Drive-In Review: HALLOWEEN 5: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS(Blu-Ray)

We return to Haddonfield once again with Halloween 5. This time, Michael has a new hairdo!HALLOWEEN 5: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS (1989)

Directed by: Dominique Othenin-Girard

Stars: Donald Pleasence, Danielle Harris and Ellie Cornell

MPAA Rating: R

Run Time: 96min.

Distributed by: Anchor Bay

Halloween 5 can best be described as one of the least fan favorite installments of the entire franchise. Is it the fact that Jaime (Danielle Harris) has a psychic link with her uncle Michael (which is pretty damn ridiculous to me). Is it that Ellie Cornwell (Rachel from Halloween 4) is in the film for less than 10 minutes and seems to care little-to-nothing about Jaime? Or is it that the mask looks like, after all these years, Michael actually combed his hair? One can only speculate.

Halloween 5 picks up right after the final moments in Halloween 4 and we discover Michael survived the encounter from the last film. Poor little Jamie is so traumatized by what happened the following year that she can’t speak and is actually committed to a sort of foster home/medical clinic. Dr. Loomis is back and more determined than ever to get Michael once and for all. Then to add to all this craziness, ya have a man in black with the loudest damn shoes ever, and we are led to believe he is there to help Michael, not hurt him. Then of course ya have the unsuspecting teens just trying to get laid and party on Halloween night.

That was the gist of it, folks. There are a few more plot points, but, really, that’s all ya need to know.

Now we come to my favorite part.

DRIVE-IN TOTALS

19 Dead Bodies

1 Dead Possum

1 Dead Dog

3 Adorable Kittens

A Roll in The Hay

Douche Bag Boyfriends

Child Shaking

Silent Screaming

Stuttering Fu

Claw Hammer Fu

Pitchfork Fu

Knife Fu

Gun Fu

Car Fu

And an ending that makes one go, “Oh snap! Here we go for part 6!”

The special effects are just superb, I must admit. KNB Effects (Greg Nicotero) did the gore work on this film and it is stunning in my opinion. Sadly, this Blu-Ray release is missing many key special features that the original DVD (released by Anchor Bay as well) had. There are two commentary tracks that do give a bit of insight into the filming location of Utah and why the original Myers house was not used. The behind-the-scenes mini-featurette is a nice touch but does not deliver any new insights to the film.

Halloween 5 is a film all horror fans should give a try, not for little Danielle Harris’s acting, though. It’s not to see Donald Pleasence acting frantically to try to stop Michael by any means necessary, which includes using poor Jaime as bate for her homicidal uncle. Fans need to see this film for one main reason: To view a film franchise that begins to go into the “Why are they making more sequels?” file.

Sometimes…dead is better and in the case of Halloween 5, this applies.

 

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