Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers ★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

this is blatantly flawed, most notably the sorta bland 1.85 photography that can't even hold a candle to the shadowy scope imagery of the first 3 films shot by cundey, but i honestly warm up to it with each viewing. i love bringing back the focus on the smalltown autumn vibes, the weird, 80s action movie sensibility that little brings to the setpieces (lots of bizarre moments of michael driving away from explosions, riding the top of trucks like he's tom cruise, getting owned by a slomo spas-12), the idea of the entire town now having a historical relationship with michael (resulting in vicious bullying and town militia's, etc) and especially the ending which i think is almost too good for the rest of the movie.

it recreates the creepy, opening mask POV murder images of the carpenter original but with this little girl you've come to care about over the course of the film in the place of a little michael, and loomis' despair over the sight of her in her clown costume (also what michael was wearing) with a bloody weapon in her hand and the almost immediate impulse to shoot her that he has which is understandable based on our knowledge of the first two films and all the weariness/scars pleasance has on his face but is also so perverse when you stop and think about it for a second. (its like if some raging madman showed up in that opening scene of Halloween and tried to execute little michael lmao.) genuinely think if the later sequels had followed through on the strange implication of the ending here (that michael is now in the body of this little girl) instead of having to keep coming up with increasingly absurd excuses for why michael comes back the later sequels might've been better.

full discussion on episode 144 of my podcast SLEAZOIDS.

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