Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

Movie Review #866

BY THE FIFTH OUTING, IT’S DECIDED THAT NO “HALLOWEEN” SEQUEL WILL EVER MATCH THE ORIGINAL, BUT WILL BE ADEQUATELY ENJOYABLE REGARDLESS.

★★½
By Alexander Diminiano

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Released October 13, 1989 (nationwide)
Horror, Thriller
Rated R (contains graphic violence, profanity, partial nudity)
Original Rating: X
96 minutes

“Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers”. Now let’s think about that title. “The Revenge of Michael Myers”. Is it too late to use such a title? I certainly think so. Because “Halloween 5” isn’t the only movie about the revenge of Michael Myers. Every “Halloween” movie is. Except for “Halloween III: Season of the Witch”, because that one did not even feature Myers as a character.

This could have also worked under the previous film’s title: “The Return of Michael Myers”. Because as in “Halloween II”, and then again in “Halloween 4”, this fifth entry opens by telling us that Michael Myers is not dead. He has died momentarily, or maybe faked his death altogether, and then gotten up once his surviving victims have walked away. And of course, he’s going to wreak havoc again. That, my friends, is known in the English language as an act of “returning”, or a “return”, to put it in the noun form.

The plot in “Halloween 5” is actually identical to that of “Halloween 4”, save for a few adjustments. Jamie Lloyd is still the Shape’s target here, but she’s more fearful of him. It’s an extra fear factor in the film that she can (somehow) sense when he’s coming for her, or when he’s about to kill someone. Meanwhile, Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) proves an increasingly weak protagonist. Of course evil will conquer all when he can’t seem to get Jamie to tell him of Michael’s whereabouts, and when every sheriff is doubting his fears that Michael is on the loose again.

12-year-old Danielle Harris’s performance as Jamie is surprisingly engaging. It’s a combination of Harris’s performance as Jamie and her written character development that makes “Halloween 5” a sufficiently entertaining movie. Jamie is Michael’s niece and Laurie Strode’s daughter. Her character isn’t quite as natural or interesting as Laurie, but as she’s all that remains of the now-deceased Laurie, and is hunted by Michael Myers, we care about her character. Her psychic abilities to foresee her uncle’s killings don’t really interest much, but once Jamie gets in close quarters with her ravenous uncle, “Halloween 5” becomes an exhilarating cat-and-mouse thriller.

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