeyman II, and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers,[46] and another set containing the film alongside Mario Bava's A Bay of Blood. Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2019. With Michael on the loose, Jamie … However, the mask was long gone and a new one was purchased from a local costume shop. Halloween 4 arrives on blu ray thanks to anchor bay and the result is best described as mediocre. For the "Halloween" franchise, that sequel was "Halloween 4". The shoot lasted about 41 days and Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harris were required to be on set for 36 of those days. I have been a long time big fan of Halloween and Halloween II even since I finally got to see both of them in my preteen years. After viewing the film's rough cut, director Dwight H. Little and producer Moustapha Akkad decided that the film's violence was too soft, and so an extra day of "blood filming" commenced. Paul Freeman agreed. It's humor that rises out of the film's situations and quickly turns back into terror. This is one of my favorite Halloween movies, and and it's original, introduces new characters, including Jamie Lloyd, one of my favorite protagonists portrayed by Danielle Harris in her first movie. "[33] Richard Harrington of The Washington Post declared the film "very much the cheap knockoff of its prototype, but not half as visceral. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers is a 1988 film. They take shelter in the school, but Michael appears and subdues Loomis by throwing him through a classroom door, then chases Jamie through the building. Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2020. The execs. Sheriff Meeker, Loomis, the rest of the lynch mob, and the state police arrive, but when Jamie approaches Michael and touches his hand, he rises. Laurie is said to be dead and Jaime's all alone to fend for herself. Laurie is confirmed dead in this movie. Curtis had become a success in the film industry and had established a career with her roles in films like Trading Places (1983) and A Fish Called Wanda (1988). Beau Starr was cast as the new Sheriff, Ben Meeker, replacing Sheriff Lee Brackett (Charles Cyphers), and Kathleen Kinmont was cast as the Sheriff's daughter, Kelly. Halloween H20 1998 7. "[6] John Carpenter was approached by Cannon Films, who had just finished 1986's release of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, to write and direct Halloween 4. successful. "[34] Kim Newman for Empire said "It's incredible that a film could be so closely patterned on Carpenter's still-thrilling original movie and yet be so stupid, unscary and plodding as Halloween 4 is. Garlan Wilde, a gaffer for the film, was injured during the scene between Brady and the Shape when he dropped a light and accidentally slit his wrists. Before McElroy's script was chosen, the producers asked Jamie Lee Curtis to reprise her role as Laurie Strode, the original's heroine. in charge of the franchise made a hug mistake in "Halloween 3," making it completely independent of the tale of Michael Myers. Pursued by Michael, Jamie runs down the street and finds Loomis. [2] Supplements include the Halloween 4/5 panel at the Return to Haddonfield convention, theatrical trailer, Halloween 4 Final Cut – a "behind-the-scenes" documentary, a commentary with Danielle Harris and Ellie Cornell, and another commentary by Alan B. McElroy and Anthony Masi. 2) Jamie's name was Brittany in the original script but was changed in homage to Jamie Lee Curtis. Halloween 1978 Original 2. 8) George P. Wilbur has played Michael Myers twice, Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers (1988) & Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers (1995). Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers is a 1988 American slasher film directed by Dwight H. Little, written by Alan B. McElroy, and starring Donald Pleasence, Ellie Cornell, and Danielle Harris. I specifically enjoyed the trailer boys Earl and his crew that go around shooting in the bushes and killing someone they think is Michael Myers. Soon you’re jumping at shadows, your heart screaming out of your chest. On October 30, 1988, Michael Myers, who has been in a comatose state for ten years since the explosion at Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, is transferred to Smith's Grove Sanitarium by ambulance from his current residence in the Ridgemont Federal Sanitarium. Between here and Ridgemont! [15] The screenplay references the events of Halloween II (1981), in which a fire breaks out in Haddonfield Hospital, by having both Myers and Loomis display burn scars on their respective hands and faces.[16]. Loomis is then forced to catch a ride to Haddonfield to continue pursuing Michael. All music is composed by Alan Howarth. "[38] DVD Talk said "Despite its flaws, Halloween 4 is one of the best slashers from the late 1980s, standing out in an era when the subgenre was in steep decline. Horror has returned to Haddonfield. He's been in a coma ever since and then he "overhears" doctors mention a surviving family member of his,turns out to be a little girl named Jamie. The cast of Halloween 4 included only one actor from the first two films, Donald Pleasence, was the only original cast member who reprised his role as Samuel Loomis, Michael Myers' psychiatrist. The script introduced Laurie Strode's seven-year-old daughter, Jamie Lloyd. [11][12] McElroy came up with the idea of Brittany "Britti" Lloyd, Laurie Strode's daughter, to be chased by her uncle, who has escaped from Ridgemont after being in a coma for ten years. She succeeds in doing so and then rams him with the truck, sending him flying into a ditch near an abandoned mine. In addition, while filming the rooftop scene, Ellie Cornell cut her stomach open on a large nail while sliding down the roof, though she continued filming the scene despite losing a sizable amount of blood. Rachel discovers Brady cheating on her with her friend and Meeker's daughter Kelly, and loses track of Jamie. This caused over six hours of footage to be re-shot. As scary and well made as they have always been as well as Michael being one interesting, vicious, and mysterious slasher icon over the years I was highly excited when I first got to see this movie when I was 12. It is a direct sequel to Halloween II (1981), ignoring the events of Season of the Witch, which took place in a different continuity from the first two films. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers is a 1988 horror sequel directed by Dwight H. Little and marked the return of Michael Myers to the series. A lynch mob is formed by the town's men to kill Michael once Loomis reveals Michael has returned. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 24, 2019, Halloween 4 now Out Of Print on UK Blu Ray, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 17, 2020, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 24, 2015, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 16, 2012, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 1, 2018. In my opinion the best sequel of the series even though we're supposed to believe Myers grew his eyes back after being shot out in the last sequel. The film was released on Blu-ray in Germany on May 4, 2012,[41] in the US on August 21, 2012. This film is a very good sequel in the Halloween franchise for what it is. He wakes up and goes on a rampage as per usual. I tell you, Michael Myers is here in this town!! In my opinion, it is the 2nd worst mask in the series, only in front of the CGI mask from Halloween H20: 20 Years Later. I have always loved this movie and I will still watch it and enjoy it. 1) The girl Lindsey who drove Rachel & Jamie to the discount mart was going to be revealed as Lindsey Wallace from Halloween (1978) & have a larger part in the film as Rachel's friend & helping her babysit Jamie, but that was cut for budget reasons. Michael goes after his niece Jamie whose mum is Laurie Strode. Over the years, it's now my second favourite in the... Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers has a special place in my heart. This time, it's Michael's niece, Jamie, who can't seem to escape her crazy uncle. Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers 1988 3. Every character was ridiculously at the wrong place at the wrong time, every time. Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2020. The blu ray transfer just looks like an upscaled dvd,the picture is mostly soft and lifeless and the audio does not seem to have been improved much. Donald Pleasence reprises his role as Dr. Sam Loomis & once again he gives a excellent mesmerising performance who's obsession with Michael has now completely consumed him to the point of madness, sadly Jamie Lee Curtis declined to reprise her role as Laurie Strode & so her character was killed off screen via a car crash, instead the focus is shifted on to Laurie's daughter Jamie Lloyd who is played by Danielle Harris in her movie debut who gives an outstanding performance & convincingly acts way beyond her years bringing both believability & emotion to the role while Ellie Cornell deserved to go onto better things because she's really good as Jamie's foster sister Rachel who shares genuine warmth by protecting her foster sister Jamie & more than holds her own against Michael during the tense climax. Heading back to his hometown of Haddonfield where Jamie for some reason...lives. Pointless Trivia. Loomis then sinks to the floor, sobbing, as Rachel, Richard, and Meeker stare in horror. "[39], The film was first released on VHS in May 1989 as a rental title by CBS/FOX home entertainment. Rachel is forced to drive, continuously attempting to throw Michael off. Brief summary of the movie: Michael Myers is alive and the same as for Dr Loomis. Sheriff, that's what I've seen! Debra Hill planned to produce the film, while Carpenter teamed up with Dennis Etchison who, under the pseudonym Jack Martin, had written novelizations of both Halloween II (1981) and Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) to write a script to Halloween 4. Timelord Thoughts. [8] In an interview, Etchison explained how he received the phone call informing him of the rejection of his script. A fire would have started in the basement and burnt down the entire house. [13] Instead, a more "soap opera" feel was incorporated, which included a love triangle subplot between Rachel, Brady, and Kelly Meeker, the sheriff's daughter. 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