HALLOWEEN 5: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL...
Reviewed by: Rees Savidis
What's it about
Shatner-masked knife-jockey, Michael Myers continues his mission to off his kin for the fourth go-round (Halloween III had the Silver Shamrock Corporation filling in for little Mikey so it donít count).
Is it good movie?
Iím a bit of a Halloween apologist, so when I say that Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers is a good, fun-filled, enjoyable little romp through slasherdom, I mean it in the most subjective way possible; it works for me. It might seem funny then when I tell you that when I first saw Halloween 5 in theatres back in í89 I couldnít stand it. I mean I truly hated the sonofabitch. I was a different person back then though; a strictly gore-minded fifteen-year-old who had very little time for things like story, direction or acting (not that Halloween 5 is the antithesis of any of those things), so when I walked out of this rather bloodless affair, I did so with a bitter taste in my mouth.
Flash-forward seventeen years and youíll find Iíve changed my tune significantly regarding Halloween 5. I see it in a much different light today than I did all those years ago. Maybe itís because of after sitting through piles and piles of awful retro-slasher bullshit for last good hunk of my life, Iíve come to appreciate the simpler approach to the genre offered by Halloween 5; Hate. Kill. Repeat. This is not a film that bothers to be hip or self-referential, nor does it try and play the role of elitist and convolute itself with trickery and intricate plot-threads. No, Halloween 5 simply aims to entertain; to continue with the formula of stacking bodies that made all those slice ní dice flicks so damned fun to watch for the better part of the Ď80ís. Michael Myers is a killing machine. He is the epitome of evil plain and simple Ė all hail the shape!
Video / Audio
VIDEO: Anchor Bay has delivered yet again. The 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer presented here look as good as Halloween 5 has any right to look: Deep, rich blacks and eye-popping blood-red. Well done!
AUDIO: The 5.1 Dolby Digital track provided pounds home each and every knife-stroke and music-chord flawlessly. This sumbitch has balls!
Anchor Bay + Horror + DVD = Extras.
Hereís the list:
Introduction by stars Danielle Harris and Ellie Cornell: Useless but pleasant. Danielle Harris and Ellie Cornell validate the fact that we are indeed watching Halloween 5.
Audio Commentary with Director Dominique Othenin-Girard and Actors Danielle Harris and Jeffery Landman: Not much to report here as this is a pretty standard commentary track.
On the Set of Halloween 5: Literally, thatís what it is. Go behind the scenes and become as board as a Production Assistant while the Director and his Actors rehearse scenes. Thrilling (thatís sarcasm, kids)
Inside Halloween 5: This is an interesting little mini-doc that sort of feels like an amalgamation of an old Electronic Press Kit from the original release of the film mixed in with new interview footage with Danielle Harris and Ellie Cornell (presumably stolen from Anchor Bayís recent Halloween: 25 Years of Terror). Itís a good mix of information and on-set snippets that is definitely the highlight of this DVD.
The rest of the disc is rounded out with the original theatrical trailer for Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers as well as the trailer for Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and the promo spot for Masterís of Horror.
If youíre a fan of the Halloween series (you are) I really canít see why you wouldnít want to pick up this wonderful Divimax edition of Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers. While the extras are a tad on the light side, the video transfer and 5.1 audio more than validate the fifteen-bucks.