Halloween 4 (1988)
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Michael Myers (Wilbur) thought dead and
burned alive cheats the grave and heads back to
"Haddonfield", this time to seek and kill his young
niece Jamie (Harris). Dr. Loomis (also thought dead) tracks him down…
again…god this guy must have a weak social life. Will Myers get to his
niece? Will Loomis save the day? Will teens die horrible deaths? What do
you think…The Shape is back…ready to get on with the killing….
It’s nice to see The Shape back on his two
feet. The Myers-less "Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch" left a bad
taste in many Halloween fans mouths…so this entry was welcomed with open
arms. Is it any damn good? It’s actually pretty decent. Lets discard the
fact that at the end of part 2…our poor psycho had his eyes shot out by
Laurie and that Loomis was blown up to smithereens, this is the horror
genre and when money talks, bullshit walks. Myers has no problems driving
a truck, sees perfectly well and Loomis has a few burn scars and hobbles
when he walks.
This movie is basically a muscled up version of the
original with Michael taking it to the next level. He blows up a gas station, wipes out an
entire police station and kills the town's electricity (yes the whole
town), all that so he can murder his niece without any hassle (why didn’t
he just nuke the place). Apart from a few spooky scenes this movie has
more in common with "The Terminator" than the original Halloween
but that doesn’t mean it isn’t very entertaining. One thing I particularly appreciated is that this time
Michael is after a little girl. It gives the movie a meaner edge and makes
it scarier. Add to that intense chase
scenes, some nifty kills, genuine suspense, an edge of your seat rooftop
stalk scene and a powerhouse ending and you get a solid sequel. It's far from the
"subtle" horror film "Halloween" was but it sure is
good pumpkin fun. Lets put some razor blades in apples…
Donald Pleasence (Loomis) can do no wrong. Loomis is crazier, more obsessed
and very determined. Mr. Pleasence is on top of it all. Ellie Cornell
(Rachel) gives a grounded, pleasant performance and I’m very pleased
that she actually looks like a normal girl and not the typical balloon tit
bimbos we usually find in horror flicks. Danielle Harris (Jamie) is a big
part of the film and considering her young age (she was 10 years old at
the time), she holds up very well and
then some. Where is she now??? Kathleen Kinmont (Kelley) gives a decent
show but her performance is overshadowed by how good she looks in a
T-shirt. George Wilbur (Michael) walks the walk and is a bigger dude than
the previous Michaels.
It’s alright…Michael seems to be pissed off in this one. He impales a
chick with a shotgun, stuffs his
thumb in some dudes forehead, crushes a few skulls and rips one poor
schmuck’s head off. You go my man…
Miss Kinmont gives us a half baked tit shot but graces us with a wonderful
g-string butt shot…great behind…I dreamt about it later on that
Little loves the color blue, the movie is bathed in blue filters. He also
slaps in a few
groovy lighting tricks, knows how to build suspense and nails the action scenes.
I also have to give the man props for capturing that eerie Halloween (the
holiday) feel, it's creepy but yet beautiful at the same time. With this one he gives the series the shot in the arm
A reworking of "Carpenter’s" classic score, it will send
shivers down your pants when it kicks in..
Distributor: Anchor Bay
The DVD I'm reviewing is the
"Limited Edition" DVD. It's encased in a metal box and comes
with a full color booklet that talks about how H4 came to be. Here's more
about the disk..
We get the film in Widescreen
(1.85:1) and let me tell you, the film never looked so polished. The image is
crisp and I was almost able to smell the Halloween season coming out of my
SOUND: The film never sounded so sharp,
the Dolby Surround treatment serves it very well. Wait 'till that Carpenter
score booms in...fun stuff.
EXTRAS: The DVD has really kool
Halloween 4: Final Cut:
This 17-minute documentary is a treat for any fan of the film. It
talks about the director's intentions in regards to the movie, the famous
rooftop stalk sequence and has lots of folks come in to yap about their H4
experience. Akkad (producer), Dwight H. Little (director), Alan B. McElroy (screenwriter),
Ellie Cornell (Rachel), George P. Wilbur (Michael), Alan Howarth (did the
score), Danielle Harris (Jamie) and more come in to talk shop. Danielle
looks particularly cute in this documentary. I loved this extra.
H4 trailer brought me back. I remember being fairly young and seeing it on
TV all the time. It prompted me to go see the film on the big screen.
Halloween 4 was my first Halloween flick. Aaaaahhh, the memories...
This DVD is a keeper. The menu is
slick, the film looks polished and the extras are pretty kool. I would've
liked a director/actors commentary track, but you can't have everything in life
now can you? I say get it and get it fast, I hear there are only 40,000
copies of this "Limited Edition" available.
This entry propelled Michael to the commercial level of Freddy
and Jason. It made money. The movie is tight, has good murders and a
kicked my butt ending. The Shape is back and in good form; this is my
favorite Halloween next to the first one. Too bad Part 5
cheats itself out of following the road part 4 opened up with it’s cap
off…but that's a whole other story.
After viewing a rough edit the director realized that the movie was too
soft so they brought in effect dude John Buechler (directed Friday The 13th
7) for one day of extra "blood" filming. The thumb in the
forehead, the redneck's head getting twisted…all his.
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