Ratings Key



★★★★
= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
★★★
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

Directed by:
Dwight H. Little

Unstoppable killer Michael Myers returns (after sitting out the completely unrelated HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH) to kill off his young niece Jamie (Danielle Harris) in this fairly well-made, but hopelessly cliched, sequel. As much as this is missing in originality and plot concept, it remains watchable for franchise fans thanks to decent performances, a few well timed shocks, some bloody make-up effects provided by John Carl Buechler and decent production values. Myers, played by George P. Wilbur in this outing, has a slightly redesigned mask. Donald Pleasence reprises his role as nutty, dedicated doc Sam Loomis. The cast also includes Ellie Cornell as Jamie's teenage cousin, Michael Pataki as a doctor, Kathleen Kinmont as the sheriff's daughter, Sasha Jensen, Beau Starr, Gene Ross and Raymond O'Connor. Characters are stabbed, axed, impaled with a gun through the chest and Michael sticks his hand into someone’s neck. The concluding scenes are pretty suspenseful but it all ends with a very lame set-up for Part 5. Alan Howarth took over the music score for this and the next two entries.

★★

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