Thursday, October 11, 2012
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
After the commercial failure of part III (which has become a favorite among many genre fans, including yours truly), the news of a part 4 was met with feelings of immediate failure. Especially so when considering that the slasher genre was on its way out by the time it was released. But it performed fairly well at the box office even though it seems to be a mixed bag for many critics. For me, it's one of the best in the series and for my money, one of the best horror sequels of all-time.
Ten years after the events in parts 1 and 2, Mikey Myers is in the process of being transferred to another psychiatric care clinic. He happens to overhear word that he has a niece who happens to be living with her aunt and uncle in good ol' Haddonfield. Of course, the transfer doesn't go as planned and Michael makes his way back for some sweet revenge.
Laurie Strode's offspring, Jamie, is a sweet girl who's haunted by dreams and visions of a psychopath uncle whom she's never met. The family who's brought her in has been as much of a family to her as they possibly can but she yearns for the feelings that can only be satisfied by the love and care of blood relatives.
Enter Michael who has anything but sympathetic feelings or the need to bond with this little girl. He only sees red and is hellbent on killing Laurie's brood and leaving a trail of bodies in his wake.
What makes this installment so intriguing, is the fact that Jamie survives the ordeal but becomes the heir apparent to Michael. She becomes the opposite of who she was at the beginning and takes up the psychopath of the family mantle. It seems like her visions were more of portend of what was to come than a series of nightmarish episodes.
Unfortunately, the rest of the series went downhill from here. But this installment stands tall with parts I and II. Check this one out if you haven't done so already. It's great Halloween viewing.
Cortez the Killer