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There have been several films of Halloween made and this is the 5th one. I decided to watch it again as it has been a few years since I had seen it, and it was been shown on channel 5 USA.
The film starts with Michael been stopped and shot several times. I think that is the way number 4 ended but I can not be sure. Michael swims off down the lake and collapses through his gun shot wounds. The film then skips to Halloween eve 1 year later. Where the little girl Jamie is still suffering from the attacks of Michael the year before. She is currently in a children's hospital.
Jamie is the niece of Michael so come Halloween he will come back after her again. But she appears to be able to see through his eyes and sees what he is doing and tried to warn people which is a little difficult as she has not spoke sine what had happened to her last year. She manages to warn her sister out of her house and the police do a search and find nothing but Michael still lurks around.
Doctor Loomis played by Donald Pleasance is the only one that truly believes Michael is back and asks Jamie to help him find Michael. Jamie manages to start speaking again to start saving people from the hands of Michael. I wont say whether she manages to actually save people or herself will Michael die for one last time or survive to come back once again, for that you will have to watch the film.
I found the acting in this film to be very good and very well played especially Jamie who is played by Danielle Harris she is the main lead in this film as it is all about Michael getting to Jamie. For such a young actress her part in the film was brilliant and I think it must have been a scary part to play for her. I think this shows in her acting as you can see real fear in her face throughout the film.
I find a lot of old films can be quite rubbish with the acting and the special affects but I think that this is one of the older films that are really good on both occasions. It is a film that is well worth the watch but maybe they just started making too many of these as they can get quite predictable but I would still say it is worth a watch, and I enjoyed watching the film from beginning to end.
Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers continues directly on from the climax of Halloween 4, Myers gunned down and blasted down an old mine, only to survive and return again to Haddonfield a year later. Again in desperate need to kill off his neice Jamie (Danielle Harris).
This is where it all started seriously going down hill in the franchise. The misguided introduction of a character at this point only known as 'The Man In Black' was a major error. (Its safe enough to say he wasnt Johnny Cash though).
There are a couple of trademark Myers moments. A guy who loves his car meeting his maker, and the death of the retruning Rachel (Ellie Cornell) is another. Another positive note, is the return of Donald Pleasence again. His Sam Loomis brings some heart and credibility to proceedings.
This movie sadly feels cheap. It doesnt feel like a Halloween. As with Halloween 4, its set in Salt Lake City, and that location just doesnt feel like the Haddonfield of the first two Halloween movies. Its also poorly scripted and poorly acted by most of the supporting cast. Especially two bungling cops, who feel totally out of place.
Unless you're a die hard Halloween fan, like myself, it may be one to avoid.
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
Writer: Michael Jacobs & Shem Bitterman & Dominique Othenin-Girard
Dir.: Dominique Othenin-Girard
Donald Pleasence - Dr. Sam Loomis
Danielle Harris - Jamie Lloyd
Ellie Cornell - Rachel Carruthers
Beau Starr - Sheriff Ben Meeker
Wendy Kaplan - Tina Williams
Don Shanks - Michael Myers
One year after Michael Myers' return, he comes back for Jamie again.
Jamie has been in a children's clinic and hasn't spoken a word since attacking her mom. However, she now has a mental connection to Michael. She can see through his eyes when he's going to attack someone.
Michael kills Rachel, leaving her friend Tina as the only person left to care for Jamie.
When Tina is at a party, Jamie sees that Michael is after her.
Jamie and her friend escape from the clinic to help Tina.
Dr. Loomis and the cops wait for Michael to return to his old house. They're able to tranquilize him and put him in jail.
Does this mean that Michael Myers' killing spree is finally over, or is there much more in store?
This movie is okay at best. It is another sequel to the 1978 film Halloween. It is the fourth sequel, and the third sequel that includes Michael Myers. The first two Halloween movies were very good, but by the time you get to this one there really isn't anything new. The element of Jamie's mental connection to Michael is an interesting concept, but unfortunately it's the only new and interesting concept in the film.
The writing is clichéd and unoriginal with nothing new to offer, and the directing is average.
Except for a few players, the cast are a bunch of cardboard cutouts that could be played by anyone.
Donald Pleasence once again reprises his role as Dr. Sam Loomis, and is one of the bright spots. He plays his role to perfection, almost overplaying at times, and demands your attention whenever he's on screen.
Danielle Harris reprises her role as Jamie, but this time she's mute. She once again does a very good job for someone so young in such an intense role.
Ellie Cornell also reprises her role as Rachel, although only briefly, running around half naked until she's killed.
Beau Starr also reprises his role as Sheriff Ben Meeker.
The new main cast member in this one is Wendy Kaplan, who plays Tina. She actually does a pretty good job coming in this late in the franchise. She very well portrayed the typical slasher victim, young, pretty, apparently not very bright and full of bad decisions.
Don Shanks replaced George Wilbur as Michael Myers in this one. However, George Wilbur would returned to the role of Michael Myers in the next installment, Halloween 6.
This film was rushed into production and ended up being the least successful in the franchise. It opened well, at # 2, but quickly fell off and did quite poorly.
Overall, this movie is nothing special. If you're a fan of the franchise you'll probably enjoy this one, but if you're not, this is definitely not the one that will make you a fan. I can only recommend this one to Halloween fans.
This obviously carries on from H4 and is probably one of the worst of the original franchise. Donald Shanks plays a decent Myers but is too big for the role but Pleasence, again, does a great job as Doctor Loomis. It introduces a new mystery character that will become important in the next installment and it's someone who holds the key to why Myers is evil and indestructible. This film probably has the most annoying character in the whole franchise in Tina who you will never wait until if or when she is killed off. It's really a run of the mill Halloween flick that was made purely for the money. Too bad they never carried on from the ending of H4 and taken a completely different route with the series but I guess the fans always want to see Myers on screen. I guess it makes good business sense but by this point, the series was getting tiresome.
Halloween 5 is the fifth installment in the Halloween movie franchise and this part is nothing better than the fourth part but I must say that the film is good to watch. I still found the film entertaining as the Jamie's story had continued. She is now in the mental hospital, unable to talk. After the horrific actions of the girl in the end of Halloween 4, she has no one to share anything with. Unfortunately, Michael Myers still lives after he escapes a bomb which would have caused his death. He is unconsious for a year and awakens. Only Jamie knows he lives as she can sense him. She tries telling everyone but cannot do anything. She is helpless. By the end of the movie, Michael is jailed but a mysterious person lingers around the town. He breaks through the prison, eliminating all police officers and as Jamie checks the cell where Michael was imprisoned, she discovers that he has escaped. The movie continues into Halloween 6. Yet the story changes. Do watch the other few films as you will understand the movie.
In much the same fashion as the original Halloween film and its sequel, number 5 picks up where the previous one left us. After 10 years in a coma, Michael finally woke up to stalk his dead sister's 8 year old kid, Jamie. The fed up folk of Haddonfield had enough though and apparently blew him to bits in an exploding mine shaft.
One year later though, and we see how Michael managed to swim his way to safety, and is now under refuge with an elderly tramp who lives in a riverside hut. Quicker than you can carve a pumpkin though, Myers is back in hot pursuit of his now muted niece, and laying carnage on anybody who dares to stand in his way.
Director Dominique Othenin-Girard attempts to add a European feel to a formula this is rigidly American, and whilst its admirable, it nearly never works. The gore is reduced further from previous entry's, making for less to grab on to for horror audiences. The plot is a virtual re-tread of the previous film, with cardboard cut outs standing in for the actors.
Three actors from film number 4 turn up here, with 9 year old Danielle Harris acting the adult cast off the screen, and that is despite being mute for most of the film. Even Donald Pleasance's quiet murmurs of doom seem like the ramblings of an old man on the verge of senile dementia. Whether Pleasance was the full shilling or not, you would think his advisor's would have advised the respected actor to hang up his file on Myers much sooner, allowing him a dignified exit from films (instead he would stick around for number 6 and pass away just after completion).
The biggest problem though is the stand in for Michael. He should be a great big body builder, but instead is being potrayed here by a man who looks like he could use a good feed. In fact, half the buxom beauty's he stalks look like they might be able to knock him over. This requires Michael to step back into the shadows and instead of stalking, he merely hides and waits. The other issue is the introduction of a brand new threat that is never elaborated on. Clearly being retained for a sequel (that would not surface for another 4 years) its anybody's guess who the man in the black coat and hat is.
There is enough blood on the screen to give this film its 18 rating, but gore and colourful amounts of blood mean nothing if the narrative is so devoid of any development. The simple fact of it is, despite the obvious attempts of the able director, it simply isn't scary. Perhaps it tries to hard, given that John Carpenter's original film barely had to change gear to have its audience hiding behind their hands.
In the end, the Myers saga has been reduced to sloppy plotting, and a handful of characters barely worth the price of your cinema ticket. Othenin-Girard may well have had good intentions for the series, but he plays havoc with Carpenter's original simple premise and bludgeoned the score far more effectively than his murder victims. Thankfully, subsequent directors would return Michael to his former guise, making this pretentious entry a mere step out of kilter
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Here we are for what at the time was just yet another horror sequel in a franchise that had long passed its sell by date!
The series centres around psychopathic killer Michael Myers who goes on crazed murder sprees around that special time of year, Halloween.
To give a brief view of what I thought of the previous films in the series:
The original was atmosperic and is generally considered as one one of the greatest horror films of all time, the second was set instantly after the first ended and was truly abysmal and not even remotely intense or scary, the third was nothing to do with the Halloween franchise or the main character 'Michael Myers' so does not merit mention and the fourth was quite atmospheric and did show glimmers of promise but was generally routine.
So with the way the series was going, I could hardly contain my excitement. (oh my, can you feel the sarcasm?)
This film is set a year to the day (Halloween, duh!) from the end of the previous installement and the psycho killer, Myers has recovered from being shot down and has returned to stalk Jamie (his niece and the last remaining member of his family) and attempt to murder her and those around her.
As Michael starts murdering his way through Haddonfield (the area in which he does the majority of his butchering), we learn that Jamie has a telepathic connection to Michael in that she senses his presence and seems to go into some from of panic attac whenever he is about to kill.
Jamie has an ally in Dr Loomis (of the original films, played by the late Donald Pleasance). He learns of the family link and realises that he must go to help save her because he is really the only person who knows what Michael is like and knows that he will return. (Loomis was the doctor of Michael Myers for fifteen years according to the original Halloween)
The truth is that this is merely a continuation of a series which was like a long suffering patient in need of either resuscitation or for the life support machine to be turned off. The results really were just over the top gore bordering on the plain sadistic and a plot so incredibly paper thin. I would say make your own mind up but I would rather you didn't have to endure such a sorry excuse for a film.
If you love horror then you may find some enjoyment in this film merely because you may be a fan of the gore generation of the eighties but I personally have nothing against horror (without being a 'fan') and think it is a waste of resources and a waste of ninety minutes.
Where can you get this? How much does it cost?
If you are desperate enough then you can get this DVD on play.com for £4.99. Only really worth it if you are completing the series or are plain sadistic!! But then that is just my opnion!
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Halloween 5 was the Halloween movie that could have redefined the Halloween franchise. After the twist ending that Halloween 4 provided the film could have steered onto a bold new path and delivered a new vibe and energy into the series. However despite everything being set up for them the filmmakers chickened out and therefore Halloween 5 does not turn out to be the possible turnaround for the series but an instalment that seems uninspired and rushed, which is not surprising as this was made just a year after Halloween 4 in 1989. Many fans of the series will, when talking about bad sequels to the series, apart from mentioning Season of the Witch (it seems obligatory to say that) will also say Halloween 5, some just dont like it at all, others say it was too much like Halloween 4 and others are just apathetic about it.
It has been a year since the events of Halloween 4. Jamie (Danielle Harris) is now in a childrens hospital and has not spoken a word since Halloween night of 1988. Her stepsister Rachel (Ellie Cornell) and friend Tina (Wendy Kaplan, who was also in Halloween 4 but has a significantly bigger role in the sequel) regularly visit her in the hospital hoping she will recover from the fateful Halloween night. Her Uncle isnt quite dead just yet though. After being shot down the mineshaft he took refuge in an old hermits house and stayed there for one year. Now it is Halloween once more and Myers has awoken with the purpose to try and kill his niece again. However since the events last year Jamie has built a telepathic bond to her Uncle and she can sense when he is about to kill next which Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance) urges her to try and tell him before Myers does yet more damage.
It seems, then, that this sequel is pretty much a copy of Halloween 4 and that isnt too far from the truth. Indeed the only real new inclusion to the film is towards the middle of the film when the Man In Black shows up. His appearance throughout the film remains a mystery until the end and he does play a more important role in The Curse of Michael Myers. However other than that there is little to set this apart from the film before it apart from the slightly rushed feel of it and you cant help but shake the feeling that, after the simple and effective style of the original, we really dont need a mysterious man turn up and raise a few questions.
With the rushed production time the main casualty is the script. Indeed, you cant help but think that the reason why Jamie remains mute is that the writers didnt have to think about dialogue for her. What speech it does have is fairly uninspired and adds little to the film and even the ramblings of Loomis dont feel as good as they once were. A lot of the film involves a lot of running around in dark places, normally taken up by Jamie, or just a character on their own checking something out. While these scenes are not inherently bad a bit more imagination in the film would have been very welcome.
Despite the rushed nature of the film the acting isnt quite as bad as you may fear. Once again Danielle Harris really does shine as Jamie. Although it is slightly annoying that she cant speak throughout most of the film she shows that she can be a solid little actress and some really good emotion is conveyed through her and, thanks to seeing her in the previous film, you feel empathy towards her and her character. Cornells role in the film isnt as significant as in the fourth, which is a shame as she could have been used far more effectively than she had done. More of the film is given to Kaplan as Tina. While her acting isnt the greatest, though this can be due to the fact most of the film requires her to run around and laugh in skimpy dresses, she is a very fun and likable character. In her moments of seriousness with Jamie another side can be shown and a nice bond is formed showing a bit more development in her character. This is more than can be said for the other teenagers in the film. Unfortunately they are so unlikeable and horned up that when they are eventually killed youll feel no emotion towards their deaths. Pleasance also produces another commendable role as Loomis, albeit a more worn and tired one. He was rumoured to have disagreed in the direction the film was going with the director and this is apparent on screen as he doesnt seem to have quite as much enthusiasm as the others but he still plays the role well and manages to say some memorable lines.
The directing from Dominique Girad is fairly pleasing. He uses light a lot more than in other Halloween films and many times Myers is seen outside in the daylight skulking in bushes which still gives an air of menace and fear even if he isnt shrouded in black. The finale stalk-down with Jamie and Myers is also quite pleasing. The scene with the laundry shoot is suitably tense and well directed picking up on the trapped claustrophobic and urgent atmosphere well and it shows that at least some spark is evident in the film. The films action is kept quite fast throughout with the entire running around and so tension does not really build up as such and there is, as in Halloween 4, a lot of violence though the kills arent quite as shocking or as inspired.
As well as the weak script there are other none-to-pleasing aspects of Halloween 5. The most notable is the inclusion of two bumbling police officers that, whenever on screen, are accompanied by some dreadful clown like music. This is not only pointless but it ruins the mood of the film, this is, after all, a horror film. Whether they were included for slapstick humour or to relieve possible tension does not matter as they were simply not needed and should not have been included at all. A link to the downside of the script is character development, which is pretty much none existent for new characters that means you wont care if they are killed off or not. The length of the film is also cause for concern. At 97 minutes it does seem to be stretched out somewhat, mainly due to the fact we had a lot of running in the first half let alone towards the end, and it could have used some more editing to try and get it trimmed down a touch more. A minor problem that people have with this film but nonetheless talked about is Michael Myers himself. With every film that is made the mask he wears is different and Halloween 5 is no exception. While still creepy it just looks a bit dumpy as if Michael put on a lot of weight while sleeping for a year. As well as the mask Halloween 5 is known for the unmasking of Myers (the only other time was seen in Halloween) but not only that we get to see some real emotion from him, a tear. Whether this cheapens Myers somewhat is up to the people watching it but it did anger some fans as Myers was notable for not showing emotion and thats what made him scary. However Myers does seem to have picked up a sense of humour whereby he scrapes a hook along the car of Tinas boyfriend whos obsessed with it. Unexpected but it is quite funny.
Whether Halloween 5 is a bad sequel or not is subjective to the viewer. It certainly isnt as good as Halloween 4 and doesnt come close to the first two films. Despite many criticisms levelled at it Halloween 5 certainly isnt an abomination to the series of the horror genre as a whole. The main reason why people dislike it is the fact that it just didnt deliver what could have been, a new direction and a new life and instead relied on an overused concept. However given the nice acting from most of the cast and fairly good direction it is able to at least have some credibility. This film does warrant the sharpest dip in imagination for the series but if you are after a typical slasher film then you could do worse than this film. All in all Halloween 5 is a passable way to spend watching. It is just distinctly average.
HALLOWEEN 5 IS
HALLOWEEN 5 IS NOT
As good as it should have been
A film trying to be different
Without its charm
I've always been a big fan of the "Halloween" series. The first and second movies were both great, though the sequel suffered from some noticeable problems. This wasn't enough to deteriorate the true masterpiece that is the original "Halloween" and the legacy that was supposed to stop after the second installment. The third film, a non-sequel sequel that I've yet to see, was supposed to be a long-running theme which used the "Halloween" moniker as part of its title but wouldn't have anything to do with Michael Myers or the original storyline. Fans didn't take well to this and out of greed producer Moustapha Akkad brought Michael back. This proved to be a great move as the following sequel ("Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers") actually turned out to be above average. Even greed behind the motivation couldn't successfully kill Michael as this "accidentally good film" put faith back in viewers. The year is 1989 and fans are flocking to see the next installment ("Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers") and never was there more disappointment in the air than the first public showing that night. We learn that after the events in part four, Michael (played in this sequel by Don Shanks) was kept alive by a hermit for a year. Once Halloween begins he murders the hermit and makes his way back to Haddonfield. There we see Jamie (Danielle Harris) who can no longer speak and has developed a telepathic link with her uncle. Dr. Sam Loomis (the late, great Donald Pleasance) also returns and discovers Jamie's link to Uncle Mike. He tries to use this to his advantage to figure out when and who he's going to kill when Jamie goes into panic attacks. These attacks are giveaway's that Michael will strike and is also an original idea. But in a "Halloween" film? Save it for a "Friday The 13th" sequel. This movie is bad. I don't mean bad as in
"Jason Goes To Hell" purposely bad but I mean bad as in "there goes an hour and a half of my life" bad. This whole telepathic crap might be more original for this series but it doesn't work in the least. We go from one of the simplest Horror films of all time to something more complicated than building your own PC. This film is all around horrible. I will proceed to laugh in your face if you tell me more than two characters are actually watchable throughout this whole movie. Danielle Harris lets her talent come full tilt here and Donald Pleasance, once again, doesn't disappoint as Loomis. Both performances are over the top and easily forgettable but they do realize this is a "Halloween" film. They won't be at the Oscars anytime soon so they simply have fun with the movie and the end results are better than one may expect. The co-stars are absolutely atrocious. I don't mean that as in what most Horror movie actors are but in a way that it isn't even fun to watch. They overact to the highest degree and all believability is thrown out the window. Each character is stupider than the next and more one-dimensional than a piece of cardboard. Don't expect any originality here as every character is exactly what you would expect. The goofy victim, the "no one can touch me" victim, the annoying blonde, the "best friend who shouldn't die but eventually does but while saving lives" victim, etc... Everything is painfully predictable and so laughably awful that a few good performances from Pleasance, Harris, and Shanks can't save a damn thing. It doesn't help either that the script is retarded, watered down, and formulaic; it complements the horrible acting. Crap and crap go together, after all. Even with an abysmal script and acting that can be said to be just as bad, at least you can depend on the "Halloween" series to scare you. Wrong again; director Domini
que Othenin-Gerard apparently wasn't raised on Horror movies. His chase scenes are uneventful and uninteresting, the stalking sequences are duller than Mike's blade scraped up against a steel bar, and the death scenes are straight to the point and sleep-inducing. Nothing and I mean NOTHING here is any good whatsoever. This film won't scare you, it won't terrify you, and it won't leave you with nightmares. As a matter of fact, I don't remember the last time I slept so soundly. Usage of slow-motion shots screams the word ?mainstream" and the fact that Othenin-Gerard knows NOTHING about atmosphere kills any decent setup the film could have had. Don Shank's portrayal of The Shape is definitely a highlight and even his mastery of Michael's walk and actions can make this film the least bit scary. He may be trying for suspense but his locations are as un-scary as anything I've seen. Even a dark forest doesn't use Michael's white mask and fear-inducing walk to its advantage. We only seem to see Michael whenever he's going to murder another victim. Remember those shots of him in the original "Halloween" where you would see him out of the periphery of your vision in various scenes. Nothing of that sort is utilized here. In fact, the only decent scene last for, at the most, three minutes. Othenin-Gerard's lack of actual mood and good usage of dark makes this one uneventful, dull, formulaic, narcoleptic slasher film. The "Halloween" I used to know is dead. The final nail in the coffin is the actual sight of blood. This is another factor in the movie that Othenin-Gerard doesn't know a thing about this series. The death scenes sport amounts of blood not seen in a "Halloween" sequel. Knives drip blood, the blade can be seen entering the body, the after-the-fact gore is present, and some objects not normally used by Myers (a pitchfork!!?!?) are utilized. The true spirit
of this series is killed by everything that the original sequels DIDN'T have. It's not only the blood that makes this a horrible offering ("Halloween 6: The Curse Of Michael Myers" had a lot of gore in it and I can say that I like it) but the fact that the Othenin-Gerard took the direction of the series into a wrong turn with this entry. This is simply a bad slasher film put into Michael's mask. I've actually read a few comments that state this film is actually decent. I won't go into a rant but rather let my review speak for itself. If you can honestly say you liked this than "The Curse Of Michael Myers" should be a John Carpenter-ish sequel in their eyes. As it stands, Myers may have gotten "Revenge" in this film but I would rather see Othenin-Gerard get his comeuppance for this cinematic atrocity. He should be locked in a room for six months and they should endlessly play this movie over and over again with nowhere to go. [Rated R for bloody horror violence, language, and some sexuality.]
Its one year after the Halloween 4, and Michael Myers is back to wreak terror on Jamie Lloyd. Jamie lost her ability to speak since the previous Halloween and is now in a Children's hospital. But, she seems to have a telepathic link to Michael . . . which only Dr Loomis seems to realize and her little friend in the hospital. Halloween 5 is not an awful film, its just quite bad! There are some scares to be had especially the scene in which Jamie is in Michael's house . . .but otherwise this film won't shock you as much as the rest, its quite predictable at times, and this will annoy a lot of viewers. The music is still there to act as a foil to the shocks, but there just aren't that many in this film! The acting is still pretty good, and Dr Loomis is as good as ever, but this film just doesn't make the grade, which is a shame because Halloween 4 was so promising. The film is one of the weakest of the series (apart from number 3); even so, horror fans will find enough to enjoy it
Masked man stalks little girl, trying to kill her. Old man tries to stop him. Lots of teenagers have sex. Well, Halloween 5 is not a bad film if you like horror stories, by any means. However, following on from the excellent Halloween 4, this is a disappointing sequel. Jamie, Michael Myer's pre-teen niece, who he attempted to dispose of in Halloween 4, is now in a children's home after her attempt to copy her uncle's exploits at the end of H4. However, Jamie is now back to being a 'mass murder isn't for me' sweet kid again. So naturally, Michael (who has murdered more teenagers than I've had hot dinners) must rise from near death (after all he was shot by the police about 100 times at the end of the last film) to finish her off again. And of course, her step-sister who looked after Jamie so well in H4 must be killed at the beginning of H5 to create some shock effect. As with H4, Danielle Harris as Jamie, steals the show as the only actor trying to convey genuine emotion. Her screaming just gets better and better, and she has so much practise in the film. Unfortunately, the film does not revolve around Jamie much, but instead goes for the stereotypical teenagers having sex and getting murdered in flagrante delicto, lots of screaming and disbelief, a Michael Myers who really does take his inability to be killed to absolute extremes, and mysterious characters who serve no real purpose in the film, except to make the premise of another sequel plausible. Danielle Harris just about saves the film by continuing her wonderfully effective performance as the young Jamie, screaming and looking vulnerable in all the right places. Unfortunately the same cannot be said of Donald Pleasance as Loomis, attempting to pursue Myers to the end. His performance is looking distinctly tired and lack-lustre. Available in R1 and R2 DVD, the disc itself is an appaling affair, with no extras on R2 (except some still p
ictures from the film itself). Though it is widescreen, the sound is only Dolby Surround, and the picture is noticeably grainy and lacking definition. The R1 disc can only add a theatrical trailer, so all in all stick to the VHS version is my honest opinion.
Well, Halloween 5 is not a bad film if you like horror stories, by any means. However, following on from the excellent Halloween 4, this is a disappointing sequel. Jamie, Michael Myer's pre-teen niece who he attempted to dispose of in Halloween 4, is now in a children's home after her attempt to copy her uncle's exploits at the end of H4. However, Jamie is now back to being a 'mass murder isn't for me' sweet kid again. So naturally, Michael must rise from near death (after all he was shot by the police about 100 times at the end of the last film) to finish her off again. And of course, her step-sister who looked after Jamie so well in H4 must be killed at the beginning of H5 to create some shock effect. As with H4, Danielle Harris as Jamie, steals the show as the only actor trying to convey genuine emotion. Her screaming just gets better and better, and she has so much practise in the film. Unfortunately, the film does not revolve around Jamie much, but instead goes for the stereotypical teenagers having sex and getting murdered in flagrante delicto, lots of screaming and disbelief, a Michael Myers who really does take his inability to be killed to absolute extremes, and mysterious characters who serve no real purpose in the film, except to make the premise of another sequel plausible. Whilst the film is enjoyable in a brain-numbing style, it does not offer the tension of H4. Available in widescreen video and DVD, DVD has no extras whatsoever.
This probably the most boring Halloween there has been, there is quite a bit of plot adding the black robed men protecting Myers for some reason and the story of Jamie. Basically the plot goes like this, its been one year since the events for Halloween 4 and Michael is thought to be dead and Jamie has been place in a Childrens Hospital since stabbing her step-mother with the scissors. Ever since that night, she hasn't said a word but she makes a horrifying discovery, she has a mind-link with Michael. Michael is still alive, he was found in the river by a tramp who brings him back to heatlh to be rewarded by Michael snapping his neck. While the town thinks Michael dead, Dr. Loomis believes he is alive and that there will be a repeat of the previous year unless they act quickly. He plans to somehow use Jamie to end Michael's rage in place it all began, the Myers' house. But while Dr. Loomis searches for Michael, a mysterious Man in Black arrives in Haddonfield. This man and Michael are somehow linked together because they share a mysterious tattoo on their wrists. This film tries to be clever adding the cult status into the film but it is very boring. Not alot happens in the film and it doesnt pick up again pace till the last 20 minutes and then its finished. Both Pleasence and Harris give good performances as usual but this is the worst Haloween Sequel out of the lot. I liked the end in the Police Station where the cops are killed off by Dr. Wynn and then I like it when Jamie walks in and cries "No...no."
Starting around Halloween 4, that masked nut Michael Myers stopped chasing his sister (played by Jamie Lee Curtis in the first and second films, as well as Halloween H20) and went after his niece. Now he's chasing her around again in part 5, but it's a lot of other people who die in the process. Donald Pleasence continues his mad-doctor bit from the earlier movies, Danielle Harris is the unfortunate relation, and Donald L. Shanks plays the monster. The film is an improvement on parts 2 and 4 (part 3 having nothing to do with Michael Myers), but it still amounts to routine slaughter with none of John Carpenter's stylistic brilliance from the original movie. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com