By Brett Mullins
Directed by Dominique Othenin-Girard
Halloween V: The Revenge of Michael Myers takes place one year following the events of the fourth film and is made to parallel the transition between the first and second films. By the end of this film, Michael has completed his transition from a shadow stalking boggeyman that’s been slicing and dicing Haddonfield for decades to an unstoppable Jason Voorhees type character that goes out of his way to murder on a mass scale.
Once you get down to it, this movie is mostly filler. The few major plot elements could have easily been integrated into the fourth film without jamming too much content into an hour and thirty minutes. Besides feeling rushed, it appears that the filmmakers ran out of encounters for Michael, so they had him running around pointlessly slashing up skimpy, half-naked teenagers in a barn. At one point, he goes so far as to chase several people with a muscle car in an open field. Even Rachel’s character served no actual purpose and was, more or less, reduced to a bimbo stereotype.
The only standout performances were, as always, Donald Pleasence as the near crazed Dr. Loomis and Danielle Harris as the disturbed Jamie Lloyd. Unless you’re set in stone on watching the entire series in order, there is no reason not to skip this one except for Donald Pleasence’s presence which dominates nearly every scene.
Unlike the previous films, the audience feels little to no connection with the protagonists, besides Dr. Loomis and Jamie. At this point, it’s easy to begin rooting for Michael to kill these generic characters off as quickly as possible to get to some meaningful point in the story. Once a film reaches that point, it’s almost not worth finishing.