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Genre: Horror / DVD released 28 January, 2002 at Anchor Bay Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      09.10.2012 21:22

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      A solid enough, and wrongfully often panned sequel.

      I am a fan of the Halloween movies. Even though, deep down I wished they had stopped with the original classic. This is one of the better sequels, and has its fair share of attempts at creating tension, even though, for me, it actually felt that it could have been a little longer in length in order to fill out some of the sequences.
      Donald Pleasence returns to hunt down notorious, unkillable serial killer Michael Myers, this time in a hopeful attempt to stop him from killing his neice, Jamie. (No doubt named after Jamie Lee Curtis, who doesnt return in this one).
      There are ome classy moments, an opening escape from the sanitarium to name one, a roof top chase to name another.
      Hallowen III: Season of the Witch is wisely ignored, as that was a seperate story altogether. This is a return to Michael Myers' Halloween universe. The infamous Halloween theme also makes a welcome come back.
      Yes, its all a shameful cash in on the movie made by John Carpenter in 1978 if we're honest, but it doesnt stop it being a worth while attempt at a sequel.

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      07.04.2010 21:06
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      a masked psychopath after his niece

      Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

      Genre: horror/thriller

      Writer: Danny Lipsius & Larry Rattner & Benjamin Ruffner & Allen B. McElroy
      Dir.: Dwight H. Little

      Cast:
      Donald Pleasence - Dr. Sam Loomis
      Danielle Harris - Jamie Lloyd
      Ellie Cornell - Rachel Carruthers
      George P. Wilbur - Michael Myers
      Beau Starr - Sheriff Ben Meeker
      Sasha Jenson - Brady
      Kathleen Kinmont - Kelly Meeker

      Plot:
      Ten years after his halloween massacre, Michael Myers once again escapes from the asylum and returns home to kill. This time, he's after his 10 year old niece, Jamie, who'd been adopted by a nice family.
      Rachel, Jamie's sister, takes her trick-or-treating, but their night is cut short when Dr. Loomis and the sheriff pick them up and bring them to the sheriff's house to protect them while they go looking for Michael.
      Michael gets into the house and kills a deputy, the sheriff's daughter and her boyfriend.
      Rachel and Jamie escape and Michael gives chase.
      Dr. Loomis uses Jamie as bait to lure Michael into a trap.
      Michael escapes and attacks Rachel and Jamie in a truck heading out of town.
      The sheriff and a group of townspeople show up just in time to blast Michael and save the girls.
      Is Michael finally dead? And, is Jamie finally safe, or is there something even more sinister in store?

      My thoughts:
      This is a decent horror flick. It's the third sequel in the Halloween movie franchise, but only the second sequel featuring Michael Myers. It's not as good as the first movie, but it is better than the second and the third movies. Similar to the first film, there's not a lot of blood and gore, but plenty of suspense.
      The movie is pretty well written and pretty well directed.
      The movie has a pretty good cast, and all gave pretty good performances. Other than one returning member from previous films, this one has an entirely different cast from the first two.
      Donald Pleasence reprises his role as Dr. Loomis from the first two films.
      Danielle Harris is excellent in her role as Jamie. Despite being so young, she's a very good actress and is very believable. She beat out Melissa Joan Hart for this role.
      Ellie Cornell is also very good in her role as Rachel. She too is very believable. Also, she was twice injured while on set, once by stepping on a nail, and once by having her side cut open by an exposed nail.
      Beau Starr replaces Charles Cyphers, taking over as the new sheriff, and does a good job in doing so.
      George P. Wilbur takes over the role of Michael Myers. But, being much smaller than the men who originally portrayed Michael, George was forced to wear hockey pads under his jumpsuit to make him appear bigger and stronger. However, despite that, he took over the role and did very well. Also, George always remained aware of Danielle's young age, and would always remove his mask around her, so as not to frighten her.
      This movie garnered mixed reviews and did pretty well at the box office, relative to the cost of production.
      Overall, it's an okay sequel and a decent flick. If you're a fan of horror movies or the Halloween franchise, you'll most likely enjoy this one. I would recommend this one.

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      24.01.2010 21:58
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      A very good Halloween film that is pretty eerie and has a shocking ending!

      Michael Myers is back again for another round of slice and dice!

      This is actually a very good sequel in the series that has a very good 'Halloween-esque' atmosphere about it.

      Myers has been in a coma for 10 years since the events from the second film and he wakes up to stalk and kill his niece, Jamie.

      Hot on the trail is Dr.Loomis, again, played by Donald Pleasence.

      The gore is fairly heavy but not over the top, about the same as the second film, I'd say.

      There are some good, eerie sequences in the big house toward the film's end.

      Imagine the stalk scenes between Michael and Laurie in the original, only in a bigger house.

      Pleasence is wonderful again as Dr. Loomis and credit has to go to little Danielle Harris who plays Jamie.

      This was her first film but her acting is great in this one.

      She has just starred in the two Rob Zombie Halloween remakes as character 'Annie' from the original.

      This film also has, arguably, the best ending of the entire series.

      It's certainly up there with the first film's ending and it will shock you big time!

      The fourth film of most series usually start to jump the shark a little but I guess having H3 having nothing to do with MM kind of preserves this film's skin a little, so to speak.

      Think of it as Halloween 3, it's certainly one of the better sequels of the series, right next to II.

      After this one, the series went down hill....

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      17.10.2008 00:59

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      Did anyone else struggle to find the entry for this film?

      The dream at the start is totally obvious. Especially when the door opens when it's looked, then she turns around and it's closed and locked again. If they knew Micheals history (and they clearly did because they asked about him and spoke about him) then he'd be being transported a lot more securely. That's goof number 1. He'd be in a straight jacket, secured to the bed. And I don't care how superhuman he is, no-one can put their thumb through an adult human skull. That's goof number 2.

      The explosion at the gas station was unlikely - A van just pulling out wouldn't have blown up the pump, and the blast didn't kill Loomis. Goof number 3. The little girl looking at the picture of her "dead mother", Jamie Lee Curtis. But doesn't she come back in H20? So she isn't dead? Why wouldn't she be with her daughter? Goof number 4. Now you have to wonder why the only living relative of Micheal Myers would want to live in Haddonfield, let alone live in his old house. He gets into their house way too easily as well, don't people lock their doors in a town where people were murdered?

      You'd also think the police would more readily listen to the Doctor who looked after Myers his whole life. Racheal soon ignores her child-minding duties after an argument with her boyfriend. I thought Jamie would know better than to go off without her adult supervision though. I loved the fact that all the guys who had been drinking in the bar all just jumped right into their trucks without a care for the idea of drunk driving.

      The Sheriff asks only 1 cop to stay at the little girls house? Hasn't he heard of safety in numbers? Also for an "invalid" as he's described by many people, Micheal sure does a lot of walking and gets around real fast between places. Both Jamie & Racheal thought they were being followed but even Myers couldn't have been following them both at the same time.

      And how stupid were those 3 boys dressing up like Myers. The Sheriff should have shot them all. You also known Racheals former boyfriend is going to die at Micheals hands after screwing her friend. And that Myers was already in the Sheriffs house before they locked it all up. Another example of people who don't seem to lock house doors.

      The posse of men who'd been in the bar drinking killing a man by mistake shows why people shouldn't be allowed to have guns. Also, where did Myers get his mask? He's very strong for someone whose supposedly spent his entire adult life in an asylum under sedation. How did he get to build that strength?

      I did question why a child running down the road at night in a town with no power screaming and shouting "somebody help me!" didn't attract attention in seconds? And a school with an external alarm that you can't hear inside the school? Goof 5. Myers hair magically changing colour? Goof 6.

      How the hell did Myers get on the back of the truck? He never came out the school and they were on the move. The Trucks were never left alone, MAJOR GOOF! And how Myers was able to hold onto the fast moving truck AND hold onto the knife? Occasionally I wish someone would make a horror film that didn't have glaring holes and goofs in it.

      And after being shot THAT many times I don't care who you are, you are DEAD! But no, even after being told by Loomis that Myers is dead we're still teased by another scare. The child kills her foster mother just like Myers killed his sister. But why? She had no motive or reason. Another awful piece of tripe with more holes than Swiss Cheese.

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      05.09.2008 14:20
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      The best of the early sequels

      In an attempt to recreate and re-introduce Michael Myers to the carnage of Halloween, the film makers abandoned the idea of making a different Halloween every year with a different plot line. Having focused Part 3 on a mad toymaker with the intentions to poison the mind of vulnerable kids, Part 4 finds Myers in a coma ten years after the original horror.

      Halloween, 1988. Laurie Strode is dead and big brother Michael Myers is being transferred to a low security hospital, having not moved or flinched since he was burned up in the Haddonfield Massacre of 1978. However, a seemingly telekinetic link to his sister's 8 year old kid, Jamie, awakens him and he makes his way back to the small town to unleash more horror on the unsuspecting citizens.

      Hot on his trail once again is the increasingly demented Dr Loomis. Loomis is relentless in his foreboding, despite the ridicule of his peers and the police of Haddonfield. He has to get to the Carruthers family, who have fostered Jamie, before Michael does. Can he outwit the killer in less than 24 hours, without arousing the suspicion of the entire town, all of whom are hellbent on turning the bloodbath on its head and destroying Michael.

      Many things are never explained in this entry of Halloween. How, after ten years in a coma and a near death experience, is Michael able just to walk around as normal. And how, once again, is he able to drive the thousands of miles across the midwest back to Haddonfield. The question was posed, but never answered, in the original Halloween film. Here though, it barely matters.

      Director Dwight Little attempts to recreate some of the magic brought to the screen by John Carpenter. Filming much of the action at night and tweaking the original haunting theme tune goes some way to bring a few decent scares to the screen. Whilst never reaching the bar set by Halloween, Part 4 goes some way to apologise for the morbid slowness of Part 2 and the nearly pointless Part 3. There is also a nod to the original terse opening with a suspenseful twist that doesn't altogether make sense but at least gets the jaw dropping.

      The character's aren't as throwaway as they could have been, or indeed were in other films. Ellie Cornell as Rachel is no great shakes, but is attractive and likeable enough to carry her through the film. Danielle Harris gets the first of 3 appearances (she would appear in the recent remake as a different character) in the Halloween series, and ably grasps the terror of the stalked child, albeit a tasteless diversion to Myers' reign of terror. Donald Pleasance returns to the series for the 3rd time, and whilst he is as mad as a box of frogs, lends some empathy to the somewhat generic proceedings.

      Few of the Halloween sequels came anywhere close to the original film, but at least a couple of them attempted to maintain some of the mystique and terror that Carpenter infused. Halloween 4 is a shining example of a film that at least pays tribute to its creator without completely ripping it off.

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        30.05.2001 03:55

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        This film hails the return of Michael Myers who in my opinion (and hopefully everyone elses) was greatly missed in halloween 3. He is being transferred from one mental institute to another when you guessed it, he wakes up and kills everyone in the ambulance . . . He breaks free and goes after Jamie Lloyd (daughter of Laurie Strode) who is living with the Carruther's family. Dr Loomis once again returns to try and stop Michael. The story is set about ten years after the second Halloween, and although the beginning scene is quite gory it goes back to scaring viewers with suspense instead of gore. The acting in this film is particularly solid and some of the main characters are given more background and are fleshed out, whereas in the previous films this wasn’t allowed to happen. Being a big fan of the first two films, I was pleased to see Michael Myers back, he creates such horror without even having to do anything! He can just stand there, not do anything and still make people scared. The music in this film is much the same as before, just a little updated, still as scary as before as well. Overall a good film, obviously not as good as the first one, but on a par with the second one, I would recommend that you watch this film.

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        22.02.2001 01:31
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        Halloween 4 gives us a worthy follow up to Halloween. Michael Myers is back in Haddonfield after escaping from a secure hospital, naturally by killing lots of people in various bloody ways, and is now looking for his 8 year old niece, Jamie, played by Danielle Harris. The film revolves around how Michael slowly brings himself back to health whilst tracking Jamie, and how Jamie, who is disturbed by her mothers death some years before, slowly realises that she is being tracked down. Donald Pleasance is his usual spooky self, but the star of the show has to be Danielle Harrison as young Jamie, who puts in a very convincing performance as a disturbed young girl plagued by the 'boogyman', and gets the chance to scream lots and lots. The DVD is available on both R1 and R2, and both are widescreen. However, the sound is only Dolby Surround, and it must be said is quite hissy. This is particularly noticeable with dialogue, which can sometimes be indistinct. Infact, given that the surround soundtrack doesn't produce much 'around the back', I find it easier to watch in just stereo. Unfortunately, the same has to be said for the picture quality, which is soft and rather blurry, lacking the clear definition that you would expect from a DVD. I would suspect the quality is not far ahead of the widescreen digitally remastered video. There are no extras at all, except for some still pictures of clips from the film (not even production stills, but simply taken from the film and very blurry). The R1 disc manages to add a theatrical trailer but that is all. At £19.99 there is no reason to buy this disc. If you want to enjoy the excellent horror film, buy the video and save youself a bundle!

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          04.02.2001 23:21
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          After the bomb that was Halloween 3, the fourth part of the series gets back to its roots with Michael Myers back after 10 years in resting. This is the first Halloween film without John Carpenter at the helm and it shows, however this film is not nearly as bad as it could have been, in fact, as sequels go, this is a worthy effort. Set 10 years after that fateful Halloween night in 1978 where Myers hacked and killed his way through horny teenagers, no-clue guards and some unfortunate nurses we join the life of the latest of Myers' relatives, his niece Jamie. Laurie Strode is nowhere to be seen and this is because she has 'died' so she is taken care of by another family, mainly by her stepsister Rachel Corruthers. Jamie is having nightmares about her not-so-nice uncle, believing that he is very much alive and set out to kill her. For a young child Danielle Harris does a good job at playing Jamie often films are ruined by inept acting kids but its not true in this case, she does remarkably well. Michael Myers is alive and it’s not long before he's back to what he does best. Waking up from an apparent coma from being transferred from Ridgemont Maximum Security Hospital he kills the two ambulance attendants and sets out to Haddonfield. Myers is not the only one to survive the fire. Dr Loomis (the much missed Donald Pleasence) is also alive and still hell bent on stopping Myers from getting near Haddonfield and Jamie. He will have his work cut out though. The 1980s were awash with these type of films each with their high number of dead bodies. Halloween 4 has the highest body count of all Halloweens with 17 people (and animal) killed by Myers. This differs to Carpenters way of things where gore is kept to a minimum and it is Halloween 4's main weak point because blood does not equal scares. The film is also packed with horny teenagers, which meet their demise sooner or later.
          There is also a few laughs (albeit unintentional) with the local Rednecks who take the law into their own hands. The cast, compared to other Halloween films, is positively bulging. Halloween 4 does fall into terrible horror film staple of 'Running Around In Dark' syndrome. Thanks to a convenient power cut (yes the guy that controlled the power gets killed as well). This does let the film down a bit but is needed for any scares that may come. Scares are few. There are a lot of false attempts and when Myers does kill someone its not that sudden, the death scenes are more focused on the method of dying. The ending of Halloween 4 is intriguing and it makes the film rise up in terms of originality. I won’t spoil it for those who have yet to see it but its quite fitting. It’s just a shame they didn’t make the most of it in Halloween 5. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers is a sequel that doesn’t come close to the original but its a long way off from being a let down to the series. Many people are just happy to see Michael back but the film itself is still entertaining and worth watching.

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            31.12.2000 21:52
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            Halloween 4 gives us a worthy follow up to Halloween. Michael Myers is back in Haddonfield after escaping from a secure hospital, naturally by killing lots of people in various bloody ways, and is now looking for his 8 year old niece, Jamie, played by Danielle Harris. The film revolves around how Michael slowly brings himself back to health whilst tracking Jamie, and how Jamie, who is disturbed by her mothers death some years before, slowly realises that she is being tracked down. The film has lots of gore and bloody bits in it, but in between the film really succeeds in building up a sense of tension, tightening the screw to almost unbearable proportions in the middle sequence where Jamie and the police are baracaded into the Sherrif's house, aware that Michael Myers is somewhere outside (or is he?) There is also a great deal of tension when we first meet Jamie, unable to sleep because of nightmares - it certainly made me jump when she went back to her bedroom! (say no more...) Donald Pleasance is his usual spooky self, but the star of the show has to be Danielle Harrison as young Jamie, who puts in a very convincing performance as a disturbed young girl plagued by the 'boogyman', and gets the chance to scream lots and lots. The twist at the end is truly disturbing!

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            11.09.2000 07:15
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            Warning-some spoilers ahead. This is an excellent entry in the series and a great return after the disappointing Halloween III, that had nothing to do with the Myers storyline whatsoever. It's great to see Dr.Loomis return, but best yet,Mike's return! He really steals the show in this one. The killings are quite gruesome and Mike is really strong in this one (he actually ripped a guys neck apart and drove his fingers into another!) George Wilbur is great at playing Myers and is right up there with Dick Warlock. The special FX are pretty good and the end battle terrifying. The plot is great and the story and script is pretty good. The ending is quite creepy and is will creep you out. Overall,this is an excellent entry in the series and a true classic. Still not as good as the first and not as good as part 2, but its still great

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              27.08.2000 20:05

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              Everyone knows that sequels hardly ever come near the quality of the original, and this film just shows that the more sequels, the worse they get. I love Halloween, I think it's the funniest film after Toy Story 2 but I think somewhere on the way to Halloween 4 they lost the plot. The only thing Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers had that matched the quality of the original was the music. Michael Myers himself doesn't seem to have the same evil inhumanity that made me shiver through Halloween, the tension's not the same and when he comes back to life a million times as usual it's just boring, not funny like in the original. A pretty run of the mill sequel all in all, it's not terrible but if you look for what I look for in a horror you'll be dissapointed cos it's neither bone chilling or hilarious. There's not even one decapitation : (

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              29.07.2000 01:58
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              I like this Halloween I think its because it starts off fast and the scare come straight from the off, Dwight H. Little keeps up a good pace for the entire film with it never becoming boring. This film is set 10 years after the first and second with Laurie strode having died in a car crash and Myer in a coma for all this time. He has been useless for the 10 years so they decide to move him from the high security of Richmond back to Smith's Grove, they dont tell Dr. Loomis. When picked up by the Ambulance, he overhears the two members in the back talking about his relatives, he hears he has a niece and hes back. Shoving his thumb into the mans forehead and killing the others before crashing the ambulance. Loomis hears of this and gets straight to the crash scene and when Myers isnt there its onto Haddonfield. The niece Jamie Lloyd, who was adopted by the Carruthers family is having nightmare about Myers and decides to go out Trick or treating, With Myers out looking for her. Meanwhile Loomis finds Myers at a Garage and in an explosive start they both move onto to Haddonfield, both hoping to find Jamie first. This film has a very good ending and the pace is extreme through out with a very high death toll but the gore is turned right down. Incredibly suspenseful, some good acting, and great dialogue make this a m,ust see in the Halloween Series and his probably the second or third best of the films featuring Myers. Watch it on video and you might like it. Danielle Harris is very good has Jamie in this one and in part five.

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