Drive-In Review: HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS (Blu-Ray)

Oh fiends, how I have missed ye. Today we return to Haddonfield with a look at Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. He’s been away for so long and boy is he homesick!

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1987)

Directed by: Dwight H. Little

Stars: Donald Plesence, Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell.

Distributed by: Anchor Bay

No image has stuck with me more in my life than that of Michael Myers. The Shape (as he was originally called in the first Halloween script) has been in and out of pop culture for over 30 years. He has grasped every horror fan in some way. Truly, Michael Myers (The Shape) can be called a Horror Legend. Now that I have kissed his ass enough, lets get to that review!

Halloween 4 brings Michael back to Haddonfield after ten years of being in a coma. Remember how in Halloween II Michael basically got his face burned off and ultimately blown up and killed? Yeah he survived that. Amazing right? So what happens, you may be wondering. Hold up and I will tell ya. Sheesh. Anyway Michael finds out (while being transferred back to Smithsgrove) that he has a niece alive and well in Haddonfield. Michael gets a bit pissed that she never writes him and breaks out to find her. The rest, as they say, is horror history. Michael finds Jamie (his niece). Butchers the town’s kids, who are immoral sex fiends, and then at the end of the film gets blown up again and floats down river. Poor Jamie is so traumatized she can no longer talk and dresses like a clown as a twist to the film’s ending.

Of course this all means we will be back for a Halloween 5.

Now on to those Drive-In Totals.

DRIVE-IN TOTALS

16 Dead Bodies

-2 Breasts

Face smashing

Throat ripping

Reckless Driving

Lynch Mob shenanigans

Multiple Michael imposters

Thumb to forehead

Electrocution

Gun Fu

Knife Fu

Spear Fu

Fog Fu

Shotgun Fu

Scissor Fu

And an ending that makes you just scream SEQUEL!

Now for the specifics. The Blu-Ray transfer is amazing and crisp. The way the film looks really adds to the tone even more than originally. The color tones and detail on characters is great, in my opinion. It is best watched in the dark, naturally. The special features could be more. I mean, how many times do we need to hear about who was late to a shoot or a funny anecdote about the film?  There are two commentary tracks and both are pretty boring, to say the least. The panel discussion footage is cool since it has the fans asking questions and the stars having to answer direct questions. Sadly, it is missing a third commentary and also 30 to 40 minutes of deleted scenes that we originally thought would be included.

Halloween 4 is a must watch for the debut of  Danielle Harris. She is now, of course, one of horrors leading “Scream Queens.” Other than that, this film was a bland watch. The acting was just okay, not great and even the mighty Donald Plesence got to me after the third “NO” was shouted at the end of the film. I love the Halloween series. I do, and man it must have been a daunting task for director Dwight H. Little to take over a franchise that was in the dumps after the box office failure that was Halloween 3. No easy task, mind you.

The film gave fans what they wanted: more Michael. Yet, personally, I wanted more.

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers is now available on Blu-Ray

 

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