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Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

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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. Can Dr. Loomis stop him?

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Dwight H. Little

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Dhani Lipsius (story), Larry Rattner (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Pleasence ... Dr. Sam Loomis
Ellie Cornell ... Rachel Carruthers
Danielle Harris ... Jamie Lloyd
George P. Wilbur ... Michael Myers
Michael Pataki ... Dr. Hoffman
Beau Starr ... Sheriff Ben Meeker
Kathleen Kinmont ... Kelly Meeker
Sasha Jenson ... Brady
Gene Ross ... Earl
Carmen Filpi ... Rev. Jackson P. Sayer
Raymond O'Connor ... Security Guard
Jeff Olson ... Richard Carruthers
Karen Alston Karen Alston ... Darlene Carruthers
Nancy Borgenicht Nancy Borgenicht ... Woman Attendant
David Jensen David Jensen ... Man Attendant
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Storyline

It's October 30, 1988 and Michael Myers has been in a coma since his pursuit of Laurie Strode, 10 years ago, was finally stopped (events of H1 and H2). However when he is transfered from Richmond Mental Institute to Smith's Grove he awakes when he hears that he has a niece in Haddonfield and after killing the transfer crew he escapes. In Haddonfield, the niece, Jamie, has been adopted by the Carruthers family but keeps having nightmares about Michael (but she doesn't know who he is). On Halloween night, Jamie goes out trick and treating, little knowing that her murdering Uncle is following her and her step-sister Rachel. Rushing to her aid is Dr. Loomis and with the help of Sheriff Meeker starts to search the town for Michael and to find Jamie to protect her. But can anything stop Michael this time? Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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HE'S BACK! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Halloween 4 See more »

Filming Locations:

Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,831,250, 23 October 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,768,757
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Like the doors of the house where Laurie Strode found the bodies in Halloween (1978), the doors and windows of Sheriff Meeker's house have locks that need keys to lock/unlock them from their insides, causing hazards to anyone needing to escape from danger if the keys are lost. See more »

Goofs

(at around 45 mins) After the power goes out, Jamie is on the sidewalk and hears Rachel calling for her. In the background, you can see tulips getting ready to bloom. Filming was obviously done in the spring rather than the fall. See more »

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[Earl is driving his pickup truck down the road; Orrin believes he has spotted Michael Myers]
Orrin Gateway: [tapping on the roof of Earl's truck] There he is!
[Earl drives over to the area and parks the car; he, Orrin, Big Al, and Unger exit the truck with their guns]
Orrin Gateway: I've seen his face. Right there, Al. Right there in the bushes.
[the bushes move and all four men open fire]
Earl: Come on.
[They all rush to the bushes and discover they have mistakenly shot and killed an innocent man]
Unger: Shit, Earl. It's Ted Hollister.
Earl: [...]
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Alternate Versions

The scene in which Michael kills the mechanic was originally on-screen. The footage showed Michael stabbing the mechanic in the throat with the crowbar. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Halloween IV (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Drinkin' Life All Wrong
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Written by Danny Kirsic
Performed by Danny Kirsic
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User Reviews

what a return it is
29 June 2001 | by MichaelM24See all my reviews

After a seven year absence from the screen, Michael Myers returns. Set ten years after the first two films (#2 was filmed in 1981, but set immediately after #1 in 1978), THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS opens with the infamous killer being transfered between psyhiciatric hospitals. Naturally, he escapes, and, tipped off that he has a niece (daugther of the now-deceased Jamie Lee Curtis character) living in Haddonfield, sets out to find her. Hot on his trail, as always, is Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence). After some were turned off by the more-gruesome deaths in HALLOWEEN 2, this film is more in-line with the original, relying more heavily on suspense and honest scares than blood and gore. For a nine-year-old, Harris delivers a good performance, and Donald Pleasence (as usual) is also good, with a performance that lets you know this is a been-there-don't-want-to-go-through-that-again character. Director Dwight H. Little brings a sense of atmosphere to the film and creates a number of suspenseful scenes. Thankfully, the make-shirt mob of gun-toting beer-guzzlers isn't as bad as it could have been. HALLOWEEN 4 is one of the best of the series.


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