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Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

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Ten years after his original massacre, the invalid Michael Myers awakens on Halloween Eve and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven-year-old niece. Can Dr. Loomis stop him?

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Dwight H. Little

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Dhani Lipsius (story), Larry Rattner (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Pleasence ... Dr. Sam Loomis
Ellie Cornell ... Rachel Carruthers
Danielle Harris ... Jamie Lloyd
George P. Wilbur ... Michael Myers
Michael Pataki ... Dr. Hoffman
Beau Starr ... Sheriff Ben Meeker
Kathleen Kinmont ... Kelly Meeker
Sasha Jenson ... Brady
Gene Ross ... Earl
Carmen Filpi ... Rev. Jackson P. Sayer
Raymond O'Connor ... Security Guard
Jeff Olson Jeff Olson ... Richard Carruthers
Karen Alston Karen Alston ... Darlene Carruthers
Nancy Borgenicht Nancy Borgenicht ... Woman Attendant
David Jensen David Jensen ... Man Attendant
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Storyline

It's October 30, 1988 and Michael Myers has been in a coma since his pursuit of Laurie Strode, 10 years ago, was finally stopped (events of H1 and H2). However when he is transfered from Richmond Mental Institute to Smith's Grove he awakes when he hears that he has a niece in Haddonfield and after killing the transfer crew he escapes. In Haddonfield, the niece, Jamie, has been adopted by the Carruthers family but keeps having nightmares about Michael (but she doesn't know who he is). On Halloween night, Jamie goes out trick and treating, little knowing that her murdering Uncle is following her and her step-sister Rachel. Rushing to her aid is Dr. Loomis and with the help of Sheriff Meeker starts to search the town for Michael and to find Jamie to protect her. But can anything stop Michael this time? Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Taglines:

Ten Years Ago HE Changed The Face Of Halloween. Tonight HE'S BACK! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Halloween 4 See more »

Filming Locations:

Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,831,250, 23 October 1988

Gross USA:

$17,768,757

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,768,757
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dr. Loomis drives a 1979 Chevrolet Malibu. See more »

Goofs

(at around 15 mins) When Dr. Loomis & Dr. Hoffman are in the mental hospital, Dr. Hoffman answers the phone. He says, "I see. I see, thank you," but his mouth movements don't match the words. We then hear him yell, "Loomis! Loomis!" but he is clearly not actually yelling. See more »

Quotes

Man Attendant: I'd assume Dr. Loomis would be here. Michael Myers is still his patient.
Dr. Hoffman: If Loomis read memos he'd be here. Fortunately, his position is more ceremonial than medical. And with Myers gone, my hope is that he'll either transfer, retire, or die.
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Alternate Versions

The 5.1 remix on the US Blu-ray (and most DVD editions) is missing some sound effects that were in the original stereo mix. For example, there are some thunderclaps missing during the opening credits (most noticeable when lighting flashes are accompanied only by rain). Also, in the following scene, after the security guard's line "Hell of a night, huh? I'll take you down there," the buzzer sound from the door he opens is missing. See more »

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Drinkin' Life All Wrong
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Written by Danny Kirsic
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Guess who's back!
20 December 2004 | by HotstarSee all my reviews

So, it transpires that Michael Myers survived being blown up on Halloween night 1978, and ten years later HE wakes from a decade of comatose to kill again.

OK, the premise is laughable but the decision to resurrect deranged serial killer Michael Myers is vindicated through a fine movie with several memorable moments and a shocking finale.

Donald Pleasence is on fine form as Myer's increasingly crazed doctor, Sam Loomis, who also survived being blown up in Halloween II. Loomis now walks with the aid of a stick and has burns to his face and hands but is otherwise fine. Blimey! He's almost as indestructible as Myers himself!

Halloween 4 racks up the jumps and gore but loses none of the thrills and excitement form the original movies. Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harris are excellent support for Pleasence in one of the best in the Halloween franchise.


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