HALLOWEEN 5: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL...
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Michael Myers is back, and he's once again after his niece Jamie. That's really about it.
Is it good movie?
Remember how Halloween 4 was actually a surprisingly good entry in the
series? Well, wrap it up nicely in a bow, carefully draw your name on
it and give it to a friend because although that reference makes no
sense, Halloween 5 is a gift that should be given to no one, except
maybe someone you hate.
As I sat down to watch it last night, I was thinking to myself- "I know
this sucks, but can it really be that bad?" After the last one, this
one has much of the same cast, and features more of the Shape stalking
people, is it truly awful?
The answer is, without question, yes. This movie sucks. First of all,
it takes everything that the last one set out to accomplish and sprays
melty diarrhea over it. Newcomer Domenic Othenin-Girard steps up to the
plate to direct this flick, and good lord, was ever the wrong choice.
The movie plays like a dull drama that just never picks up the pace
until it gets too late.
First of all,the ending of Halloween 4 (SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT)
featured Jamie ready to take up the helm as a murderous child,
following in the steps of her zany uncle. Who could forget that shot of
her in her clown uniform and mask, holding those scissors (end
spoilers)? Well, I guess Othenin-Girard could, because he decides to
completely ignore it. Instead, he decides to turn Jamie into a basket
case who literally can no longer speak. It's not some mental block
where she's just refusing to speak, she seems to have completely lost
her voice now for some reason.
Micheal's resurrection is also beyond weak. They blow the crap out of
him in the last flick, shooting him dead, but this flick has him
falling into a river and landing downstream next to a hobo's shack,
where he falls into a coma or something (for a YEAR) until he recovers.
So, he lands at the shack, immediately puts his hands around the hobo's
neck to kill him, then collapses. Why the hobo then tries to take care
of him, I'll never know. Of course, a year later (we're told, anyway),
he just wakes up and immediately kills the guy who took care of him.
Stupid. On top of that, the new Myers mask looks awful. How could these
redesigns go so wrong? The masks in the first and second films are so
awesome. The people in Haddonfield were all over Myers in the last
one..this time, they just let his body float away and dont' try to find
Anyway, there isn't a lot else to say about this flick. Jamie now seems
to have some sort of psychic link with Myers, but the movie is so
bogged down with awful, awful humor (the horrible, unfunny cop stuff
had me cringing, complete with stupid theme music that plays whenever
they're on screen), and sex-starved stupid teenagers who ignore every
lick of common sense before they get killed. Tina made me want to lower
myself slowly but surely onto a pitchfork, and don't get me started on
her stupid car-loving boyfriend. Hell, even Ellie Cornell's Rachel
character from Part 4 has become a stereotypical, lame-ass blonde. Poor
Jamie is trying so hard to warn everyone, but the editing and directing
in general is so poor that people totally ignore her.
Even Dr. Loomis is weak in this one, as the great Donald Pleasance
sleepwalks through his iconic role with no passion. It makes sense, as
he comes off cock, aloof and ridiculous at times- all he seems to do is
monologue. He's treated like a crazy old man, which hurts the
character. This is also the film that starts to explore the whole
"druid/man in black" thing that never gets appropriately fleshed out.
Anyway, most of the kills tend to be dull too (although to be fair,
most stuff that takes place in the Myers house is pretty well done),
and the barn scene is so poorly conceived and shot that it's pretty
much funny. The only real upside is the last 10 minutes or so, as the
movie does manage to get enough pace to have a somewhat exciting
ending. It isn't enough. Yes, it's nice to see Loomis, Lloyd and the
shape, but it isn't enough. Blech.
Video / Audio
Halloween 5 is presented in 1.85:1
widescreen and looks actually pretty sharp, better than part 4,
in fact. This one is certainly better looking than the DVD version,
with nice, bright colors and a good level of detail. Nothing to blow
your mind, but still, nice to look at.
Audio comes in Dolby TrueHD
and is actually excellently represented. Effects are mixed well, and
the surround speakers get a good workout. This movie has some awful
dialogue replacement and voiceovers, but that isn't the fault of the
A lot of repeats from the DVD version..
First up, an Audio Commentary
with Danielle Harris (Jamie),Jeffrey Landham (Billy, the annoying
stuttering kid) and director Dominique Othenin-Girard. They tend to be
a little low-key, but as usual, there are plenty of tidbits here to
keep you interested.
Halloween 5: On set is the same
VHS quality EPK that's been kicking around for years, created in the
80s when this one was being filmed. It's retro, features interviews
with Wendy Kaplan and Beau Starr and a fair amount of good making-of
Halloween 5: Original promo is
more old footage, running about 6 minutes as it explains the plot and
There's also a trailer
presented in SD.
The only new bit is a commentary with Don Shanks and Justin Beahm of
Halloweenmovies.com, which is cool. A full interview with an iconic
Michael Myers actor is a neat addition and there's a lot of great
questions being asked, with plenty of great and insightfully honest
answers being provided by Shanks.
Yeah, the movie is crap, but if you are a Halloween (or HD horror)
completist, then sign up for this one. It looks pretty good and sounds
great. With that said, if you own the DVD already, I wouldn't rush out
for this one. Besides Halloween III (which is a better film, just not a
Halloween film), this one is easily my least favorite Halloween sequel.