HALLOWEEN 5: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS (aka HALLOWEEN 5) (18)
D: Dominique Othenin-Girard
Galaxy/Magnum/Trancas (Ramsey Thomas)
W: Dominique Othenin-Girard, Michael Jacobs & Shem Bitterman [based on characters created by John Carpenter & Debra Hill]
DP: Robert Draper
Ed: Charles Tetoni & Jerry Brady
Mus: Alan Howarth
Donald Pleasance (Dr. Loomis), Danielle Harris (Jamie Lloyd), Ellie Cornell (Rachel Carruthers), Beau Starr (Sheriff Ben Meeker), Wendy Kaplan (Tina Williams), Don Shanks (Michael Myers)
More of the same, with masked serial killer Michael Myers returning to Haddonfield once again for a killing spree, with the added incentive of murdering his niece, Jamie (introduced in Halloween 4).
Incidentally, the ending of Halloween 4 is retconned for this fifth sequel for the narrative to make sense, but it's still lazy writing, built around the usual tropes, cliches and jump scare rubbish.
Quite possibly the worst of all the Halloween movies, released just a year after the previous sequel, it's quite apparent that this was just a rushed cash-grab.
HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS (aka HALLOWEEN 6) (18)
D: Joe Chappelle
Dimension/Miramax/Trancas/Nightfall (Paul Freeman)
W: Daniel Farrands
DP: Billy Dickson
Ed: Randolph Bricker
Mus: Alan Haworth
Donald Pleasance (Dr. Sam Loomis), Paul Rudd (Tommy Doyle), Marianne Hagan (Kara Strode), Mitchell Ryan (Dr. Terence Wynn), Devin Gardner (Danny Strode), George P. Wilbur (Michael Myers)
The sixth Halloween film and the first to try and provide some explanation for masked murderer Michael Myers seemingly being invincible, which it does so by introducing a cult who worship the psychopath like a religious figure. If you can swallow that, you might think this is a worthwhile horror movie, but I certainly didn't. The series really had run out of steam by this point, recycling the same jump scare scenes with different cast members, the only real mainstay of the performers being Donald Pleasance, who is looking really tired by this point (he died shortly after the film's release). The film also provided an early role for Paul Rudd, but there isn't much he can do with a bizarrely written character.
Tonally, the film is an utter mess, with some strange editing choices and directorial decisions. Apparently, this was due to poor reception from test audiences, but if this is the edit after the initial cut, I'd hate to see how it originally looked.
HALLOWEEN: H20 (HALLOWEEN: 20 YEARS LATER) (18)
D: Steve Miner
Dimension/Nightfall/Trancas (Paul Freeman)
USA 🇺🇸 1998
W: Robert Zappia & Matt Greenberg [based on characters created by John Carpenter & Debra Hill]
DP: Daryn Okada
Ed: Patrick Lussier
Mus: John Ottman
Jamie Lee Curtis (Laurie Strode / Keri Tate), Josh Hartnett (John Tate), Michelle Williams (Molly Cartwell), Adam Arkin (Will Brennan), Adam Hann-Byrd (Charlie Deveraux), Jodi Lyn O'Keefe (Sarah Wainthorpe), Janet Leigh (Norma Watson)
Of all the Halloween sequels, Halloween H20 is amongst the better ones, despite using the exact same formula as everything which has been seen before.
As the title suggests, the events take place 20 years after the original film and the original protagonist, Laurie Strode (Curtis), has changed her identity and now has children of her own. Her homicidal brother and villain of the franchise (Michael Myers) escapes from the mental asylum prison (once again) and discovers her whereabouts, so he can continue his killing spree.
Though the cookie cutter plot is practically the same thing we've seen before, it ties in closer with the original film simply due to the return of Jamie Lee Curtis' character. There's enough shocks to whet the appetite of horror fans and there's plenty of tension built throughout. The only let down is the weak ending, which fizzles out to the end credit scene. Still, it's much better than some of the previous sequels.
HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION (15)
D: Rick Rosenthal
Miramax / Dimension / Nightfall / Trancas International (Paul Freeman)
US 🇺🇸 2002
W: Larry Brand & Sean Hood [based on characters created by John Carpenter & Debra Hill]
DP: David Geddes
Ed: Robert A. Ferretti
Mus: Danny Lux
Brad Loree (Michael Myers), Busta Rhymes (Freddie Harris), Bianca Kajlich (Sara Moyer), Thomas Ian Nicholas (Bill Woodlake), Katee Sackhoff (Jen Danzig), Jamie Lee Curtis (Laurie Strode)
A completely pointless resurrection, since the previous instalment (Halloween: H20) wrapped everything up nice and tight, even if it did retcon all the other sequels.
Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode, but is killed off before the opening credits, after which we’re treated to the acting “talents” of Busta Rhymes and a bunch of pathetic student characters participating in a reality TV show at Michael Myers’ old house, where the serial killer returns to pick them off one-by-one.
A serial killer flick for an MTV generation, with no connection to previous films aside from the opening scene which is nothing short of a crime against the original film.
It’s notable that it was Jamie Lee Curtis’ own idea to have her character killed off in this film, due to being unsatisfied with the script and fed up with playing the same character again, but she obviously had a change of heart when she did return for the 2018 reboot/sequel.
The resurrection of this story path didn’t last, as this was the last sequel of the original Halloween series before Rob Zombie approached the original material with his own take in 2007 and the 2018 film, simply called Halloween, that again retcons everything following the 1978 original.