Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) Review

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Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) Review

Horrorific content by adrian on October 09th, 2020 | Movie Review | Slasher, Halloween, Supernatural, 80's Horror

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It's about Michael Myers' third attempt to kill off his kin.

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers was directed by Dominique Othenin-Girard (who also directed Omen IV: The Awakening and Night Angel) and stars Donald Pleasence (from Edgar Allan Poe's Buried Alive and The House Of Usher), Danielle Harris (from Camp Cold Brook and Havenhurst) and Ellie Cornell (from The Darkroom and House Of The Dead).

Michael Lives, And This Time They're Ready!

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

Halloween 5 came out only one year after Halloween 4 and picks up seamlessly where it left off, just like Halloween 2 did for Halloween 1. At the end of part 4 they tried to shoot Myers before blowing him up, again, even though it didn't work the first two times.

And it didn't work this time either. 

The movie starts off with Jamie, Myers' niece, freaking out in the children's mental hospital (she got locked up for killing her mom just like Myers did for killing his sister). She started freaking out the moment Myers recovered from his injuries, she apparently has a direct psychic connection with him now. It's a good thing though because she knows when Myers is near and can help people stay a step ahead of him.

One thing that made the original Halloween so scary was how Michael Myers had a way of just lingering in the background while others were unaware. It was the opposite of cheap jump scares. Instead of sudden shocks Myers created dread by lurking in the background, able to attack whenever he felt like it. Halloween 5 brought that back in a big way. Throughout the first part of the movie you see a lot of Myers, but subtly in the shadows as a constant lingering threat.

Unlike Halloween's 1, 2 and 4, Halloween 5 is its own unique story. It's the first sequel in the franchise (other than Season of the Witch) that pushed the plot in a new direction. It feels more like a fun 80's slasher than just another Halloween sequel.

This is by far my favorite Halloween since the original, aside from part 3. But Season of the Witch doesn't really count since it was the only Halloween that didn't include Myers. 

Worth Watching?

Yeah this Halloween was intense and mostly unpredictable. I dug it.

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