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Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

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Release Date
Oct 21, 1988 (USA)
DVD Release Date
• R1: Aug 10, 1999
• R2: 28 Jan 2002

Budget $5,000,000

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Running Time
1 hour, 28 minutes

Country USA

Studio Galaxy International Films, Trancas International Films

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• Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

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Genre: Thriller, Horror, Slasher, Psychos, Suspense, Halloween, Serial Killer, School / Campus, Cult Classic, Animals, Teenage, Revenge, Murder, Doctor

Tagline: Ten Years Ago HE Changed The Face Of Halloween. Tonight HE'S BACK!

Plot: This fourth installment of the series takes place ten years after the original and finds the man in the William Shatner mask in a coma and being transferred from Richmond Mental Institute to Smith's Grove. However, the van gets into a horrible accident, skidding off the road and exploding. Predictably, Myers' body is nowhere to be found in the wreckage, alarming both the skeptical police and the indefatigable Dr. Loomis (Pleasence). Soon, Myers is spotted back in Haddonfield, and it becomes obvious that his next target is his young niece, Jamie. His return has whipped the town into a frenzied mob, which proves to be unfortunate for the Halloween revelers who have chosen the popular "Michael Myers" mask as their costume. Often considered the best of the sequels, THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS is a return to form for the series after the debacle of HALLOWEEN

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 External Reviews
external linkSo we have great direction, creepy atmosphere, a solid cast, a fantastic score, and an above average script. ... But be warned, after seeing the creepy-ass ending of this one you'll want to rent part 5 soon enough. One of the best horror sequels i've seen in any slasher series.

external linkOf all the sequels this is probably one of the best ones because it has some decent suspense, manages a couple of cool deaths and is entertaining. Plus it uses John Carpenter’s original score fine. 3/4
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external linkThe pacing is too slow, and although there are some interesting parts near the end--and the finale of the film is great--the whole thing is just too deliberate. A middle-of-the-road film. 54/100
--Jack Witzig (ColdSpot)

external linkDespite its overall success, the film has some weak moments... That didn't stop the film from being a huge (for its size) hit...
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 Directed by
Dwight H. Little
Murder at 1600, Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home
 Written by
Larry Rattner
Dahmer, Monster Man, Gacy / Crawl Space
Donald Pleasence
Halloween, The Great Escape, Escape from New York
Danielle Harris
The Last Boy Scout, Urban Legend, Daylight
Kathleen Kinmont
Bride of Re-Animator, Fraternity Vacation, Gangland
Ellie Cornell
House of the Dead, Halloween 5, House of the Dead 2: Dead Aim
Beau Starr
Goodfellas, The Corruptor, Halloween 5
George P. Wilbur
Raw Deal, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Defenseless
Sasha Jenson
Dazed and Confused, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ghoulies II
 Music By
John Carpenter
Halloween, Halloween, The Thing
Alan Howarth
Big Trouble in Little China, Christine, Halloween II

external linkThe film takes an especially interesting twist at the end. I won’t give it away, but the ending may be what saves this film from being just another guy with a knife killing teens movie. 2.5/5
--Nichols686, AKA: Nic (

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