Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989, Dominique Othenin-Girard)

Halloween 4 brought a promising continuation to the classic Halloween series. A follow up one year later should hardly surprise anyone, with much of the same cast returning from part 4 and some new plot twists, there is no way this sequel couldn't be great, right? I said, right? The fact no one is answering may be an indication to the contrary. Read on...

It's one year later and Michael Myers' last remaining relative, his niece Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris) is now living in the Haddonfield Children's Clinic after the shocking event at the end of part 4 (you expected me to give it away, didn't you?). She has been under the care of Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) since her run in with Uncle Mikey and is suffering from visions of him murdering again. Little do we know that her visions are actually part of a telekinetic bond that she shares with Michael. Dr. Loomis tries to help Jamie use her powers to find Myers and lure him back to where it all began..the Myers' house.

Halloween 5 has one main problem which would continue on through the rest of the series: useless supporting characters. Similar to the sex starved, brainless hospital employees in part 2, this one features several sex starved teens whose only purpose here is to provide Michael with a blank canvas for his imaginative killings. Once again, not necessarily a bad thing for us gorehounds, but it makes it hard to feel any sympathy for the characters. There are also a pair of bumbling cops that appear throughout the film. There is actually zany, looney tunes music playing whenever they appear. I swear I could smell my brain cells melting away every time those two dillholes were on the screen. The film also has a mysterious figure dressed in all black who appears often, without a hint of who the character is, though he seems to play an important part. Though this character's identity is revealed in part 6, the filmmakers of part 5 admitted they had no idea who the character would become. Despite all of these shortcomings, I actually liked this movie. The main story with Michael Myers, Loomis and Jamie was a good step forward for the series . There was also plenty of frightening scenes and the makeup effects by KNB Effects Group were top notch.


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