John Carpenter s malevolent monster Michael Myers escapes from years of comatose incarceration whilst being transported from a maximum security institution. Myers carves his way to Haddonfield for Halloween the original setting of Michael s massacre, leaving a bloody trail of carnage and corpses. Only one man knows of the true horrors of this mad man Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) who also returns to Haddonfield to do battle once again with the devil incarnate. But Dr. Loomis knows only too well it will be almost impossible to outwit the skill and cunning of Michael Myers.
"You can't kill the bogeyman", the children insist to a terrorised Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) in the original Halloween. How right they are. Laurie is gone, but guess who's back in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers? Acting as if the third entry never existed, this instalment picks up 10 years after the original, with mad maniac Myers in a coma and moved to a new facility. But wouldn't you know it that as soon as a loose-lipped orderly lets slip that Myers has a surviving niece he springs back into action, leaving a bloody trail of corpses on the road to Haddonfield. Donald Pleasance returns as Dr Loomis, scarred and crippled from his last encounter with Myers and seething with a fanatical zeal to stop the freak from repeating his previous rampage. Pleasance is the best thing about the film as an ageing hero seemingly on the verge of madness who drags a bum leg in his manic rush to save little orphan Jamie (Danielle Harris), the 10-year-old waif terrorised by her homicidal uncle. Director Dwight Little has managed a generic if professional slasher picture, rife with improbabilities and dominated by a killer whose superhuman powers reach near-mystical dimensions, but he delivers the goods: shocks, stabs and cold, cruel killings. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com
I love this movie. It's so much better than part two and way better than the shape-less 3rd installment. everything in this movie works and i was suprissed by the acting in this film Halloween 4 picks up 10 years after the original and michael has awaken from the coma he suffered when he was burned in the hospital explosion in part two. Instead of stalking laurie, who suposedly died in a car accident, he tracks down her daughter, his niece. this saga is one of the best in the series. The acting is great in this film. Danielle Harris is very good in this film and her acting is superb for her age. Ellie cornell is also good as rachel and i wish she was in more films today becasue she is really good. Great movie with a twist at the end you won't believe. --imdb --This text refers to the DVD edition.
About the Director
Director Dwight H. Little was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Always interested in film while growing up, he came out west to attend the Film School at the University of Southern California. His senior thesis project, "Americano," brought him much acclaim, winning the Focus Film Festival's top prize, the Chicago Film Festival's Golden Hugo Award, and the Cino-Golden Eagle Award. After graduating, Little started directing second unit material, as well as documentary short films. He soon directed the HBO-Showtime After School Special "Who Wants to be a Hero," about a heroic teacher working in a maligned inner city high school, and followed it with ABC's "SPIES," which won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Program. Little's first feature film was the espionage thriller "KGB: The Secret War," which starred Sally Kellerman and was produced by Sandy Howard. He then moved on to direct "Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers." This addition to the highly successful "Halloween" series was noteworthy for its chilling camera work and editing, as well as for being actress Danielle Harris' first featured role. Next came the film adaptation of "Phantom of the Opera" starring Robert Englund. Shot on location in Budapest and New York, the film skillfully blended the elements of horror, love and music which have made the story so well loved around the world. Little next directed Twentieth Century Fox's action-thriller "Marked For Death," starring Steven Seagal. The film, which was number one at the box office for three consecutive weeks nationally, was Fox's second most profitable film in 1990, following "Home Alone," and also became a big hit on home video. --This text refers to the DVD edition.