Saturday, April 30, 2011

Halloween 4-6

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

Dr. Loomis is in this movie, but he's the only one that returns from the previous movies.  And, unless I'm mistaken, they never really talk about how he escaped the explosion in the hospital from the second movie.  Sure, he has some burns, but nothing major.
Anyway, in this movie, Michael returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven year-old niece, Jamie.  Laurie (her mother) is gone...apparently presumed dead (although they never say why).  She is living with her step family. Her step sister is babysitting her, Michael Myers shows up, lots of people die, but a handful (including Jamie, her step sister, and her adoptive mother) escape.  There's kind of a twist at the end, but it wasn't anything major, and it felt pretty forced.
This was pretty boring...nowhere near as good as the first two.

Rating: 2 stars

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

This takes place a year after the events of Halloween 4.  Jamie is traumatized...she doesn't talk, and she is in a children's mental institution.  She seems to be channeling Michael Myers (by that I mean she draws the things that he is seeing, and she goes into convulsions when he kills).
Basically, this movie is like the fourth one.  Michael comes back to kill his niece.  He stalks and kills her step sister and her friends.  There ends up being a confrontation between Michael and Jamie and Dr. Loomis in the Myers house.  It's hard to keep these two movies straight, but I'm pretty sure there's a scene in this one where Jamie calls Michael "Uncle Michael", and he starts to cry.  It's fairly ridiculous.
Also, there's some weird love story going on with Jamie and her institutionalized friend.  It's very strange.
This is basically the same movie as Halloween 4.

Fun fact: the actress who played Jamie is named Danielle Harris.  She went on to play Marybeth in Hatchet II, and Annie in Rob Zombie's Halloween 1 & 2.

Rating: 2 stars

Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers

This one takes place 6 years after the events of Halloween 5.  Dr. Loomis is retired, and Jamie is pregnant.  At the beginning of the movie we see that she has been kidnapped by a group of druids who are helping Michael.  Or something.  Anyway, she escapes and gives birth to the baby...and then she gets killed by Michael.  The baby is found by Tommy Doyle.  In case you don't remember, Tommy is the boy that Laurie was babysitting in the first Halloween.  Now he's older, and he's kind of a freak.  He is also played by Paul Rudd, so that was pretty fun.
Anyway, Tommy lives across from the Myers house, which is now inhabited by the Strodes (Laurie's adoptive parents).  Michael comes back to town looking for the baby (the last of his blood line), and he does what he always does: he kills lots of people.  Tommy - with the help of one of the Strodes - tries to keep the baby safe.  And, of course, Loomis shows up to help.
In the end, we find out that the druids have been controlling Michael all this time, and they've been the ones that have made him kill.  Or something.
In case you couldn't tell, this movie was no better than the last two.

Rating: 2 stars

Here's what I learned about the Halloween movies: if there's no Jamie Lee Curtis, it's not a good movie.

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