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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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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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Taglines:

Ten Years Ago HE Changed The Face Of Halloween. Tonight HE'S BACK! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Goofs

Michael throws a man into the power grid, effectively killing all of the power in Haddonfield. Even though all of the houses are completely dark, there are inexplicable sources of light that are too bright to be the moon coming from behind trees and buildings, as well as shining in through windows from angles that would be impossible. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Loomis: [encounters the Shape in gas station] Michael? Why now? You waited ten years. I knew this day would come. Don't go to Haddonfield. If you want another victim, take me. But leave those people in peace. Please, Michael?
[pause]
Dr. Loomis: Goddamn you.
[Loomis shoots]
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The German version of this not-so violent film was cut during the gore scenes to get a 16 rating. See more »

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References A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »

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Halloween Theme
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Guess who's back!
20 December 2004 | by HotstarSee all my reviews

So, it transpires that Michael Myers survived being blown up on Halloween night 1978, and ten years later HE wakes from a decade of comatose to kill again.

OK, the premise is laughable but the decision to resurrect deranged serial killer Michael Myers is vindicated through a fine movie with several memorable moments and a shocking finale.

Donald Pleasence is on fine form as Myer's increasingly crazed doctor, Sam Loomis, who also survived being blown up in Halloween II. Loomis now walks with the aid of a stick and has burns to his face and hands but is otherwise fine. Blimey! He's almost as indestructible as Myers himself!

Halloween 4 racks up the jumps and gore but loses none of the thrills and excitement form the original movies. Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harris are excellent support for Pleasence in one of the best in the Halloween franchise.


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