By Brett Mullins
Directed by Dwight Little
Halloween IV marks the tenth anniversary of the series and sees the Return of Michael Myers to the quiet suburb of Haddonfield. After seemingly waiting in a coma for a ten years, Michael learns that his niece, Laurie Strode’s daughter, is living happily in Haddonfield and embarks on another murderous rampage to put an end to his bloodline.
Since this film serves as both a tribute to the original and Michael’s first sequel back in the series, it appears that the film makers opted to amplify many events of the story beyond reality. At this point, we all understand that Michael is a sort of superhuman, but in this film, the deaths are much more gruesome, Michael kills on a grander scale, and the school children have become progressively cruel. This attempt at atonement makes the film seem as though it is a bit out of place given the tone of the first two films. After the third film, however, I suppose anything’s on the table!
As usual, Donald Pleasence returns as Dr. Loomis, who he portrays wonderfully. The rest of the main cast, however, were fairly unconvincing and even silly at times. This is especially true for Rachel (Ellie Cornell), who spends most of the film angry and whining about boys, even when faced with Michael’s wrath.
The only truly redeeming aspect of the film is that it provided the best ending the audience could have asked for. It brought about a sense of closure and paralleled the elements from the first film. For the most part, this makes up for the majority of nonsense scenes and sloppy script writing.
Halloween IV manages to be a decent addition to a great series and works well as a stand-alone film.